ABRY Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, ABRY Partners has acquired 18 companies. It has also invested in 14 others.

ABRY Partners’ most common sectors for investment areinformation technology (19%) and business services (12%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (29%) 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 16 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 Activity237
    • M&A Buy Activity149
    • M&A Sell Activity88
  • Total Sectors Invested 22
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 101
  • 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 (7.2/yr) # 113 4 6 10 7 9 149
vol $5.8B $402M $6.2B
Sell (5.4/yr) # 62 11 2 4 3 7 89
vol $17.7B $7.2B $394M $5.7B $31.0B
  238

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Innovisk Capital Partners LLP 2021-09-09 - Divestiture
London , United Kingdom · www.innovisk.com
Socius Insurance Services, Inc. 2021-07-01 - Growth Capital
San Francisco, California · www.sociusinsurance.com
Sentry Data Systems, Inc. 2021-06-08 400M USD Add-on Acquisition
Deerfield Beach, Florida · www.sentryds.com
ProQuest LLC 2021-05-17 5.3B USD Add-on Acquisition
Ann Arbor, Michigan · www.proquest.com
Concentrix Insurance Solutions 2021-05-17 - Divestiture
Pittsford, New York
SiteLock LLC 2021-05-04 - Add-on Acquisition
Scottsdale, Arizona · www.sitelock.com
Reward Gateway Ltd. 2021-05-04 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.rewardgateway.com
Confie Holding II Co. 2021-04-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Huntington Beach, California · www.confie.com
High Street Insurance Partners LLC 2021-04-16 - Secondary Buyout
Traverse City, Michigan · www.highstreetpartners.com
Pole Star Space Applications Limited 2021-04-07 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.polestarglobal.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 2
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
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
Writtle Holdings Ltd. 2007-01-01 Creo Retail Marketing Ltd. 2016-06-23 1
London, United Kingdom · www.writtle.com London, United Kingdom · www.creo-uk.com
Writtle Holdings Ltd. 2007-01-01 Loewy Group Ltd. 2011-07-19 2
London, United Kingdom · www.writtle.com London, United Kingdom · www.loewygroup.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 8 (16%) - 28 (19%) 1.2B (20%)
Business Services 7 (14%) - 17 (11%) 215M (3%)
Communications 1 (2%) 402M (100%) 16 (11%) 3.8B (61%)
Media 1 (2%) - 13 (9%) 650M (10%)
Software 6 (12%) - 13 (9%) -
Insurance 6 (12%) - 12 (8%) -
Internet Software and Services 4 (8%) - 11 (7%) -
Healthcare Services 4 (8%) - 8 (5%) -
Information Services - - 5 (3%) 222M (4%)
Publishing - - 5 (3%) -
Marketing 3 (6%) - 4 (3%) -
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%) -
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 50 $402M 149 $6.2B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 42 (84%) - 128 (86%) 5.5B (88%)
  California 4 (8%) - 19 (13%) -
  Texas 5 (10%) - 17 (11%) 410M (7%)
  New Jersey 4 (8%) - 11 (7%) 1.2B (19%)
  Massachusetts 4 (8%) - 9 (6%) 2.0B (32%)
  Florida 4 (8%) - 9 (6%) -
  New York 3 (6%) - 8 (5%) 530M (9%)
  Arizona 4 (8%) - 7 (5%) -
  Colorado 2 (4%) - 5 (3%) -
  Georgia - - 5 (3%) -
  Illinois 2 (4%) - 4 (3%) 100M (2%)
  Virginia - - 4 (3%) 215M (3%)
  Michigan 2 (4%) - 3 (2%) 222M (4%)
  Washington 2 (4%) - 3 (2%) -
  Minnesota 1 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
  North Carolina - - 3 (2%) 140M (2%)
  Pennsylvania - - 3 (2%) -
  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%)
  Connecticut - - 1 (1%) -
  Alabama - - 1 (1%) -
  South Carolina - - 1 (1%) -
  Ohio - - 1 (1%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (1%) -
  Missouri - - 1 (1%) -
  Kentucky - - 1 (1%) -
  Indiana - - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom 5 (10%) - 9 (6%) -
Canada 1 (2%) - 5 (3%) 361M (6%)
  Ontario - - 3 (2%) 361M (6%)
  Quebec 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Norway 1 (2%) 402M (100%) 2 (1%) 402M (6%)
Sweden 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Germany - - 1 (1%) -
Bermuda - - 1 (1%) -
Puerto Rico - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 42 (84%) - 128 (86%) 5.5B (88%)
Cross-border 8 (16%) 402M (100%) 21 (14%) 763M (12%)
Total 50 $402M 149 $6.2B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 5 (10%) - 43 (29%) 362M (6%)
Secondary Buyout 10 (20%) - 34 (23%) 1.2B (19%)
Growth Capital 20 (40%) - 33 (22%) -
Recapitalization 8 (16%) - 14 (9%) 2.2B (35%)
Stake Purchase - - 7 (5%) -
Going Private 1 (2%) 402M (100%) 4 (3%) 2.0B (32%)
Consolidation 2 (4%) - 4 (3%) 530M (9%)
Divestiture 2 (4%) - 3 (2%) -
Venture - - 3 (2%) -
Acquisition Financing 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Joint Venture - - 1 (1%) -
PIPE 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 50 $402M 149 $6.2B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 28 (31%) 4.6B (15%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 26 (29%) 21.1B (70%)
Trade Sale 21 (24%) 2.3B (8%)
Recapitalization 3 (3%) -
Merger 2 (2%) 2.0B (7%)
Bankruptcy 2 (2%) -
IPO 2 (2%) -
Stake Sale 2 (2%) -
Unknown 2 (2%) -
SPAC 1 (1%) -
Total 89 $29.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Sica Fletcher LLC
2
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.
2
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
2
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
24
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 9 $23.3B
$100M to $1B 18 $7.7B
< $100M 1 $23M
TOTAL $31.0B
Largest Lightower Fiber Networks LLC
$7.1B (2017-07-18)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
26%
39 (26%)
Strategic(s)
2%
3 (2%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
33%
29 (33%)
Strategic(s)
54%
48 (54%)

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