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Private Equity Firm Acquires Motorola Mobile Partner

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Sentinel Capital Partners, a New York City-based private equity firm, has acquired Mobile Communications America (MCA), a major Motorola Solutions channel partner. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sentinel Partner Scott Perry
Sentinel Partner Scott Perry

Sentinel invests in companies at the lower end of the midmarket. MCA is one of Motorola Solutions’ largest channel partners and provides communications solutions and services across North America.

Founded in 1988, the Spartanburg, South Carolina-based MCA provides its services to more than 10,000 customers. Its customers include public safety institutions and large corporate clients. The company sells Land Mobile Radios and related network infrastructure products and offers services across the communications solutions lifecycle, including design, installation, and ongoing maintenance and repair. MCA’s primary focus is in the United States Southeast.

MCA Ownership History

MCA was acquired in 2013 by WJ Partners. Since then it has completed 16 add-on acquisitions and grown to more than 500 employees across 41 locations in seven states.

"MCA is one of the largest communications solutions providers of its type in North America and is well positioned to deliver highly technical, scalable, and mission critical–grade services," said Scott Perry, a Sentinel partner.

MCA CEO Vince Foody added: "MCA's success is built on key relationships fostered by an established culture of service-first, engagement, collaboration, and trust which is written in our DNA. We look forward to partnering with Sentinel and leveraging its experience to help us grow."

Sentinel’s Acquisition Strategy

Sentinel has been busy in recent years. The firm acquired UBEO Business Services, a provider of printer, copier, and related office equipment in April 2018.

Sentinel is known for investing in management buyouts, recapitalizations, corporate divestitures, and going-private transactions of established businesses with EBITDA of up to $65 million.