AEA Investors



We have significant experience and success investing in consumer products, retail, and related services. We have a deep knowledge base and industry network canvassing everything from how a product or service is produced to how it is branded and marketed to end users. As a result of this expertise, we are a differentiated investor in companies across a broad range of sectors, including consumer goods and services, retailers, restaurants, contract manufacturing and outsourced sales and marketing services.

We look for opportunities to invest in companies in consumer sectors that have a strong history of growth and leadership, but are entering a phase of strategic transition before eventual ownership by corporate buyers or the public markets. Key elements of a strategic transition can be defined as penetrating and growing new strategic channels of distribution, accelerating adoption of a brand or retail concept, or investing in organization and infrastructure to equip a business for scalable growth. As a result, a substantial portion of our success in these sectors has been achieved by partnering with founders and entrepreneurs seeking a financial partner for the first time. Our ability to be a value-added partner is based on our strong Participant base, global footprint, resident knowledge and broad international networks.

Representative Consumer Investments:

  • Consumer / Retail

    ThreeSixty Group, Ltd.

  • Consumer / Retail

    1-800 Contacts, Inc.

  • Consumer / Retail

    At Home

  • Consumer / Retail

    24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc.