Last week, Altamont Capital Partners announced that it has acquired certain assets of WAVE Electronics, Inc. (“WAVE”), a HomeAV distributor with nine branches across the U.S.
With a product portfolio spanning the entire home ecosystem, WAVE is trying to be a single-source solution provider to a base of independent integrators and national accounts. Altamont’s investment provides liquidity that will support WAVE’s existing capabilities and expand its inventory, creating an ample runway for continued growth. This follows a couple of years where cashflow at WAVE, according to an inside source, was very tight and it will allow for a more comfortable operation and potential for growth.
All of WAVE’s current U.S. locations were included as part of the transaction and are continuing to operate in the normal course. Additionally, WAVE’s senior management will continue to run the business, including CEO Mark Fukuda, VP of Sales Bryan Stewart, and VP of Purchasing & Merchandising Ainslie Fukuda.
“WAVE plays a critical role in the connected home and audio / visual supply chain, partnering with dozens of high-quality suppliers to provide value-add services and distribute products to a fragmented customer base,” said Randall Eason, a Managing Director at Altamont. “We are excited to be making this investment, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Mark and the rest of the team to fuel WAVE’s continued profitable growth. Together, we are confident that we will drive value for the business’ customers, employees, vendors and other stakeholders in the months and years to come.”
“This announcement is a testament to the dedication of our employees and the strength of our value proposition to our customers and suppliers,” said Mark Fukuda. “Altamont shares our commitment to delivering unrivaled support and superior service to our customers, while investing in and growing our team, and will be a true partner as we execute on our strategic objectives.”
“We look forward to working closely with the WAVE team to leverage its one-of-a-kind platform and implement an ambitious growth strategy, including a substantial investment in the business’s inventory. Longer term, given the significant growth opportunity, we will look to further enhance WAVE’s trajectory by potentially investing in footprint expansion and acquisitions,” added Chase Beeler, a Principal at Altamont.
Kirkland & Ellis served as legal counsel to Altamont on this transaction. McDonald Hopkins served as legal counsel and Jefferies acted as financial advisor to WAVE. Altamont purchased WAVE from Kingswood Capital. You may recall that included a roll-up of WAVE and AVAD in 2018.