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October 2014

Penfund Announces US$15.1 Million Investment in Mister Car Wash

TORONTO, Ontario (October 2, 2014) – Penfund, an independent provider of junior capital to middle market companies located in the United States and Canada, announced today the completion of a US$15.1 million debt and equity investment in Mister Car Wash (“MCW”) on August 21, 2014. MCW is a recently-acquired portfolio company of Leonard Green & Partners (“Leonard Green”).

Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, MCW is the largest car wash chain in the United States. The company operates 134 car washes across 14 states and has a reputation for providing high quality service at an affordable price.

Jeremy Thompson, a partner at Penfund, stated “We are very happy to have been able to support Leonard Green in their acquisition of Mister Car Wash. We believe the acquisition will enable Mister Car Wash to continue its strong growth and maintain its industry leadership.”

According to John Lai, CEO of MCW, “Mister Car Wash has built one of the most sophisticated operating platforms in the car wash industry and now, with the strength of Leonard Green’s backing, we’re perfectly positioned to grow at an even faster clip.”

“As a result of our incredible growth trajectory,” Lai added, “Mister Car Wash is creating an amazing number of new career opportunities for our people. As a people business, this is a compelling competitive advantage.”


About Mister Car Wash

Mister Car Wash ( is the largest car wash company in the Unites States, operating 134 car washes and 32 express lubes in 14 states. The company is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona and has nearly 4,800 employees, servicing over 15 million vehicles annually.


About Leonard Green & Partners LP

Leonard Green ( is one of the nation’s preeminent private equity firms with over $15 billion of private equity capital raised since inception. Founded in 1989, the firm has invested in 67 companies with aggregate value of over $60 billion in the form of traditional buyouts, going-private transactions, recapitalizations, growth capital investments, corporate carve-outs and selective public equity and debt positions.  Based in Los Angeles, CA, Leonard Green invests in established companies that are leaders in their markets.

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About Penfund

Penfund is a leading provider of junior capital to middle market companies throughout North America. The firm is currently investing its most recently established fund, Penfund Capital Fund VII. Penfund manages funds sourced from pension funds, insurance companies, banks, family offices and high-net-worth individuals located in Canada, the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. Penfund has invested more than $3 billion in over 225 companies since its establishment. Assets under management are approximately $2.8 billion.

For further information, please contact:

Jeremy Thompson


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