Golden Gate Capital

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Golden Gate Capital Partners
Industry Private equity
Founded 2000
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Products Leveraged buyout, growth capital
Total assets $12 billion
Number of employees

Golden Gate Capital Partners is an American private equity firm based in San Francisco, California. The firm makes investments primarily in mature technology companies, as well as other select industries, through leveraged buyout transactions as well as significant minority purchases and growth capital investments.

The firm was founded in 2000, by former investment professionals from private equity firm Bain Capital, as well as business consultants from its affiliate Bain & Company.

Golden Gate currently[when?] has over $12 billion in assets under management (AUM) and has approximately 30 investment professionals.


The firm primarily seeks investments, less than $100 million in size, that have possible rapid gains in equity, with a significant possibility of liquidity.

On October 9, 2012, Wolverine World Wide, Golden Gate Capital and Blum Capital took over Collective Brands.[1]

On May 15, 2007, Limited Brands announced its intent to sell a 67% stake in Express to Golden Gate Capital Partners. When the sale was finalized in July 2007, Golden Gate's stake in the company was 75% for approximately $550M, instead of the announced 67%.

The firm made a larger investment buying a majority stake in the Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant chain for $131M in 2008.

In June 2009, the company announced the purchase of the J. Jill brand business from Talbots.[2] In April 2011, the Bahrain-based private equity firm Arcapita bought Jill Acquisitions from Golden Gate.[3]

In 2011, it acquired California Pizza Kitchen.[4]

In the aftermath of the bursting of the Dot-com bubble the firm has shown a pattern of investments in technology companies that may have been distressed by the recession of that time.

On July 28, 2014 Golden Gate completed the purchase of Red Lobster from Darden Restaurants for $2.1 billion.[5]

In November 2014, Golden Gate Capital agreed to buy Angus Chemical Co. and its Sterlington plant from Dow Chemical for $1.215 billion.[6]

In May 2015, the company backed Philip P. Gass and Kostas Cheliotis with $750 million for a reinsurance company.[7]


  1. "Wolverine Worldwide, Golden Gate Capital and Blum Capital complete acquisition of Collective Brands". Golden Gate Capital.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Paying the Price for J. Jill,, July 1, 2009". Retrieved 2010-09-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. CIT Provides Financing for J. Jill Acquisition - Retrieved on 2014-05-23.
  4. Press Release: California Pizza Kitchen to Be Acquired by Golden Gate Capital; Stockholders to Receive $18.50 in Cash Per Share
  5. "Darden Completes Sale Of Red Lobster To Golden Gate Capital". MarketWatch. Retrieved August 26, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Greg Hilburn (November 12, 2014). "Dow sells ANGUS to private equity firm". The News-Star.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Buhayar, Noah (13 May 2015). "Golden Gate Capital Backs Gass in $750 Million Reinsurance Push". Bloomberg. Retrieved 10 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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