Investment Criteria

Since 1961, we have invested in over 250 companies in a wide range of industries across the United States.

We provide debt and equity capital for new platform acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations, refinancings, bolt-on acquisitions, and growth financings.

  • Investment size of $5 to $20 million
  • Regularly review larger transactions with active network of co-investors

We look for companies with the following characteristics:

  • Minimum EBITDA of $3 million
  • Typical direct borrower has $5 to 15 million of EBITDA
  • Appropriate return for the underlying operational and structural risk

We work with a wide range of clients including:

  • Financial sponsors
  • Independent sponsors
  • Founder and independently-owned businesses
  • Investment banks, and business brokers

We seek to either lead a debt financing, club with other lenders, or participate in larger syndicated financings. Credit investment structures include:

  • Unitranche debt (including last out)
  • First lien debt
  • Second lien debt
  • Subordinated debt
  • Preferred and common equity
  • Flexibility to invest across multiple securities in a single transaction

We make equity investments alongside other debt checks in businesses where we can be a partner to the company and its control investors.

Equity investment parameters include:

  • Equity co investments alongside debt investments, up to 20% of total check
  • Will only make non-control investments

We take a generalist approach. Capital Southwest is a generalist investment firm with the following preferred sectors:

  • Industrial manufacturing and services
  • Value-added distribution
  • Healthcare products and services
  • Business services
  • Specialty chemicals
  • Tech-enabled services and SaaS models
  • Food and beverage

Syndicated Credit Investment Parameters

In addition to making direct investments, we allocate capital to syndicated first and second lien term loans in the upper middle market. The table below summarizes the general investment criteria for our syndicated loan strategy. Our syndicated credit investments are funded directly on our balance sheet or by I-45, senior loan fund partnership with Main Street Capital.

Upper Middle Market
Syndicated 1st Lien

Upper Middle Market
Syndicated 2nd Lien

EBITDA Size $30 MM+ $50 MM+
Closing Leverage < 4x < 6x
Target Inv. Hold Size $5 - $7 MM $5 - $7 MM
Investment Yield > 6.5% > 9.0%
Funding Entity 1-45 SLF CSWC or I-45 SLF CSWC