Charterhouse takes NewPath

New York-based private equity firm Charterhouse Group has led a $47m investment round for NewPath Networks, a wireless infrastructure company. It invested $20m without leverage.

US private equity firm Charterhouse Group has led a $47 million group investment into wireless network operator NewPath Networks for an undisclosed stake.

Via a preferred stock investment Charterhouse commited $20 million for a minority stake, while venture firm Meritage Funds invested $10 million, and the remaining $17 million was provided by, existing investor and Red Bank-based venture firm, Sweetwater Capital.

The ‘L’ is a little bit out of ‘LBO'.

David Hoffman

Seattle-based NewPath implements wireless antenna systems in areas where building conventional wireless towers is impractical. It deploys underground fibre and non-visible antennas “which overcome aesthetic considerations”, for mobile phone and internet networks such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Charterhouse was approached to invest in NewPath by co-founder Bill Maraccini in November. He and Charterhouse had previously worked together to grow AAT Communications and they both also had a relationship with Meritage, having previously collaborated an investment into Cencom Cable.

Charterhouse partner David Hoffman told PEO that the firm’s investment was made entirely without leverage.

“The ‘L’ is a little bit out of ‘LBO’”, he said, adding that the investment was the eleventh to have been made from its fourth fund, which closed in 2004 on $450 million.

The firm is no relation to the European Charterhouse, and has been in business for over 30 years with more than $2 billion under management.