Jan 30, 2019

1 - New Fund

5 - New Platform Investments

7 - Add On Acquisitions

2 - Successful Exits

2 - New Team Members

Kian Capital would like to thank its management team partners, investors, deal sources and other stakeholders for their support in making 2018 a very robust and successful year for our firm. In 2018, we continued our proven strategy of investing in leading lower middle-market companies in partnership with their founders and management teams. While we are proud of our success in 2018, we are now focused on continuing that momentum into 2019 by seeking opportunities with founder and family-owned companies as they look for a partner who can help them scale their businesses.

New Fund:

  • In February, we raised our second fund with total capital commitments in excess of $275 million. The fund was very well received with increased support from our incumbent limited partners and the addition of several new blue-chip institutional investors.

New Platform Investments:

  • Diamond Metals, a steel service center specializing in the pre-squaring and distribution of tool steel.
  • The Retrofit Source, a designer, marketer and distributor of performance automotive aftermarket lighting solutions within the U.S. and internationally.
  • Trifecta Networks, a leading distributor and reseller of certified pre-owned and new networking equipment.
  • OT Growth Partners, a leading area developer and operator of Orangetheory Fitness studios.
  • Charles Products, a leading designer, marketer and distributor of merchandise for gift stores in zoos, museums, aquariums and theme parks.

Add-on Acquisitions:

  • Empire Equipment’s acquisition of TruTemp/Norms, a value-added wholesale distributor of commercial foodservice equipment and aftermarket parts to the foodservice, hospitality, healthcare and retail industries in the Southwest and West Coast. 
  • LOFA Industries acquisition of Antx, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of telemetry hardware and tracking services.
  • Motor City Industrial’s acquisition of Smith Fastener, a value-added distributor of industrial consumables and ancillary products.
  • OT Growth Partners acquisition of FIT Enterprise, LLC, the Orangetheory Fitness area developer for the state of Iowa.
  • SeniorMetrics, a holding company created to provide integrated technology solutions to the senior care market, completed three transformational acquisitions that expanded its technology offering to the senior living market. Kian’s original investment was in CISCOR, the first platform under SeniorMetrics.

Successful Exits:

  • Colorado Quality Products, a turnkey formulator and manufacturer of private label high-end skin and hair care products. The Company was sold to Elevation Labs, a portfolio company of Clearview Capital.
  • Jolyn Clothing Co., a leading women’s performance swimwear and active wear brand. The Company was sold to Norwest Venture Partners.

Additions to the Firm:

  • David Duke joined as Managing Director of Business Development bringing 20+ years of M&A and business development experience.
  • David Hare joined as an Associate having several years of investment banking and public accounting experience. 

For further information, please contact:

David V. Duke
Managing Director, Business Development