THE CREATION OF A LEADING PRIVATE EQUITY MANAGER
Acasta is a leading Canadian public company that acquires businesses with exceptional potential for value creation through strategic and transformational initiatives. Acasta is a proactive private equity manager that works closely with the senior management teams of the acquired businesses, empowering them to pursue value creating trajectories.
Having raised $402.5 million in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2015, Acasta has completed acquisition of three businesses which form the basis of two investment platforms: Private label consumer staples and aviation finance and asset management. Each company was selected for its outstanding management team, its strategically differentiated business and its value creation potential.
Having established the private label consumer staples and aviation finance and asset management platforms, Acasta will pursue additional investment opportunities in its pipeline directly or through a series of multi-billion dollar long-term private equity funds, the first of which management plans to launch in the first half of 2017. A unique feature that Acasta will offer is that it will enable vendors both the flexibility and attractiveness of private capital through its private equity fund, and liquid public capital through Acasta equity, allowing it to pursue a variety of transaction alternatives.
As a private equity fund manager, Acasta will generate both management fees and carried interest income for Acasta shareholders which in time will create substantial incremental shareholder value.
Our Philosophy & Focus
Acasta’s strategy is to partner with the management of acquired businesses, fostering their development. As a proactive private equity manager, Acasta will empower its portfolio company management teams through strategic initiatives and capital raising. We work with management on strategic acquisitions, vertical and horizontal integration, improving operating efficiencies, and on enhancing governance.
The Founders of Acasta, its Directors and Advisors, have exceptional business track records and connections across many industries, providing Acasta with exceptional relationships, unique and proprietary deal flow and insight. Acasta negotiated its three initial acquisitions in non-marketed and private processes.
We are confident that building on our initial portfolio of businesses, coupled with our private equity strategy, will generate huge value for our shareholders for many years to come.
Creating value by empowering the management teams of portfolio companies through strategic initiatives, and raising/allocating capital. Acasta Enterprises also serves as the manager of Acasta’s private equity business.
Private label consumer staples
Two leading companies spanning health and beauty care, cleaning, and chemicals with substantial potential synergy and consolidation opportunities.
Aviation finance & asset management
A leading cross-functional group of companies in a rapidly-growing sector. They provide asset management, technical management, fleet and capital financing solutions to the rapidly growing global aviation industry and its investors.
The establishment of a long-term focused private equity model is a core part of Acasta's strategy. We are uniquely positioned to execute on strategy and vision.
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ManagementRichard WachsbergCo-CEO Charles WachsbergCo-CEO
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Aviation Finance &
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ManagementDouglas BrennanFounder and CEO Howard MillarCOO
Acasta is led by Anthony Melman, a veteran dealmaker and former Managing Director of Onex Corporation, which he joined at its inception in 1984. His proven experience in identifying and creating billions of dollars in value for Onex and co-investors is testimony to what Acasta intends to do for its shareholders. Tony, who has been acknowledged as “The Rock of Onex”, is supported by an extremely capable and seasoned team of professionals.