Founded in 1991, Calera Capital has invested more than $3.5 billion of equity capital in the middle market, predominantly in founder, family and management-driven businesses.
Calera seeks to build long-term sustainable value in these companies by working with the management to enhance business strategy, grow the business through organic and acquisition-driven initiatives, and strengthen core operating infrastructure and processes. Our investment approach has a track record of creating substantial equity value across economic and investing environments, driven by our history of consistently building larger, better-positioned, and more strategically valuable operating companies.
For each $2 of capital we have invested from our funds, we have had $1 invested alongside us by existing shareholders. This is a unique statistic in our industry.
Our typical investment involves a founder, entrepreneur or management team that believes strongly in the future of their business, is looking to retain a significant ownership position, and is seeking the right partner to help them maximize both their legacy and the value of their equity stake. We are enormously proud that we have been selected as the partner of choice in so many of these situations.
The relationship between TSG and Calera was built over multiple years, and I was very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the team at Calera. They share our vision for the business and bring broad operational and governance experience in the payment technology sector to TSG. With their participation in the business we have enhanced our ability to accelerate growth and boost our offering in international markets.
Despite the success SterlingBackcheck had enjoyed since I founded the company, I felt that, with the right partner, there was still a tremendous opportunity to grow our business. I selected Calera based on the cultural fit, Calera’s successful record of investing in founder-owned companies, and its focus on driving value through strategic and operating initiatives. Calera helped Sterling to triple in size through improved strategic focus, organic operating initiatives, and several strategic acquisitions and helped position the company well for ongoing future success. Our partnership fully lived up to my expectations.
When looking for a partner with whom to pursue my most recent venture, Calera was my clear first choice. I have known the principals at Calera for a while and worked with them on the board of another company. They forge a genuine partnership with management teams, are modest, hard working and responsive, and are strategic and operational in their approach. They are not merely focused on transactions, but on building tangible and sustainable value in all aspects of a business. As we seek to take RFIB to the next level, I couldn’t ask for a stronger partner.
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