Private Equity Backed Companies, How to Easily Build Lists of Companies Owned by PE Groups

The goal of everything we do at Mergr is to make getting the data users need as dead simple as possible – and one of the frequent types of searches users look to build are lists of private equity backed companies.

Whether to identify ripe acquisition targets, sales prospects, or perhaps partners, there’s a variety of use cases in looking up companies that are presently private equity backed.

Before showing how simple this search isĀ on Mergr – it’s important to note that Companies on the Mergr platform fall into one of four types of ‘ownership’ statuses. These include Public, Acquired, Private, and Private Equity Backed.

Public companies are publicly traded. Think Microsoft (MSFT), Eastman Chemical (EMN), Paychex (PAYX).

Acquired companies are currently owned by other Companies. Examples include Skype – acquired by Microsoft or Hospira, acquired by Pfizer (these are large Acquired companies, but same concept applies at any size).

Private companies have had no exit – meaning, they aren’t yet publicly traded or acquired (VC-backed Dropbox or Snapchat would apply), are family owned (Cargill, SC Johnson as examples) or perhaps have other owners (Bose, Rolex).

Finally, our definition of Private Equity Backed simply means that the current and controlling owner is a private equity firm.

So, how do you search and build a list of private equity backed companies?

On Mergr, it simply requires selecting one checkbox. Here’s how you do it.

Step 1 – Navigate to the Mergr Company Search Page

Here's the company search interface on Mergr.
Here’s the company search interface on Mergr.

Step 2 – Select the ‘More Options’ link in the search menu

Select the 'More Options' link to view all Company Search options.
Select the ‘More Options’ link to view all Company Search options.

Step 3 – Select ‘PE Backed (Current)’ within the ‘Ownership Status’ section.

Select the 'PE Backed (Current)' option to identify companies that are currently private equity backed.
Select the ‘PE Backed (Current)’ option to identify companies that are currently private equity backed.

That’s it.

Of course you can add additional filters for company location, revenue, sector – even keyword search descriptions, but you get the idea.

If your goal is to build say, a quick list of all PE-backed companies in the state of California, simply select ‘California’ and ‘PE Backed (Current)’ – that’s all it takes on Mergr.