Harvest Partners LP and Audax Private Equity today completed the combination of AP Emissions Technologies and Centric Parts to form APC Automotive Technologies. As part of the transaction, Harvest completed a new equity investment into the combined business, and Audax retained a significant ownership stake in APC. Both firms have extensive experience in the automotive aftermarket and will provide their joint resources to support APC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
APC offers a comprehensive product portfolio including full line exhaust, friction and brakes, and chassis to traditional warehouse distributors, feeders, retailers, performance and specialty channels. Both businesses will continue to offer their leading product depth, customer service and support.
Hugh Charvat will lead the combined business as CEO; Dan Lelchuk, who co-founded Centric Parts in 2000, will remain president of Centric Parts.
“We expect our platform to continue to grow through leveraging the combined strengths of both businesses and through future acquisitions in the undercar aftermarket to provide a comprehensive offering to our customers. I am looking forward to working with Dan and the rest of the talented Centric team to continue delivering exceptional service to our customers and accelerating our growth,” said Charvat.
“This is a transformational event for our customers, employees and suppliers as APC will provide one of the broadest undercar offerings in the market. This combination will help accelerate our growth by providing a true one-stop-shop experience for our customers,” added Lelchuk.
“We have been privileged to work with both the AP and Centric teams in developing leading aftermarket platforms. Together with Harvest, we look forward to expanding APC through leveraging the strengths of AP and Centric and continuing to acquire leading brands in the undercar aftermarket,” said Young Lee, managing director at Audax.
Michael DeFlorio, senior managing director at Harvest, added, “AP and Centric are leaders in their industry, with longstanding track records of supplying high-quality parts to their customers. We are excited to partner with Audax and the management team and look forward to supporting APC in its next phase of growth.”
Jefferies LLC advised AP, and Lazard Middle Market LLC and Angle Advisors advised Centric. Kirkland & Ellis LLP provided legal counsel to AP and Centric. White & Case, LLP served as legal counsel to Harvest.
Financing for the transaction was provided by Jefferies, Goldman Sachs and Crescent Capital Group. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.