TZP Group, a multi-strategy private equity firm, through TZP Capital Partners III LP NLS Group Holdings Inc., has made a strategic investment in Saxx Underwear Co. Ltd., the innovative Canadian men’s underwear brand, led by Krystal Growth Partners which invested in Saxx in April 2010, will retain a significant minority interest in Saxx. As part of the transaction, Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm that invested in Saxx in December of 2016, will exit their investment.
“We have set the standard in this category and become the leading men’s premium underwear brand in Canada,” said Wendy Bennison, chief executive officer of Saxx. “We know that there is a significant opportunity for our business, beyond what we have accomplished to-date and beyond our borders, and we are excited to be partnering with TZP on this next chapter of growth. This transaction supports thesignificant opportunity we see to strengthen our leadership position as the best in solving male discomfort and to further expand the Saxx brand globally. TZP’s expertise in brand expansion and digital transformation, as well as their track record of driving omnichannel growth for leading consumer brands, make them the ideal partner to bring our coveted, patented technology to the world.”
“Since its founding, Saxx has pioneered technical performance in men’s underwear and disrupted a category through innovative and technical design that didn’t exist previously,” said Dan Galpern, partner at TZP. “Through its patented technology and unique design, Saxx offers a truly differentiated product with substantial growth opportunities into both new categories and markets. We are excited to partner with the exceptional team at Saxx as they continue to build a world-class brand and execute on the opportunities ahead.”
Terry Holland, Saxx board member and Managing Partner at Krystal Growth Partners, added, “The Saxx journey is one we are excited to continue on under the stewardship of TZP and the Saxx leadership team. We are so confident in the ongoing opportunity, we have chosen to retain a minority interest in the company. There remains a tremendous opportunity in the next phase of growth bringing innovative performance products to the global market.”
Eric Reiter, partner at Brentwood, commented, “It has been such a pleasure to partner with Wendy and the Saxx management team in support of Saxx’s ambitious growth strategy over the last five years. Saxx has become a leading lifestyle brand in the men’s premium underwear category, built around superior product quality and industry leading innovation. We believe the Company is well-positioned to continue its exciting performance trajectory.”
Financo Raymond James served as Saxx’s exclusive financial advisor in the transaction and DLA Piper served as Saxx’s legal counsel. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Stikeman Elliott LLP served as legal counsel to TZP Group. Perkins Coie served as legal counsel to Brentwood.