INVESTMENT CRITERIA

We believe innovation, operational excellence, and entrepreneurial thinking are the cornerstones of a company’s success. We seek companies who share this mindset of continuous process improvement and invest our capital, time, resources, and people.  Our mission is to partner with entrepreneurial management teams to help scale their business, drive growth, and further enhance the solutions they are providing their customers. 
 

Investment Situations

  • Recapitalization of Family Businesses
  • Management Buyouts
  • Corporate Divestitures
  • Industry Consolidations
  • Companies in need of significant capital to grow organically or
    through acquisition

Investment Characteristics

  • Engineered solutions to customers based on process know-how or IP
  • Quality and delivery more important than price
  • Deeply rooted customer relationships
  • Mission critical components where cost of failure greatly exceeds cost
    of overall system
  • Recognizable and strong brand equity in industry
  • History of growth through cycles
  • EBITDA

    $3m - $30m

    Add-on Acquisitions: Any Size

  • Geography

    U.S. or Canada

    Add-on Acquisitions:
    Any location

  • Enterprise Value

    $30m - $300m

    Add-on Acquisitions: Any Size

Characteristics of an Ideal Partner

We’re entrepreneurs at heart. We take pride in transforming strategic assets into global leaders who maintain their market reputation of being best in class. There are no shortcuts; we operate with a high degree of integrity and outstanding customer service.

PROPRIETARY KNOW-HOW

A Vance Street business is constantly pushing the boundaries within their respective industry – whether that’s product innovation, customization, manufacturing capabilities or complexities. We are passionate about businesses with significant process know-how and competitive solutions to challenges.

  • Proprietary equipment & designs
  • Patents/IP
  • Process know-how
  • Custom materials
SERVICE, SPEED, QUALITY

We believe exceptional companies are responsive and nimble when addressing their customers’ needs and provide excellent service and quality – 100 percent of the time.

  • High touch customer service
  • Quick lead times
  • Pricing power
  • High margins
CRITICAL PARTNER

We work with companies who are true solutions providers to their customers because of their unique ability to solve their most difficult problems.

  • Engineer-to-engineer collaboration
  • Extension of customer’s design team
  • Continuous process improvement
  • Focus on innovation and problem solving

Broad Operational and Executive Resources On Deck

With more than three decades of experience investing and operating businesses in these industries, Vance Street has built deep relationships with professionals that can be deployed to We help scale the business, drive growth, and increase profitability.

OPERATING PARTNERS
  • Former Fortune 1000 executives who have specific functional area expertise across manufacturing excellence, quality and regulatory assurance, sales channel development, human resources
  • These partners assist management teams in the execution of their strategic value creation plan as well as the buildout of any of their foundational initiatives
EXECUTIVES
  • Deep bench of senior managers, including CEOs, CFOs, QA/RA , Engineers and Sales Managers who are who are engaged with VSC and actively interested in joining portfolio companies as portfolio company management teams see needs in their organizations
  • Individuals can also work with portfolio company management teams on an interim and project basis if needed
INDUSTRY EXPERTS
  • Robust network of advisors who have experience across a wide range of subsegments in VSC’s target markets
  • Individuals are leveraged in the refinement of an investment thesis, validation of market growth opportunities and risks, competitive positioning and customer insights
  • These individuals can serve as post-close advisors, consultants and active board members