Backcast Partners’ veteran team of middle market focused, decision making professionals works to understand the unique attributes of our portfolio companies.  We construct tailored financing solutions and offer other value additive resources that enable management teams to achieve their goals.  Our team understands the mindset of middle market owners, including their desire to improve management depth and find a trusted strategic and financial partner that can assist with financial and human capital needs in both good and tougher times. We also know that middle market owners may be seeking to monetize a net worth that is often illiquid and concentrated in individual companies, and often want to do so in a manner that facilitates the right balance between future professional and personal goals.


  • Highly customized, flexible financing solutions for middle market companies with $10 million to $50 million+ of EBITDA, with a willingness to consider other unique opportunities
  • Financial and human capital, relevant industry relationship introductions and other benefits from our unique network of 50+ corporate operating partners
  • Long history of investing in North American businesses across most industries
  • Private equity sponsors, independent sponsors without committed capital, management owned, and family owned businesses
  • Financing for acquisitions, buyouts, growth, recapitalization, refinancing and recalcitrant lender replacement, and other tactical opportunities
  • Should an opportunity not be suitable for Backcast, we can assist with appropriate introductions to other trusted financing sources who can help
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Steve Pate

“I met Ed, Dave and their team when they led a refinance of the capital structure for Strike, a family owned business. While other lenders were afraid of the risks our growth entailed, Ed and Dave took the time to get to know our business, our team, our goals and what made us different in the industry. After the transaction they became real partners willing to help in any way they could. Not only did they provide capital to help us improve our EBITDA by 7X, they also helped us successfully refinance our senior debt twice as our business continued to grow. The financial guidance and assistance they provided helped us achieve our ultimate goal of selling a majority interest in the company. My experience working with Ed and Dave as lenders and seeing how they select their investments gave me the comfort to later became an investor in the funds they managed. I look forward to continuing to work with them at Backcast Partners.”

Steve Pate / CEO & Founder / Strike, LLC

Dana Schmaltz

“I have known Ed Cerny going back to our shared experience at DLJ Merchant Banking in the 1990’s. In the 2000’s Ed and Dave financed several of our investments while I was at JW Childs, including our highly successful investments in consumer products companies Hartz Mountain (pet products) and Meow Mix (cat food). As a spin-out of a much larger corporate parent, Meow Mix was a particularly complicated transaction that many other debt providers struggled to fully grasp. Most recently, Ed and Dave provided the subordinated debt for Yellow Wood’s acquisition of PDC Brands, as well as an equity co-invest. In my experience, they have often been able to see the creditworthiness and potential success of our companies where others have not. When we have worked with them they always put in the necessary work to fully understand the business and have been helpful in assisting us in creating optimal capital structures that match the operating strategies of the business in which we invest. I look forward to continuing our long history of successful collaboration with their newest endeavor at Backcast Partners.”

Dana Schmaltz / Founder / Yellow Wood Partners

techniplas“Working with Dave Petrucco and Ed Cerny was a smart decision for us.  We requested certainty of capital and a straightforward senior partner to deal with in our acquisition financing and that’s exactly what we got.  We would certainly use them again.”

Patmian LLC, Owners of Techniplas Group

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