Sale to LCI Industries

Industrial
Sale to LCI Industries

Summary

Baird served as exclusive financial advisor to CURT Group on this transaction

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CURT Group (“CURT” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity (“Audax”), was recently acquired by LCI Industries (“LCI”) (NYSE: LCII).

CURT is a leading manufacturer and distributor of towing, towing accessory and other vehicle accessory products. The Company maintains a robust product portfolio comprised of thousands of SKUs across various product lines, including hitches, towing electricals, ball mounts, and cargo management. CURT has a significant market position, owning and operating a stable of leading brands, including CURT, Aries, Luverne, Retrac, and UWS. Leveraging a multi-channel model, CURT serves customers across e-commerce, direct-to-installer, and distribution channels. In addition, CURT has a wide distribution network, with centers strategically located throughout the U.S. to serve its North American customers. CURT is headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Audax Private Equity is a leading alternative investment manager with offices in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Since its founding in 1999, Audax has raised over $26 billion in capital across its Private Equity and Private Debt businesses. Audax Private Equity has invested over $5 billion in more than 130 platforms and 800 add-on companies, and is currently investing out of its $3.5 billion, sixth private equity fund. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimize operations, and significantly increase equity value. With more than 250 employees and over 100 investment professionals, Audax is a leading capital partner for North American middle market companies.

From over 70 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America and Europe, LCI Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, LCI, supplies, domestically and internationally, a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading OEMs in the recreation and transportation product markets, consisting of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; trucks; boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. LCI also supplies engineered components to the related aftermarkets of these industries primarily by selling to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. LCI’s products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; appliances; televisions, sound systems, navigation systems, and backup cameras; and other accessories. LCI is headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana.
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Industrial
Sale to LCI Industries
Date
December 2019
Company
CURT Group
Transaction
M&A
Sectors
Industrial
Target Location
North America
Acquiror Location
North America

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