Daily News: October 13, 2017

Crystal Financial Provides Acquisition Financing for ProAir


Crystal Financial funded a $15.0 million senior secured term loan for ProAir Holdings. Based in Elkhart, IN, ProAir is comprised of ProAir LLC and American Cooling Technologies. Together they supply specialty vehicle manufacturers with air conditioning and heating solutions across multiple automotive segments. The company is owned by KODA Enterprises Group and has served the needs of the specialty vehicle market for more than 35 years.

Proceeds from this facility will be used to finance the acquisition of Bus Air Manufacturing, also a player in the specialty niche market of HVAC solutions to the school bus and specialty vehicle market.

“Acquisitions are often complex and require financing sources that can be creative, disciplined and reliable in their approach to executing a transaction. The Crystal team truly delivered in all of these areas. We are very pleased to be working with them and appreciate their dedication and effort in helping to facilitate an important milestone for ProAir,” said Bill Karol, president and CEO of KODA Enterprises Group.

Kenny Smith, director of Crystal Financial, said, “The ProAir and ACT management teams have built well-respected and strong organizations that deliver unique solutions for their customers. In partnership with KODA Enterprises Group, they have steadily grown the businesses over the past two decades by enhancing their capabilities and the end markets they serve. The acquisition of Bus Air will further expand their market share and we are pleased that Crystal’s debt capital could facilitate the transaction.”

In order to provide a comprehensive financing solution, Crystal partnered with Berkshire Bank, which provided the revolving credit facility and Harvest Capital Credit, which provided the mezzanine debt.

KODA Enterprises Group was advised by Frank Segall of Burns Levinson. Crystal Financial was advised by John Ventola of Choate.