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We will invest in manufacturers and marketers of food products, as well as other consumer products in the household and personal care industries and over-the-counter health and nutritional products sectors. Our typical equity investment will likely range from $50 million to $150 million, but for the right opportunity we will invest more or less. We will endeavor to make majority investments in opportunities where we can partner with management to materially improve the operations and growth trajectory of the business. We seek investments in companies that have an undermanaged or underappreciated growth element that can be exploited and the ability to be strategically relevant upon exit to a trade buyer or the public markets.

The Firm seeks to invest in companies with the following characteristics
and attributes:

  • Branded or private label food and consumer product companies
  • Superior growth prospects supported by enduring trends, such as convenience, balanced nutrition, and consumer value
  • Attractive category dynamics
  • Leading position in the categories they serve
  • Customer and product diversity
  • Culture of innovation
  • Multiple levers of value creation and benefit from Change Capital
  • Appropriate scale to be low-cost producer and distribute products on a national basis
  • Ability to act as a platform for future acquisition opportunities

Kainos will avoid fads which may have a short history of rapid growth, but lack a track record of sustainability. Ultimately, we will look for companies that have high quality and great tasting products, as these are product attributes that consumers are typically unwilling to compromise on, despite what health or cost benefits they may perceive.

Within the Food and Consumer Sector the Kainos Partners have successfully invested in the following type of opportunities:

  • Partnering with existing management teams to invest behind growth opportunities
  • Investing in family owned businesses with strong cultural identity to help elevate business to next phase of growth
  • Buying non-core assets or brands that are sold without a management team