Our Focus, Experience and Reputation Differentiate Us
David and Brian Rowe founded AE Industrial in 1998* to leverage their experience, industry knowledge and relationships to help grow and create value in middle market aerospace companies. With over 100 acquisitions to date, we have built a successful track record. Today we have a team of 39 investment professionals complemented by a deep network of industry experts that source transactions, conduct due diligence and provide our portfolio companies with unique customer relationships and strategic advice. Given our track record and history, we know the key attributes of successful companies and can help create lasting, valuable business models.
We live and breathe the Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Space, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets. Our aerospace engine roots have given us a first-hand view of how critical technologies and capabilities can create significant value throughout our target industries. We look to leverage our unique perspectives on the industry to invest in businesses that can benefit from our passion and experience. When the fit is right, we believe we have the tools to take businesses to the next level.
Each deal has unique characteristics which require a custom approach to meeting the desires of all stakeholders. We have an excellent reputation for closing deals and following through with what we say. Since April 2015, we have closed 67 acquisitions including 20 platform investments and 47 add-ons. We are growth-oriented investors and look to balance both organic and acquisition growth to drive value in our portfolio companies. Our goal is to continue to grow our businesses through investment in capabilities, capacity and people. We also generally take a conservative approach to leverage to allow for growth and flexibility.
We are often the first institutional investor in privately-held businesses that have been under founder or family ownership for decades. Our reputation and partners are important to us and as such, we pride ourselves on treating our teams and operating companies with the utmost respect. As industry experts, we take an active role in completing thorough diligence, as well as supporting our companies and the communities in which they work.
We distinguish ourselves from other private equity firms by bringing a unique set of capabilities, relationships and experiences to our portfolio companies in a way seldom seen in the middle market. In addition to providing substantial financial, human and intellectual capital to our platform investments, we also provide our portfolio companies and management teams with unmatched access to critical decision makers within key OEMs and operators worldwide. Our intent is not to run the day-to-day operations of our portfolio companies, but we do help to run them better with a constant eye towards value creation.
Investment in Fund I and Fund II comes from a significant contribution from both our professionals and our limited partners (LPs). Our LPs include a diverse set of high quality investors including leading endowments, charitable foundations, public and corporate pensions, financial institutions, funds of funds, family offices and sovereign wealth funds. We deeply value our LP relationships and believe that regular, open communication with them is critical to success.
*“AE Industrial” and the “Firm” are deemed to include all predecessors of AE Industrial Partners, LP, including AeroEquity Partners Inc. and AeroEquity Partners, LP.
Note: This is not an offer to buy or sell an interest in the Firm or any Fund managed by the Firm.
Page updated March 31, 2021