H.I.G. Capital has completed the sale of Dent Wizard International to Gridiron Capital. In November 2010, H.I.G. acquired Dent Wizard through a carve-out from Manheim Auctions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, and recruited a new management team to run the business.
Dent Wizard offers a range of reconditioning services for vehicles, such as removing dents, dings, creases and hail damage from vehicles without affecting the original factory finish. Other services include bumper, scratch, wheel, leather and vinyl, and carpet and fabric repair services. Dent Wizard provides its services to car dealerships, automobile manufacturers, auto auctions, body shops and collision centers, rental car agencies, insurance companies, fleet owners and operators and individual vehicle owners. Dent Wizard was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton (www.dentwizard.com).
“Dent Wizard is an exceptional company with a bright future. We are proud of the work we did in partnership with the very talented management team to carve the business out of the corporate parent, reverse the negative growth trajectory at the time of our acquisition, and substantially increase EBITDA over the course of our four year ownership. This investment will provide an attractive return for H.I.G. and its investors, which is a testament to Dent Wizard’s successful transformation,” said H.I.G. Capital Managing Director Fraser Preston.
H.I.G. Capital specializes in providing capital to small and medium-sized companies and invests in management-led buyouts and recapitalizations of manufacturing or service businesses. H.I.G. Capital has more than $17 billion of capital under management. The firm was founded in 1993 and is based in Miami with additional offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro (www.higcapital.com).
“H.I.G. has been a highly effective partner that provided invaluable operational and strategic guidance. H.I.G.’s support for the company’s growth initiatives put the business on a high growth trajectory that we feel confident will allow us to continue to succeed,” said CEO of Dent Wizard Terry Koebbe.
Gridiron Capital, the buyer of Dent Wizard, invests in manufacturing, service and specialty consumer companies that have EBITDAs from $5 million to $30 million and that are located in the United States and Canada. The firm is based in New Canaan, CT (www.gridironcapital.com).
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