Slate Capital is a private equity investment group based in Baltimore, Maryland that partners with lower-middle market companies. Slate provides liquidity to business owners and growth capital to businesses for further expansion.


The principals of Slate have significant experience in both running small-to-mid-sized companies and investing in leveraged buyout transactions. Slate’s primary areas of focus include business services, distribution, light manufacturing, and food & beverage investments. 

Slate targets companies with annual EBITDA of $3-15 million.

Investment Structure


We are flexible as to structure and will consider transactions involving growth capital, acquisition capital, management buyouts, leveraged acquisitions, recapitalizations, ownership restructuring of family controlled businesses, and shareholder liquidity events.


Our approach is to acquire/invest in one or two new companies per year and focus on their success, rather than striving for a larger volume of deals and a “portfolio” return. The Slate professionals are deeply involved with our portfolio companies – this involvement can range from a full-time management position to being an active board member. 

The Slate principals invest their own capital alongside their investors, who are mostly wealthy individuals and family offices. As such, our capital is patient, and we are comfortable with much longer holding periods than typical private equity funds.


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Focused Investments

Slate targets business services, distribution, light manufacturing, and food & beverage businesses.


Key Business Characteristics

  • Stable or recurring revenue

  • Identifiable growth opportunities

  • Sustainable margins

  • High returns on invested capital/limited capital intensity

  • Significant barriers to entry and/or significant market share

  • Simple, understandable businesses

  • Non-cyclical industries

Financial Criteria

  • Annual cash flow of $3 million to $15 million


  • Slate requires a controlling interest in acquired companies

Geographic Focus

  • Companies with headquarters located in the Eastern half of the United States




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First Source is a leading provider of national branded, unbranded, and private label confectionery products, nuts, snacks and specialty foods sold to retailers throughout the US. With a history dating back to 1927, the company provides value added packaging as well as bulk distribution of specialty products.


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Past Investments





Rick Corcoran

Rick is a Founder and Partner of Slate Capital Group. Rick has been an investor, entrepreneur, operator and consultant. Read more>>

Parker Davis

Parker is a Partner of Slate Capital Group. Parker focuses on developing new opportunities for Slate and managing its current portfolio. Read more>>

Erik Ginsberg

Erik is a Founder and the Managing Partner of Slate Capital Group. Erik has worked in the private equity industry for over 20 years. Read more>>


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Our Office

The Latrobe Building
2 East Read Street
Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-560-3572