Investment Focus

McCarthy Capital has invested in 41 private companies. Our core investment focus has not changed in nearly 30 years – we grow businesses in partnership with management. We invest across a wide range of industries.

Investment Preferences

  • Equity investments of $10 – $50 million
  • Majority or minority positions
  • Mix of growth equity investments, recapitalizations and management buyouts
  • Investments across a wide range of industries
  • Management-friendly capital, typically holding common equity alongside management

Investment Criteria

Company Characteristics

  • Companies with annual revenue of at least $15 million
  • Companies with annual cash flow of at least $3 million
  • Companies with established management teams
  • Companies with proven business models, an established customer base and market share


  • Management teams with a demonstrated track record for growth and profitability
  • Management with a significant ownership position in the company, representing most of their financial net worth


  • Products and/or services that are branded or proprietary
  • Products and/or services that generate consistent operating earnings


  • Markets with favorable growth prospects – either through participation in growing industries, market share expansion, industry consolidation or innovative business strategies