Retained Seller Engagements

  • CO170: Custom Metal Fabrication and Precision Machining Firm — $2MM EBITDA.

  • CO183: Unique Medical Device improves Recovery from inhaled anesthesia.

  • CO168: High market share distributor of specialty wine, craft beer and spirits - $16MM Sales.

  • CO176: Global BioPharmaceutical / Fine Chemical Outsourced Services Company.

  • CO169: Corrosion Management Design and Installation Firm with proprietary technology to control the corrosion associated with water based fire sprinkler system.

    Retained Acquisition Searches

  • CO161: Leading Provider of Service Station Fuel Delivery Systems Seeking add-on Acquisitions with revenues of up to $10MM.

  • CO138: Kansas City-based Private Investor seeking to acquire companies headquartered within 50 mile radius of Kansas City.

  • CO137: Appliance Parts Distributor Seeking add-on Acquisitions.

  • CO186: Private Equity Group Seeking companies with greater than $3MM in EBITDA that provide either Cold Chain Management Solutions for the Healthcare Industry or Commercial Security Services.

  • CO62: Specialty contractor Seeking add-on Acquisitions

  • CO172: Global, Public Company Seeking add-on Acquisitions in: advanced Ceramics Fabrications; Liquid and Gas Pressure Control devices—pumps, valves, flow management, pressure boosting or pressure control devices, turbines; Energy Repurposing or Energy Recovery devices; Amine Gas Processing technologies.

  • CO174: Equity Group with investments in Sustainable Food Companies Seeking to acquire manufactures or distributors of Gluten Free products.

  • CO175:Strategic buyers seeking Acquisitions of Mid-Western IT managed service providers.

  • CO178: Global leader in Chemical Dispensing Technology for Laundry and Food service industries Seeking manufacturers of Dispensing Equipment, Fluid Control, Pumps and or Solenoid Valves. Industry areas include Laundry, Food service, Food and Beverage, Agriculture, Car Wash Agriculture, Water Treatment and Irrigation.

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    The Middle-Market Stimulus

    While the country as a whole is in the economic doldrums — the unemployment rate remains in the 9 percent range — a huge swatch of the American economy is growing: the middle market.

    A recent study by Deloitte found that middle-market companies employ more people (24.6 million) and have larger revenues ($6.1 trillion) than either the DJIA companies (5.9 million, $2.6 trillion) or the S&P 100 (11.8 million, $3.7 trillion).
    Middle-market companies employ more people even than the S&P 500 (21.9 million), and their total revenues don't lag too far behind ($8.3 trillion). While many large companies are struggling and downsizing, middle-market companies are thriving and hiring.

    If America is going to start hiring again, the middle market is likely to lead the way. An IBM survey of chief financial officers of middle market companies found that 65 percent started hiring in 2011 and 80 percent will be hiring in 2012. This is up 24 points from the third quarter of 2010. And, best of all, most of these jobs will remain domestic. Over half of middle-market companies have no workforce outside the country, according to the Deloitte study.
    Only 18 percent have more than a quarter of their employees based abroad.

    Why is the middle market able to drive job creation? Innovation. Middle-market companies are sometimes considered "super small businesses — too successful to be truly "small" but still marked by the entrepreneurial spirit. Most remain privately held, and many are family-run.

    Though the middle market spans a wide revenue range, its companies are concentrated at the lower end. More than 174,000 businesses report revenue between $5 million and $10 million, according to The Deal. That's just why of half the whole middle market. An additional 156,000, or 42 percent of the total, had revenues between $10 million and $50 million.

    Middle-market companies now report higher levels of productivity, lower debt ratios, and stronger balance sheets than before the recession. These companies are looking to expand through active add-on acquisitions and other mergers — targeting either weaker competitors or complimentary product lines and offerings. According to data compiled by Baird and Dealogic, there were approximately 5,300 middle-market M&A deals in 2010 alone, totaling $347 billion. The number of middle companies itself could be the key to increasing GDP, according to Kauffman.

    The middle market already represents 40 percent of the national GDP, and yet it remains largely unnoticed. While business and political leaders continue to focus on deficit reduction, tax reform, and other measures to stimulate the economy, the middle market continues to move along under the radar.

    Clayton Capital Partners is one of the nation's top independent investment banking firms for the middle market, as reported by Thomson Financial, Mergerstat, and Investment Dealers' Digest.

    The reasons for our success are simple: We understand our clients' expectations and believe in exceeding them.

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    Are you too busy to plow through one more over-hyped book, blog or article by a self-proclaimed expert that leaves you wondering, "Does the author do business on this planet?"

    So are we.

    So, this month, Clayton Capital Partners adds an online library devoted exclusively to owners of family-owned companies.

    Consistent with the rest of our site, the library is a resource for business owners (and the advisors who work with them) as they consider and plan the sale of their mid-market companies.

    In addition to succinct and carefully chosen articles about specific planning topics, visitors will find links to Managing Partner, Kevin Short's favorite blogs, and family business and M&A industry publications.

    Want to know what Kevin is reading? Visit the library often to see which books he considers "must reads."

    And, if you find a book or blog that lives up to its advertising, let us know. We're always on the lookout for the best analysis in the industry.

    For submissions, please contact Madeline Story
    (314) 725-9939 x536.

    Visit & Search: Clayton Capital Partners for more information.

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