ABRY Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, ABRY Partners has acquired 14 companies. It has also invested in 11 others.

ABRY Partners’ most common sectors for investment are information technology (20%) and business services (13%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (31%) and secondary buyout (23%). In total, ABRY Partners has invested in 29 US states and 8 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2013 when it acquired Lightower Fiber Networks for $2.0B.

In the last 3 years, ABRY Partners has exited 10 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (53%). ABRY Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2017 when it sold Lightower Fiber Networks for $7.1B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity223
    • M&A Buy Activity141
    • M&A Sell Activity82
  • Total Sectors Invested 22
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 94
  • M&A Advisors 16

ABRY Partners

888 Boylston, Ste. 1600,
Boston, Massachusetts 02199
United States
(617) 859-2959
www.abry.com
information@abry.com

ABRY Partners is a media and communications focused private equity investment firm. Specific areas of interest include television, publishing, convention/trade shows, for-profit training, couponing, monitoring services, telephone companies, communications towers, music libraries, database providers, wireless communications, and in-store advertisers. ABRY can provide both equity and mezzanine capital, typically committing $20 to $200 million of equity or $15 to $50 million of mezzanine capital per transaction. Prospective transaction situations include buyouts, expansion financings, platform acquisitions, consolidations, and recapitalizations. ABRY Partners was formed in 1989 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Digital Media, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Media, Medical Products, Publishing, Safety/Security, Software, Staffing

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Divestiture, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, PIPE

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 50 -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 20 200
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (5.8/yr) # 112 4 6 10 7 2 141
vol $5.8B $402M $6.2B
Sell (4.2/yr) # 61 11 2 4 3 1 82
vol $17.7B $7.2B $394M $25.3B
  223

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Kingland Systems 2021-02-23 - Growth Capital
Clear Lake, Iowa · www.kingland.com
CloudWave 2021-02-01 - Secondary Buyout
Marlborough, Massachusetts · www.gocloudwave.com
V12 Data 2021-01-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Wesley Chapel, Florida · www.v12data.com
OneCare Media, LLC 2020-10-28 - Growth Capital
Seattle, Washington · www.onecare.com
Benefit Recovery Group 2020-10-21 - Growth Capital
Memphis, Tennessee · www.brgsubro.com
Chimney Vigor Group 2020-09-23 - Growth Capital
Stockholm, Sweden · www.chimneygroup.com
Music Reports, Inc. 2020-08-27 - Secondary Buyout
Woodland Hills, California · www.musicreports.com
HealthEZ 2020-07-07 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.healthez.com
Unison Software, Inc. 2020-06-29 - Secondary Buyout
Dulles, Virginia · www.unisonglobal.com
Beacon Pointe Advisors, LLC 2020-03-09 - Recapitalization
Newport Beach, California · www.beaconpointe.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Urgent Care Holdings of America, LLC 2015-05-21 Tenet’s Urgent Care Platform 2020-12-18 3
Gilbert, Arizona · www.fastmed.com Dallas, Texas
Franklin Energy Services LLC 2019-07-31 Build It Green - Utility Business 2019-10-01 1
Port Washington, Wisconsin · www.franklinenergy.com Oakland, California
Direct Travel, Inc. 2015-12-02 Strategic Meetings + Incentives 2019-09-18 7
Mahwah, New Jersey · www.dt.com Toronto, Ontario · www.strategicmi.ca
Confie Seguros, Inc. 2012-11-09 Wescom Insurance Services LLC - Non-Credit Union Member Insurance Services 2019-08-01 81
New York, New York · www.confie.com Anaheim, California
Nexus Technologies, Inc. 2017-12-13 Cal Net Technology Group, Inc. 2018-08-07 4
Greenwood Village, Colorado · www.nexustek.com Chatsworth, California · www.calnettech.com
Nexus Technologies, Inc. 2017-12-13 Zumasys, Inc. - Cloud Hosting, Infrastructure & Managed Services 2018-07-10 3
Greenwood Village, Colorado · www.nexustek.com Irvine, California
Confie Seguros, Inc. 2012-11-09 Auto Insurance America 2017-01-03 80
New York, New York · www.confie.com , United States
ProQuest LLC 2007-02-12 Ex Libris Group 2015-10-06 10
Ann Arbor, Michigan · www.proquest.com Jerusalem, Israel · www.exlibrisgroup.com
ProQuest LLC 2007-02-12 Coutts Information Services Ltd 2015-04-30 9
Ann Arbor, Michigan · www.proquest.com Park Ringwood, United Kingdom · www.couttsinfo.com
KORE Wireless Group, Inc. 2014-11-11 RACO Wireless LLC 2014-12-15 4
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.korewireless.com Cincinnati, Ohio · www.racowireless.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 9 (19%) - 28 (20%) 1.2B (20%)
Business Services 7 (15%) - 17 (12%) 215M (3%)
Communications 2 (4%) 402M (64%) 16 (11%) 3.8B (61%)
Media 1 (2%) - 13 (9%) 650M (10%)
Software 6 (13%) - 13 (9%) -
Internet Software and Services 4 (8%) - 9 (6%) -
Healthcare Services 4 (8%) - 8 (6%) -
Insurance 3 (6%) - 8 (6%) -
Information Services 1 (2%) 222M (36%) 5 (4%) 222M (4%)
Publishing - - 5 (4%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (2%) - 3 (2%) 100M (2%)
Education 1 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Digital Media 2 (4%) - 2 (1%) -
Financial Services 2 (4%) - 2 (1%) -
Marketing 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Aerospace - - 1 (1%) -
Consumer Services - - 1 (1%) -
Environmental 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (1%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Transportation 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Utilities 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 48 $624M 141 $6.2B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 44 (92%) 222M (36%) 124 (88%) 5.5B (88%)
  Texas 5 (10%) - 17 (12%) 410M (7%)
  California 3 (6%) - 16 (11%) -
  New Jersey 4 (8%) - 11 (8%) 1.2B (19%)
  Florida 5 (10%) - 10 (7%) -
  Massachusetts 4 (8%) - 9 (6%) 2.0B (32%)
  New York 3 (6%) - 8 (6%) 530M (9%)
  Arizona 4 (8%) - 6 (4%) -
  Colorado 2 (4%) - 5 (4%) -
  Georgia 1 (2%) - 5 (4%) -
  Illinois 2 (4%) - 4 (3%) 100M (2%)
  Virginia - - 4 (3%) 215M (3%)
  Washington 3 (6%) - 3 (2%) -
  Minnesota 1 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
  North Carolina - - 3 (2%) 140M (2%)
  Pennsylvania - - 3 (2%) -
  Michigan 2 (4%) 222M (36%) 2 (1%) 222M (4%)
  Tennessee 2 (4%) - 2 (1%) -
  Wisconsin 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
  New Mexico 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Iowa 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  District of Columbia - - 1 (1%) 650M (10%)
  South Carolina - - 1 (1%) -
  Ohio - - 1 (1%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (1%) -
  Missouri - - 1 (1%) -
  Kentucky - - 1 (1%) -
  Indiana - - 1 (1%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (1%) -
  Alabama - - 1 (1%) -
Canada 1 (2%) - 5 (4%) 361M (6%)
  Ontario - - 3 (2%) 361M (6%)
  Quebec 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
United Kingdom 1 (2%) - 5 (4%) -
Norway 1 (2%) 402M (64%) 2 (1%) 402M (6%)
Sweden 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Germany - - 1 (1%) -
Bermuda - - 1 (1%) -
Puerto Rico - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 44 (92%) 222M (36%) 124 (88%) 5.5B (88%)
Cross-border 4 (8%) 402M (64%) 17 (12%) 763M (12%)
Total 48 $624M 141 $6.2B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 9 (19%) 222M (36%) 43 (30%) 362M (6%)
Secondary Buyout 10 (21%) - 32 (23%) 1.2B (19%)
Growth Capital 17 (35%) - 30 (21%) -
Recapitalization 8 (17%) - 14 (10%) 2.2B (35%)
Stake Purchase - - 7 (5%) -
Going Private 1 (2%) 402M (64%) 4 (3%) 2.0B (32%)
Consolidation 1 (2%) - 3 (2%) 530M (9%)
Venture - - 3 (2%) -
Acquisition Financing 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (1%) -
Joint Venture - - 1 (1%) -
PIPE 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 48 $624M 141 $6.2B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 27 (33%) 4.6B (19%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 24 (29%) 15.4B (63%)
Trade Sale 19 (23%) 2.3B (9%)
Recapitalization 3 (4%) -
Merger 2 (2%) 2.0B (8%)
Bankruptcy 2 (2%) -
IPO 2 (2%) -
Stake Sale 2 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (1%) -
Total 82 $24.2B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.
2
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
2
LionTree Advisors LLC
1
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
22
Latham & Watkins
2
DLA Piper
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $3.2B
$100M to $1B 9 $2.9B
< $100M 1 $100M
TOTAL $6.2B
Largest Lightower Fiber Networks LLC
$2.0B (2013-04-11)
sell # Total
> $1B 8 $18.0B
$100M to $1B 17 $7.3B
< $100M 1 $23M
TOTAL $25.3B
Largest Lightower Fiber Networks LLC
$7.1B (2017-07-18)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
26%
37 (26%)
Strategic(s)
1%
1 (1%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
34%
28 (34%)
Strategic(s)
54%
44 (54%)

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