Source Capital, through Source Capital Credit Opportunities IV, LP (“SCCO IV”), is pleased to announce its investment in AE Tools & Computers (“AET”, or the “Company”), an automotive diagnostic tool services provider and distributor. SCCO IV supported Kilroy Partners’ (“Kilroy”) acquisition of AET by providing debt financing and an equity co-investment.
Founded in 2003 and based in Olathe, Kansas, AET is a value-added distributor of OEM and aftermarket hardware and software that are used by technicians to diagnose and to repair cars and trucks. The Company’s live, on car support, comprehensive product knowledge and extensive supplier relationships reduce the time required to fix the vehicle and, thereby, increase asset turnover for independent repair shops, collision centers, used car and truck dealers and commercial and governmental fleets. For additional information on AET, please visit www.aetools.us.
Kilroy and Source partnered with AET’s founders, Joey Hendrich and Mike Muck, to accelerate the Company’s geographic expansion and to invest in key growth initiatives. Mark Hughes, Managing Partner of Kilroy, said, “We value the relationship we have developed with Joey and Mike. The Company’s impressive growth, attractive cash flow, diverse and recurring customer base and compelling value proposition make AET an attractive addition to our portfolio.”
“We are excited to partner again with the Kilroy team and look forward to supporting AET’s growth as they continue to expand their best-in-class support services and products throughout the automotive market,” said Joe Rodgers, Managing Director at Source Capital.
About Kilroy Partners
Kilroy Partners is an operationally focused private investment firm providing equity capital to companies in the lower-middle market. The firm invests in industries where it can leverage its operating resources to drive long term value. For more information visit www.kilroypartners.com
About Source Capital, LLC
Source Capital is a private investment firm focused on providing flexible equity and debt capital to lower middle-market companies across a range of industries. Source Capital’s investment strategy targets growing companies with greater than $2 million in EBITDA seeking a growth-oriented partner. Since its founding in 2002, Source Capital has made 24 equity platform investments and 52 add-on acquisitions as well as 40 debt investments through four separate credit funds. To learn more about Source Capital or to discuss a new equity or debt investment opportunity, please reach out to a member of our investment team.