| The KAPLAN GROUP of Companies is primarily focused
on ownership of small to middle market companies within the basic materials, manufacturing and related sectors. While we prefer to have a majority position within a company, at a minimum,
we generally will have a board seat and significant influence in the
company’s strategic direction.
The KAPLAN GROUP of Companies begins with a top down “fundamental” analysis
of the business sector and then a detailed “bottoms up”
approach in analyzing investment opportunities. We perform a thorough
evaluation of the company’s market position, competitive advantages
and disadvantages, performance improvement and growth prospects
as well as a comprehensive review of its management team.
Each investment is structured appropriately to provide the company
with the optimal capital structure. Our objective is to enable the
company to have sufficient financial flexibility and liquidity to
implement their respective strategic plans. The KAPLAN GROUP of Companies utilizes
various investment structures such as senior and junior debt including
mezzanine, payment-in-kind subordinated debt with warrants, preferred
stock with or without warrants and common stock. The KAPLAN GROUP of Companies utilizes
creative financial structuring to adjust to the needs of the company
yet generating the appropriate returns given the embedded risk in
the financing instrument.