Ashland Capital is a Chicago-based private investment firm devoted to investing in and growing companies in the lower-middle market. Ashland acquires controlling interests in companies with values ranging from $10 million to $50 million and strengthens these businesses with targeted, strategic guidance. We invest for the long term, partnering with in-place management teams to create lasting business value.
Ashland is a partnership of family and individual investors which, as opposed to a traditional fund model, is advantageous for both us and the companies with whom we partner. Our investments are not bound by the predefined exit horizons with private equity models, thus allowing our investment partnerships to evolve unhindered by the external requirements of institutional capital. Further, Ashland regards each of its portfolio companies as long-term investments and will stand behind our portfolio companies and their management teams as they endure short-term challenges.
Additionally, Ashland provides growth capital in partnering with successful entrepreneurs in early-stage businesses, specifically with profitability of between $1 – $5 million in TTM EBITDA.
As a long-term partner, Ashland can offer mature relationships with institutional investors and lenders alike, and can thus reduce the overall cost of capital which would otherwise be impossible for this size of company. We also provide assistance in developing the assets, staff, and systems to get these businesses to the next level.