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Axial Radar: Why PE Should Care About Data Science

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Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Axial Radar!

Private equity professionals have long worn their excel skills as a badge of honor. Many a meme have been created (personal favorite here ūüĎČ) to poke fun at how reliant finance in general¬†has become on spreadsheets.

While excel will always be a powerful tool for static data analysis, it’s time for PE to take a page out of the hedge fund playbook. Alternative and unstructured¬†data sets, ranging from satellite-derived¬†parking lot occupancy to social media sentiment, can give private M&A¬†practitioners a leg up both before and after the deal. Head over to this week’s featured Industry Trends article to read¬†some of¬†the¬†compelling arguments for why PE should invest in data science capabilities.

Just a heads up – we’ll be taking a week off from Radar next Friday for some turkey filled r&r. Happy early Thanksgiving – we’re thankful¬†for your readership!

Our featured buy-side members this week include¬†a credit-focused investment firm with over $13B of AUM, a global CRO, and a private investment firm founded by a former BCG and Bain Capital alumni. On the sell-side we’ll introduce you to a leading Houston-based business advisory firm and New York-based investment bank.

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Featured Members

Hildene Capital

Hildene Capital
Independent Sponsor

Based in Stamford, Connecticut, Hildene was founded in 2008 and focuses on distressed and event-driven opportunities within credit. Hildene manages over $13 billion for its investors. The senior investment team at Hildene has a long and established track record of investing across a number of credit and distressed cycles, leveraging their experience and expertise in managing complex assets.

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GaP

Gilbert & Pardue Business Advisors
M&A Advisory Firm

Gilbert & Pardue Business Advisors (GaP) is a boutique Houston-based business advisory firm serving lower middle market and middle market business owners from coast to coast through representation for Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and through business value-growth services such as Fractional CFO, Advisory Board, Executive Coaching, and Consulting. Matt Gilbert and Bret Pardue established GaP to provide owners of businesses generally enjoying annual revenue of $5-$80 million with the quality of M&A representation and value-enhancement services previously only available to upper middle and large businesses.

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MERIT

MERIT CRO, Inc.
Corporation

MERIT CRO is the union of two exceptional specialty Contract Research Organizations (CRO): EyeKor in ophthalmology and CompleWare in respiratory. MERIT is a customer-centric, multidisciplinary, global CRO dedicated to delivering excellence in software development, data management and analysis services.

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Aleutian Capital

Aleutian Capital Group
Investment Bank

Headquartered in New York City, Aleutian Capital Group (ACG) is an experienced boutique investment banking firm with a national footprint and global reach. The firm provides advisory services to companies looking to sell or raise capital and executives wishing to execute a management buyout. ACG has a unique approach for identifying investors willing to commit their capital to these transactions that allows them to reach investors of which others are not even aware.

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Greywing Capital

Greywing Capital
Independent Sponsor

Greywing Capital is an independent sponsor firm focused on making a select few acquisitions in a narrow set of consumer sectors. The firm targets EBITDA of $2-$15M and taking a hypothesis-first approach. Greywing is founded by Neil Houghton, Jr. Neil was formerly a partner at Boston Consulting Group in the consumer practice, and also an Associate at Bain Capital in the consumer LBO group.

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Why Private Equity Leaders Need to Level Up on Data Science

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