AEA Investors is a private investment firm focused on 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 has offices in Stamford, Connecticut; New York, New York; London; Hong Kong; and Shanghai, Munich, Germany; and London.
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In the last 3 years, AEA Investors has acquired 4 companies.
AEA Investors’ most common sectors for investment are distribution (15%) and manufacturing (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (43%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (29%). In total, AEA Investors has invested in 25 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 12 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (39%). AEA Investors’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2011 when it sold Acosta Sales & Marketing for $2.0B.
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