Veteran Canadian private equity firm Penfund has acquired Vancouver’s JET Equipment & Tools Ltd. and related subsidiaries. For Penfund, which closed its latest fund, the $460 million Penfund Capital Fund IV, earlier in 2012, the transaction represents an enhanced role as an equity sponsor.
PENFUND ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF JET EQUIPMENT & TOOLS LTD.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (November 2, 2012) – Penfund, a leading Canadian private equity firm, and Diamond Investment Group Ltd., a private family owned investment company, announced today the sale of JET Equipment & Tools Ltd. (“JET”) and its subsidiaries Pioneer Protective Products Ltd. (“Pioneer”) and American Forge & Foundry Inc. (“AFF”) to Penfund.
Founded in the 1950’s and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, JET is a Canadian wholesale distributor and marketer of branded professional tools, material handling equipment, automotive and heavy duty lifting equipment, abrasives and outdoor power equipment. Pioneer is a Canadian supplier of safety and protective apparel. AFF is a supplier of automotive and heavy duty lifting equipment in the United States.
JET operates an extensive wholesale distribution network with six warehouses across Canada and employs over 170 people. JET’s products are sold through independent distributors and retailers who supply the industrial sector, automotive and heavy duty aftermarket and outdoor power equipment market.
“JET and its subsidiaries are market leading suppliers of professional grade tools and equipment. The company has strong brands, long standing customer relationships, an extensive distribution and sourcing network and a proven management team,” said Richard Bradlow, a Partner at Penfund. “JET’s strong market position combined with Penfund’s significant investment experience in the automotive aftermarket and industrial distribution sector make this acquisition a compelling investment opportunity and excellent platform for future growth.”
“We are proud of JET, Pioneer and AFF and the respect they have earned from their customers and suppliers. We are also excited by the opportunities for future growth given Penfund’s excellent track record and relevant experience.” said Craig Diamond, President of Diamond Investment Group Ltd.
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Penfund is a leading Canadian private equity firm specializing in providing junior capital to middle market companies throughout North America. Penfund provides high yield and mezzanine debt, control and minority equity, as well as bridge facilities, standby lines, underwritten facilities and financial guarantees. The firm is owned by its management team and is currently investing its most recently established fund, Penfund Capital Fund IV which has $460 million of committed capital. Penfund manages institutional funds sourced from Canadian pension funds, insurance companies, family offices and banks and has invested more than $2.5 billion in over 220 companies since its establishment in 1979.
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