Everett, WA



Investment Status


Investment Date

Oct 2006

Realized Date

May 2012

Sold to

Court Square Capital Partners

Company Information (At Exit)

Investment Thesis

Platte River Value Add

Company Information (At Exit)

  • Supplier of components and subassemblies to manufacturers of aircraft, aerostructures, aeroequipment and defense platforms
  • Seven manufacturing facilities located in Washington, California, Arizona, Massachusetts and Sonora (Mexico)

Investment Thesis

  • Industry: Global economic growth driving record order backlogs for new aircraft
  • Opportunity: Consolidate highly fragmented supply chain of specialized aerospace parts manufacturers
  • Strategy: Create a supplier with a broad range of complementary capabilities in order to secure larger work statements from key customers and to become more valuable within the aerospace supply chain

Platte River Value Add

  • Utilized Platte River’s operating experience to assist management team in improving operations and sharing best practices across facilities
  • Leveraged industry contacts to identify and secure work on key aircraft platforms
  • Executed buy-and-build strategy to broaden customer and platform base and to take advantage of complementary capabilities
  • Completed six acquisitions between 2006 and 2011
  • 15-fold increase in EBITDA under Platte River’s ownership as a result of acquisition strategy and organic growth initiatives


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