Golden Gate Capital

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Golden Gate Capital
Industry Private equity
Founded 2000; 17 years ago (2000)
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Products Leveraged buyout, growth capital
Total assets $15 billion+
Number of employees

Golden Gate Capital is an American private equity firm based in San Francisco. The firm makes investments in a number of select industries, including technology, financial services, retail and industrial, through leveraged buyout transactions as well as significant minority purchases and growth capital investments. As of April 2017, it had over $15 billion in assets under management (AUM).[1]

The firm was founded in 2000, by former investment professionals from private equity firm Bain Capital, as well as business consultants from its affiliate Bain & Company.

Golden Gate's investment fund is structured as an evergreen fund with no finite life, meaning Golden Gate does not have to sell all investments within five to 10 years in order to raise another fund and can instead fundraise as deals are made.[2]

It has approximately 30 investment professionals.


On October 9, 2012, Wolverine World Wide, Golden Gate Capital and Blum Capital took over Collective Brands.[3]

On May 15, 2007, Limited Brands announced its intent to sell a 67% stake in Express to Golden Gate Capital Partners. When the sale was finalized in July 2007, Golden Gate's stake in the company was 75% for approximately $550M, instead of the announced 67%.

The firm made a larger investment buying a majority stake in the Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant chain for $131M in 2008.

In 2006, it bought Neways International for $500 M, acquiring the company at an auction held by the divorce court after a $700 M transaction led by Ramy El-Batrawi was abandoned because of the feuding between the divorcing couple that owned Neways International.[4]

In June 2009, the company announced the purchase of the J. Jill brand business from Talbots.[5] In April 2011, the Bahrain-based private equity firm Arcapita bought Jill Acquisitions from Golden Gate.[6]

In 2011, it acquired California Pizza Kitchen.[7]

In the aftermath of the bursting of the Dot-com bubble the firm has shown a pattern of investments in technology companies that may have been distressed by the recession of that time.

On July 28, 2014 Golden Gate completed the purchase of Red Lobster from Darden Restaurants for $2.1 billion.[8]

In November 2014, Golden Gate Capital agreed to buy Angus Chemical Co. and its Sterlington plant from Dow Chemical for $1.215 billion.[9]

In May 2015, the company backed Philip P. Gass and Kostas Cheliotis with $750 million for a reinsurance company.[10]

In January of 2017, the company purchased Bob Evans Restaurants for $565 million and Pineland Farms Potato Company for $115 million, stating that the foods segment is "its fastest-growing and most profitable segment and believes this transition will result in higher returns for shareholders." [11]


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