MERK Capital Corporation is an operationally-oriented private equity group that provides equity investments to good middle-market businesses with strong management.
Our overall strategy is dedicated to helping businesses optimize shareholder value, facilitate their strategic, operational and financial objectives across key industry sectors, and engage with companies where we have a shared vision for their business. Our investments are focused on several industries where we capitalize on our expertise – these include packaging, consumer products, food, building material, aerospace and business services related businesses.
We co-invest with private equity firms, institutional investors (e.g., family offices, investment companies, etc.) Strategic owners and financiers, MERK Capital’s professionals utilize our best-in-class pre-acquisition due diligence, post-acquisition integration and business transformation models to create and execute optimization strategies and/or initiatives for our respective investments and add on acquisitions. Our partners have over the course of their careers invested or advised in over 100 companies deploying over $4.5 billion of investment capital.
MERK Capital is an operationally oriented investment group. We build better businesses by combining strategic growth, professional management practices, global capabilities and profitable business growth. To this end we believe that financial engineering will be driven by strategic and operational initiatives. Our firms deep international and domestic relationships with private equity groups, institutional investors, commercial lenders, pension funds and finance companies provides an array of capital sources that allow us to creatively structure transactions that meet our client’s unique needs quickly.
Fundamental business improvement is the foundation of our investment strategy. MERK has developed a reputation as the pioneer of active management in private equity and has received broad recognition for its unique business model of generating superior returns by enhancing the business performance of portfolio companies. MERK was founded on the premise that by combining experience in both operating and financial talent will stimulate optimal performance from each of its investments. MERK principals have been on both the financial engineering and operational side with experience at major industrial enterprises.
Key factors that account for the Firm’s outstanding reputation include: a consistent record of superior financial returns; a distinctive investment approach that combines financial and operating skills; and the ability to attract outstanding executives to the Firm and to portfolio company management teams and boards of directors. MERK’s success depends on the same basic values that contribute to the success of any business: hard work, common sense, team work and integrity. The Firm strives to create a culture that fosters such values.
Our goal is to ensure that companies perform at the absolute optimal level. Experience demonstrates that the most effective way to achieve this goal is by:
1. Making available to each portfolio company all of the intellectual and monetary capital that the business can prudently handle;
2. Creating an environment of dedication and excitement in which managers are not afraid to take the risks necessary for superior results;
3. Developing strategic and tactical plans designed to increase the commercial value of the enterprise for the long term;
4. Ensuring that managers and employees share in the rewards of their successful efforts.