In December 2021, Prairie Capital, a Chicago-based middle-market private equity firm, closed the successful sale of BOTE, LLC (“BOTE”), a Prairie Capital VI portfolio company. This exit highlights Prairie’s investment strategy of partnering with founders to build market-leading companies in high-growth markets.

Prairie sold BOTE to Kent Outdoors, which is a portfolio of leading outdoor and recreational consumer brands. BOTE is a premier, lifestyle brand with a passionate and enthusiast following in the outdoor watersports market. In 2016, Prairie partnered with Corey and Magda Cooper and invested in BOTE to assist the co-founders in scaling the business.

Prairie’s investment thesis focused on growing the emerging BOTE brand into a market leader. This required substantial company-building investments including: (i) expanding the direct-to-consumer channel and online digital marketing tools; (ii) strategically developing and launching new products entering new end markets; and (iii) hiring key personnel such as the CFO, VP of Sales, Product Director, and eCommerce Manager. These investments, among others, enabled BOTE’s revenue to quadruple during Prairie’s hold period.

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