Daily News: March 22, 2012

LongueVue Capital Closes $175 Million Private Investment Fund

LongueVue Capital (LVC), a New Orleans-based private equity firm, announced the final closing of LongueVue Capital Partners II, L.P. (LVC II), a private fund with up to $175 million of capital available to make private equity and debt investments in lower middle-market companies.

LVC II focuses on growth-oriented businesses generating up to $100 million of annual revenue and seeks to partner with strong management teams across a variety of industries. LVC’s principals work closely with management partners to create value by implementing growth strategies and driving operational improvements. LVC takes both control and non-control positions, providing capital for buyouts, recapitalizations, acquisitions and growth.

“We are delighted to announce the closing of LVC II and are grateful for the confidence placed in us by our limited partners,” said Rick Rees, co-founder and managing partner of LongueVue Capital. “Our success in fundraising is reflective of our disciplined investment process, strong track record in the lower middle market, and highly experienced investment team. We look forward to leveraging our experience and prior success to identify attractive investment opportunities for LVC II and build great companies.”

“We are hands-on investors, leveraging our team’s decades of investing and operating experience to help small businesses reach their value potential,” said John McNamara, co-founder and managing partner of LongueVue Capital. “In LVC II, we have the flexibility to provide financings across the capital structure and will carefully evaluate debt and equity opportunities using our situation-driven, value oriented approach. We plan to deploy our capital alongside proven management teams in businesses with compelling value propositions.”

Investors in LVC II include high net worth entrepreneurs, family offices and financial institutions. A portion of LVC II’s $175 million of available capital will be accessed through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program. Recently, LVC II received approval for licensure from SBA to operate as an SBIC.