CNL Strategic Capital

CNL Strategic Capital

CNL Strategic Capital is a company that owns private companies and seeks to provide long-term growth and monthly income by offering:

  • First-time access to a private equity strategy, historically limited to large institutional investors1
  • The potential for meaningful returns outside of publicly traded markets
  • An experienced management team: CNL Financial Group, an investment management firm with over 45 years of history, and Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an institutional asset manager with more than 35 years of history2

This investment is speculative, has substantial costs, and differs from traditional private equity.

CNL Strategic Capital
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CNL Strategic Capital Information
Unique Investment Structure A limited liability company, regulated as a direct participation program, taxed as a partnership
Investor Profile Individual and institutional investors
Maximum Offering Size Up to $1.1 billion
Share Pricing Frequency3 Monthly
Published Net Asset Value (NAV) Monthly
Share Subscription Procedure Monthly escrow sweep
Geographic Focus Primarily in the United States
Investment Strategy Long-term growth and income 
Distributions4 Declared and paid monthly. Sources of funds for distribution varies.
Limited Share Repurchase Program5 Quarterly share repurchase program is based on net asset value. There will be numerous restrictions that limit an investor’s ability to sell their shares.
Tax Reporting One consolidated Schedule K-1; best efforts to provide no later than mid-March
Exit Strategy6 The board of directors intends to consider liquidity event options within six years from the termination of the public offering. The exit date can vary. Shares should only be purchased as a long-term investment.
Financial Suitability Standards See the Suitability Standards section of the prospectus or your firm's policies. Some states may have additional standards. These states include, AL, CA, IA, ID, KS, KY, MA, ME, MO, ND, NE, NJ, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, TN and VT. 

There is no assurance the stated objectives will be met. CNL Strategic Capital pays substantial fees and expenses, which will reduce the amount of cash available for acquisitions or distributions to shareholders. Read the prospectus for complete details on the risks, fees and expenses.

CNL Strategic Capital is managed by CNL Strategic Capital Management, LLC and sub-managed by Levine Leichtman Strategic Capital, LLC, which are affiliates of CNL Financial Group and Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, respectively. Each managing entity is an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The performance of CNL Strategic Capital may not replicate the experience of these entities.

Institutional investors invest with strategies, terms and conditions different from those of individual investors, who typically have a shorter investment time horizon, possess lower risk capacity, greater liquidity needs and pay higher fees and expenses for retail offerings. 
CNL Strategic Capital commenced operations on February 7, 2018, has a limited operating history and this is the first offering where CNL and LLCP have managed an investment portfolio together.
The offering price will be adjusted monthly, in connection with the valuation, so shares are sold at a value that, after deducting commissions and dealer manager fees, is equal to NAV.
Distributions paid are not solely based upon performance. Distributions are not guaranteed in frequency or amount. Distributions will be paid from net investment income, offering proceeds, borrowings or reimbursable expense support; the latter three will reduce future cash available for distributions and be dilutive to future shareholders.
The share repurchase program offers redemptions limited to direct reinvestment program proceeds, or 2.5% of CNL Strategic Capital’s aggregate net asset value per calendar quarter and up to 10% of the aggregate net asset value for the prior four quarters. The board of directors may suspend or modify the program at any time; however, it cannot be terminated absent a liquidity event or unless otherwise required by law.
The board of directors is under no obligation to pursue or complete any particular liquidity event during this time frame or otherwise.


COVID-19 has had a limited impact on CNL Strategic Capital to date, yet the pandemic may have an adverse impact on the portfolio. Further, the spread of COVID-19 has caused severe disruptions in the U.S. and global economy and financial markets causing issues of unknown magnitude and duration.

An investment in CNL Strategic Capital, LLC is considered speculative and involves a high degree of risk, including the loss of all or a substantial amount of your investment. CNL Strategic Capital is not a short-term investment. This offering is not suitable for everyone; investors are expected to meet the minimum financial suitability standards. Some states and broker-dealers may have additional standards. See your firm’s policies and the Suitability Standards section of the prospectus for complete details.

CNL Strategic Capital commenced operations in February 2018 and has a limited operating history. It may be unable to successfully implement its business and acquisition strategies or meet its investment objectives. Investors will not have the opportunity to evaluate businesses prior to acquisition.

Investors should not rely on the past performance of the managers and their respective affiliates as an indication of future performance. CNL Strategic Capital is a different investment vehicle with fees and risks dissimilar to the managers’ other funds and this is the first time the managers have partnered together.

CNL Strategic Capital’s managers and their respective affiliates face conflicts of interest, including those that result from compensation arrangements and allocations of business opportunities. 

CNL Strategic Capital compensates the managers and CNL Securities for services provided and may also compensate the parties when certain operational and performance thresholds are met. Certain management fees will be paid by investors even if they lose money in the investment. See the prospectus for details. 

If CNL Strategic Capital is unable to raise substantially more funds, it will be limited in the number of businesses it acquires, which reduces diversification and increases the potential for volatility. 

Co-investing with other investment groups will increase the risk that third parties may make decisions with which CNL Strategic Capital does not fully agree. In certain cases, CNL Strategic Capital will invest alongside the sub-manager’s affiliates or other clients. CNL Strategic Capital will not purchase these businesses unless a majority of the independent directors determines the transaction is fair and reasonable.

CNL Strategic Capital’s strategy is to use leverage in an amount not to exceed 35% of its gross assets; however, CNL Strategic Capital may exceed the 35% at any time, if approved by a majority of our independent directors. Separate from the portfolio leverage, certain businesses in its portfolio may have third-party debt. Subject to change.

CNL Strategic Capital’s estimate of fair value for the portfolio is inherently subjective, and the NAV will not accurately reflect the actual price at which its assets could be liquidated. The realized value of shares will be dependent upon market conditions that are beyond anyone’s ability to control or predict. There is a time lag when gathering information about the NAV and the public release of that information; therefore, CNL Strategic Capital’s NAV is not considered current performance, because it lags behind the market.

An investment in CNL Strategic Capital is illiquid. Shares sold in this offering will not be listed on an exchange or quoted through a quotation system for the foreseeable future, if ever. If investors are able to sell their shares, they will likely receive less than their purchase price.


Broker-dealers and investment advisors are reminded that CNL Strategic Capital’s communications must be accompanied or preceded by a prospectus. CNL Strategic Capital, LLC is a unique direct participation program (DPP), taxed as a partnership. CNL Securities and its associates cannot provide investment advice for any individual or any individual situation, and are not acting in a fiduciary capacity. Please speak with your financial professional regarding what share class may be best for you economically and for your investment strategy.

This is not an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy shares of CNL Strategic Capital. Only the prospectus makes such an offer. This piece must be read in conjunction with the prospectus in order to understand fully all the objectives, risks, charges and expenses associated with an investment and must not be relied upon to make a decision.

Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Attorney General of the State of New York nor any other state regulator has passed on or endorsed the merits of this offering. Any representation to the contrary is unlawful. 

Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and may be identified by words such as believes, anticipates, expects, may, will, continues, could, targeted and terms of similar substance, and speak only as of the date made. Actual results could differ materially due to risks and uncertainties that are beyond the offering’s ability to control or accurately predict. Investors and financial professionals should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. CNL Strategic Capital undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

This information is not tax or legal advice. Investors should discuss the tax risks associated with this offering with their personal tax professional.

Please read the prospectus, including the Risk Factors section, for full details.

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