Active Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Growth Capital Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Active Partners has invested in 10 companies.

Active Partners’ most common sectors for investment areconsumer products (25%) and leisure (15%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (50%) and venture (35%). In total, Active Partners has invested in 1 US state and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2008 when it acquired F.W. Evans Cycles for $54M.

The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (100%). Active Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold F.W. Evans Cycles for $169M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity21
    • M&A Buy Activity20
    • M&A Sell Activity1
  • Total Sectors Invested 11
  • Total Countries Invested 3

Active Partners

8-10 Warner St,
London, EC1R 5HA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7930 1120
www.active.partners
enquiries@active.partners

Active Partners is a private investment firm focused on investing in growth-oriented, consumer centric companies. Active looks to commit £5 to £15 million in UK-based companies. The Firm will consider both majority or minority positions. Active Partners was established in 2004 and is headquartered in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Beverages, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, E-Commerce, Education, Food, Information Services, Leisure, Restaurants, Retail

Target Transaction Types: Growth Capital, Stake Purchase, Venture

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 5 15
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 10 - 4 6 - - 20
vol $54M $54M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 1 - - - - - 1
vol $169M $169M
  21

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Classified Cycling 2022-12-01 - Growth Capital
Antwerp, Belgium · www.classified-cycling.cc
Eterlast 2022-11-08 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.eterlast.com
Plend 2022-11-02 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.plend.co.uk
Vieve Ltd. 2022-11-01 - Venture
Strathaven, United Kingdom · www.vieve.co.uk
Code First Girls 2022-09-07 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.codefirstgirls.com
Tala (Clothing) 2022-02-02 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.wearetala.com
Subdial 2021-12-15 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.subdial.co
Facetheory 2021-12-07 - Venture
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.facetheory.com
Vinterior Group Ltd. 2021-09-23 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.vinterior.co
Piglet in Bed 2021-01-01 - Growth Capital
Castleford, United Kingdom · www.pigletinbed.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 5 (29%) - 5 (25%) -
Leisure 2 (12%) - 3 (15%) -
Apparel/Textiles 2 (12%) - 2 (10%) -
E-Commerce 2 (12%) - 2 (10%) -
Restaurants 1 (6%) - 2 (10%) -
Retail - - 1 (5%) 54M (100%)
Automotive 1 (6%) - 1 (5%) -
Beverages 1 (6%) - 1 (5%) -
Education 1 (6%) - 1 (5%) -
Financial Services 1 (6%) - 1 (5%) -
Media 1 (6%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 17 - 20 $54M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 15 (88%) - 18 (90%) 54M (100%)
United States 1 (6%) - 1 (5%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (6%) - 1 (5%) -
Belgium 1 (6%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 17 - 20 $54M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 8 (47%) - 10 (50%) -
Venture 7 (41%) - 7 (35%) -
Stake Purchase 2 (12%) - 2 (10%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 1 (5%) 54M (100%)
Total 17 - 20 $54M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 1 (100%) 169M (100%)
Total 1 $169M

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $54M
TOTAL $54M
Largest F.W. Evans Cycles (UK) Ltd.
$54M (2008-04-07)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $169M
TOTAL $169M
Largest F.W. Evans Cycles (UK) Ltd.
$169M (2015-05-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Exited to
Investor(s)
100%
1 (100%)

FAQ

When was Active Partners founded?

Active Partners was founded in 2004.

What type of investor is Active Partners?

Active Partners is a growth capital firm.

Where is Active Partners headquartered?

Active Partners is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

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