Middle Market Approach

For over 30 years, Austin Ventures has consistently and successfully partnered with talented executives to grow middle market companies in Texas.  Austin Ventures provides middle market companies with a growth-oriented investment approach, a highly experienced strategic capital partner, and an unparalleled network of business relationships in Texas and beyond.

Investment Criteria

Middle market growth companies with excellent management

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Industrial Services
  • Construction and Related Services
  • Oilfield Services
  • Food Services
  • Light Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Special Situations

Location
Headquartered in, substantially operating in, or expanding to Texas

Company Size
$5–$25 million of EBITDA; lesser amounts for tuck-in acquisitions

Investment Size
$25–$100 million; lesser amounts for tuck-in acquisitions

Preferred Situation Dynamics

Seller
Privately held business transitioning to institutional ownership

Process
Proprietary, matchmaker introduction, or limited auction

Approach
Top seller priority is “right fit” partner and not last dollar of value

Selected Investments

BenefitMall

Employee benefits and payroll processing

BenefitMall, the leader of integrated employee benefit solutions, provides industry leading technology and a national network of local offices that support the Broker distribution channel. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas and in business for more than 30 years, BenefitMall is the nation's largest general agency.

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Entrepreneurs

CompuPay

Merged with BenefitMall

CompuPay, A BenefitMall Company, is a dynamic, growing payroll company that fosters a truly rich corporate culture. Unique aspects of the CompuPay culture include our open door policy, compassion for fellow employees and the communities in which we serve and our commitment to provide our internal and external clients with the very best in client services - what we call extreme service!

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Delta Rigging & Tools

Rigging and lifting equipment solutions

Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc. is one of the largest US providers for both sales and rental of rigging and lifting products, tools, and services. Delta offers a complete portfolio of lifting solutions, including hoists, winches, wire rope, wire and synthetic slings, accessory parts, and hardware as well as testing, inspection, and field service, and rental of lifting equipment and tools.

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ENTACT

Environmental remediation and construction

ENTACT was established in 1991 in Dallas, Texas and founded on the belief that regulatory compliance, technical excellence, safe field performance, and sound business practices are all necessary to deliver outstanding projects. ENTACT is the largest national provider of environmental remediation services to the private industry and our twenty year growth has been achieved through quality performance and organic expansion. Our goal is to be the leading global provider of innovative, cost-effective, safe and sustainable environmental solutions.

Entrepreneurs

Sterling Foods

Specialty bakery products

Sterling, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a leading supplier of baked goods, as well as a provider of gourmet bakery items to the food service and retail industries. Sterling's products include a wide variety of specialty and gourmet baked products such as brownies, cakes, cookies, snack breads, soft pretzels, muffins, scones, pizza crusts and biscuits. Sterling is the largest supplier of shelf stable bakery products to the military, and also provides products to the K - 12 educational market, weight management industry and other specialty commercial markets.

Entrepreneurs

Entorian Technologies

Market-leading provider of advanced electronic technologies

Entorian Technologies Inc. is a market-leading provider of advanced electronic technologies and solutions for enterprise, consumer and other high-growth markets. With an IP portfolio of more than 230 patents and pending patent applications, the company offers high-speed, high-capacity solutions, and technology licensing. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Entorian operates two ISO-certified manufacturing facilities in Irvine, California and Reynosa, Mexico.

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Magnablend

Acquired by Univar

Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 3,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 115,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products.

Orion Marine Group

NYSE: ORN

Orion Marion Group offers a comprehensive range of marine services from a single source. Orion Construction, King Fisher Marine Service, and Misener Marine Construction are integrated into one organization to meet a broad range of design, construction, repair, maintenance, and environmental needs on, over, and under the water; including marine transportation facilities, bridges, industrial facilities, waterway systems, and pipelines.

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Entrepreneurs

Southern Star Concrete

Acquired by Compania de Cementos Argos (SA CLB: MINEROS)

Southern Star Concrete, Inc is a focused concrete supplier serving the major metropolitan markets of Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Little Rock. Southern Star is the largest ready-mixed concrete supplier in Texas and Arkansas, and also the largest independent ready-mix company in the United States.

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Entrepreneurs