AEA Investors Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, AEA Investors has acquired 19 companies. It has also invested in 3 others.

AEA Investors’ most common sectors for investment aredistribution (16%) and consumer products (11%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (46%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (31%). 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 (44%). AEA Investors’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2016 when it sold Dematic Holding S.à r.l. for $3.3B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity180
    • M&A Buy Activity109
    • M&A Sell Activity71
  • Total Sectors Invested 34
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 66
  • M&A Advisors 11

AEA Investors

520 Madison Avenue, 40th FL,
New York, New York 10022
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 ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (5.2/yr) # 83 4 6 5 8 3 109
vol $3.3B $195M $3.5B
Sell (4.4/yr) # 49 6 3 4 6 3 71
vol $12.7B $219M $338M $13.3B
  180

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Burke Porter Group 2022-08-01 - Divestiture
Ada, Michigan · www.burkeportergroup.com
Bespoke Partners 2022-07-21 - Growth Capital
San Diego, California · www.bespokepartners.com
Sparrows Offshore Group Ltd. 2022-07-11 - Add-on Acquisition
Aberdeen, United Kingdom · www.sparrowsgroup.com
Inovar Packaging Group LLC 2022-05-24 - Secondary Buyout
Dallas, Texas · www.inovarpackaging.com
Auto Air Export, Inc. 2022-03-31 - Secondary Buyout
Irving, Texas · www.omega-usa.com
AmeriVet Veterinary Partners, Inc. 2022-02-25 - Secondary Buyout
San Antonio, Texas · www.amerivet.com
Redwood Logistics 2021-12-14 - Secondary Buyout
Chicago, Illinois · www.redwoodlogistics.com
Monroe Engineering Holdings LLC 2021-12-01 - Secondary Buyout
Rochester Hills, Michigan · www.monroeengineering.com
Hero Digital LLC 2021-11-18 - Secondary Buyout
San Francisco, California · www.herodigital.com
Traeger Pellet Grills LLC 2021-08-02 - IPO
Salt Lake City, Utah · www.traeger.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Spectrum Plastics Group 2018-01-31 Pexco LLC 2022-03-16 1
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.spectrumplastics.com Johns Creek, Georgia · www.pexco.com
SBP Holding LP 2011-12-21 Bishop Lifting Products, Inc. 2022-02-02 1
Glen Burnie, Maryland · www.sbpholdings.com Houston, Texas · www.lifting.com
Excelitas Technologies Corp. 2017-10-18 Silicon Power Corp. - SolidTRON Product Line 2020-09-28 3
Waltham, Massachusetts · www.excelitas.com Malvern, Pennsylvania
NES Fircroft 2012-10-05 Fircroft Engineering Services Ltd. 2020-09-23 1
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.nesfircroft.com Warrington, United Kingdom · www.fircroft.com
Scan Global Logistics A/S 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
Spectrum Plastics Group 2018-01-31 Fermatex Vascular Technologies LLC 2018-05-24 6
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.spectrumplastics.com Newark, Delaware · www.fermatex.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

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Distribution 3 (8%) - 17 (16%) 163M (5%)
Consumer Products 3 (8%) - 11 (10%) 200M (6%)
Manufacturing 3 (8%) 34M (6%) 8 (7%) 34M (1%)
Business Services 4 (10%) - 6 (6%) -
Chemicals - - 6 (6%) -
Consumer Services 2 (5%) 195M (33%) 5 (5%) 195M (6%)
Building Materials 1 (3%) - 5 (5%) -
Packaging - - 5 (5%) -
Transportation 4 (10%) - 5 (5%) -
Retail 2 (5%) - 4 (4%) 715M (21%)
Machinery 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) 815M (24%)
Energy Services and Equipment 2 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 2 (2%) -
Automotive 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Electronics 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Healthcare Services - - 2 (2%) -
Information Technology - - 2 (2%) -
Marketing 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Medical Products 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Plastics 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Environmental - - 1 (1%) 721M (21%)
Staffing 1 (3%) 360M (61%) 1 (1%) 360M (10%)
Insurance - - 1 (1%) 250M (7%)
Agriculture 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Construction 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Electrical Equipment 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Engineering 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Restaurants 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (1%) -
Software 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Utilities - - 1 (1%) -
Total 39 $589M 109 $3.5B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 32 (82%) 195M (33%) 96 (88%) 3.1B (89%)
  Texas 8 (21%) 195M (33%) 13 (12%) 910M (26%)
  Illinois 2 (5%) - 10 (9%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (3%) - 10 (9%) 721M (21%)
  California 3 (8%) - 9 (8%) -
  New Jersey 1 (3%) - 5 (5%) 250M (7%)
  Massachusetts 3 (8%) - 4 (4%) -
  Georgia 2 (5%) - 4 (4%) -
  Michigan 2 (5%) - 4 (4%) -
  New York 1 (3%) - 4 (4%) -
  North Carolina 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
  Missouri 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) -
  Ohio - - 3 (3%) 815M (24%)
  Florida - - 3 (3%) -
  Minnesota 2 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
  Maryland 2 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
  Connecticut 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
  Kentucky - - 2 (2%) 163M (5%)
  Utah - - 2 (2%) -
  Alabama 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  West Virginia 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (1%) 200M (6%)
  Colorado - - 1 (1%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) -
  Wisconsin - - 1 (1%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (1%) -
  Tennessee - - 1 (1%) -
  Oklahoma - - 1 (1%) -
  Iowa - - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom 3 (8%) 394M (67%) 4 (4%) 394M (11%)
Germany - - 3 (3%) -
China 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Denmark 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
South Korea 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Sweden 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Portugal - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 32 (82%) 195M (33%) 96 (88%) 3.1B (89%)
Cross-border 7 (18%) 394M (67%) 13 (12%) 394M (11%)
Total 39 $589M 109 $3.5B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 19 (49%) 360M (61%) 50 (46%) 1.9B (55%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 11 (28%) 34M (6%) 33 (30%) 284M (8%)
Divestiture 2 (5%) 195M (33%) 7 (6%) 1.3B (37%)
Stake Purchase 2 (5%) - 6 (6%) -
Recapitalization - - 5 (5%) -
Consolidation 3 (8%) - 3 (3%) -
Growth Capital 2 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
Add-on Acquisition - - 1 (1%) -
Special Situations/Distressed - - 1 (1%) -
Total 39 $589M 109 $3.5B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 31 (44%) 3.5B (26%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 16 (23%) 6.0B (45%)
Trade Sale 9 (13%) 3.8B (29%)
IPO 9 (13%) -
Recapitalization 4 (6%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Merger 1 (1%) -
Total 71 $13.3B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
2
Global Leisure Partners LLP
1
Guggenheim Securities
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 5 $9.6B
$100M to $1B 9 $3.7B
TOTAL $13.3B
Largest Dematic Holding S.à r.l.
$3.3B (2016-06-21)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
43%
47 (43%)
Strategic(s)
6%
7 (6%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
48%
34 (48%)
Strategic(s)
32%
23 (32%)

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