Consumer & Retail

The transactions listed below include certain transactions executed by the partners of Fidus prior to forming the firm.

Company Business Description Ownership/Client Transaction Purchaser
Advanced Accessory Systems, Inc.

Supplier of roof racks and towing systems for the automotive OEM market and the automotive aftermarket

JP Morgan Partners Sellside Castle Harlan
Agilex Fragrances

Largest independent platform targeting the U.S. fragrance middle market

Private Sellside MidOcean Partners
American Candy Company (A)

Manufacturer of assorted soft candy

Pinkerton Group Inc. Divestiture Farley Candy Company
American Candy Company (B)

Manufacturer of assorted hard candy

Pinkerton Group Inc. Divestiture ACC Acquisition Company
Arcade, Inc.

Manufacturer of scent and tactile sampling products (primarily to the fragrance/cosmetics industry) based on micro-encapsulation technology

Liberty Capital Partners Sellside DLJ Merchant Banking
Best & Co.

Premier American brand of childrenswear, known for its high quality and classic style

D.E. Shaw & Co., LP Sellside Barrett Fitzpatrick Holdings, LLC
Border Foods, Inc.

Provider of ingredients and packaged food products to the Mexican food industry

Capital Partners Sellside Swander Pace Capital
Brass Eagle

Designer and manufacturer of paintball products

Brass Eagle / Charter Oak Capital Partners Sellside K2, Inc.
Brazil Air Partners, Ltd.

Investment entity formed by a consortium of private investors to acquire a minority stake in BRA Transportes Aéreos S.A., a Brazilian low-fare airline

Private Advisory
Claremont Restaurant Group

Owner and operator of restaurant chains (Sagebrush Steakhouse and Western Steer)

Fresh Foods Divestiture Carousel Capital
Community Coffee Co.

Regional producer and marketer of gourmet coffee

Private Advisory
Cookie Associates Ltd.

Leading franchisee of Great American Cookies, Pretzelmaker, and TCBY

Private Sellside VKC Group

Chain of fast casual restaurants in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas

Private Sellside
Directed Electronics

Provider of consumer electronics for the automotive aftermarket

Trivest Inc. Financing
Disguise Inc.

Manufacturer of Halloween costumes and accessories

Private Sellside Code Hennessy & Simmons
Encompass Lighting Group

Designer and manufacturer of branded low-voltage residential and commercial lighting fixtures

Harbour Group Sellside Quality Home Brands / Quad-C
Entertainment Resource, Inc.

A value-added distributor of consumer products to the grocery, drug and specialty retail channels. It is an innovative leader in its respective niche

Palm Beach Capital Sellside Glencoe Capital
FAO Schwarz

Legendary retailer of unique specialty toys

D.E. Shaw & Co., LP Sellside Toys "R" Us
Flavor House, Inc.

Largest private label snack nut processor and marketer in the U.S.

Capital Partners Sellside Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.
Gerber Childrenswear, Inc.

Leading marketer and producer of branded infant and toddler apparel and related products

Citicorp Venture Capital Sellside Kellwood Company
Humphreys, Inc.

Manufacturer and marketer of belts and personal leather goods

Kelso & Company Sellside Randa Corp.
Juno Lighting, Inc. (A)

Leading manufacturer of branded residential and commercial lighting fixtures

Fremont Partners Financing
Juno Lighting, Inc. (B)

Leading manufacturer of branded residential and commercial lighting fixtures

Fremont Partners Sellside Schneider Electric SA
Kimbrell's Furniture

Discount furniture retailer

Private Advisory
Kohler Co.

Leading manufacturer of branded kitchen and bath products

Private Financing
Lakeland Tours, Inc.

One of the nation's largest youth educational travel specialists

Private Sellside First Union Capital Partners
Lear Siegler - Beauti-Glide

Manufacturer of steel bed frames and other related products such as rollaway beds and crib frames

Lear Siegler / Forstmann Little Divestiture Leggett & Platt, Inc.
National Educational Travel Council

Leading provider of culturally enriched educational travel programs

Private Sellside WorldStrides
National Picture & Frame Co.

Manufacturer of picture frames and framed art

National Picture & Frame Co. / Code Hennessy & Simmons Sellside Colonnade Capital
NEP Broadcasting, LLC

National provider of outsourced media services and broadcast facilities for the delivery of live sports and entertainment events

Wachovia Capital Partners Sellside Apax Partners / Spectrum Equity Investors
Nice Pak

Manufacturer of wipes for the consumer and healthcare markets

Private Advisory
Petro Stopping Centers L.P.

One of the largest operators of full-service truck stops with a national network of 50 facilities in 29 states

Chartwell Investments Advisory
Pierre Foods, Inc.

Manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, differentiated processed food solutions, focusing on formed, pre-cooked protein products, and handheld convenience sandwiches

Private Sellside Madison Dearborn Partners
Popular Club Plan, Inc.

Discount catalog retailer of general merchandise

J. Crew Group, Inc. / Texas Pacific Group Divestiture Fingerhut Companies, Inc.
Q Clubs, Inc.

Chain of high-end health clubs

Wachovia Capital Partners Sellside Fitness Holdings, Inc.
Refined Sugars, Inc.

A producer, packager, and distributor of branded and private label sugar

Onex Corp. Sellside Florida Crystals / Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of FL
Shemin Nurseries

Leading distributor of landscape supplies to landscape contractors and commercial landscape professionals

Private Sellside Centre Lane Partners
Simpson Performance Products, Inc.

Leading provider of safety products for the motorsports industry

Carousel Capital Sellside Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. Management L.P.
Skyline Chili, Inc.

Regional chain of franchised and company-owned restaurants

Nautic Partners Sellside Prudential Capital Partners / Management
Sleep Experts Partners, L.P.

Leading Texas-based retailer of mattresses and related sleep products and accessories

Private Sellside Mattress Firm Holding Corp.
Sleepmaster, LLC

Manufacturer and distributor of Serta brand mattresses and box springs

Citicorp Venture Capital Buyside
Smith Alarm Systems (A)

Provider of security systems and monitoring for commercial and residential customers

Private Sellside Citicorp Venture Capital
Smith Alarm Systems (B)

Provider of security systems and monitoring for commercial and residential customers

Citicorp Venture Capital Sellside Ameritech Corp.
Snugli, Inc.

Manufacturer of infant carriers

Private Sellside Huffy Corp.
Tanner Companies

Second largest direct seller of high-end apparel to affluent women in the U.S

Private Sellside Tanner Family
Technographics Printworld

Provider of rotogravure printing on paper and other materials for the apparel, home furnishing, manufactured housing, and ready-to-assemble furniture markets

Private Sellside GenCorp, Inc.
Textron - British Sterling

Producer of men's cologne

Textron Inc. Divestiture MEM Company, Inc.
The New Release

Largest operator of DVD rental kiosks located in grocery stores

Private Financing
United Plastic Films


Manufacturer of branded and private label retail plastic bags

Private Sellside ConAgra, Inc.

Provider of student travel and other educational services

Charlesbank Capital / Silverhawk / Management Sellside Carlyle Group
Wortz Company


Private label cookie and cracker manufacturer

Private Sellside Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.