AEA Investors Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, AEA Investors has acquired 15 companies.

AEA Investors’ most common sectors for investment are distribution (17%) and consumer products (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (48%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (30%). In total, AEA Investors has invested in 29 US states and 7 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 14 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (46%). 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 Activity162
    • M&A Buy Activity101
    • M&A Sell Activity61
  • Total Sectors Invested 34
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 57
  • 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 (4.6/yr) # 78 8 4 5 5 1 101
vol $3.3B $195M $3.5B
Sell (3.8/yr) # 42 5 5 2 4 3 61
vol $9.5B $219M $9.7B
  162

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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 - Unknown
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
Balboa Water Group, Inc. 2020-10-12 219M USD Add-on Acquisition
Costa Mesa, California · www.balboawatergroup.com
1-800-Contacts, Inc. 2020-09-23 - Secondary Buyout
Orem, Utah · www.1800contacts.com
Contract Land Staff (CLS Management Services) 2020-06-29 - Secondary Buyout
Sugar Land, Texas · www.contractlandstaff.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 2
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
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 1
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
LSP Holding (UK) Ltd. 2005-12-05 Hydrobolt Group Ltd. 2014-04-16 3
Wednesbury, United Kingdom · www.lonestargroup.com Wolverhampton, United Kingdom · www.hydrobolt.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Distribution 5 (12%) - 17 (17%) 163M (5%)
Consumer Products 4 (9%) - 10 (10%) 200M (6%)
Chemicals - - 6 (6%) -
Manufacturing 1 (2%) 34M (6%) 5 (5%) 34M (1%)
Building Materials 1 (2%) - 5 (5%) -
Business Services 3 (7%) - 5 (5%) -
Machinery 3 (7%) - 4 (4%) 815M (24%)
Consumer Services 1 (2%) 195M (33%) 4 (4%) 195M (6%)
Packaging 1 (2%) - 4 (4%) -
Retail 2 (5%) - 3 (3%) 715M (21%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
Transportation 2 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
Automotive 2 (5%) - 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%) -
E-Commerce - - 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 43 $589M 101 $3.5B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 35 (81%) 195M (33%) 89 (88%) 3.1B (89%)
  Texas 9 (21%) 195M (33%) 11 (11%) 910M (26%)
  Illinois 2 (5%) - 9 (9%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (2%) - 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%) -
  Wisconsin 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  Utah 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  Connecticut 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  Kentucky - - 2 (2%) 163M (5%)
  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 (9%) 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%) -
Portugal - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 35 (81%) 195M (33%) 89 (88%) 3.1B (89%)
Cross-border 8 (19%) 394M (67%) 12 (12%) 394M (11%)
Total 43 $589M 101 $3.5B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 26 (60%) 360M (61%) 48 (48%) 1.9B (55%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 11 (26%) 34M (6%) 30 (30%) 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 43 $589M 101 $3.5B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 28 (46%) 3.5B (36%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 15 (25%) 5.6B (58%)
IPO 8 (13%) -
Trade Sale 5 (8%) 575M (6%)
Recapitalization 3 (5%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 61 $9.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
2
Barclays Investment Bank
1
Global Leisure Partners LLP
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 8 $3.3B
TOTAL $9.7B
Largest Acosta Sales & Marketing, Inc.
$2.0B (2011-01-05)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
46%
46 (46%)
Strategic(s)
6%
6 (6%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
49%
30 (49%)
Strategic(s)
30%
18 (30%)

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