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Coughlin Capital, LLC

Coughlin Capital is a family owned and operated investment firm dedicated to working with lower middle-market Logistics and Supply Chain companies to help unlock their true potential.

Our goal is simple: build equity.

About Us

Coughlin Capital has grown out of over 60 years of family owned and operated businesses originally located in Detroit, Michigan. In 2007 Coughlin Capital was established to leverage this experience by investing in small and lower middle-market companies with growth potential. The team includes MBAs, JDs, CPAs, and entrepreneurs with extensive real world experience running Logistics and Supply Chain businesses.

The Coughlin Capital team has the experience needed to work alongside partners and understand their businesses. Coughlin Capital understands the challenges of building an executive management team and works alongside these teams to position the company for growth.

Coughlin Capital has established three investment platforms: Logistics and Supply Chain, Entrepreneur Partnerships, and Real Estate.  With the advantage of a long-term investment philosophy, Coughlin Capital has the ability to focus on investing and growing assets within the company’s existing platforms. Coughlin Capital can remain committed to a simple goal: build equity.

Coughlin Capital provides:

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Industry Expertise
  • Capital Resources
  • Organizational Development
  • Process and Operational Discipline
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • 1959
    St. Lawrence Seaway opens to international Ocean traffic
  • 1959
    Francis X Coughlin opens FX Coughlin as a Customs House Brokerage business
  • 2001
    FX Coughlin acquired by Exel Logistics
  • 2007
    Coughlin Capital Family Office established
  • 2009
    Coughlin Capital makes 1st portfolio company purchase of Lumbee Enterprises
  • 2013
    On Time Lighting Acquired  
  • 2015
    Coughlin Capital Partners with McNally Capital to purchase ITS Logistics
  • 2017
    On Time Lighting awarded sole provider of LED lighting upgrade for BMW Plant 10
  • 2018
    Coughlin Capital sells majority stake of Lumbee Enterprises to Trigo Group and obtains 2 advisory...
  • 2018
    Coughlin Capital sells On Time Lighting to Dazor Technologies
  • 2019
    Coughlin Capital Creates 3 product lines (Supply Chain Direct Investments, Entrepreneurship Partner Program, and Real...
  • 2019
    Coughlin Capital makes 3 Opportunity Zone Real Estate investments in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Nashville

Our Team

Coughlin Capital brings the strength of family values to every relationship and investment opportunity. Each of our partners offers a unique set of experiences and skills to benefit our platform businesses.

Carl P. Coughlin

Carl P. Coughlin


Francis X. Coughlin

Francis X. Coughlin


Kevin M. Coughlin

Kevin M. Coughlin


Investment Criteria

While Coughlin Capital prides itself on remaining flexible to each unique situation, the firm is generally interested in opportunities within our current platforms: Supply Chain, Entrepreneur Partnerships, and Real Estate.

Target companies typically have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Revenues from $2 Million to $80 Million
  • EBITDA or discretionary earnings of $1 Million to $15 Million
  • Established customer base and revenue stream
  • Companies with management transition issues

Target Real Estate investments have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Total Valuation between $2 Million and $15 Million
  • Stabilized Asset
  • Located within Seattle, Los Angeles, or the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Moderate value-add opportunity


Supply Chain Industry

Coughlin Capital has an extensive network of professionals and history of working within the Supply Chain Industry.  Coughlin Capital aims to lever our industry experience and network in order to optimize portfolio company performance.

This platform provides an incredible amount of opportunity for innovation as supply chain technology continues to evolve.  From Quality Control to Logistic Services, Coughlin Capital companies are constantly working to find efficiencies and innovation within our customers supply chains.

Entrepreneur Partners

Coughlin Capital is constantly striving to partner with smart and driven leaders within their industry of expertise.  Our Entrepreneur Partner Platform provides just that opportunity.  With our Governance Processes, Strategic Planning Expertise and Financial backing, we strive to facilitate a Value-Added Partnership with Entrepreneurs who are looking to take on Business Ownership opportunities of their own.

Coughlin Capital works hand in hand with our Entrepreneurs to facilitate deal sourcing, deal management, and post-acquisition management.

Real Estate

Coughlin Capital will aim to invest in Real Estate asset classes with strong long term fundamentals and balanced supply versus demand forces.  As such, Coughlin Capital targets stabilized Multi-Family, Industrial, and Office space assets within our targeted regions.

Coughlin Capital has focused our search on Seattle, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Value-Added Ownership

Coughlin Capital is committed to always bringing more to the table than financial resources. When evaluating a deal, we take a long look at the needs of the company to ensure that we are the best fit.  Coughlin Capital members become heavily involved in the Strategic Planning Processes and Organizational Development of all of our investments.

Long-Term Vision

Coughlin Capital views every acquisition with a long-term vision.  Our model is built around growing the equity within each of our holdings with no horizon limitations.  This gives us the ability to make decisions that are right for the company’s long-term success.  Coughlin Capital works closely with our Partners to strategically develop our long-term Equity Growth Plans.

Capital Flexibility

Coughlin Capital does not raise or invest funds from third parties. We invest our own capital directly into our target acquisitions.  This also allows us to provide financing strategies that support the company’s growth initiatives post acquisition.  Every deal provides unique opportunities and we strive to design deal structures that allow these opportunities to become a reality.

Current and Former Platform Companies


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