AEA Investors Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, AEA Investors has acquired 16 companies.

AEA Investors’ most common sectors for investment aredistribution (17%) and consumer products (11%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (49%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (30%). In total, AEA Investors has invested in 29 US states and 8 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2010 when it acquired The Hillman Companies for $815M.

In the last 3 years, AEA Investors has exited 16 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (47%). AEA Investors’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2011 when it sold Acosta Sales & Marketing for $2.0B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity165
    • M&A Buy Activity102
    • M&A Sell Activity63
  • Total Sectors Invested 34
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 58
  • M&A Advisors 8

AEA Investors

666 5th Avenue, 36th Floor,
New York, New York 10003
United States
(212) 644-5900
www.aeainvestors.com
info@aeainvestors.com

AEA Investors is a private investment firm focused on investing in and acquiring businesses headquartered primarily in the US, Europe, and China. AEA looks for companies operating in stable to growing industries with a proven ability to generate positive cash-flow. Broad sectors of interest include value-added industrial products/services, specialty chemicals, consumer products, and services. In addition to its primary middle-market private equity fund, AEA maintains additional funds targeted towards mezzanine financing, senior secured debt, and small business buyouts. AEA Investors was formed in 1968 and is based in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Automotive, Beverages, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Engineering, Healthcare Services, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Packaging, Plastics, Retail, Test/Measurement Equipment

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Going Private, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Stake Purchase

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia/Pacific

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - 2,500
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (4.8/yr) # 78 8 4 5 5 2 102
vol $3.3B $195M $3.5B
Sell (4.2/yr) # 42 5 5 2 4 5 63
vol $9.5B $219M $338M $10.0B
  165

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Springs Window Fashions LLC 2021-07-28 - Secondary Buyout
Middleton, Wisconsin · www.springswindowfashions.com
Polygon International AB 2021-07-12 - Secondary Buyout
Stockholm, Sweden · www.polygongroup.com
Dayton Parts LLC 2021-06-27 338M USD Add-on Acquisition
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania · www.daytonparts.com
The Colson Group, Inc. 2021-03-01 - Secondary Buyout
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois · www.colsongroup.com
Verdesian Life Sciences LLC 2021-01-19 - Secondary Buyout
Cary, North Carolina · www.vlsci.com
TricorBraun, Inc. 2021-01-06 - Secondary Buyout
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tricorbraun.com
National Carwash Solutions 2021-01-05 - Recapitalization
Grimes, Iowa · www.ncswash.com
Meritus Gas Partners 2020-12-31 - Consolidation
, United States
50 Floor, Inc. 2020-12-28 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Tucker, Georgia · www.50floor.com
Montway Auto Transport 2020-11-05 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Schaumburg, Illinois · www.montway.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Excelitas Technologies Corp. 2017-10-18 Silicon Power Corp. - SolidTRON Product Line 2020-09-28 3
Waltham, Massachusetts · www.excelitas.com Malvern, Pennsylvania
BOA Holding GmbH 2010-10-01 BOA CoreDux 2019-09-16 1
Stutensee, Germany · www.boagroup.com Stutensee, Germany
Trox 2008-12-01 CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. 2019-07-18 1
Phoenix, Arizona · www.trox.com Markham, Ontario · www.cdicomputers.com
SGL Transgroup 2016-05-31 IC Logistics 2019-05-08 3
Kastrup, Denmark · www.scangl.com , Denmark
Excelitas Technologies Corp. 2017-10-18 AXSUN Technologies, Inc. 2018-12-12 2
Waltham, Massachusetts · www.excelitas.com Billerica, Massachusetts · www.axsun.com
ThreeSixty Group Ltd. 2015-10-01 Vornado Air LLC 2018-05-07 3
Hong Kong, China · www.thethreesixtygroup.com Andover, Kansas · www.vornado.com
ThreeSixty Group Ltd. 2015-10-01 The Sharper Image 2016-12-30 2
Hong Kong, China · www.thethreesixtygroup.com Walnut Creek, California · www.sharperimage.com
ThreeSixty Group Ltd. 2015-10-01 FAO Schwarz, Inc. 2016-10-04 1
Hong Kong, China · www.thethreesixtygroup.com New York, New York · www.fao.com
Industrial Acoustics Company, Inc. (IAC) 2012-06-07 GT Exhaust, Inc. 2015-12-18 2
Bronx, New York · www.industrialacoustics.com Lincoln, Nebraska · www.gteind.com
Industrial Acoustics Company, Inc. (IAC) 2012-06-07 Silex Innovations, Inc. 2015-12-18 1
Bronx, New York · www.industrialacoustics.com Mississauga, Ontario · www.silex.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Distribution 5 (12%) - 17 (17%) 163M (5%)
Consumer Products 4 (10%) - 11 (11%) 200M (6%)
Chemicals - - 6 (6%) -
Manufacturing 1 (2%) 34M (6%) 5 (5%) 34M (1%)
Business Services 3 (7%) - 5 (5%) -
Machinery 3 (7%) - 4 (4%) 815M (24%)
Retail 2 (5%) - 4 (4%) 715M (21%)
Consumer Services 1 (2%) 195M (33%) 4 (4%) 195M (6%)
Building Materials - - 4 (4%) -
Packaging 1 (2%) - 4 (4%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
Transportation 2 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
Automotive 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Electronics 2 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
Healthcare Services - - 2 (2%) -
Information Technology - - 2 (2%) -
Medical Products 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Plastics 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Safety/Security 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Utilities 2 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
Environmental - - 1 (1%) 721M (21%)
Staffing 1 (2%) 360M (61%) 1 (1%) 360M (10%)
Insurance - - 1 (1%) 250M (7%)
Agriculture 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Construction 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Electrical Equipment 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Engineering 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Marketing - - 1 (1%) -
Restaurants 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Software 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 42 $589M 102 $3.5B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 33 (79%) 195M (33%) 89 (87%) 3.1B (89%)
  Texas 9 (21%) 195M (33%) 11 (11%) 910M (26%)
  Illinois 2 (5%) - 9 (9%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 8 (8%) 721M (21%)
  New Jersey 2 (5%) - 6 (6%) 250M (7%)
  California - - 6 (6%) -
  Massachusetts 3 (7%) - 4 (4%) -
  Georgia 3 (7%) - 4 (4%) -
  North Carolina 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) -
  New York 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) -
  Missouri 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) -
  Michigan 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) -
  Ohio - - 3 (3%) 815M (24%)
  Florida - - 3 (3%) -
  Maryland 2 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
  Arizona 2 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
  Utah 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  Connecticut 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  Kentucky - - 2 (2%) 163M (5%)
  Wisconsin - - 2 (2%) -
  West Virginia 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Minnesota 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Alabama 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (1%) 200M (6%)
  Virginia - - 1 (1%) -
  Tennessee - - 1 (1%) -
  Oklahoma - - 1 (1%) -
  Iowa - - 1 (1%) -
  Colorado - - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom 4 (10%) 394M (67%) 4 (4%) 394M (11%)
Germany 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) -
China 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Denmark 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
South Korea 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Sweden 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Portugal - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 33 (79%) 195M (33%) 89 (87%) 3.1B (89%)
Cross-border 9 (21%) 394M (67%) 13 (13%) 394M (11%)
Total 42 $589M 102 $3.5B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 25 (60%) 360M (61%) 49 (48%) 1.9B (55%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 11 (26%) 34M (6%) 30 (29%) 284M (8%)
Divestiture 1 (2%) 195M (33%) 6 (6%) 1.3B (37%)
Recapitalization 1 (2%) - 5 (5%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (2%) - 5 (5%) -
Consolidation 3 (7%) - 3 (3%) -
Growth Capital - - 2 (2%) -
Add-on Acquisition - - 1 (1%) -
Special Situations/Distressed - - 1 (1%) -
Total 42 $589M 102 $3.5B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 29 (46%) 3.5B (35%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 16 (25%) 6.0B (60%)
IPO 8 (13%) -
Trade Sale 5 (8%) 575M (6%)
Recapitalization 4 (6%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (2%) -
Total 63 $10.0B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
2
Harris Williams & Co.
1
Barclays Investment Bank
1
Legal Deals
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP
6
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 8 $3.4B
< $100M 1 $34M
TOTAL $3.5B
Largest The Hillman Companies, Inc.
$815M (2010-05-28)
sell # Total
> $1B 4 $6.4B
$100M to $1B 9 $3.7B
TOTAL $10.0B
Largest Acosta Sales & Marketing, Inc.
$2.0B (2011-01-05)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
46%
47 (46%)
Strategic(s)
6%
6 (6%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
51%
32 (51%)
Strategic(s)
30%
19 (30%)

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