Institutionally-Backed, Flexible Capital Solutions for Lower Middle-Market Businesses

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Who We Are

Hilltop Opportunity Partners (“HOP”) is the merchant banking division of Hilltop Holdings (NYSE: HTH). 

HOP utilizes Hilltop Holdings’ excess capital to employ a flexible, lower middle-market investment strategy addressing a variety of capital needs.

Target investments range from $5 million to $25 million and can be structured both short duration and long duration, depending on the needs of the potential partner. Larger or smaller opportunities are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Investment Criteria

We provide lower middle-market companies with tailored solutions to meet a variety of capital needs. Across a range of time horizons, sectors and capital structures, we target non-control investments in companies facing an inflection point and seeking capital and strategic resources.


HOP also seeks investment opportunities with companies in industries of strategic interest to the broader Hilltop Holdings organization (e.g., Fintech).  By leveraging Hilltop’s strategic insight and position as a value added partner, HOP seeks to create value for companies it invests in beyond simply filling a capital need.


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Key Attributes

Key Attributes

  • Currently or historically profitable
  • $5 to $25 million of capital need
  • Family or institutionally-owned
  • Sustainable competitiveness
  • At or near an inflection point in business life cycle
What Makes Us a Good Fit

What Makes Us a Good Fit

  • Speed and certainty
  • Patient capital that meets the needs of the existing Company ownership
  • Strategic support
  • Bespoke structural flexibility
  • Emphasis on intrinsic value vs. credit analysis
Sectors of Focus

Sectors of Focus

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Building Products
  • Business Services
  • Chemicals
  • Engineering & Infrastructure
  • Consumer Goods
  • Energy Services
  • Food & Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Plastics & Packaging
  • Technology, Media & Telecom
  • Transportation & Logistics


  • Employ a flexible investment strategy to address a variety of capital needs
  • Implement conservative capital structures in order to maximize opportunities for growth through reinvestment
  • Leverage our highly experienced network of professionals to deliver mid- and long-term solutions
  • Focus on creating effective management teams with deep industry experience and proven leadership
  • Provide impactful networking and collaboration opportunities that span the entrepreneur, business leader, private equity sponsor, advisor, and operating partner landscapes

Why Should Owners Collaborate With Hilltop Opportunity Partners?

We Provide Flexible and Innovative Solutions

We understand that every situation is unique and tailor our approach accordingly. Drawing on our deep experience and insight, we are able to customize a capital solution that best meet your objectives.

We Offer Personalized Service Backed by Financial Strength
We Build Relationships
We Help You Realize Your Business’ Full Potential
We Value Trust and Integrity

Our Portfolio

Our Team

Connect with Hilltop Opportunity Partners

Contact us today to find out how Hilltop Opportunity Partners can help you achieve your objectives.

    Hilltop Opportunity Partners LLC   |   6565 Hillcrest Ave.   |   Dallas, Texas 75205   |   HOP@Hilltop-Holdings.com
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