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Emprise Partners Announces Successful Buy-Side Acquisition of Jardine Performance Products by its client SuperTrapp Industries

Cleveland, Ohio (August 1, 2012) Emprise Partners announces that its client, SuperTrapp Industries, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Jardine Performance Products of Corona, California—a leading US manufacturer of high quality performance exhaust systems and accessories for Sport Bike, Cruiser, and Off-Road motorcycles and ATVs. Emprise Partners initiated this transaction and acted as the exclusive financial advisor to SuperTrapp.

Kevin Berger, President of SuperTrapp, said, “the acquisition of Jardine Performance Products expands SuperTrapp’s product line with sport bike exhaust systems, accessories, and key OEM customer relationships. SuperTrapp had entered into a letter of intent in early 2010, but due to the credit markets was not able to close the transaction. Recognizing the strategic importance for SuperTrapp, Mathew Hanson of Emprise Partners continued to pursue the opportunity—accomplishing this closing and our acquisition objective.”

Jardine Performance Products (www.JardineProducts.com) is a leading manufacturer of high performance exhausts, highway bars, forward controls, back rests, racks and accessories for the Harley, metric, sport, dirt bike and ATV markets. Jardine developed its first exhaust system for Hot Rod Cars in 1958, and then in 1972 applied that same performance technology to its first high performance exhaust system for motorcycles.

SuperTrapp Industries, Inc. (www.supertrapp.com) has been a leading manufacturer of performance exhaust products for motorcycle, ATV and automotive applications for 40 years. In addition to their signature tunable disc diffuser exhaust systems, SuperTrapp manufactures the Kerker brand of exhaust systems; Road Legends Series, designed by master bike builder, Paul Yaffe; and TC Racing exhausts, designed by master ATV engine builder, Tom Carlson.

With the assistance of Emprise Partners, SuperTrapp acquired, the JayBrake (www.jbrake.com) product line which includes forward foot controls, handlebar controls, foot pegs, grips, brake calipers, and other motorcycle accessories to fit Harley-Davidson and American V-Twin motorcycles. SuperTrapp also acquired FPS Racing (www.FPSRacing.com) a manufacturer of high performance radiators, oil coolers and accessories directed towards the off road dirt bike, ATV and UTV markets.

Emprise Partners (www.emprisepartners.us) is a merchant-banking firm that provides buy-side representation to corporations, private-equity groups, and industry specific management teams in the lower middle market. As a financial partner, we provide both advice and capital for the acquisition and growth of manufacturing and value-added distribution businesses with proprietary products or defensible niche positions. Emprise Partners has completed over 50 buy-side transactions.

 

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