Private Equity

We invest capital and our time to enhance the value of great businesses

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Built on relationships

At their core, great businesses are built on win-win relationships. This understanding grounds our approach to acquiring controlling interest of up to 100%, and is the reason that many of the sellers we buy from continue to do business with KV after their transaction is closed. The customized solutions we offer for private companies across Canada and the United States provide business owners with partial or full exits that they feel good about.

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Investment criteria

  • EBITDA greater than $1 million
  • Established operations with sustainable and consistent cash flow
  • Compelling growth prospects
  • Differentiated product or service offerings with a sustainable competitive advantage 
  • Majority ownership required
  • Industry agnostic

Are you a business owner?

Private equity is a catch all term, and accordingly there are various groups with many different perspectives that you can connect with in this space. Because we are also business owners, we are not transactional.  Our team values long term relationships and invests in developing productive rapport that will give you confidence in dealing with KV. Contact a member of our team to explore how we can work together.

Our portfolio

KV Private Equity is proud to be a positive catalyst for the companies in our portfolio. We identify, invest in, and enhance the value of great businesses.

Campion has been building boats for discerning customers around the world for nearly 50 years and is continuing to push the boundaries as they relate to style and functionality through well considered design. With almost five decades of quality boat building heritage combined with the excitement that comes with a focused plan of innovation and growth, Campion’s goal is to design and build the boats of tomorrow that can be enjoyed today.

Escape Trailer builds high-quality lightweight fiberglass travel trailers designed to be practical, elegant and affordable. All Escape travel trailers have a 100% molded fiberglass body, and the body is constructed from a top and bottom shell which is fiberglassed together at the center prior to demolding to create a seamless body construction. This eliminates any chance of water penetration while maintaining a strong, durable, lightweight RV.

Off Grid Trailers redefines camping with innovative off-road trailers designed to connect you with nature, inviting you to explore the wild with unparalleled adventure. Bringing backcountry camping into the mainstream, we build durable off-road trailers that can withstand any climate and any terrain. We don’t just build trailers, we build relationships: with our customers and our team, with our partners and vendors.

Northern Lite brings over 30-years of experience into building the lightest and highest quality true 4-season truck campers on the market. Northern Lite is known throughout the RV industry for our quality, workmanship & the high end fit and finish on all of our products.

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How much is my business worth?

Selling a business is similar to selling real estate; the value is a negotiated amount between a buyer and seller. While there are different ways to estimate a business’s value, a common starting point is to determine a multiple of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) over a period of 12 months.

What is the process of selling a business?

A discussion and preliminary analysis will help determine the ways in which we can work together. If there is mutual interest in moving forward, we will provide you with an offer in the form of an EOI/LOI(Expression of Interest/Letter of Intent). If the EOI/LOI is accepted, we will perform due diligence and then close the transaction. The timing for closing a sale is driven by the business owner and can take as little as three months.

Will KV invest in my business if I don't want to sell it?

We are excited by opportunities to partner with business owners and grow their business. KV's investment policy requires us to hold a controlling interest (51%+ of the equity).

What happens during due diligence?

Due diligence is similar to a financial statement audit; the difference is that the scope expands to include all aspects of your business. We use this time to learn about your business, verify the accuracy of information, and work with you to plan for what happens after the transaction closes.

What happens to the business after I sell it?

This depends on what your objectives are. If you are looking for an exit plan, we will work with you to arrange a smooth transition for all stakeholders. If you choose to stay on and partner with us, we will enact the growth plans agreed to during due diligence.

Our team

Our team’s approach to private equity is based on a shared passion for helping ambitious businesses grow and prosper.

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Jonathan Herman
Michael Crawley
Gordon Verley
Akshay Kakar
Kristen Visser

Fund I directors

Meet KV Private Equity's Board of Directors

Nizar J. Somji
Landon Goudreau
Dr. Nimet Jinnah
Harry Kipnes
Jamie Scott

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