AUA Private Equity is an operationally-focused lower-middle market investment firm that has deployed over $475 million of capital to date.* The team is led by Andy Unanue, former COO of Goya Foods, Inc. (founded by the Unanue family), the largest and most successful Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, and is complemented by Partners Steven Flyer and David Benyaminy, who bring over 25 years of proven private equity expertise, deep sector insight, and a wealth of longstanding relationships.
* AUA has committed capital of approximately $675 million as of September 30, 2021, including co-investment capital and recent realizations.
Our real-life perspective developed from a long history of investing in, and operating, family-owned businesses makes us a partner of choice for families seeking liquidity, facing transition, or looking to maximize value.
We offer business owners a combination of growth capital and/or liquidity with customized capital solutions to meet a seller’s goals and objectives while allowing them the opportunity to participate in the growth of their business.
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Our heritage and demonstrated success within the U.S. Hispanic market uniquely positions us to benefit from the growth of the U.S. Hispanic population, and its purchasing power – forecasted to reach $1.9 trillion by 2023.
We seek to partner with companies that currently target – or those that should be targeting – the U.S. Hispanic population, as well as companies that are taking ethnic brands, tastes, and styles to the mainstream population in the U.S.
AUA Private Equity seeks control or significant minority investments in U.S.-based lower middle-market companies that are Hispanic-oriented or family-owned within the consumer products and services sectors.
Investing across the entire consumer spectrum.
Food and beverage, health and wellness, pet, personal care and beauty.
Investing in services that seek to engage with consumers.
Wholesale grocery distribution, consumer products logistics, restaurants, family entertainment, experiential and out-of-home media, marketing, advertising and active lifestyle.
- EBITDA: > $5 million
- Enterprise value: $25 – $200+ million
- Equity investments: $20 – $75 million
- Leveraged buyouts / management buyouts
- Buy-and-build / roll-up strategies
- Growth equity
Our ESG Initiatives
At AUA Private Equity, we focus on improving returns utilizing ESG initiatives while positively impacting our communities and the environment. We implement ESG methodologies within our portfolio companies and throughout the investment process as a way to enhance returns. We also seek to be socially responsible by empowering minority and women business-owners.Learn More
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1 N Clematis St, STE 500
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