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CIT Serves as Co-Lead Arranger in $96MM TruckPro Refinancing

May 02, 2013, 08:31 AM
Filed Under: Distribution

CIT Group Inc.  provided a $96 million senior secured credit facility to Harvest Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm, to support its refinancing of TruckPro, LLC, a leading independent distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for heavy duty vehicles.

CIT Corporate Finance served as Co-Lead Arranger and Documentation Agent for the transaction. Financing was provided by CIT Bank, the U.S. commercial bank subsidiary of CIT. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We’re pleased to put our industry expertise to work for Harvest Partners,” said Jay Baldinelli, Managing Director, CIT Sponsor Finance. “This transaction demonstrates our ability to provide innovative, cost effective debt solutions and further supports our clients’ growth objectives.”

Chris Whalen, Managing Director at Harvest Partners, said, “CIT played an integral role in our efforts to streamline TruckPro’s capital structure. CIT’s deep industry knowledge and their flexible and competitive financing structures, coupled with our long-standing relationship made them the perfect partner for this transaction.”

Founded in 1981, Harvest Partners, LP is a leading New York-based private equity investment firm pursuing management buyouts and growth financings. Harvest focuses on acquiring profitable companies in the business services, manufacturing and distribution, industrial services, midstream energy and consumer products and retail sectors. This strategy leverages Harvest’s over 30 years of experience in financing organic and acquisition-oriented growth companies.

TruckPro, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, distributes heavy duty truck parts through 65 locations in 17 states, primarily in the Southeast and Midwest United States. TruckPro was founded in 1952 and is one of the largest independent distributors of heavy duty truck parts in the country. The company distributes a full range of products to support customer requirements in the areas of brake systems, engines, electrical, drivetrain, and suspension for commercial and government customers.

CIT Corporate Finance provides lending, leasing and other financial and advisory services to the small business and middle market sectors, with a focus on specific industries, including: Chemicals, Commercial Real Estate, Communications, Energy, Entertainment, Gaming, Healthcare, Industrials, Information Services & Technology, Restaurants, Retail, and Sports & Media.

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