Berkshire Partners: Purchase of Rival Company (A)
Berkshire Partners, a private equity firm in Boston, was pleased with their recent investment in the Holmes Group, a home comfort consumer electronics company. The portfolio company was exceeding key financial targets and Berkshire Partners was confident that it would be another successful investment. Holmes' management team then suggested acquiring a kitchen electronics company, the Rival Company. The management of Holmes believed that Rival would complement their existing portfolio of products and it was the perfect time to buy due to a depressed stock price caused by declining earnings. The investment team at Berkshire now had to decide if the possible returns from an investment in Rival were enough to risk the successful investment in Holmes, or if Rival could be acquired without risking Berkshire's investment in Holmes.