Our investments are concentrated in six strategic industry verticals: software, semiconductors and IT hardware, retail and restaurants, industrials, IT and business services, and financial services. Currently, Golden Gate holds investments in more than 35 companies across our six industry verticals. Because we maintain an active strategic presence in each of our industries, our companies often serve as growth platforms within their vertical market. As a result, the significant majority of our more than 160+ historical acquisitions have been made in conjunction with the platform companies that we own and operate. This unique capability enables us to be far more flexible and competitive than conventional private equity firms in valuing potential add-on acquisitions.
Among Golden Gate’s strategic investments is Angel Island Capital, a dedicated specialty finance company managing over $3 billion of assets and capitalized with equity from the same perpetual investment pool that owns and controls our operating companies. This specialty finance company selectively facilitates the financing of our own investments as well as companies owned by others, uniquely extending the breadth of transactions in which we can participate.
On occasion, Golden Gate may also invest in publicly traded companies within our vertical markets, either directly or via a structured equity investment. We focus our investments in public companies on situations where we view these companies to be meaningfully undervalued based on our deep industry experience.