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Investments

20

Portfolio Exits

6

Funds

9

Partners & Customers

4

Service Providers

2

About Gridiron Capital

Gridiron Capital is a private equity financing firm that invests in mature companies with a preference for companies located in the midwest US, northeast US, southeast US, west.

Gridiron Capital Headquarter Location

220 Elm Street

New Canaan, Connecticut, 06840,

United States

203-972-1100

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08:00 ET Gridiron Capital Recognized as a Top Founder-Friendly Investor

Oct 6, 2021

Inc. Magazine names Gridiron Capital in its 2021 list of Founder-Friendly Investors News provided by Share this article Share this article NEW CANAAN, Conn., Oct. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gridiron Capital, LLC ("Gridiron Capital"), an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, today announced it has been named to Inc. Magazine's 2021 List of Founder-Friendly Investors. Inc. recognizes investors with the best track record of success backing entrepreneurs. This marks the second time Inc. has recognized Gridiron in its list of Founder-Friendly Investors. As a team of former entrepreneurs, investors, and business operators, Gridiron has created a culture and investment approach based on first-hand experience building and running businesses. Gridiron has a culture of integrity and respect and understands the importance of having alignment with founders and management. To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships. Tom Burger, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Gridiron, commented, "We are honored by the 2021 Inc. recognition. As former founders, members of our own family businesses, and operating and senior executives, we understand how to be true, good, and successful partners. We value and respect the success and day-to-day specific experiences founders and management teams bring and understand the value that can be created when combined with the resources, capabilities, and broad experiences across businesses Gridiron brings." Kevin Jackson, Managing Partner at Gridiron Capital, added, "We believe that relationships matter and we begin with respect for everyone in an organization and understand that a company's people and culture are critical to success. We seek to partner with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams who are motivated by a passion to build and grow their companies by executing on a shared strategic vision." Since its founding in 2005, Gridiron has invested in partnership with more than 120 growth-oriented companies, including 31 platform companies, many of which were founder-led at the time of Gridiron's investment. Gridiron has extensive investment experience within branded consumer, B2B and B2C services, and niche industrial segments in the United States and Canada. Introduced in 2019, the Founder-Friendly Private Equity Firms list quickly established itself as one of Inc.'s most resourceful franchises. It has become a go-to guide for entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies while retaining an ownership stake. "Supporting an entrepreneur's vision and driving growth is more than just a financial investment. It's about building a relationship and supporting the founders beyond that initial year. These private equity firms treat the founders like partners," says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. Media. The October 2021 issue of Inc. magazine is available online now , and will be on newsstands beginning October 5, 2021. See the complete list here . About Gridiron Capital, LLC Gridiron Capital is an investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, and creating value by building middle-market companies into industry-leaders in branded consumer, B2B and B2C services, and niche industrial segments in the United States and Canada. We help transform growing companies by winning together through hard work, partnerships grounded in shared values and a unique culture that comes from hands-on experience building and running businesses. As a team led by former operators and entrepreneurs, we know what it takes to run successful businesses on a day-to-day basis. Additional information is available on the firm's website: www.gridironcapital.com . About Inc. The world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit  www.inc.com . For Additional Information:

Gridiron Capital Investments

20 Investments

Gridiron Capital has made 20 investments. Their latest investment was in Erie as part of their Private Equity on August 8, 2021.

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Gridiron Capital Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/3/2021

Private Equity

Erie

Yes

4

12/3/2020

Private Equity - II

GSM Outdoors

Yes

1

10/7/2020

Private Equity

Cubii

Yes

3

4/22/2019

Private Equity

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$99M

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10

11/6/2018

Private Equity

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$99M

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10

Date

8/3/2021

12/3/2020

10/7/2020

4/22/2019

11/6/2018

Round

Private Equity

Private Equity - II

Private Equity

Private Equity

Private Equity

Company

Erie

GSM Outdoors

Cubii

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Amount

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

4

1

3

10

10

Gridiron Capital Portfolio Exits

6 Portfolio Exits

Gridiron Capital has 6 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Rough Country on June 29, 2021.

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Exit

Companies

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6/29/2021

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6/29/2021

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Exit

Acq - Fin - II

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Sources

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10

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Gridiron Capital Acquisitions

20 Acquisitions

Gridiron Capital acquired 20 companies. Their latest acquisition was Plano Synergy - Hunting and Archery Unit on April 20, 2021.

Date

Investment Stage

Companies

Valuation
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Total Funding

Note

Sources

4/20/2021

Acquired Unit - Fin

1

4/13/2021

Acq - Fin

Acq - Fin - II

1

11/18/2020

Acq - Fin - II

Acq - Fin - II

1

9/22/2020

Private Equity

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$991

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10

5/2/2019

Private Equity

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$99M

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10

Date

4/20/2021

4/13/2021

11/18/2020

9/22/2020

5/2/2019

Investment Stage

Acq - Fin

Acq - Fin - II

Private Equity

Private Equity

Companies

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Valuation

$991

Total Funding

$99M

$99M

Note

Acquired Unit - Fin

Acq - Fin - II

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Sources

1

1

1

10

10

Gridiron Capital Fund History

9 Fund Histories

Gridiron Capital has 9 funds, including Gridiron Capital Fund IV.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

12/17/2020

Gridiron Capital Fund IV

$1,350M

4

12/13/2019

Gridiron Capital (Parallel) Fund IV

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$99M

10

12/13/2019

Gridiron Strategic Advisors Fund IV

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$99M

10

10/31/2016

Gridiron Strategic Advisors Fund III

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$99M

10

10/26/2016

Gridiron Capital Fund III

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$99M

10

Closing Date

12/17/2020

12/13/2019

12/13/2019

10/31/2016

10/26/2016

Fund

Gridiron Capital Fund IV

Gridiron Capital (Parallel) Fund IV

Gridiron Strategic Advisors Fund IV

Gridiron Strategic Advisors Fund III

Gridiron Capital Fund III

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Amount

$1,350M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

4

10

10

10

10

Gridiron Capital Partners & Customers

4 Partners and customers

Gridiron Capital has 4 strategic partners and customers. Gridiron Capital recently partnered with Cubii on October 10, 2020.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

10/6/2020

Partner

Cubii

United States

Gridiron Capital Invests in Partnership with Cubii Founders

NEW CANAAN , CT> , October 6 , 2020 -- Gridiron Capital , LLC , an investment firm focused on partnering with founders , entrepreneurs , and management teams , is pleased to announce a new partnership with Cubii , a DTC-driven creator of innovative fitness equipment and approachable wellness solutions .

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4/25/2019

Partner

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4/22/2019

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11/6/2018

Partner

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Date

10/6/2020

4/25/2019

4/22/2019

11/6/2018

Type

Partner

Partner

Partner

Partner

Business Partner

Cubii

Country

United States

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News Snippet

Gridiron Capital Invests in Partnership with Cubii Founders

NEW CANAAN , CT> , October 6 , 2020 -- Gridiron Capital , LLC , an investment firm focused on partnering with founders , entrepreneurs , and management teams , is pleased to announce a new partnership with Cubii , a DTC-driven creator of innovative fitness equipment and approachable wellness solutions .

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Gridiron Capital Service Providers

2 Service Providers

Gridiron Capital has 2 service provider relationships

Service Provider

Associated Rounds

Provider Type

Service Type

Acq - Fin - II, and Private Equity

Investment Bank

Joint Bookrunner, Joint Lead Arranger, Sole Bookrunner

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Associated Rounds

Acq - Fin - II, and Private Equity

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Provider Type

Investment Bank

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Service Type

Joint Bookrunner, Joint Lead Arranger, Sole Bookrunner

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Gridiron Capital Team

12 Team Members

Gridiron Capital has 12 team members, including current Chief Financial Officer, Brian J. Rachal.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Thomas A. Burger

Founder

Current

Eugene P. Conese

Founder

Current

Eugene Conese

Founder

Current

Brian J. Rachal

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Michael W. Walsh

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Name

Thomas A. Burger

Eugene P. Conese

Eugene Conese

Brian J. Rachal

Michael W. Walsh

Work History

Title

Founder

Founder

Founder

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

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