NY Shop More Than Halfway To $800M Target

Firm: Harvest Partners

Fund: Harvest Partners VI LP

Target: $800 million

Placement Agent: Credit Suisse

Harvest Partners LLC has so far raised at least $441.95 million for its sixth fund, according to a recent regulatory filing.

The New York-based firm is seeking $800 million altogether for the fund, Harvest Partners VI LP. Credit Suisse, which had helped raise previous Harvest Partners funds, is pitching in again on this fund, according to the filing. The minimum commitment is $100,000.

The firm appears to have lowered its sights for its latest partnership. Ira Kleinman, a senior managing director at the firm, told Buyouts in June of 2010 that the firm would likely seek more than the $815 million it secured for its fifth fund, which closed in 2007, though at the time the firm was still deciding on a target.

Kleinman did not return calls seeking comment.

Founded in 1981, Harvest Partners makes equity investments of up to $100 million in companies with enterprise values of $100 million to $600 million. The firm targets deals in the general industrial, consumer and retail, and business services sectors.

Harvest Partners’s most recent investment came late last year, when it bought Bartlett Holdings Inc., a company that provides daily maintenance and other services for nuclear, fossil and renewable power facilities under the name BHI Energy. The sellers were fellow buyout shops Berkshire Partners LLC and Summit Partners.

Other companies in Harvest Partners’s portfolio include Encanto Restaurants, a San Juan, Puerto Rico-based franchisee of Yum Brands Inc. fast-food restaurants such as KFC and Pizza Hut; Green Bancorp, a Houston-based holding company for Green Bank N.A., a community bank; and Regency Energy Partners LP, a Dallas-based midstream natural gas services provider.