Navigating Lower Middle Market Capital Solutions


The Stellus team began investing in lower middle market companies 18+ years ago, when only a handful of players existed. Since then, many lenders have entered and left the market. Stellus remains focused on building long-lasting relationships and becoming a long-term partner to the businesses and private equity firms we support.


The Stellus team has spent the majority of its careers in credit with additional experience in private equity, restructuring, and operations. Our breadth and depth in the lower middle market helps us quickly evaluate new opportunities, and be a supportive and steady partner throughout the life of a loan, even in the face of volatile company performance or macroeconomic cycles.


Timeliness and reliability are key attributes for any capital partner. Our small and seasoned team avoids bureaucracy and facilitates an efficient underwriting process.  As a result, we deliver quick and thoughtful feedback, certainty to close, and constructive engagement throughout the life of an investment.


Stellus’ Partner group has worked together for 18+ years, with most of the Managing Directors having “grown up” in the business.  Collectively, we have 340+ years of principal investing experience, deployed $6.6+ billion in lower middle market credit and equity investments across multiple cycles and industries, and delivered low loss ratios and strong returns for our investment partners.