Private Equity for the Middle Market

A 50+ year legacy of relationship building, partnership and value creation makes AEA MMPE the preferred strategic partner

Investment Criteria

Enterprise Value:

$400mm – $3bn+

EBITDA:

$25mm – $250mm

EQUITY INVESTMENT Size:

$250mm+

Sectors

Industrials, Consumer, Services

Location

North America / Europe
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We Provide the Resources, Capital and Know-How Needed to Accelerate the Growth of Middle Market Companies

With over $12 billion of capital under management, the AEA MMPE team is committed to working in concert with our portfolio companies to help execute the strategy that is right for their business

Key Highlights:
01

Extensive history of partnering to achieve growth and operational improvements

50+ Years
Of investing in the middle market across many economic cycles

02

Highly cohesive and experienced team of sector-focused investment professionals

17 Years
Average tenure at AEA of our MMPE investment partners

03

Collaborative culture gives all parties a voice to support a shared vision

300+
Successful partnerships with founders, families and management teams

With Whom We Want to Partner

We invest in a shared vision — our job is to help you achieve it

We look for companies with the framework, talent and ambition to transform good businesses into leading companies. Across all industries, MMPE generally invests in opportunities with the following characteristics which enable them to outperform:

Significant runway for growth, organically and through acquisition
Differentiated business model with clear value proposition
Proven capability in industrial, consumer and services sectors
Talented management team with the ability to lead and willingness to grow beyond home region

How We Work

Our long history of working with management to invest behind growth and operational change positions AEA MMPE as the partner of choice for leading middle market companies ready for their next phase of success
01

Industry Focus


Proactive, specialist approach with continuous evaluation of sector trends to identify attractive deal opportunities and develop a differentiated strategy for value creation

02

Expansive Network


Extensive global network of industry veterans, experienced Operating Partners, executive talent and third-party resources that help drive sustainable, long-term growth across our portfolio companies

03

Global Resources


With six offices across three continents, we have professionals on the ground that live, speak and operate on a local level regardless of the geography

04

Tenured Team


Team of tenured professionals who bring significant knowledge and expertise to the full cycle of AEA MMPE’s investment process

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Case Studies

1-800 Contacts, Inc.
Disruptive Technology Innovation
Read More about 1-800 Contacts, Inc.
Dematic
Technology-Forward Global Leaders in Automation
Read More about Dematic
Burt's Bees, Inc.
True to Nature
Read More about Burt's Bees, Inc.

Hear It First Hand

“Given my long history in building products, I knew there was a tremendous opportunity in 2008 to build a unique, best in class roofing platform by focusing on culture, the employee experience and superior customer service,” said SRS’ Chairman Ron Ross. “I chose AEA to be my partner based on their industry experience and prior successes in building businesses, as well as their shared vision for what SRS could become. Ultimately, we were successful in identifying the initial platform investment in Florida and then accelerating the growth via acquisitions and greenfields. AEA was a truly value-added partner using their strategic and capital resources to support our growth and really helped us achieve SRS’ mission to be the premier roofing distributor.”

Ron Ross
Chairman of the Board, SRS Distribution Inc.

“The team at AEA have been terrific business partners and friends for nearly twenty years. They have provided significant support to help us achieve our growth potential by encouraging us to be more aggressive in our organic growth opportunities, providing capital for acquisitions and helping us expand our business by developing strategies to enter new product lines, end markets and geographies.  I value our relationship and am pleased to support AEA over many years.”

Ken Kranzberg
Chairman Emeritus, TricorBraun Holdings, Inc.

“AEA has supported and encouraged investing for future growth, from key talent additions and expansion of R&D resources to strategic add-on M&A. This support has helped us drive new product introductions and expansion into adjacent technologies. AEA has been a genuine partner helping us build a best in class industrial technology company positioned for long term success.”

David Nislick
Chief Executive Officer, Excelitas Technologies

“AEA spent nearly a decade learning about our business and leveraging their knowledge of packaging to be a value-added partner for us. Working together, we took ProMach to a new level by expanding into new end market such as pharmaceuticals, leveraging their global capabilities to help us acquire new platforms in Europe and Asia, and implementing the ProMach Business System to take better advantage of our economies of scale. The investments they helped us make in our organization have enabled us to continue our robust growth trajectory even after their exit.”

Mark Anderson
Chief Executive Officer, Pro Mach Group, Inc.

“AEA was the ideal partner to support us in transforming Evoqua into the best-in-class leader that it is today. AEA’s experience in ownership transitions and sensitivity to the needs of all stakeholders helped ensure a successful outcome for Siemens as well as Evoqua’s management and employees. Under AEA’s ownership, Evoqua benefited from the extensive resources and unique global network of AEA, which enhanced our ability to successfully pursue numerous organic, inorganic, and operational excellence opportunities.”

Ron Keating
Chief Executive Officer, Evoqua

“I have had the pleasure of being an investor with AEA for nearly 20 years and in that time have served on multiple portfolio company boards. AEA’s sector focus and global capabilities truly helped transform Dematic. They recognized from the outset the tremendous growth potential from warehouse automation driven by e-commerce. They capitalized on Dematic’s position as the global leader to further its differentiation by significantly increasing R&D investment, especially in software, as well as building out low-cost country engineering and manufacturing centers of excellence to enhance the customer value proposition. Dematic was truly a different, and more valuable, company at exit.”

Rick Wagner
Former Chairman of Dematic, Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors

“The team at AEA were phenomenal partners who saw the potential and vision in At Home when very few others did. They supported the significant transformation of the core business they had bought and helped us find the talent and resources to be able to turn the business into one of the leading specialty retailers in the country. I especially appreciated their focus on long term value which allowed us to make the investments we needed to be successful long after their exit.”

Lee Bird
Chief Executive Officer, At Home

Burt’s Bees success story had many authors, first among those was AEA,” reflected John Replogle, CEO of Burt’s Bees. “Together we built a tremendous business by taking smart risks, leaning into principles and pioneering new ways of operating.  For me, the partnership with and unyielding support from the AEA team emboldened me to push a visionary strategy. They brought operating expertise, financial counsel and talent to the table to help us build a brand and business of unique value.

John Replogle
Chief Executive Officer, Burt's Bees, Inc.

“I appreciated the tremendous partnership we had with our AEA team.  They worked with us to dramatically upgrade the talent on our team, expand our presence in the industry and supported several key acquisitions, always with a maintained focus on building the long-term value proposition of the company.  They are smart, savvy investors and partners who engage where they can add value without adding complexity and overhead.”

John Graham
Chief Executive Officer, 1-800 Contacts, Inc.

“I met AEA in 2016 when I was looking for a new partner to continue the disruption of the cooking industry and building of Traeger as a lifestyle platform overall. We valued AEA’s passion for our product and community, and their unique experience in brand building and thoughtful approach to channel strategy. Our partnership has extended across their organization and network to include operators with specific expertise in retail distribution, talent acquisition, supply chain, and finance. This support has been a helpful enabler of growth for us both organically and with accretive acquisitions in new accessory categories. It has been an absolute pleasure working with a team that really understands and embraces our mission.  Their credibility and integrity is unmatched and I’m thankful to call AEA not only trusted advisors but also great friends.”

Jeremy Andrus
Chief Executive Officer, Traeger Pellet Grills Holdings, LLC

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