Daily News: December 2, 2013

Golub Provides Debt Facility To Finance Aurora’s NTS Acquisition

Golub Capital announced that, as sole bookrunner and administrative agent, it provided a $193 million GOLD financing to support the acquisition of National Technical Systems by Aurora Capital Group. GOLD financings are Golub Capital’s one-loan debt facilities.

NTS is a provider of testing and engineering services to the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, automotive, energy and high technology markets. Through a worldwide network of resources, NTS provides full product life-cycle support, offering world-class design engineering, compliance, testing, certification, quality registration and program management solutions.

Operating one of the largest networks of test laboratories in North America built over half a century, NTS is a leader in independent testing, inspection and certification solutions. Its customers include a diverse mix of thousands of the nation’s leading corporations and government-sponsored research and testing entities. NTS President and CEO William C. McGinnis, along with the rest of his management team, will continue overseeing NTS’s operations under Aurora’s ownership.

“We are excited to support Aurora’s investment in NTS. We believe NTS is a unique platform in an attractive space with an extraordinary management team,” said Troy Oder, managing director at Golub Capital. “We value Aurora’s deep industry expertise and disciplined approach to investing, and we are thrilled to close our second transaction alongside them this year.”

“Golub Capital provided an outstanding financing execution to support our investment in NTS,” said Michael Marino, partner of Aurora Capital Group. “We have been working hard on this transaction for many months, and Golub supported our efforts throughout the process. We are thrilled to have a flexible and scalable financing solution in place that is tailored to grow alongside NTS and support its many strategic and operational initiatives.”

Aurora is a Los Angeles-based private investment firm managing over $2.0 billion of capital across several private equity funds.