Mar 24, 2022 - Economy

Macellum raising $200M to invest in minority-led companies

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Activist investor Macellum Capital Management is raising a private equity fund of between $150 million and $200 million to invest in companies owned or led by Black or other minority leaders, founder Jonathan Duskin tells Axios.

Why it matters: Only 2% to 3% of annual private equity funding goes to minority-owned or led businesses, says managing partner Daniel Balzora, who is running the fund.

  • He pointed out that one of the biggest obstacles to closing the gap is the lack of relationships between minority-owned businesses and the investment community.

Details: Investors include G-III Apparel Group and Citi Trends.

  • Bob Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the RLJ Companies, will sit on the advisory board along with executives from G-III, Citi Trends and Macellum.

Between the lines: The fund will make venture and growth investments in companies in the retail and consumer sectors, including health and beauty, apparel, food and beverage, home goods and experiential or lifestyle.

  • Software and hardware suppliers and service providers to large consumer and retail operations will also be considered.
  • G-III will provide access to its distribution and global supply chain capabilities to help scale the businesses.

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