LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Portfolio has officially acquired National Automotive Experts and NWAN, uniting two leaders in the F&I product provider, administration and reinsurance space and closing an agreement initially announced in March.
Our shared interest in protecting and supporting our dealers, distribution partners and end customers has not wavered.
Portfolio President and CEO Brent Griggs noted the world has changed unalterably since the companies first announced the move.
“The pandemic has affected every aspect of our operations. However, our shared interest in protecting and supporting our dealers, distribution partners and end customers has not wavered,” Griggs said. “The fact that we prevailed through numerous additional hurdles on our way to closing is a testament to our determination to make this transaction happen from our very first discussions with NAE and our shared goal of creating the leading F&I provider in the country.”
“Our complementary footprints and offerings were apparent from the outset. We could not have found a better partner,” said Kelly Price, founder and CEO of NAE/NWAN. “Both companies have been made stronger by our union and we look forward to writing our next chapter together.”
The transaction was facilitated with assistance from Abry Partners, the Boston-based private equity firm that acquired a majority interest in Portfolio in 2019, and Houlihan Lokey, which advised NAE/NWAN. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor.
“This acquisition joins the efforts of two leaders in a competitive space,” said Brent Stone, a senior partner at Abry. “The combined companies’ talent and resources are without equal and the future is bright.”
Originally posted on Auto Dealer Today