Investment Strategy

Our primary goal is to back exceptional management teams pursuing extraordinary opportunities that meet our primary investment criteria. As such, we do not have any industry focus or bias but instead target industry leaders involved in growing or unique market opportunities. While we are industry generalists, we have extensive experience with niche manufacturing, business services, healthcare services and consumer products transactions. Typically, DSV will pursue investments in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States but will invest in opportunistic transactions across the United States as evidenced by a geographically diverse current portfolio of investments.

Our investments are mostly structured as subordinated debt with warrants, preferred equity or a combination of those securities, allowing the flexibility to optimize a company's capital structure while minimizing shareholder dilution. Our financings are typically used for:

  • Change of Control / Buyouts
  • Growth Expansion
  • Acquisitions
  • Recapitalizations

We can serve as a lead investor or co-investor with similar funds or other investors and have partnered with over 20 co-investors throughout the history of our funds.

We target established businesses, usually with revenues of at least $10 million and EBITDA of $1 million or with attractive and improving cash flow dynamics. Our typical portfolio company has historical annual EBITDA between $2 - $6 million.