PE  The Sterling Group

     Office Locations:

Nine Greenway Plaza, Suite 2400
Houston, TX 77046
Phone: 713-877-8257
Fax: 713-877-1824



  • Middle Market



  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Retail & Restaurant
  • Transportation & Distribution



    The Sterling Group is a private equity investment firm engaged in the acquisition and ownership of operating businesses. Founded in 1982, Sterling has focused on making equity investments in leveraged-buyout transactions (LBOs), management-backed recapitalizations and other acquisition-related financings. The Sterling Group has acquired 42 platform companies totaling over $9.9 billion in value. Sterling's second institutional fund was raised in 2005 and totaled $470 million. Most recently, Sterling successfully raised its third institutional fund, which totaled $820 million. In addition to being a leading sponsor of LBOs in the chemical and agribusiness industries, Sterling has sponsored transactions in general manufacturing, distribution and retailing businesses. Transaction sizes generally range from $100 million to $500 million, and EBITDA greater than $15 million. Sterling targets investments of $40 million to $100 million. The firm prefers not to invest in financial services, real estate, health care or high-technology companies. The firm invests in companies headquartered in the United States and Canada.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    C. Kevin Garland Partner
    Frank J. Hevrdejs Advisory Partner and Co-Founder
    Gary Rosenthal Partner
    Gregory Elliot Partner
    Hunter Nelson Partner


    Portfolio companies include:

      B&G Crane Service
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      BTEC Turbines
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      CST Industries
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      Express Integrated Technologies
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      North American Energy Partners
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      Roofing Supply Group
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      Stackpole International
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      Universal Fiber Systems
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      Velcon Filters
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