Houlihan Lokey Advises Tactical Medical Solutions

Houlihan Lokey is pleased to announce that it advised Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc. (TacMed), in its recent recapitalization by Guardian Capital Partners, which brought capital into the business to support future growth initiatives. The transaction closed on December 7, 2018. 

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Anderson, South Carolina, Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc. is a leading designer and supplier of proprietary pre-hospital emergency trauma care solutions for military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, and civilian customers. TacMed delivers proprietary and first aid medical supplies and kitted solutions that fulfill previously unmet needs in pre-hospital emergency trauma care. TacMed has established a very strong global brand and supplies its proprietary products to high-profile militaries and law enforcement agencies across the world. The rapid rise in active shooter incidents has prompted the development of new emergency medical care protocols and requirements, driving significant growth in demand for the company's solutions, particularly across its law enforcement, fire, EMS, and civilian markets.

TacMed's founder and CEO Ross Johnson started the company while serving as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D) in multiple combat tours in Afghanistan with the mission to provide first-class combat ready first aid to the United States military. During his service, Mr. Johnson recognized significant deficiencies in treatment equipment and protocols in the modern battlefield environment and developed new solutions to dramatically improve medical outcomes. TacMed has played a vital role in increasing public access to life-saving products and solutions with proven performance in a tactical medical environment. Today, the company's products and kitted solutions are used around the world by major militaries, local offices of emergency management, schools, and top federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The TacMed owners sought a private equity partner that would allow the company to continue to expand its addressable market potential, and add complementary acquisitions. The team maintained a meaningful equity stake in the company and will continue in their current roles following the transaction.

Guardian Capital Partners specializes in control-oriented investments in lower middle-market private companies, targeting investments in consumer products, niche manufacturing, and specialty business services sectors.

Houlihan Lokey served as the exclusive financial advisor to TacMed.

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