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Newport Beach, CA, November 19, 2019 – Oracle Elevator is pleased to announce its acquisition of Duncan Entrance Systems. Based in South Florida, Duncan Entrance Systems provides automatic door installation, repair and modernization services. This strategic acquisition will now expand Oracle’s service range beyond elevators and escalators and into automated building entrances. This combination will be offered to airports, hospital, universities, and hotels. The acquisition represents Oracle’s 31st acquisition since 2004. Justin Duncan, founder and CEO of Duncan Entrance Systems, had this to say about the acquisition: “I began my career in the elevator industry by working for several OEM’s after serving in
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Newport Beach, CA, September 18, 2019 – L Squared Capital Partners (“L Squared”) and GWS Tool Group (“GWS” or the “Company”) today announced that L Squared has partnered with GWS management to recapitalize the Company.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. GWS represents L Squared’s tenth platform investment over the last five years.  GWS is a leading provider of high performance consumable cutting tools.  L Squared’s investment provides a long-term capital base to support the Company’s ongoing and rapid evolution. “We are thrilled to partner with the L Squared team to support the continued development of GWS as
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Newport Beach, CA, September 10, 2019 –  L Squared Capital Partners (“L Squared”) is pleased to announce that it has committed $60 million of equity to Raptor Scientific, LLC (“Raptor Scientific” or the “Company”) to pursue an aggressive M&A strategy consolidating the highly fragmented Aerospace & Defense focused testing and measurement market.  Raptor Scientific represents L Squared’s ninth platform investment over the last five years. Raptor Scientific’s first acquisition of Space Electronics brings the leading player of mass properties and electronic circuit tester solutions into the portfolio.  These precision measurement solutions are used by Aerospace & Defense OEMs and research
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Newport Beach, CA, May 13, 2019 – L Squared Capital Partners (“L Squared”) has successfully sold its equity interests in Virtium (the “Company”) to Court Square Capital Partners (“Court Square”).  The sale of Virtium represents the third exit for L Squared in the last twelve months.  Founded in 1997 and based in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Virtium is a leading solutions provider of customized, ruggedized, and highly engineered industrial grade embedded solid state drive (“SSD”) and memory products.  Virtium’s intelligent networked storage, SSD and memory solutions provide the robust performance, reliability and functionality needed in the most critical industrial IoT (“IIoT”) applications.
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Newport Beach, CA, October 23, 2018 – L Squared Capital Partners announced today that it has sold its ownership interests in Edlio to LLR Partners.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, Edlio is a leading provider of cloud-based software and solutions to the K-12 market. Edlio provides a best-in-class constituent engagement SaaS platform to create and manage Content Management Systems (CMS) for private, public, and charter schools.  The platform manages all aspects of a school’s digital presence and facilitates communication between administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Under L Squared’s ownership, Edlio completed two strategic acquisitions, doubled recurring revenue, opened several offices
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Newport Beach, CA, October 17, 2018 – L Squared Capital Partners is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Learners Edge, has acquired the Teaching Channel, a subscription-based software platform where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to improve student learning. Used in schools and districts across the country, the Teaching Channel allows teachers to personally direct their self-evaluation and ongoing learning; building their confidence in classroom instruction and boosting their joy of teaching and learning. “We are excited to add the Teaching Channel to the Learners Edge platform,” said Jeff Farrero, L Squared Managing Partner and Learners
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Newport Beach, CA, August 22, 2018 – L Squared Capital Partners is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, FineLine Technologies Inc., has acquired Traderplus, a Durban, South Africa-based service bureau provider of barcode tags and labels. This merger leverages the two service bureau providers’ geographical reach and production capabilities. While FineLine offers 36-hour turn times to primarily North American and European retailers, Traderplus serves South Africa, Australia and China, as well as European markets, with quick turn production. Traderplus represents FineLine’s fourth acquisition since L Squared’s investment in November 2016. “We look forward to enhancing our product and service
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Newport Beach, CA, August 1, 2018 – L Squared Capital Partners is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Virtium, has appointed Steve Litchfield to its Board of Directors. As the former the executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Microsemi Corporation, Litchfield’s experience sourcing and integrating strategic acquisitions will help Virtium expand its acquisition efforts. Virtium has experienced rapid growth, more than doubling topline revenue since L Squared invested three years ago and will now augment its strong organic growth with a more robust mergers-and-acquisitions (M&A) effort.  Through acquisitions, the company is seeking to add new product offerings
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Newport Beach, CA, June 7, 2018 – L Squared Capital Partners is pleased to announce a growth investment in Kanopy, which represents L Squared’s eighth platform investment over the past four years.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Kanopy is a streaming video platform that offers millions of professors, students, and public library patrons free and convenient access to a unique collection of 30,000 highly curated films and documentaries. Kanopy has emerged as the leading destination for thoughtful educational entertainment with content ranging from award-winning independent films and documentaries to cinematic classics to engaging lifelong learning course modules. Kanopy’s CEO & Founder
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Newport Beach, CA, June 26, 2018 – L Squared Capital Partners is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, United Scope, has acquired Euromex Optics Group, a Netherlands-based provider of optical microscopes, optical components and related accessories.  The transaction was both sourced and led by L Squared and represents another example of L Squared’s ability to complete accretive acquisitions across its portfolio companies.  L Squared continues to actively seek additional add-ons for United Scope serving the microscopy, lab accessories and related optical component markets. Euromex Optics Group has
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Newport Beach, CA. – May 15, 2018 – L Squared Capital Partners (“L Squared”) is pleased to announce that it has closed on the sale of Teaching Strategies.  Teaching Strategies is the leading provider of early childhood educational resources, including curriculum and web-based assessment products. Teaching Strategies was L Squared’s first platform investment, made in October 2014.  L Squared oversaw a variety of initiatives during its ownership period including the selection of an entirely new senior management team, the acquisition and integration of a key add-on investment, introducing a number of successful new products, and a major expansion of the sales
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Newport Beach, CA, July 11, 2018 – Learners Edge, a portfolio company of L Squared Capital Partners, has acquired iteach, a nationally accredited provider of alternative educator certification.  The iteach program innovated online educator curriculum and helped more than 12,000 individuals get rewarding jobs as educators.  Both Learners Edge and iteach were built by teachers, for teachers, and will continue to create remarkable and relevant experiences that inspire future and current educators nationwide. “We are thrilled about our partnership with iteach,” said Jeff Farrero, L Squared Managing Partner.  “The merger will create large opportunities for Learners Edge to provide its award-winning continuing education
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Newport Beach, CA, February 27, 2018 – L Squared Capital Partners is pleased to announce a growth investment in United Scope, resulting in a majority recapitalization of the business.  United Scope represents L Squared’s seventh platform investment over the last three years. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, United Scope goes to market primarily under the brand AmScope, which is the leading provider of microscopes and related accessories sold mostly online to a diverse range of end markets including the education sector, life sciences and other scientific research fields, as well as various industrial
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Newport Beach, CA, May 16, 2017 –  L Squared Capital Partners (“L Squared”) and Oracle Elevator (“Oracle” or the “Company”), today announced that L Squared, together with Longview Asset Management, has partnered with Oracle management to recapitalize the Company.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Oracle represents L Squared’s sixth platform investment over the last three years.  Founded in 2004 with 22 branch locations across 13 states, Oracle is the largest independent provider of elevator maintenance, repair, and modernization services across all major brands of equipment.  L Squared’s investment provides a long-term capital base to support the Company’s
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Newport Beach, CA, September 14, 2016 – We are pleased to announce the recapitalization of Learners Edge (the “Edge” or the “Company”).  Founded in 2002 and based in Lakeville, Minnesota, the Edge is a leading direct-to-teacher provider of online professional development, continuing education and master’s degree programs for K-12 teachers. Co-founded by two middle-school teachers, Joe Cotter and Kyle Pederson, the Company was established with the mission to advance educators’ skill, career paths, classroom instruction and, ultimately, student success by providing the most flexible, engaging and relevant professional development courses available. “We’re very excited about our partnership with L Squared” stated Joe
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