Nautic Partners

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Nautic Partners
Type Private
Industry Private equity
Founded 1986
Headquarters Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Products Leveraged buyout
Total assets $2.5 billion
Employees 20+

Nautic Partners is a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyout investments in middle market companies across a range of industries that includes business services, manufacturing, healthcare and communications.

The firm currently manages approximately $2.5 billion of capital committed by institutional investors. Since 2000, Nautic has raised approximately $1.9 billion across two funds.


The firm, which is based in Providence, Rhode Island, United States, was founded in 1986 as Fleet Equity Partners, a subsidiary of Fleet Bank. Initially, Fleet Equity Partners invested in private equity exclusively on behalf of the bank. However, beginning in 1993, the team began to accept outside investors. In 2000, Nautic Partners was formed as an independent private equity firm with the majority of its capital for its fifth investment vehicle provided by outside investors. Fleet remained a minority investor.

Among the firm's notable investments are Prince Sports,[1] Fibertech,[2] Big Train Coffee[3] and R2C Group. The firm was also previously the owner of Skyline Chili[4]


  1. ^ Nautic Partners and management acquires Prince Sports. AltAssets, Aug 13, 2007
  2. ^ Fibertech Switches Private Equity Owners. New York Times, August 26, 2010
  3. ^ Nautic Partners acquires Big Train company. AltAssets, May 3, 2006
  4. ^ *Investment Fund Offers $23 million for Skyline Chili. New York Times, September 27, 1997

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