A111 Capital is a private investment firm focused on operator-led acquisitions of lower middle-market companies. With our infrastructure and committed capital, we support highly-skilled business leaders in their search for values-driven enterprises seeking an owner exit or transition. Our operators have proven track records leading high-performance organizations as well as world-class education in management disciplines and our investment approach ensures the owner's legacy is preserved and expanded. We invest with the objective of building long-term, sustainable growth through strategic initiatives, operational improvements and active ownership.
We understand that every seller has a unique situation. We take the time to understand each seller's objectives. Our acquisition structures are flexible and our goal is to ensure a successful transition for all parties. We deploy patient capital and we are not constrained by traditional private equity fund horizons.
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The A111 community of investors and operators seeks to create value for society and the planet through the operations of profitable and sustainable firms. The strength of these firms is derived from the people. This belief forms the foundation of our management philosophy.
Our approach begins with the selection of high-potential, values-driven leaders who will operate portfolio companies. We call this an operator-led approach and it starts with the investment thesis of proven leaders who partner with us to find a company they will operate as the CEO. These professionals possess strong leadership skills, thorough management training, and most importantly, grit for the operating journey.
Our operators follow a deliberate and careful approach when they assume the leadership of a firm. Because we focus on stable, profitable businesses, our operators’ first priority is to do no harm while building relationships with employees and learning more about the business and improvement opportunities. Taking the time to understand the people and operations builds credibility with the team and lays the foundation for a high-trust culture. Over time, a strong and vibrant culture will provide the soil for highly effective and efficient change initiatives that drive growth and sustained impact across a triple bottom line (people, planet, and profits).
During the initial period of relationship building and information gathering, our operators gain insight from employees regarding the improvement opportunities that will create the most value for the organization. They are able to assess the firm across a variety of dimensions (strategy, systems, policies, etc.). With this perspective, they ensure corporate values and strategies are sound, complete, and understood by every team member in the company. With the firm’s bearings clearly communicated, the leadership team can begin implementing change initiatives with great confidence and predictable success.
Change initiatives are prioritized based on two key factors:
Executability (Easy Wins): Early success will have a lasting impact on employee morale and our ability to drive sustained growth. Our leadership teams prioritize changes that are easy to implement and warmly embraced by personnel. This builds morale, confidence, and the belief that employees are part of something special that will deliver a meaningful impact.
Value Creation: Initiatives need to be more than easy and welcome. For impact to be achieved, our leadership teams focus on the primary constraints impeding value creation as they position firms for accelerated and sustainable growth.
The range of potential management interventions is extensive and it varies across every portfolio company. By focusing on the job to be done, our leadership teams make success predictable.
With culture, strategy, and systems in alignment, our leadership teams can unleash the talent in their organizations to achieve great things, including value creation for our society, our planet, and every stakeholder involved with our portfolio companies. Our most valuable resources are people. Prioritizing the health and wellness of our organizations positions our portfolio companies to deliver maximum impact.