About

Pacific Growth Investors is a private equity investment firm headquartered in Torrance, California that completes structured growth equity investments as the sponsor of entrepreneurially owned, lower middle market businesses. Our focus is to partner with experienced owners, operators and founders of established businesses who seek flexible, patient capital solutions and a value added partner that can provide financial, operational and strategic assistance. We combine our industry knowledge and insights to guide owners through growth opportunities with an aim towards enhancing shareholder value.

Approach

Invest with experienced entrepreneurs who do not seek capital for a personal liquidity event, but rather a partner to provide capital solutions and meaningful financial, operational and strategic assistance to enhance the growth and value of their business. We invest in United States headquartered businesses, with a particular focus on those located in the western US and a preference for highly complex manufacturing or unique and differentiated business service enterprises.

Most companies will have achieved greater than $20 million of revenue and will either be EBITDA positive, or have clear visibility towards profitability, at the time of our initial investment. Our investment team has extensive experience in a broad range of industries including aerospace, aviation, medical devices, medical diagnostics, specialty chemicals, industrial manufacturing, building products and industrial equipment manufacturing and services. In addition, we will invest in a wide variety of other industries that meet our investment criteria and match the background and experience of our investment team and operating advisors. We provide active sponsorship, while maintaining the flexibility to invest anywhere in the capital structure.

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Investment team working together over fifteen years focused exclusively on partnering with lower middle market business owners, operators and founders
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Strong depth and breadth of industry, financial, operational and strategic expertise to provide entrepreneurs and owners the additional resources and skill set to accelerate growth and enhance shareholder value
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Patient financial sponsorship and understanding with deep, expansive resources to position a business properly for a successful realization for all shareholders

The investment team at Pacific Growth Investors has decades of experience and proven ability to invest across a wide variety of situations. During this time, the PGI team has provided owners, operators and founders with an experienced and knowledgeable investor that can assist with a multitude of opportunities including: capitalizing on rapid internal growth, identifying and closing mergers and acquisitions and executing on complex geographical expansions, facility acquisitions and product line extensions. PGI is also experienced as an investor supporting challenged situations, corporate divestitures, buyouts of inactive shareholders and recapitalizations.

The commonality across every investment over the past fifteen years together is that we prefer to invest with owners, operators, management teams and founders that share our entrepreneurial mindset. Ideally, the capital we invest can directly address a growth opportunity or challenge, where the PGI team and operating advisors can provide financial, operational and strategic assistance to unlock growth, accelerate the creation of shareholder value and improve the position of the business for a future liquidity event.

Investment Criteria

Our consistent investment approach reflects our fifteen year history together, combines our collective backgrounds and skills while focusing on the following preference areas:

Business Type
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Complex manufacturing
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Unique and differentiated business services
Industries
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Aviation
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Aerospace
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Industrial equipment
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Medical devices
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Medical diagnostics
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Specialty building products
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Specialty chemicals
Transaction Experience
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Growth; rapid internal, acquisition, geographic expansion
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Management buyouts/purchase of inactive shareholders
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Recapitalizations
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Restructuring of fundamentally sound business
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Corporate divestitures

Portfolio

Team

The Principals have over fifty years of combined financial and operational experience and relationships. The Principals, coupled with the Operating Partners, possess nearly one hundred years of experience across all functional areas of the investment process. The Principals over the past fifteen years have invested across a wide variety of platform companies, completing add-on business acquisitions, product line acquisitions in addition to geographic and facility expansions. The Principals experience, reputation and success have attracted co-investments from some of the most respected and highly regarded institutional investors and family offices in the United States.

Mark A. Sampson

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Thomas Webster

Co-founder and Managing Partner

Robert Thompson

Operating Partner

Timothy Dowd

Operating Partner

Brooke M. Sampson

Executive Assistant

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