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MidOcean Partners acquires BH Cosmetics

MidOcean Partners (MidOcean), a premier middle market private equity firm focused on consumer and business services, has acquired BH Cosmetics (BH), a digitally native colour cosmetics brand. 

MidOcean’s investment will be used to drive BH’s continued growth and expansion. 

BH’s founders will retain a significant ownership stake in the Company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Launched in 2009, BH is a leading, direct-to-consumer colour cosmetics brand focused on the Millennial/Generation Z consumer. BH offers a full suite of high-quality colour cosmetics including products for the face, lips, eyes, brows as well as brushes and accessories. The Company has a worldwide social media following across multiple platforms and utilises a deep influencer network to drive brand awareness and customer acquisition. Given the Company’s heritage as a digitally native e-commerce colour cosmetics brand, BH has developed an advanced e-commerce platform with proven capabilities in customer acquisition, consumer engagement and customer loyalty.

MidOcean has maintained a longtime focus on the beauty sector, including its acquisition of IMAGE Skincare in August 2015. Consistent with its theme-driven investment approach, MidOcean worked closely with its management resources in identifying and evaluating opportunities in the beauty sector, resulting in the acquisition of BH.

BH will continue to be led by founders Fred Sadovskiy (CEO), Kirill Trachtenberg (Chief Strategy Officer), and Robert Sefaradi (COO), under whose leadership the Company has grown into an internationally-recognised brand in the colour cosmetics market. BH will look to expand the Company’s reach in current and new markets in partnership with MidOcean’s considerable operating resources.

Fred Sadovskiy, BH Co-Founder and CEO, says: “We are very excited to begin our partnership with MidOcean. MidOcean has tremendous resources and experience building branded consumer products platforms and has a proven track record of helping take founder-led consumer businesses to the next level. We are confident that MidOcean will be an excellent partner for BH as we look to continue BH’s expansion in the colour cosmetics market.”

Kirill Trachtenberg, BH Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, adds: “BH was launched in 2009 with a focus on eye palettes and has since developed a full suite of cosmetics with high quality products at value price points. The partnership with MidOcean will enable us to dedicate additional resources to key areas of our business including innovation and product development, marketing and branding and customer service. We believe there is a tremendous opportunity to accelerate BH’s growth and have been very impressed with MidOcean’s collaborative approach to developing and helping implement a growth strategy for BH.”

Robert Sefaradi, BH Co-Founder and COO, says, “MidOcean’s experience building leading consumer brands and deep understanding of the industry makes them the ideal partner for BH. We have successfully accelerated BH’s growth in recent years by expanding into wholesale and international markets. With MidOcean’s partnership and guidance, BH will have the resources, industry knowledge and expertise to help take our Company and brand to the next level.”

Jonathan Marlow, Managing Director at MidOcean, adds: “We are incredibly excited to partner with BH, a leading color cosmetics brand with a strong direct-to-consumer and digital marketing business model and multiple levers for continued growth. MidOcean has significant experience building strong consumer brands with founder-owned businesses and we believe that BH Cosmetics has substantial opportunities for continued growth and expansion fuelled by appropriate investments in people, infrastructure and marketing. We see numerous opportunities to increase BH’s presence across channels and geographies and look forward to working with Fred, Kirill, Robert and the talented team at BH to drive this growth.”

Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal advisor to MidOcean. The Sage Group acted as exclusive financial advisor and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP acted as legal advisor to BH Cosmetics.

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