New York —
Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (“MSCP”), the middle-market focused private equity team at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, have acquired RowCal. MSCP is partnering with the current management team led by CEO Jake Christenson, who founded the business in 2018.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., RowCal is a provider of outsourced homeowner association (HOA) property management services, offering a comprehensive solution to better manage and maintain HOA communities. RowCal currently serves the Minnesota, Colorado and Texas markets and has scaled rapidly through market-leading organic growth and strategic add-on acquisitions. The company’s differentiated approach, which leverages advanced technology and an integrated care team to enhance the customer experience, has enabled RowCal to quickly emerge as a leading and trusted provider in the space since inception.
Adam Shaw, Managing Director and Head of Business Services at MSCP, said: “We are delighted to partner with Jake and the RowCal team as they continue their mission of building a leading HOA property management provider. RowCal’s impressive growth trajectory coupled with a client-focused culture are a testament to what the management team has built since its founding. We look forward to working together to advance RowCal’s vision to serve its client base and pursue continued expansion of the company through robust organic growth and M&A.”
MSCP’s acquisition of RowCal is consistent with the team’s focus on target subsectors where MSCP has deep institutional knowledge and domain expertise. It is MSCP’s third acquisition in 2023 following those of Apex Companies and Allstar Services.
“Since founding RowCal in 2018, the company has experienced strong growth through our focus on delivering a high-quality experience to HOA managers. We believe our partnership with MSCP will enable us to continue our national buildout and growth trajectory by investing in the capability set to drive organic growth and expand our geographic footprint,” said Jake Christenson, CEO of RowCal.
Debevoise & Plimpton served as legal counsel to MSCP. TD Cowen and William Blair served as financial advisors to MSCP. Robert W. Baird & Co served as financial advisor to RowCal.