AEA Investors Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, AEA Investors has acquired 7 companies.

AEA Investors’ most common sectors for investment are distribution (18%) and chemicals (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (47%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (27%). In total, AEA Investors has invested in 26 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 15 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (44%). 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 Activity143
    • M&A Buy Activity86
    • M&A Sell Activity57
  • Total Sectors Invested 27
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 55
  • M&A Advisors 8

AEA Investors LP

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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (2.2/yr) # 75 4 3 2 2 - 86
vol $4.0B $195M $4.2B
Sell (3.4/yr) # 40 2 5 4 2 4 57
vol $9.5B $219M $9.7B
  143

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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
24 Hour Fitness 2020-06-15 - Bankruptcy
San Ramon, California · www.24hourfitness.com
Galco Industrial Electronics, Inc. 2020-01-29 - Secondary Buyout
Madison Heights, Michigan · www.galco.com
Univar Solutions, Inc. - Environmental Sciences Business 2019-12-05 195M USD Divestiture
Austin, Texas
API Technologies Corp. 2019-05-09 - Secondary Buyout
Marlborough, Massachusetts · www.apitech.com
Flow Control Group 2019-01-29 - Secondary Buyout
Charlotte, United States · www.flowcontrolgroup.com
Lipari Foods LLC 2019-01-08 - Secondary Buyout
Warren, Michigan · www.liparifoods.com
Colony Hardware Corp. 2018-11-14 - Secondary Buyout
Orange, Connecticut · www.colonyhardware.com
Numotion 2018-11-13 - Secondary Buyout
Hazelwood, Missouri · www.numotion.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
Numotion 2018-11-13 Northland Rehab Supply 2020-08-28 1
Hazelwood, Missouri · www.numotion.com Sioux Falls, South Dakota · www.homemedicalequipmentsd.com
TricorBraun, Inc. 2016-11-30 Price Container 2020-08-27 7
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tricorbraun.com Willard, Utah · www.pricecontainers.com
Dematic Corp. 2012-11-13 Digital Applications International Ltd. 2020-03-03 5
Grand Rapids, Michigan · www.dematic.com London, United Kingdom · www.dai.co.uk
TricorBraun, Inc. 2016-11-30 Packaging Solutions, Inc. 2020-01-07 6
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tricorbraun.com Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.packsolinc.com
BOA Holding GmbH 2010-10-01 BOA CoreDux 2019-09-16 1
Stutensee, Germany · www.boagroup.com Stutensee, Germany
Augusta Sportswear, Inc. 2012-04-01 Pacific Headwear, Inc. 2019-08-01 1
Grovetown, Georgia · www.augustasportswear.com Eugene, Oregon · www.pacificheadwear.com
Scan Global Logistics A/S 2016-05-31 IC Logistics 2019-05-08 2
Kastrup, Denmark · www.scangl.com , Denmark
TricorBraun, Inc. 2016-11-30 Pacific Bag, Inc. 2019-01-08 5
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tricorbraun.com Woodinville, Washington · www.pacificbag.com
Excelitas Technologies Corp. 2017-10-18 AXSUN Technologies, Inc. 2018-12-12 1
Waltham, Massachusetts · www.excelitas.com Billerica, Massachusetts · www.axsun.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Distribution 4 (13%) - 15 (17%) 163M (4%)
Chemicals 2 (6%) 195M (15%) 8 (9%) 195M (5%)
Consumer Products 2 (6%) - 7 (8%) 200M (5%)
Manufacturing 4 (13%) 34M (3%) 7 (8%) 34M (1%)
Building Materials 1 (3%) - 5 (6%) -
Packaging 1 (3%) - 4 (5%) -
Machinery 2 (6%) - 3 (3%) 815M (20%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
Consumer Services 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (6%) - 3 (3%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
Retail 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) 715M (17%)
Automotive 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
Business Services - - 2 (2%) -
E-Commerce - - 2 (2%) -
Electronics 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
Healthcare Services - - 2 (2%) -
Marketing 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Medical Products 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Safety/Security 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
Environmental 1 (3%) 721M (55%) 1 (1%) 721M (17%)
Utilities - - 1 (1%) 721M (17%)
Staffing 1 (3%) 360M (27%) 1 (1%) 360M (9%)
Insurance - - 1 (1%) 250M (6%)
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (1%) -
Plastics - - 1 (1%) -
Total 32 $1.3B 86 $4.2B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 24 (75%) 195M (15%) 74 (86%) 3.1B (73%)
  Pennsylvania 2 (6%) - 9 (10%) 721M (17%)
  Illinois 1 (3%) - 7 (8%) -
  California - - 6 (7%) -
  New Jersey 2 (6%) - 5 (6%) 250M (6%)
  Missouri 3 (9%) - 4 (5%) -
  Massachusetts 3 (9%) - 4 (5%) -
  Texas 2 (6%) 195M (15%) 4 (5%) 910M (22%)
  North Carolina 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
  New York 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
  Michigan 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
  Ohio - - 3 (3%) 815M (20%)
  Florida - - 3 (3%) -
  Maryland 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
  Arizona 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
  Wisconsin 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
  Georgia 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
  Connecticut 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
  Kentucky - - 2 (2%) 163M (4%)
  West Virginia 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (1%) 200M (5%)
  Virginia - - 1 (1%) -
  Utah - - 1 (1%) -
  Tennessee - - 1 (1%) -
  Oklahoma - - 1 (1%) -
  Colorado - - 1 (1%) -
Germany 2 (6%) 721M (55%) 4 (5%) 721M (17%)
United Kingdom 3 (9%) 394M (30%) 3 (3%) 394M (9%)
Hong Kong 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Denmark 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
South Korea 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Portugal - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 24 (75%) 195M (15%) 74 (86%) 3.1B (73%)
Cross-border 8 (25%) 1.1B (85%) 12 (14%) 1.1B (27%)
Total 32 $1.3B 86 $4.2B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 20 (63%) 360M (27%) 40 (47%) 1.9B (55%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 5 (16%) 34M (3%) 23 (27%) 284M (8%)
Recapitalization 3 (9%) - 7 (8%) -
Divestiture 2 (6%) 916M (70%) 6 (7%) 1.3B (37%)
Stake Purchase 1 (3%) - 5 (6%) -
Growth Capital 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
Add-on Acquisition - - 1 (1%) -
Special Situations/Distressed - - 1 (1%) -
Total 32 $1.3B 86 $3.5B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 25 (44%) 3.5B (36%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 15 (26%) 5.6B (58%)
IPO 8 (14%) -
Trade Sale 5 (9%) 575M (6%)
Recapitalization 3 (5%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (2%) -
Total 57 $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 9 $4.1B
< $100M 1 $34M
TOTAL $4.2B
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
PE Firm(s)
88%
46 88%
Strategic(s)
12%
6 12%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
62%
29 62%
Strategic(s)
38%
18 38%

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