Apollo acquires majority stake in Modern Aviation
Apollo, Tiger Infrastructure Partners and Modern Aviation have entered into a definitive agreement for Apollo‐managed infrastructure funds to acquire a majority stake in fixed base operator platform, Modern Aviation.
Tiger Infrastructure Partners, which currently owns Modern Aviation, and the Company’s management team will each reinvest alongside the Apollo Funds. Together, these investments will significantly bolster Modern Aviation’s shareholder base to support future strategic growth initiatives.
Founded in 2018, Modern Aviation has grown to become one of the preeminent national networks of premium FBO properties. The Company, led by CEO Mark Carmen and a highly experienced management team, operates a strategically curated portfolio of 16 sites today and serves a diversified customer base across various aviation segments.
Apollo Partner Dave Cohen said, “We are excited for Apollo funds to acquire Modern Aviation, working with Tiger, Mark and the entire team to support the businessin its next phase of growth. Modern Aviation is known for its excellent client service and has built a strong infrastructure network with clear growth prospects across new and existing locations. We look forward to leveraging our deep experience investing in infrastructure and aviation assets to help the Company execute on its strategic plans.”
Modern Aviation CEO Mark Carmen said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Apollo team and we appreciate Tiger’s continued support as they have been with us since Modern was just an idea. Together, we are committed to executing Modern’s strategy of supporting our customers in a safe environment, investing in our 16 existing locations and growing our network. I’d like to thank all of our Modern Aviation
team members, whose steadfast dedication to customer service and safety drive our success.”
Tiger Senior Managing Director Adam Emmert said: “We’ve been pleased to work collaboratively with the Modern management team for over six years. In the early years, the senior team co‐located with us in our New York offices as we worked closely to launch the Modern platform. It has been rewarding for us to help Modern grow from a small team with a single location into one of the leaders in the US FBO industry. We are excited to continue our productive collaboration with Mark, Dan, Emmanuel and the rest of the Modern team with our new partners at Apollo.”
The acquisition will be the latest investment for Apollo’s growing infrastructure franchise, which brings the scale, expertise and capital markets capabilities of Apollo’sinvestment platform to the middle market.
The team focuses on mid‐market businesses and assets, and key investment themes include the global energy transition, digital infrastructure, global supply chain and sustainable living. Across its platform, Apollo Funds and affiliated entities have deployed more than $12 billion into aviation industry investments.
BlueSky Business Aviation News | 9th November 2023 | Issue #723