Monroe Backs Z Capital’s Buy of MSD Performance Group

Monroe Backs Z Capital’s Buy of MSD Performance Group

monroe nf4Monroe Capital has provided a $50 million unitranche credit facility to support the acquisition of MSD Performance Group by Hot Rod Brands, a portfolio company of Z Capital Partners.

MSD Performance Group is a provider of vehicle aftermarket performance products for the street enthusiast, professional racer and powersports markets. Products include ignition controls, distributors, coils, spark plug wires and other accessories. Brand names include MSD, Racepak, Superchips and Edge. MSD Performance is based in El Paso (

Monroe Capital is a specialty finance company providing senior and junior debt and equity co-investments to middle-market companies. Investment types include unitranche financings, cash flow and enterprise value based loans, acquisition facilities, mezzanine debt, second lien or last-out loans and equity co-investments. Monroe Capital is headquartered in Chicago with offices in San Francisco and Atlanta (

Z Capital makes control investments in middle-market distressed companies, operational turnarounds and special situations. The firm targets companies with an enterprise value of less than $1 billion or EBITDA of less than $100 million. Sectors of interest include consumer products, steel, steel processors, agricultural, gaming, leisure, real estate, manufacturing, specialty services and automotive. Z Capital is based in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest and has an additional office in New York (

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