Aerospace & Defense

Arlington Capital Partners Announces the Sale of MB Aerospace to Blackstone

Washington, DC– Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington Capital”) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to sell MB Aerospace to Blackstone (NYSE:BX).

MB Aerospace (“MBAe”) is a leading Tier 1 manufacturer of precision aero-engine and aero-derivative components directly serving all three major aero-engine OEMs. MB Aerospace’s capabilities allow it to manufacture and engineer large, tight-tolerance parts and complex assemblies from various materials, including exotic alloys.  MB Aerospace’s manufacturing centers in the U.S., U.K. and Poland provide access to the company’s global customer base as it serves their growing requirements for both current and new aerospace platforms.

Since first investing in MB Aerospace in 2013, Arlington Capital has worked alongside Craig Gallagher, CEO of MB Aerospace, and his management team to build one of the largest global independent aero-engine component manufacturers.  During this period, MB Aerospace has acquired two businesses and invested significantly in organic growth to build a robust aerospace company with exposure to over 65 platforms and over 1,000 highly talented employees worldwide.

Peter Manos, a Managing Partner at Arlington Capital Partners, said, “MB Aerospace has been a blue print Arlington Capital investment. We partnered with an outstanding management team to be an early consolidator in a large and rapidly growing market with a differentiated product offering.  Together, we have built one of the largest independent pure-play aero-engine component manufacturers and we look forward to following MB Aerospace’s next chapter of growth.”

“Our partnership with Arlington Capital has been a tremendous success for both MB Aerospace and Arlington Capital,” said Craig Gallagher, CEO of MB Aerospace.  “Arlington Capital has provided substantial capital to help us grow, while allowing us to leverage their network of industry experts, deep sector knowledge and other resources to accelerate MB Aerospace on its path to record sales.  We look forward to our next phase of growth with Blackstone and the many opportunities in front of us.”

MB Aerospace will be the fourth exit for Arlington Capital in the last twelve months and represents another mutual success for Arlington Capital and its management teams. This continues an active year for Arlington Capital which also made three new platform investments in the same period.  Arlington Capital continues to seek partnerships with management teams to invest in growth companies in its core verticals of aerospace and defense, healthcare, government services and technology, and business services and software.

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About MB Aerospace

MBAe is a leading Tier 1 supplier of precision aero-engine components directly serving major aero-engine OEMs and leading tier 1 suppliers. MBAe’s focus on complex high value-add fabricated assemblies and large-diameter, high-value machined components leverages a depth of technical and engineering understanding across the full range of materials, manufacturing processes and customer approvals to be a truly trusted and scaled partner to the main aero-engine OEMs. MBAe has developed a highly attractive global operating footprint across four main manufacturing hubs in the U.S., Poland and the U.K. with proximity to all key OEM and Tier 1 customers.

About Arlington Capital Partners

Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm that has managed $1.5 billion of committed capital via three investment funds, focused on middle market investment opportunities in growth industries including: aerospace/defense, healthcare, government services and technology, and business services & software. The firm’s professionals and network have a combination of operating and private equity experience that enables Arlington to be a value-added investor. Arlington invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their company’s position as leading competitors in their field.

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Arlington Capital Partners
Peter Manos, Malcolm Little and Chris Stallmann

Arlington Capital Partners

5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 200

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

(202) 337-7500


SOURCE: Arlington Capital Partners