Star Mountain Capital, LLC (“Star Mountain”), a specialized investment manager, with ~$2 billion in assets under management, focused exclusively on investing in private small and medium-sized businesses (lower middle-market), is pleased to announce that it has closed a $225 million asset-based leverage facility from top quality institutional investors led by ING Capital LLC (“ING”). The lending group consists of ING, CIT, TIAA Bank, Axos Bank, East West Bank, Georgia Banking Company and Customers Bank. This leverage facility for Star Mountain’s Strategic Credit Income Fund 3 provides additional capital to make value-added debt and equity investments in established U.S. small and medium-size businesses that generally have between $15 million and $250 million in annual revenues.
“We are delighted to have attracted such a high caliber group of new and existing bank relationships as partners into our third flagship value-added direct lending fund,” said Brett Hickey, Star Mountain Capital Founder & CEO. “We were pleased with the strong demand to support our strategic private lending business,” said Stephen Paras, Star Mountain Chief Credit Officer and former Head of Merrill Lynch leveraged loan capital markets who has underwritten over $50 billion in event driven financings across multiple cycles.
“We, together with our lending partners, are excited about the launch of this partnership with Star Mountain,” said Patrick Frisch, Head of Fund Finance Americas at ING. “We look forward to supporting the continued growth of their business and to furthering our relationship with the Star Mountain Capital team.”
Star Mountain was advised by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW), a Stifel Company. Legal representation for Star Mountain was performed by Lowenstein Sandler LLP, a 300+ lawyer national firm. Dechert LLP, a global law firm with 900+ lawyers across 24 offices, represented ING.
ABOUT STAR MOUNTAIN
With approximately $2 billion in assets under management (as of June 2021), Star Mountain takes a data-driven approach to investing into the U.S. lower middle-market through two complementary investment strategies: (i) direct debt and equity investing and (ii) secondaries (acquiring LP interests and direct assets). Star Mountain believes these complementary strategies provide scalable and diversified access for its institutional and high-net-worth investors to established small and medium-sized businesses that generally have at least $15 million in annual revenues. Star Mountain’s 75+ person, 100% employee-owned team and Collaborative Ecosystem ® provides distinctive value to lower middle-market businesses as a flexible capital solution partner.
Since 2010, Star Mountain has made over 100 direct investments in U.S. small and medium-sized businesses and over 20 secondaries / fund investments within its Collaborative Ecosystem ®, exclusively focused on the U.S. lower middle-market. With over 75 team members (including advisors/operating partners) across 20+ locations nationwide, Star Mountain believes its focus and dedication has been productive for job creation and economic development. Star Mountain is dedicated to this large market of underserved businesses purpose-built to address the challenges and opportunities of these companies. As part of its commitment, Star Mountain has trademarked Investing in the Growth Engine of America ®.
As part of its ESG program (Environmental, Social and Governance), Star Mountain’s Charitable Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 focuses on improving lives through economic development, including job creation, health & wellness and cancer research. Notable missions include helping match veterans and women with high quality small and medium-sized business career opportunities across the country, including within Star Mountain’s portfolio.
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