Case Study: Talon Innovations
Talon manufactures high-precision machined parts primarily for the semiconductor industry and other buyers with stringent technical requirements. It has particular expertise in gas and fluid delivery systems, which are crucial to semiconductor manufacturing. The company is vertically integrated to provide design, machining, welding and assembly. Over the course of Graycliff’s ownership, the company’s EBITDA grew 10x on an organic basis. We exited our investment when the company sold to Ichor Systems in 2017.
Sauk Rapids, MN
Talon was a family-owned business that was looking for a buyer after the tragic loss of its founder. In addition to operating in an industry with relentless EBITDA pressure, the company’s revenues were highly concentrated in one customer. Graycliff saw the buyout as an attractive opportunity given the trends in semiconductors paired with Talon’s valuation and highly motivated sellers. We also recognized excellent leadership in its CEO and supported his vision for a turnaround.
Leading niche manufacturer with a highly sticky customer base
Talented leadership with a solid turnaround plan and further support from a Graycliff operating partner
Positive long-term macro industry trends as a tailwind
Entry at an attractive multiple, at the perceived bottom of the semiconductor cycle
Graycliff Value Enhancement
Helped Talon to develop and execute on a 5-year plan
Provided capital to support capacity expansion, including the add-on acquisition of Vulcan Machine, which also diversified Talon’s end-markets and customer base
Built out a world-class management team, including a CFO and VP of Sales
Helped the company to establish a Korea presence to better serve customers
Leveraged Graycliff’s operating partner to strengthen customer relationships and provide strategic guidance