Baird's Investment Banking Group is pleased to announce the following transaction:

November 2021
Bettcher Industries
Sale to KKR
Baird served as financial advisor to Bettcher Industries on this transaction

Bettcher Industries (“Bettcher” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of MPE Partners (“MPE” or “Morgenthaler Private Equity”), recently announced that it will be acquired by KKR in a transaction that is expected to close in Q4 2021. The transaction is subject to various regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Bettcher is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative equipment in the food processing and medical device industries. The Bettcher portfolio includes the following: Bettcher, a designer and manufacturer of handheld trimmers, tools, and cutting consumables for all protein applications; Cantrell-Gainco, a manufacturer of processing equipment and yield enhancement and yield tracking systems for various protein operations; ICB Greenline, an aftermarket replacement parts and services company focused on poultry processing; and, Exsurco Medical, a leading-edge medical device company that provides innovative products and services to transform surgical grafting, debridement, and recovery outcomes for patients with burn and trauma wounds.

MPE Partners seeks to be the preferred partner for entrepreneur-, family-, and ESOP-owned companies. MPE invests in profitable, lower middle market companies with transaction values up to $250 million. MPE has two primary target investment areas: high-value manufacturing and commercial & industrial services. MPE Partners is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and Boston, Massachusetts.

KKR is a leading global investment firm that offers alternative asset management and capital markets and insurance solutions. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people and supporting growth in its portfolio companies and communities. KKR sponsors investment funds that invest in private equity, credit and real assets and has strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR is headquartered in New York, New York.

For additional information about this transaction, please contact:

Mike Barina +1-414-298-1885
Mike Lindemann +1-414-298-7408
Joel Cohen +1-312-609-4924
Jeff Seaman +1-312-609-4687
Alex Laurn +1-312-609-4479
Thomas Fetzer +49-69-1301-4920