Kinderhook Industries Announces Recapitalization of Nitrofill in Partnership with Its CEO

NEW YORK--()--Kinderhook Industries, LLC (“Kinderhook”) today announced the recapitalization of NitroFill, LLC (“NitroFill” or the “Company”) in partnership with NitroFill’s Chief Executive Officer, Jay E. Lighter. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are excited to work closely with Jay and the NitroFill Team to build on the Company’s success”

Headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, NitroFill is a leading developer and marketer of patented nitrogen generation and inflation systems for passenger and truck tires as well as related tire warranties, customer benefit programs and reseller customer retention programs. NitroFill’s flagship product offering is a Tire Protection Plan program, sold primarily to and through new car dealerships, leveraging the Company’s patented nitrogen tire inflation product and unique product warranty, which includes: tire repair and replacement coverage, roadside assistance and other benefits, a comprehensive CRM solution to increase customer traffic and tire and service sales while providing significant value to end user consumers.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Kinderhook,” said Mr. Lighter. “When we set out to find the right partner to help fulfill our vision for NitroFill, we were focused on identifying a firm that could provide us with the financial and strategic resources we needed to rapidly grow our business. Kinderhook’s extensive experience in the automotive aftermarket coupled with their deep network of operating partners made them the clear choice for NitroFill. We are eager to embark on the next phase of our growth with the Kinderhook team.”

The transaction represents Kinderhook’s 38th automotive-related transaction. NitroFill was recapitalized through an investment made by Kinderhook Capital Fund IV, a private equity fund raised in 2014 with $500 million of committed capital.

“We are excited to work closely with Jay and the NitroFill Team to build on the Company’s success,” said Paul Cifelli, Managing Director at Kinderhook. “NitroFill has carved out an attractive niche in the tire care industry yet they have only scratched the surface from a market penetration perspective. The opportunity to invest in expanding the Company’s service offerings as well as geographic reach is highly attractive. There were in excess of 17 million cars sold this year in the United States and every one of them is a candidate for NitroFill’s suite of product offerings and tire care programs.”

Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Kinderhook. Financing for the transaction was provided by TCF Capital Funding. Western Reserve Partners advised NitroFill on the transaction.

About NitroFill

Headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, NitroFill is a leading developer and marketer of patented nitrogen generation and inflation systems for passenger and truck tires as well as related tire warranties, customer benefit programs and reseller customer retention programs. NitroFill’s flagship product offering is a Tire Protection Plan program, sold primarily to and through new car dealerships, leveraging the Company’s patented nitrogen tire inflation product and unique product warranty, which includes: tire repair and replacement coverage, roadside assistance and other benefits, a comprehensive CRM solution to increase customer traffic and tire and service sales while providing significant value to end user consumers. For more information please visit: www.nitrofill.com

About Kinderhook Industries

Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that manages over $2.0 billion of committed capital. We have made in excess of 150 investments and follow-on acquisitions since inception. Kinderhook’s investment philosophy is predicated on matching unique, growth-oriented investment opportunities with exceptional financial expertise and our proprietary network of operating partners. Our focus is on middle market businesses with defensible niche market positioning in the healthcare services, environmental / business services and automotive / light manufacturing sectors. We have a rich history of successfully and consistently building industry leaders. For more information please visit: www.kinderhook.com

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