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Axial Radar: Divestiture Trend Anomalies

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Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Axial Radar!

Divestiture deal volume and value declined by 15% and 21% respectively last year. Surprising, and probably not due to a lack of trying. You’d think the greatest liquidity crisis in over a century would have triggered a massive selloff of underperforming business units to free up capital, focus, and time.

So, what’s driving the divestiture trend line down and to the right?

Head over to this week’s featured Industry Trends section of Radar to read more about why divestitures fell out of focus last year and how they are poised to make a major comeback this year.

Our featured buy-side members this week include a Philadelphia-based investment firm, a LMM focused PE firm, and a private investment firm that has been acquiring small businesses for over 20 years. On the sell-side we’ll introduce you to a leading investment bank and an LMM M&A advisory firm.

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Featured Members

Third Arch

Third Arch Investments
Independent Sponsor

Third Arch is a Philadelphia-based private investment firm making long-term investments in high quality small businesses. Locally-focused and collaborative, Third Arch partners with strong management teams to help businesses continue their success, enhance profitability, and drive scalable, sustainable growth.
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Cascade Partners

Cascade Partners LLC
Investment Bank

Cascade Partners provides investment banking advisory services that are highly customized to meet the specific goals and objectives of each of their Partners. The firm’s advisory services include: Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Corporate Finance activities in support of businesses, shareholders and operators focused on the middle market. Each member of the Cascade team has a formidable combination of operating, investment and transaction experience, which they draw on to address the unique needs of each transaction.
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Granite Creek Capital Partners

Granite Creek Capital Partners
Private Equity Firm

Chicago-based Granite Creek Capital Partners, L.L.C. is an active manager of lower middle market debt and equity investments in Business Services, Niche Manufacturing, Food & Agribusiness, Healthcare and value-added Distribution. Granite Creek invests in high-performing businesses to support rock star entrepreneurs, the next phase of growth or a transitional event that is driving the need for additional liquidity. Granite Creek brings decades of experience in private equity, lending, strategy and operations across 80+ deals over the course of 30+ years.
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Skyline Advisors

Skyline Advisors
​​​​​​M&A Advisory Firm

Skyline Advisors partners with high growth and lower middle market companies to prepare and position them for complete strategic transactions. The firm’s areas of expertise includes mergers and acquisitions (sell-side and buy-side), corporate finance (venture capital, private equity, debt, mezzanine capital, etc.), and the strategic use of real estate.
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New England Capital Partners

New England Capital Partners
Independent Sponsor

New England Capital Partners (“NECP”) is a private investment firm focused on acquiring lower middle market operating companies. The firm is a successor to New England Capital Management, which has been successfully acquiring and growing small businesses since 1991. NECP is interested in acquiring companies with annual sales in the $5M to $50M range, at transaction prices upward to $40M. Manufacturing, Business Services, Distribution and Consumer related industries located in the Northeast are preferred, but other locations and industries will be considered.
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