Gatekeeper Systems, a portfolio company of Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, has been acquired by Graham Partners. Cowen acted as exclusive financial advisor to Gatekeeper Systems and Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company.
Gatekeeper Systems offers a product suite of intelligent cart solutions to minimize merchandise loss and reduce asset and labor expenditures. With offices throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, Gatekeeper serves a growing customer base of both regional and global blue-chip retailers. Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA, Gatekeeper’s products and services offer an attractive value proposition to retailers, with a typical payback period of twelve months or less.
Graham Partners is a private investment firm focused on investing in technology-driven companies that are spurring innovation in advanced manufacturing, resulting in product substitutions, raw materials conversions and disruptions to traditional end markets. Graham Partners targets companies with EBITDA between $5 million and $50 million, and will invest in smaller companies to the extent they complement one or more of its other holdings. Since the firm’s founding in 1988 by Steven Graham, Graham Partners has closed over 120 acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, and divestitures.
HKW is a private equity firm investing in growth-oriented companies with talented management teams in the US and Canada. HKW targets small to mid-size companies in the Business Services and Health & Wellness sectors. Since 1982, HKW has sponsored 60 platform transactions of lower middle-market companies throughout North America, as well as 66 add-on acquisitions.