We invest in market-leading companies that can benefit from our investment track record, deep industry knowledge, operating experience and relationships throughout our target markets. Our strategy is to invest throughout the long-product lifecycles of our highly technical target markets.
We make control-oriented investments in companies that are strategically important to their target markets and we are often the first institutional investor in privately-held businesses that have been under founder, family or corporate ownership for decades. We are a growth-oriented investor and partner with strong management teams to create value through a combination of organic and acquisition-based growth initiatives that drive long-term value.
We focus on non-control investment opportunities, in the form of secured and unsecured debt, preferred equity and common equity. We partner with privately held businesses in AE Industrial’s target markets that value a relationship with AE Industrial and need capital to finance growth or acquisitions. These businesses understand that AE Industrial’s deep industry knowledge and relationships bring significant benefits beyond our invested capital. This combination of flexible capital with our strategic focus provides growth-oriented companies with unique financing solutions that support long-term growth and value creation.
is our venture capital investment platform formed in partnership with The Boeing Company. We focus on early-stage equity investments in transformative technologies and businesses that will define the future of aerospace, defense, enterprise and industrial markets. We invest in the earliest stages (Series A, B) and continue to work closely with these companies and their founders at every stage of growth. Our experienced team proactively supports our portfolio investments by establishing connections within our extensive network of industry experts, advisors and investors while also helping founders navigate business and technical challenges, including customer relationships, regulatory environments, and engineering, that are critical to success.
We acquire commercial aircraft and engines under tailored lease agreements to produce current income and capital appreciation for our investors. We are an innovative lessor, leveraging a dedicated team of experienced investment professionals with deep technical and operational expertise, to partner with airlines in developed and emerging markets.