In December 2019, Aero Services Global Group Limited ("ASG Group"), a Manchester-headquartered aerospace group, announced that it had structured a new unitranche facility to refinance its existing debt, fund the acquisition of AMF Precision Engineering and provide growth financing to support future expansion. The financing was provided by Magnetar Capital ("Magnetar") with supplemental working capital facilities provided by Close Brothers Invoice Finance.
ASG Group, which is part of A2E Industries Ltd.’s ("A2E") investment portfolio, is a leading aerospace supplier of detailed parts and machined components. The company manufactures high-precision metal components and provides tooling solutions to the aerospace industry.
Duff & Phelps’ Debt Advisory team acted as exclusive financial advisor to ASG Group in connection with the refinancing. Mayer Brown served as legal counsel to Magnetar, and Gateley Plc and Shoosmiths LLP served as legal counsel to ASG Group on the refinancing.
Paul Teuten, Managing Director at Duff & Phelps, said: "We are delighted to have arranged a flexible financing package which enables ASG Group to focus on its next phase of growth. In Magnetar they have a supportive and equally ambitious financial partner."
Simon Weston, Managing Director, ASG Group, stated: "We are very excited about working with Magnetar as our new financial partner. Magnetar’s ambition and commitment mirrors our own, and together this partnership will help further develop ASG Group’s business offer to the marketplace. Magnetar was instrumental in the purchase of our most recent investment, the Zimmerman FZ233, which will be installed into our Long Bed machining center of excellence at TGM Preston."
Amin Amiri, CEO and Founder of A2E, commented: "We commenced creating a unique aerospace group in December 2015. ASG Group, after seven acquisitions, now boasts revenues of GBP 42 million and EBITDA of GBP 6.2 million. We have ambitious plans and are delighted to have a partner in Magnetar, not just for the funding but also their desire to support the Board of ASG Group through the next stage of growth."
About A2E Industries Ltd.
A2E is a Manchester-based industrial conglomerate, founded by prolific entrepreneur Amin Amiri. Since 2001, A2E has specialized in investing in mid-market industrial/manufacturing businesses. It boasts a combined turnover of GBP 120 million and EBITDA of GBP 14 million. Since first investing in 2001, ASG Group has grown through ambitious and tailored acquisitions of seven manufacturing and engineering companies. The company is comprised of two business divisions: Aerostructures and Tooling.
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