Madision Dearborn positions itself for buyer's market: 4 things to know

Private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners is gearing up for a buyer's market after aggressively selling companies in recent years, according to a Crain's Chicago Business report.

Here are four things to know about the firm's efforts.

1. Madison Dearborn Partners has sold about half its portfolio in recent years.

2. The firm owned just 19 companies at the end of 2015, compared to 38 at the end of 2007, according to the report.

3. In 2015, the firm sold Ikaria, a critical care company based in Hampton, N.J., as well as Atlanta-based business management software company Aderant, according to the report. In March, it agreed to sell Cary, Ill.-based hospital products company Sage Products.

4. "We believe our strategy of selling aggressively over the last several years in combination with leaning heavily on our competitive sourcing advantages to stay away from the competitive mainstream has paid off," Madison Dearborn said in its annual letter to investor clients last month, according to Crain's Chicago Business.

"With the market turning, we now believe we are well-positioned both from a strategy and resource perspective to take advantage of a more favorable buying opportunity," the firm added.


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