Belcan Acquires AVISTA

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Acquisition Brings Additional Depth to Belcan’s Systems and Software Engineering Group

Cincinnati, Ohio – November 18, 2020 – Belcan, LLC (“Belcan”), a global supplier of engineering, supply chain, technical recruiting, and information technology (IT) services to the Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Industrial, and Government services markets, announced today that it has acquired Avista, Inc. (“AVISTA” or the “Company”), a provider of safety-critical and mission-critical software engineering services to the world’s leading OEMs in the aerospace, defense, industrial and medical industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

This marks the 16th acquisition by Belcan under its ownership by AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets. AVISTA is being sold by TransDigm Group as part of their portfolio optimization efforts following the acquisition of Esterline Technologies in 2019.

For more than 30 years, AVISTA has provided safety-critical and mission-critical software engineering services spanning the entire development life cycle. The Company provides software engineering, verification and validation services, and certification support to the world’s leading aerospace, defense, industrial and medical companies as well as government and military organizations. Headquartered in Platteville, Wisconsin, AVISTA also has facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Blaine, Minnesota. AVISTA President Steven Ungs and the Company’s management team will be joining Belcan.

“We’re impressed with AVISTA’s highly-skilled and experienced team who have long-standing relationships with their outstanding customer base,” said Lance Kwasniewski, CEO of Belcan. “AVISTA and its engineers will add greater technical depth to Belcan’s Systems and Software Engineering Group and provide us with a larger footprint in the Midwest. We welcome Steve and his team to Belcan.”

“Becoming part of Belcan will allow us to expand our network and offer our customers a broader array of services,” said Mr. Ungs. “We know that Belcan shares our strong commitment to excellent customer service, and we look forward to continuing the success that being part of a robust, thriving company has already brought us.”

Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was the financial advisor to Belcan. BakerHostetler served as legal advisor and Seabury Securities was the financial advisor to TransDigm Group.

About Belcan
Belcan is a global supplier of engineering, supply chain, technical recruiting, and IT services to customers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, industrial, and government sectors. Belcan engineers better outcomes for customers – from jet engines, airframe, and avionics to heavy vehicles, automobiles, and cybersecurity. Belcan takes a partnering approach to provide solutions that are adaptable, integrated, and value-added, and has been earning the trust of its customers for over 60 years. For more information, please visit www.belcan.com.

About AVISTA
Since 1987, AVISTA has provided safety-critical and mission-critical software engineering services to the world’s leading OEMs in the aerospace, defense industrial and medical industries. With over 1,500 successful software projects completed, the Company has worked with leading aerospace and defense companies, as well as government and military organizations. For more information, please visit www.avistainc.com.

About AE Industrial Partners
AE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets. AE Industrial Partners invests in market-leading companies that can benefit from its deep industry knowledge, operating experience, and relationships throughout its target markets. AE Industrial Partners is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing. Learn more at www.aeroequity.com.

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Altor enters partnership with the entrepreneurs of Eleda

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Altor Fund V (“Altor”) has signed definitive agreements to invest in a majority stake in Eleda Infra Services Group (“Eleda”) to support the entrepreneurs and management on the continued growth journey to create a leading infrastructure services group. As part of the transaction, Eleda acquires and partners with the entrepreneurs of Järfälla VA- & Byggentreprenad AB (“JVAB”). In addition, Eleda acquires ONE Nordic (“ONE”) from Altor Fund III. Management of the respective companies will remain as significant shareholders of the combined group and continue in their respective operational management roles.

The new, larger, Eleda will be an expansive infrastructure services group focusing on small to medium sized civil engineering and transmission infrastructure projects and services across a wide range of sectors including water works, road works, energy works and data centers. JVAB strengthens Eleda’s geographical coverage in the Stockholm area and has strong expertise in water works. One Nordic broadens Eleda’s capabilities into electricity transmission infrastructure services and projects focusing on electricity distribution and renewable energy (wind and hydro power). The companies have an impressive history of strong growth and a proven ability to gain additional market shares in fast-growing areas of the market. The new Eleda group had a combined turnover of ca SEK 6 billion in 2019.

“We are enthusiastic and confident that Altor’s experience of building great companies will contribute to our continued strong growth and further support our ambition to always be the partner of choice for both public and private customers within infrastructure services. The timing of this transaction in the current market turmoil is a testament to our attractive and resilient business model, and we are proud to remain as significant shareholders in the combined group”, say Johan Halvardsson and Peter Condrup, representing the management consortium in Eleda.
“ONE Nordic is stronger than ever today”, says Jonas Arvidsson, CEO of ONE Nordic. “During Altor’s ownership period, ONE Nordic has had the opportunity to expand from electricity distribution into services and projects in renewable energy, and we now look forward to a continued growth journey as part of the larger Eleda group, with whom we already have several overlapping clients and hope to expand that further”.

“We are impressed with the businesses that the entrepreneurs have built and are truly excited to partner with them for the next phase of development. It is particularly exciting to be able to contribute ONE into the combination, adding new capabilities that will result in commercial benefits for both companies. We are highly committed to extend the strong track record of the companies to date and continue to build a leading infrastructure services company in the Nordics” says Bengt Maunsbach, Partner at Altor.

“In Eleda, I see a successful entrepreneurial, decentralized organization with local decision-making and responsibility, but with the resources and methods of a large corporation”, says Torbjörn Torell, current Chairman of ONE Nordic and incoming Chairman of Eleda. “I am glad for the opportunity to continue to work alongside Altor and look forward to working with the exceptional entrepreneurs of Eleda.”

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

For more information, please contact:
Johan Halvardsson, Eleda Group CEO, +46 70 545 95 01
Emilie Condrup Maisor, Head of Communications and ESG, Eleda, +46 70 828 04 66
Jonas Arvidsson, CEO of ONE Nordic, +46 70 304 09 70
Bengt Maunsbach, Partner at Altor, +46 867 89 115
Tor Krusell, Head of Communications at Altor, +46 705 43 87 47

About Eleda Infra Services Group
Eleda Infra Services Group is an expansive group focusing small to medium sized civil engineering and transmission infrastructure projects and services across a wide range of sectors including water works, road works, energy works and data centers. The Group operates through regional companies across southern and western Sweden. The group currently includes Akeab, KEWAB, Mark & Energibyggarna and Salboheds Bygg & Anläggningstjänster. Eleda Group’s corporate culture is marked by a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and the companies work independently in complementary geographical areas with the goal of being a leading player in their respective regional markets. Eleda Group, which has its headquarters in Stockholm, has around 800 employees and sales of approximately SEK 3.1 billion in 2019. Eleda Group is currently owned by management and a broad group of key individuals in the group. For further information please visit www.eleda.se/en

About ONE Nordic
ONE Nordic is one of Sweden’s leading suppliers of technical services in electricity transmission infrastructure and renewable energy production. With a nationwide organization and local knowledge, ONE Nordic delivers high quality services and solutions to energy producers, distributors and energy users. ONE Nordic is headquartered in Malmö and has around 1,000 employees and sales of approximately SEK 2.1 billion in 2019. ONE Nordic has been owned by Altor Fund III since 2011. For further information please visit www.one-nordic.se

About JVAB
Järfälla VA- & Byggentreprenad AB is focusing on civil engineering and transmission infrastructure in the Stockholm region. JVAB has around 150 employees and sales of approximately SEK 0.7 billion in 2019. The majority of JVAB is owned by the founding family, who will reinvest a significant portion in the combined Group.  For further information please visit www.jvab.se

About Altor
Since inception, the family of Altor funds has raised some EUR 8.3 billion in total commitments. The funds have invested in excess of EUR 4.2 billion in more than 60 companies. The investments have been made in medium sized predominantly Nordic companies with the aim to create value through growth initiatives and operational improvements. Among current and past investments are Dustin, Byggmax, Piab, Aalborg Industries, Trioplast, SATS and RevolutionRace.  For further information please visit www.altor.com

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