Guardian Capital Partners (“Guardian”) is pleased to announce a strategic investment for existing portfolio company Carson Dellosa Education (“Carson Dellosa”). Carson Dellosa, one of the nation’s leading educational solutions providers, acquired Kids Station Toys (www.kidsstationtoys.com), a manufacturer of musical instruments and cutting-edge interactive musical toys on May 17, 2019. As part of this acquisition, Carson Dellosa will assume the Fisher-Price® license for youth electronics.
The combination of these companies will allow Carson Dellosa to expand its product portfolio with a world-class brand that believes in their educational mission. With more than 30 best-selling items, such as the Dancin’ Tunes Music Mat, Elephant Piano, and Music Kids Studio, the product line helps children learn and develop through play. Click here to learn more about the recent investment (Carson Dellosa Education Expands into the World of Music & Movement).
Guardian believes the addition of Kids Station to the Carson Dellosa platform will help emphasize the significance of hands-on learning in the education sector and will enhance Carson Dellosa’s ability to teach through experience. Carson Dellosa’s market-leading brands Carson Dellosa Education®, Spectrum®, Summer Bridge®, Schoolgirl Style™, and Rourke Educational Media, are available at more than 10,000 retail locations. Click here to learn more about Carson Dellosa (www.carsondellosa.com).
The law firm DLA Piper advised Carson Dellosa and Guardian on the transaction. PNC Bank, National Association provided senior financing.
About Guardian Capital Partners:
Based in suburban Philadelphia, Guardian Capital Partners (www.guardiancp.com) is an operationally focused private equity firm with more than $325 million of capital under management. Guardian makes control investments in lower middle market consumer products, niche manufacturing and specialty business service companies with annual revenue between $20 million to $100 million. Guardian collaboratively works with owner operators to build a vision for accelerating growth strategies and creating sustainable profitability. Whether business owners are looking to monetize their ownership stakes, a management team is seeking a partner to facilitate a management buyout, or a corporate parent is planning to sell a non-core asset, Guardian brings speed, certainty and a solution-oriented structure to meet the seller’s needs.
To the extent you have opportunities that meet this criteria or perhaps smaller add-on opportunities that match well with Guardian’s current portfolio companies, feel free to reach out to Christopher Fugaro to further discuss.
Guardian Capital Partners is a Pennsylvania based investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Market conditions can vary over time and past fund performance does not guarantee future fund results.
Christopher S. Fugaro
Principal and Head of Business Development