About CAI

CAI Capital Management Co. is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in lower middle-market businesses in North America with a particular focus on Canada. CAI’s broad strategic, operational and financial expertise and ready access to capital position the firm to be a valued partner for proven, motivated management teams. We seek to create partnerships that are uniquely capable of reaching common goals and attaining superior investment performance.

CAI has invested or placed with co-investors over $1.4 billion in equity or equity-related investments to help fund growth and corporate transition in companies throughout North America.

CAI is currently investing its fifth fund, Firethorn Capital Partners L.P. Firethorn is the first in a series of CAI funds that will serve accredited individual investors, family offices, and smaller institutional investors.

Philosophy

We provide exceptional returns to our investors by partnering with our management teams to assist in transforming lower middle-market businesses into professionally managed organizations while retaining the entrepreneurial elements of their culture.

We work hard to develop strong working relationships with our management teams and open doors for them wherever possible. Our team has influential relationships and an expansive network of seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders who are investors in our funds and often act as a resource to our management teams.

Focus

CAI seeks to invest in established, well-run companies in Canada and the United States that have demonstrated an ability to generate between $3 million and $15 million of EBITDA. For add-on acquisitions we do not have a minimum size threshold.

We have experience investing in a broad range of industries but do not make investments in real estate or businesses focused on resource development or extraction. Through past investments our team has gained substantial experience assisting business owners with management succession and helping to effect a smooth transition either immediately or during our investment period.

History of Success

      • 25+ years of consistent focus in the lower middle-market
      • $1.4 billion in equity or equity-related investments
      • 26 portfolio company investments and numerous add-on investments

Unique Cross-Border Presence

      • Successful track record of investing on both sides of the border
      • Offices in Vancouver and New York

Partnership Philosophy

      • Belief that successful opportunities are created by strong management teams
      • History of success investing alongside founders/management teams

Current Portfolio

    • 5 active portfolio investments