LKQ Corporation has agreed to acquire Sator Beheer, a distributor of auto parts, tools and equipment headquartered in Schiedam, the Netherlands, for approximately $268 million. Baird acted as the sole financial advisor to LKQ on the deal, which is still subject to customary closing conditions. The sellers were H2 Equity Partners, a private equity firm, and Sator management.
Today’s announcement that LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ: LKQX) has agreed to acquire Sator Beheer BV (“Sator”), a leading distributor of auto parts, tools and equipment headquartered in Schiedam, the Netherlands, for approximately $268 million marks another successful transatlantic M&A deal for Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm. Baird acted as the sole financial advisor to LKQ on the deal, which is still subject to customary closing conditions. The sellers were H2 Equity Partners, a private equity firm, and Sator management.
The transaction underscores Baird’s expertise in the automotive aftermarket parts distribution space and the global reach of its M&A platform. In late 2011, Baird acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Euro Car Parts Limited, the leading U.K. aftermarket distributor of parts for cars and light commercial vehicles, in its sale to LKQ for up to $435 million. Today’s deal also marks the 14th Baird-advised M&A transaction involving a Netherlands-based firm.
Baird’s fully-integrated, international deal team was led by David Silver, Head of European Investment Banking, and Adam Czaia, Director.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with LKQ on this acquisition,” said Czaia. “Baird’s Investment Banking group has worked with the company several times over the past few years in different capacities, and we are delighted to have provided a great outcome.
Silver added, “This transaction illustrates what we believe to be the early stages of European consolidation in the automotive aftermarket parts distribution sector. The deal builds nicely on LKQ’s 2011 acquisition of Euro Car Parts.”
Established in 1998, LKQ Corporation is the largest North American source for quality recycled auto parts and the largest U.S. distributor of alternative collision replacement auto parts, with 2012 sales of more than $4.1 billion. Sator is the market-leading distributor of spare parts for the automotive aftermarket industry in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Northern France, and the parent company of eight operating subsidiaries. H2 Equity Partners is an independent private equity firm founded in 1991, with offices in Amsterdam, Cologne and London. H2 Equity Partners and Management acquired Sator in July 2009.
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