Huron Capital exits XLerate

Huron Capital has sold its stake in the XLerate Group to Brightstar Capital Partners.

Huron Capital has sold its stake in the XLerate Group to Brightstar Capital Partners. XLerate is a used car auction and remarketing platform.


DETROIT, Oct. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Leading lower-middle-market private equity firm, Huron Capital, announced that it has sold its interest in the nationwide used car auction and remarketing platform, XLerate Group (“XLerate”), to Brightstar Capital Partners (“Brightstar”), a New York-based middle-market private equity firm.

The transaction was completed on September 27th.

Huron Capital formed XLerate in 2014 to pursue a buy-and-build strategy in the rapidly changing used car auction industry. XLerate has grown over the past seven years through both add-on acquisitions and organic growth into a larger, more technologically advanced group of national automotive auction sites and is poised for additional growth. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We had a clear vision when we established XLerate Group with Huron Capital and, together, have achieved many of those goals to establish XLerate as a leader in the used vehicle remarketing industry,” said Cam Hitchcock, CEO of XLerate. “We see enormous potential for this business and the sector as a whole and are confident we can continue our momentum in the market with Brightstar’s additional support as we transition to a new ownership structure. Our aim will be to solidify XLerate’s leading positions in the markets we serve and continue to expand in this industry through strategic investments in technology and other avenues for growth.”

Based in Carmel, Indiana, XLerate is a full-service used-car auction services provider that facilitates the wholesale remarketing of used vehicles for B2B customers, delivering a critical liquidity function for the used car sales ecosystem.

“We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with Cam and the XLerate team over the past seven years and look forward to our continued partnership,” said Peter Mogk, Senior Partner at Huron Capital. “Our investment strategy with XLerate delivered great value for our investors and built a strong value proposition for key stakeholders, customers and employees alike. We wish them well in the next chapter of their growth under new ownership.”

Under Huron Capital’s ExecFactor® investment model, XLerate completed 11 add-on acquisitions. Today, XLerate has a nationwide presence with 17 auction sites across 12 states, including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Indiana, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. The sale of XLerate is Huron Capital’s fourth exit this year.

About Huron Capital
Founded in Detroit in 1999, Huron Capital is an operationally focused private equity platform 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. An early pioneer of the buy-and-build approach, Huron Capital has successfully established six private equity funds aggregating nearly $2.0 billion in committed capital and invested in over 235 companies, and our portfolio companies have employed over 11,000 people throughout North America. The Huron Capital 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 targets both control and non-control equity stakes in fundamentally-sound companies that can benefit from the Firm’s operational approach to creating value. Huron Capital focuses on niche segments within commercial & industrial services, professional services and the consumer services sectors. For more information, please visit: