CVF Capital Partners (“CVF”) was established in 2005 to provide private capital to small to medium-sized businesses. CVF’s capital is used to finance late stage growth and expansion, strategic acquisitions, ownership transitions, and recapitalizations. In the form of subordinated debt or preferred stock, CVF typically provides the layer of a company’s capital structure between senior debt and common equity, often referred to as mezzanine capital. Originally, CVF focused on California with a concentration on its underserved Central Valley. CVF’s scope has since expanded to the entire West Coast, reaching the Pacific Northwest and Texas.
CVF focuses on growing firms across the Western United States with at least $1 million in cash flow. Our target investment is between $3 million and $15 million, and we have strong partner relationships with other private equity firms and sponsors that enable us to handle significantly larger investments.
For companies that cannot obtain desired levels of bank financing but with a track record of profitability, mezzanine capital can be a superior alternative to raising additional equity. Mezzanine capital is attractive to business owners because it is typically less dilutive than equity and can allow existing owners to maintain significant ownership. CVF prides itself on working with business owners to best fit their needs and our mezzanine investments are specifically structured to accommodate the specific business. Additionally, the Fund provides all portfolio companies with significant personal attention—a rarity in this marketplace. Our principals have extensive private equity investing experience with over 150 transactions combined since 1988, and have also built and managed successful businesses.
In addition to our private equity and business knowledge, CVF has substantial experience in the Hispanic markets in both the United States and México. Relationships with Nacional Financiera (México’s economic development bank), FOCIR (México’s agricultural development fund), ProMéxico (a part of México’s Secretary of the Economy), Fondo de Fondos (México’s largest Private Equity investor), and numerous Hispanic-managed businesses provide CVF the needed expertise to navigate the growing Hispanic marketplace. Hispanics are currently the fastest growing demographic in California and the Western United States and comprise more than 40 percent of the population of the Central Valley. As such, CVF is committed to expanding the outreach to the Hispanic community and other underserved markets in the Western United States.
CVF Capital Partners has over a decade of success investing in the Lower-Middle Market of the Western United States. Please contact us below to learn more.