Investment Approach

Colton’s investment approach is centered on partnering with experienced and motivated management teams who are looking for equity capital and a trusted business partner.  Colton typically looks to make control investments in management buyouts, growth capital, new business startups and recapitalization transactions.  Colton also pursues select minority equity investments and mezzanine debt investments in companies and with managers in need of capital for growth, to make add-on acquisitions or to assist in ownership transitions.  We are able to commit $500,000 to $20 million of capital into each transaction.  In several cases, where deal size is too large for Colton, we have brought in other private equity groups to co-invest alongside of us.

Colton is a value-add investor that brings strategic advice, industry experience, a broad network of relationships and a passion to its investments.  Our primary objective is to develop a growth strategy with the management team and to provide them with the necessary resources so that the partners can achieve their goals.  Historically we have been able to help management teams by providing them help with back office support, acquisition support, banking relationships, cash flow planning, supply chain support, employee recruiting, insurance procurement, enhanced operational reporting systems and real estate needs among many others.  Additionally, Colton has the ability to provide business opportunities to its portfolio companies through a vast network of longstanding industry relationships.

Overall, we are not operators but we are active investors who bring experience and relationships to help guide the strategic and financial decisions of a business.  Our goal is to be a trusted adviser and counselor on key financial and strategic decisions, typically through active participation on the Board of Directors.   We believe the people are the most important asset of any successful company and that maintaining the culture that attracted people to a specific work environment is paramount.