About CM Paula

C.M. Paula is a second generation, family-owned holding company pursuing an investment model to purchase, grow and, preferably, hold profitable business ventures.

The C.M. Paula Company was founded in 1958 by Charles McCullough as a small greeting card supplier and evolved into a leading developer and marketer of greeting cards, stationery and novelty products. In January 2005, the company completed a strategic transition from a supplier of consumer products to a management company of multi-faceted marketing firms. The initial acquisitions included two companies with unique product offerings that were poised for growth.

Today, C.M. Paula is a privately held holding company pursuing an investment model to purchase, grow and, preferably, hold profitable business ventures. The company’s seasoned team manages a well-balanced portfolio with the precision and excellence that continues to bolster and strengthen our impeccable reputation. Our expertise, combined with our integrity, and family approach to investing, makes us a reputable partner to business owners, management teams and the financial community.

ASSOCIATIONS:

Our History

Acquisition Traits

Past Performance

  • 15+ years in business
  • Stable revenue with positive monthly cash flow…avoids high seasonality
  • Diversified customer base

Current Position

  • Domestic entity within 150 miles of Cincinnati
  • Managed and operated by an experienced, professional executive team
  • Leadership position within market niches
  • Maximizes return on investment of existing core competencies and assets
  • Minimum revenue…$5 million to $10 million (Minimum revenue may be less if the acquisition is an add-on to one of our existing companies)

Opportunity for Growth

  • Business plan that generates 8% – 10% annual profit growth via organic and external business initiatives
  • Gross margins exceeding 25% for industrial Manufacturing & Distribution and 50% for consumer products
  • Asset purchase with some seller financing
  • Manufacturing and consumer product interest particularly with experience in domestic and international marketing and distribution

While open to opportunities wherever they can be found, C.M. Paula is currently not interested in acquiring the following types of companies:

  • No retail or food
  • Not a turnaround
  • Not a start up