Onex Weighs Sale of Advanced Integration Technology

(Bloomberg) -- Onex Corp., Canada’s largest publicly traded private equity firm, is planning a sale of Advanced Integration Technology that could fetch more than $1.5 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Onex is working with advisers on an auction for the maker of manufacturing equipment for the aerospace industry, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Plano, Texas-based AIT is attracting interest from private equity firms and corporations, the people said.

A representative for Onex declined to comment, while a representative for AIT didn’t respond to requests seeking comment.

AIT, founded in 2002 by Chief Executive Officer Ed Chalupa, designs, manufactures and installs systems and equipment for assembling aircraft for customers including Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., according to its website.

Onex announced an undisclosed investment in the company in 2014. It’s made at least two acquisitions since then. AIT acquired Kuka Systems Aerospace North America and announced an investment in Nova-Tech Engineering in 2016, according to a press release.

Onex raised $7.2 billion for its fifth flagship fund in 2017. The Toronto-based firm’s other investments include stakes in metering company Wyse Meter Solutions Inc. and PowerSchool Group, a education software provider, according to its website.

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