Carlyle Group Buys Walbro Engine from Sun Capital

Sun Capital Partners said Monday that it has sold Walbro Engine Management to the Carlyle Group. Financial terms weren’t announced. Tucson, Arizona-based Walbro makes air and fuel management and ignition systems for the non-automotive engine market. Sun acquired Walbro in 2007 from TI Automotive. The investment came from Sun’s fourth fund.


Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (“Sun Capital”), a leading private investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and investments in market-leading companies, today announced that its affiliated portfolio company Walbro Engine Management (“Walbro” or the “Company”), a global manufacturer of air and fuel management and ignition systems for the non-automotive engine market, has been acquired by The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

A Sun Capital affiliate acquired Tucson, Arizona-based Walbro in March 2007 as part of a corporate carve-out from TI Automotive. Following the acquisition, Sun Capital supported the company’s investment of over $35 million in capital projects including development of new technologies for multi-layer fuel tanks and innovative electronic engine management products that help customers adapt to heightened Environmental Protection Agency evaporative emission regulations.

“This transaction represents Sun Capital’s seventh successful exit of a portfolio company in 2012,” said Marc Leder at Sun Capital Partners. “Walbro is a recognized leader in advancing technology in the carburetor and fuel management industry with market-leading positions in North America, Europe and Asia, and is well positioned for growth in emerging markets.”

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