Huron Capital invests in Drake Automotive Group

Huron Capital Partners LLC said Monday it invested in Drake Automotive Group via a recapitalization. Financial terms weren’t announced. Henderson, Nevada-based Drake designs and distributes branded automotive aftermarket products serving the classic car, off-road, and late model “muscle car” markets.


DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Huron Capital Partners LLC (“Huron Capital”) today announced it has invested in Drake Automotive Group (“Drake”), in partnership with its founder and management. Headquartered in Henderson, Nev., Drake is a designer and distributor of branded automotive aftermarket products serving the classic car, off-road, and late model “muscle car” markets.
Founded by Scott Drake in 1988, Drake has long been a major provider of parts for classic and current model Ford Mustangs, and also caters to vehicles such as Broncos, Jeeps, Camaros and others. According to the 2015 SEMA Market Report, the automotive restoration aftermarket parts business is a $1.4 billion industry.
Scott Drake said, “Our team has a lot of energy and ideas for growing the business, and we are excited to have a partner in Huron Capital who shares our vision and values.”
Rick Schmidt is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of National Parts Depot (“NPD”), a long-time Drake customer. Rick said, “NPD and Drake have enjoyed a fantastic relationship dating back to the 80’s, and we both grew along with the classic Mustang hobby together. We thrive by having parts to sell that restorers need and want, and Drake has long proven to be one of the most prolific in offering new parts in the industry.”
Brian Demkowicz, Managing Partner of Huron Capital, added, “We think Drake is a great fit with Huron Capital, given our Detroit roots. We believe Scott and his team have done an excellent job building a premier brand name that caters to a passionate group of vehicle enthusiasts who recognize Drake for innovation and quality. Working with the Drake team, we plan to pursue a buy-and-build strategy in the enthusiast segment of the automotive aftermarket.”
About Huron Capital Partners LLC
Based in Detroit, Huron Capital is an operationally-focused private equity firm with a long history of growing lower middle-market companies through our proprietary ExecFactor® buy-and-build investment model. We prefer complex situations where we can help companies reach their full potential by combining our operational approach, substantial capital base, and transaction experience with seasoned operating executives. Founded in 1999, Huron Capital has raised over $1.1 billion in capital through four committed private equity funds and invested in over 100 companies, and our portfolio companies have employed over 7,500 people throughout North America. The Huron Capital ExecFactor® buy-and-build investment model includes equity recapitalizations, family succession transactions, market-entry strategies, corporate carve-outs, and management buyouts of companies having revenues up to $200 million. Huron Capital’s sector focus includes specialty manufacturing, business services, consumer goods & services, and healthcare. For more information, please visit