29 04 2016

Arrowhead Electrical Products, a portfolio company of The Riverside Company, acquires C&E companies

Jones Day has advised The Riverside Company and its portfolio company, Arrowhead Electrical Products, Inc., on the acquisition of several entities generally referred to as the C&E Group of Companies, a leading manufacturer of aftermarket performance parts for the off road motorcycle and off road vehicle markets and, through its Italian operation, a leading manufacturer of high performance pistons for aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer power sports markets.


Headquartered in Urbandale, Iowa C&E manufactures and distributes aftermarket and OEM engine components, primarily for the power sports industry.  AEP is a Minnesota-based supplier of non-discretionary, mission-critical, aftermarket replacement parts for a wide variety of motorized vehicles. C&E is comprised of C&L, a domestic operation with seven brands and Vertex, a piston manufacturer based in Cadelbosco di Sopra, Italy. The company is best known through its highly recognized industry product brands: Hot Rods, Pivot Works, Hot Cams, Cylinder Works, Bearing Connections, Wrench Rabbit, Fuel Star, and Vertex Pistons.  C&E’s main products are pistons, crankshafts, cam shafts, connecting rods, engine cylinders, fuel flow systems, and suspension componentry.
Financing for the transaction was led by Ares Capital Corporation and Varagon Capital Partners, L.P. Jones Day and Deloitte advised Riverside on the investment. Jones Day advised The Riverside Company on the deal with a team led by partner Jason Grove. Involved fees earner: Jason Grove - Jones Day;

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