Chicago-based private equity firm PAG Capital Partners has bought a majority stake in MMA Warehouse, an online retailer mixed martial arts gear, apparel and accessories. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Formed in 2004, MMA Warehouse is based in Wheeling, Illinois. The company’s CEO Mika Casey will continue to lead the company and retains a significant ownership.
PAG Capital Partners, LLC announced it has made a majority equity investment in MMA Warehouse, LLC, a leading internet retailer specializing in selling a wide selection of mixed martial arts gear, apparel and accessories. MMA Warehouse sells products directly to consumers all over the world through its flagship website, mmawarehouse.com. Mika Casey will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer and has retained a significant ownership stake in the company.
Established in 2004, MMA Warehouse has grown to become one of the largest mixed martial arts retailers in the world. The company achieved record performance in 2010 by providing its customers excellent service and an extensive selection of high-quality merchandise from the industry’s top brands.
PAG Capital was founded in 2008 and is focused on investing in middle market companies with attractive growth opportunities. PAG Capital’s philosophy is to partner with accomplished operators and management teams who have the desire to grow and build great companies and provide them with the strategic and financial resources to achieve their potential.
“We are very excited to have completed this transaction as we head into 2011,” said Mika Casey, CEO. “In PAG Capital, we have found a partner that will best position us to capitalize on the strong worldwide growth of the mixed martial arts industry. PAG Capital’s strategic and financial support will enable us to continue to invest in our platform, expand our marketing capabilities, and capitalize on the many organic growth and acquisition opportunities available to us in the industry.”
Alex Fridman, Partner at PAG Capital, said, “MMA Warehouse’s track record of growth, best-in-class platform and excellent customer service makes this a very exciting investment for PAG Capital. Mika Casey and his team have built an industry-leading company and we are committed to support them as they build on their momentum of growth and success.”
About MMA Warehouse
MMA Warehouse is one of the largest mixed martial arts retailers in the world. The award-winning website, mmawarehouse.com, offers a broad selection of the latest MMA clothing and MMA gear, detailed descriptions and images, customer reviews, and exclusive offerings. The company has sponsored over one hundred professional fighters, has appeared in two recent video games, and receives industry-leading customer service ratings. MMA Warehouse is headquartered in Wheeling, IL.
About PAG Capital
PAG Capital is a Chicago-based private equity firm specializing in private equity investments of middle market companies in partnership with management. Additional information can be found at www.pagcapital.com.