The Palo Alto-based private equity firm HGGC has announced that Dyal Capital Partners has opted to buy a passive, non-voting minority stake in the company. Richard Lawson is Chairman and CEO of HGGC. He said the deal with Dyal will provide his firm with “balance sheet capital” that will support its investing platform while also increasing commitments to its own funds.
The investment by Dyal will not have no impact on the current day-to-day operations of HGGC, Lawson said. Also, the transaction will not change what has been a remarkably successful strategy for HGGC.
This firm is focused on high-tech, middle-market firms that can benefit from massive upgrades in technology. This helps them compete in a business environment that has been powerfully altered by such tech giants as Amazon over the past decade or more.
HGGC was founded in 2012 and has experienced rapid growth since. Today the firm reports $4.3 billion in cumulative capital commitments and a total enterprise value of $20 billion. It has achieved 118 portfolio investments. Its portfolio companies comprise some 63,000 employees.
It’s a company that invests in firms that have been determined to be highly competitive in markets defined as “defensible.” HGGC seeks to add value through supplying key operating skills and building relationships. Lawson likes to say his company distinguishes itself by demonstrating an ability to seek out and invest and/or acquire businesses with strong potential to scale creating partnerships with owners, managers, founders and sponsors.
In addition to Richard Lawson, the company is steered by a team of financial all-stars with long track records of success in their respective sectors. They include the former NFL legend Steve Young, the quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl wins. He was conducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2005. He is now determined to make his mark in the highly competitive PE world.
Other big names include Gregory M. Benson, a former Bain Capital executive. Leslie M. Brown was former Nutraceutical International CFO. Original founders included the legendary Jon M. Huntsman, the founder of Huntsman Chemical Corporation, and Robert C. Gay, a significant figure with the LDS Church.