Los Angeles, California – American Range, a privately held manufacturer of commercial and residential cooking appliances, was sold to Hatco, an employee-owned manufacturer of warming, cooking, sanitizing, and cooling equipment.
KROST CPAs & Consultants acted as the exclusive financial advisor to American Range in its transaction to Hatco Corporation.
American Range was founded over 40 years ago by Shane Demirjian and has become a national brand known for engineering innovation, design quality, and excellent customer service in commercial and residential cooking appliances. The company has manufacturing locations in Pacoima, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hatco Corporation, a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) company has corporate offices in Milwaukee, and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The acquisition of American Range is part of Hatco’s goal to broaden product offerings and expand opportunities to service customers in the food service industry.
American Range has been a client of KROST for five years. During this time, KROST provided Tax, Accounting, Consulting, R&D Tax Credit, Cost Segregation, and now Mergers & Acquisitions services. KROST’s service model is designed to guide and support businesses throughout their lifecycle – from early-stage growth and development to succession and exit planning.
“When I was considering the potential sale of my business, I turned to KROST. They performed the full range of M&A services for me – from finding buyers, running a competitive bidding process, hosting management presentations, negotiating deal terms, running due diligence, and working with the legal team through the close of the transaction. They were a vital part of this transaction, and I relied on them enormously.”
– Shane Demirjian, Founder of American Range
“We have been advising American Range, its owners, and its management team for over five years, so when they were considering a sale, they turned to us to run the full sell-side process for them. Because of our knowledge of their business and market, we were able to understand what was needed to get a comprehensive job done on a timely basis.”
– Paren Knadjian, M&A and Capital Markets Principal
The M&A practice at KROST is led by industry veteran, Paren Knadjian, who recently became a Principal at the firm. The M&A team has been involved in over 300 transactions, consisting of outright sales of businesses, corporate divestitures, recapitalizations, acquisitions, and equity and debt financings worth over $2 billion in transaction value. The practice also offers transactional support services, including buy-side and sell-side quality of earnings reports, valuations, and due diligence services.
About the Expert
Paren is the Principal of the M&A and Capital Markets group at KROST. He comes with over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and debt financings. In that time, Paren successfully completed over 200 M&A and Capital Markets transactions worth over $1 billion, acting as both a buy-side and sell-side advisor. » Full Bio