BCI Burke Company, LLC

The Story

Burke is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of commercial playground and leisure equipment.  The company’s expansive product set is sold into multiple end markets including parks/recreation, school, housing/developer, and day care markets.

Transaction Dynamics

A recapitalization of the company with a private owner.  Management made a meaningful investment in the company as part of the transaction.

Investment Thesis

  • Attractive market tailwinds
  • Demonstrated ability to improve market share
  • Multiple avenues for growth
  • Compelling value proposition to sale representative network
  • Strong financial profile with high cash flow conversion

Incline Value Enhancement

  • Facilitating owner transition and augmenting management resources
  • Implementing improved sales and marketing management strategies
  • Expanding in ancillary product lines
  • Pursuing strategic add-on acquisitions

Headquarters

Fond du Lac, WI

Industry

Specialized Light Manufacturing

Investment Date

December 2014

Status

Realized

Fund

III

Incline helped us achieve substantial growth by supporting necessary management, information systems and capital investments and by providing strategic direction to strengthen the Company in a growing commercial playground market. Additionally, they helped us develop a differentiated market position that enabled us to build upon and strengthen our distribution network. Michael Phelan, President and CEO

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