In the year 2007, a group of partners led by Robert Gay and Jon Huntsman came together. They established what is now one of the leading private equity firms in the globe. At the time, Gay was a well-connected managing director at Bain Capital, and Huntsman was the CEO-cum-founder of a manufacturing company named after him. Bringing together their know-how, they founded H&G Capital Partners.
The firm kicked off on a high note. The name, however, became an issue due to its similarity with that of another firm called HIG Capital. Following the filling of a lawsuit by HIG Capital, H&G Capital Partners had to change its title to Huntsman and Gay Global Capital in honor of its two senior most founding partners. This title was however short-lived as in the year 2013, following the departure of both of these partners; the firm adopted the title HGGC.
Its growth and operation
Over the years, the company has managed to acquire 4.3 billion dollars’ worth of cumulative capital. Additionally, the firm boasts of seventeen billion dollars’ worth of platform investments, acquisitions, liquidity and recapitalization endeavors, recapitalization transactions and leveraged buyouts.
HGGC is mainly invested in mid-cap and middle market companies that are both in the public and private sector. Furthermore, it has a keen interest in companies that are in the process of adapting to new technology. Such companies like car dealerships, insurance companies, and grocery stores are on a path to great expansion which will lead to more income. Additionally, HGGC invests in a number of industries including technology, healthcare, infrastructure, manufacturing, finance, chemicals, software and information service sectors among others.
A crucial requirement that HGGC has when it comes to companies it invests in is that they must have a hundred up to five hundred million dollars’ worth of enterprise value, annual revenue ranging between a hundred million and a billion dollars and an EBITDA of fifteen million up to seventy-five million dollars. The reason is that HGGC places investments of up to a hundred and twenty-five million dollars and not less than twenty-five million; hence the companies must match up to these amounts