Our investment criteria has been consistent since our firm's beginning. Management support, operational focus and discipline are at the heart of our business.

Sterling invests in a limited number of companies that we believe can achieve superior rates of return over a reasonable investment horizon.

Enterprise Value
$100 Million to $750 Million
Greater than $15 Million
Equity Investment
$40 Million to $200 Million
Industry Type
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution
  • Industrial Service
Transaction Types
  • Corporate Carve Outs
  • Family Owned Businesses
  • Sponsor Backed Businesses
  • Complicated Transactions
Headquartered in the United States
or Canada

Half of our portfolio companies have been acquired from Fortune 1000 corporations. Additionally, we have acquired numerous family-owned businesses, as well as others from other private-equity firms. We have the depth of experience to close complicated transactions in each of these areas.

Sterling prefers not to consider financial services, real estate, health care, or information technology companies.