Banyan Fund, L.P. was founded in 2002 to provide mezzanine capital to smaller middle-market companies headquartered primarily in the Southeastern United States. Mezzanine capital is used to supplement a company’s debt capacity beyond banks’ credit limitations and is a substantially cheaper and less dilutive alternative to equity financing.
With over $250 million of committed capital from Fund I (2004) and Fund II (2007), we can provide financing of approximately $2 million to $8 million to companies which meet our investment criteria, generally structured in the form of subordinated debt with attached warrants (for the future purchase of common equity). Banyan can also arrange larger financings through its partners or affiliations with other firms. Such financings are typically used for growth expansion, acquisitions, recapitalizations and management buyouts.
Banyan’s focus is on companies with seasoned management teams, revenues greater than $5 million, profitable high margin operations and in growing industry segments. We will not invest in start-ups, turn-arounds, or in real estate development, oil and gas operations or direct lending businesses.
We strive to contribute beyond the capital we provide to our clients, by entering into a close partnership arrangement with management teams coupling high integrity with a desire to build substantial enterprise value. We expect to be active following the financing, making available our extensive corporate finance, lending and strategic management advisory experience.