ABS Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, ABS Capital Partners has acquired 3 companies. It has also invested in 3 others.

ABS Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are information technology (22%) and business services (14%). The Firm’s most common investment types include venture (32%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (30%). In total, ABS Capital Partners has invested in 22 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2005 when it acquired DoubleClick for $1.1B.

In the last 3 years, ABS Capital Partners has exited 11 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (46%). ABS Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2008 when it sold DoubleClick for $3.1B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity122
    • M&A Buy Activity59
    • M&A Sell Activity63
  • Total Sectors Invested 16
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 72

ABS Capital Partners

400 East Pratt Street, Suite 910,
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3127
United States
(410) 246-5600
www.abscapital.com
abscapital@abscapital.com

ABS Capital Partners is a private equity firm that invests in later-stage growth companies in the healthcare, technology, business services, media and communications sectors. ABS provides capital to help fund growth, provide shareholder liquidity, pursue acquisitions, or to effect a management buyout. The Firm prefers US based business and will consider both majority and minority positions. ABS looks to commit $10 to $30 million per transaction. ABS Capital was formed in 1990 and has offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Waltham, Massachusetts; and San Francisco, California.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Building Materials, Business Services, Communications, Education, Environmental, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Life Science, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Publishing, Restaurants, Retail, Safety/Security, Software, Technology Hardware

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 10 -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 10 25
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.6/yr) # 51 2 - 4 2 - 59
vol $1.2B $1.2B
Sell (2.4/yr) # 51 1 4 5 - 2 63
vol $4.9B $1.1B $165M $6.2B
  122

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Galvanize LLC 2020-01-24 165M USD Add-on Acquisition
Denver, Colorado · www.galvanize.it
Bravo Wellness LLC 2020-01-07 - Add-on Acquisition
Cleveland, Ohio · www.bravowell.com
Virtasec LLC 2019-04-03 - Venture
Saint Petersburg, Florida · www.deepwatch.com
ClearObject Corp. 2019-01-17 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Fishers, Indiana · www.clearobject.com
INTTRA, Inc. 2018-10-22 - Add-on Acquisition
Parsippany, New Jersey · www.inttra.com
ExecOnline, Inc. 2018-10-02 - Venture
New York, New York · www.execonline.com
Business.com Media, Inc. 2018-09-06 - Divestiture
Carlsbad, California · www.business.com
Purch 2018-09-06 - Merger
Ogden, Utah · www.purch.com
Modular Space Corp. 2018-06-22 1.1B USD Add-on Acquisition
Berwyn, Pennsylvania · www.modspace.com
RedZone Robotics, Inc. 2018-06-07 - Secondary Buyout
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · www.redzone.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Alula Holdings LLC 2018-03-14 ipDatatel LLC 2018-03-14 1
St. Paul, Minnesota · www.alula.net Sugar Land, Texas · www.ipdatatel.com
IgnitionOne, Inc. 2013-07-02 Human Demand, Inc. 2014-08-13 2
New York, New York · www.ignitionone.com Norwalk, Connecticut · www.humandemand.com
IgnitionOne, Inc. 2013-07-02 Knotice 2014-03-19 1
New York, New York · www.ignitionone.com Akron, Ohio · www.knotice.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 4 (29%) - 13 (22%) -
Internet Software and Services 3 (21%) - 8 (13%) 1.1B (90%)
Business Services 2 (14%) - 8 (13%) 35M (3%)
Software - - 5 (8%) -
Communications - - 3 (5%) -
Education 1 (7%) - 3 (5%) -
Financial Services 1 (7%) - 3 (5%) -
Life Science 1 (7%) - 3 (5%) -
Media 1 (7%) - 3 (5%) -
Healthcare Services - - 2 (3%) 54M (4%)
Consumer Products - - 2 (3%) -
Information Services - - 2 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (7%) - 2 (3%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (2%) 28M (2%)
Building Materials - - 1 (2%) -
Environmental - - 1 (2%) -
Total 14 - 60 $1.2B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 14 (100%) - 59 (98%) 1.2B (100%)
  California 2 (14%) - 9 (15%) 89M (7%)
  New York 2 (14%) - 6 (10%) 1.1B (90%)
  Maryland 2 (14%) - 5 (8%) -
  Florida 2 (14%) - 5 (8%) -
  Virginia - - 4 (7%) 28M (2%)
  Georgia - - 4 (7%) -
  Washington 1 (7%) - 3 (5%) -
  New Jersey - - 3 (5%) -
  Indiana 2 (14%) - 2 (3%) -
  North Carolina 1 (7%) - 2 (3%) -
  Minnesota 1 (7%) - 2 (3%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 2 (3%) -
  Colorado - - 2 (3%) -
  Arizona - - 2 (3%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
  West Virginia - - 1 (2%) -
  Utah - - 1 (2%) -
  Texas - - 1 (2%) -
  Ohio - - 1 (2%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (2%) -
  District of Columbia - - 1 (2%) -
  Alabama - - 1 (2%) -
Canada - - 1 (2%) -
  Ontario - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 14 (100%) - 59 (98%) 1.2B (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (2%) -
Total 14 - 60 $1.2B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Venture 3 (21%) - 19 (32%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (14%) - 18 (30%) 35M (3%)
Growth Capital 5 (36%) - 13 (22%) -
Divestiture 2 (14%) - 4 (7%) 28M (2%)
Recapitalization - - 3 (5%) 54M (4%)
Going Private - - 1 (2%) 1.1B (90%)
Consolidation 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (7%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 14 - 60 $1.2B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 24 (38%) 5.5B (90%)
IPO 15 (23%) -
Secondary Sale 10 (16%) 610M (10%)
Trade Sale 10 (16%) 20M (< 1%)
Bankruptcy 2 (3%) -
Merger 1 (2%) -
Recapitalization 1 (2%) -
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Total 64 $6.2B

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $1.1B
< $100M 3 $117M
TOTAL $1.2B
Largest DoubleClick, Inc.
$1.1B (2005-04-25)
sell # Total
> $1B 2 $4.2B
$100M to $1B 8 $1.9B
< $100M 3 $107M
TOTAL $6.2B
Largest DoubleClick, Inc.
$3.1B (2008-04-13)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
33%
2 33%
Strategic(s)
67%
4 67%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
23%
9 23%
Strategic(s)
77%
30 77%

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