Adams Street Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Adams Street Partners has acquired 1 company.

Adams Street Partners’ most common sectors for investment are software (23%) and internet software and services (19%). The Firm’s most common investment types include venture (71%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (13%). In total, Adams Street Partners has invested in 23 US states and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Univision Communications for $13.7B.

In the last 3 years, Adams Street Partners has exited 9 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (57%). Adams Street Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold Shred-it International for $2.3B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity167
    • M&A Buy Activity100
    • M&A Sell Activity67
  • Total Sectors Invested 20
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 99
  • M&A Advisors 4

Adams Street Partners

One North Wacker Suite 2200,
Chicago, Illinois 60606
United States,
(312)553-7890
www.adamsstreetpartners.com
info@adamsstreetpartners.com

Adams Street Partners is a diversified, global investment firm that targets direct, fund of funds, and secondary investments. Adams' direct investing group covers co-investments in buyout transactions, as well as growth equity and venture capital commitments. The direct buyout and growth equity team looks to commit $5 to $30 million per transaction. For venture related investments, commitments of $5 to $20 million are provided to companies in the technology, life sciences and technology enabled services sectors. Typically, target companies have received prior financing from early stage venture firms and are seeking additional capital to fund product development and commercialization. Adams Street Partners was formed in 1972 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Electronics, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Leisure, Life Science, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Semiconductors, Software, Technology Hardware, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia/Pacific

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 5 30
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 99 - - - - 1 100
vol $19.1B $19.1B
Sell (2.0/yr) # 57 1 5 3 - 1 67
vol $6.8B $915M $1.1B $8.8B
  167

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Kamps, Inc. 2020-01-14 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Grand Rapids, Michigan · www.kampspallets.com
CareCloud Corp. 2020-01-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Miami, Florida · www.carecloud.com
Donuts, Inc. 2018-09-05 - Secondary Buyout
Bellevue, Washington · www.donuts.co
Maxwell Health 2018-06-04 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.maxwellhealth.com
Hightail, Inc. 2018-02-14 - Add-on Acquisition
Campbell, California · www.hightail.com
Accretive Solutions, Inc. 2017-11-01 19M USD Add-on Acquisition
Chicago, Illinois · www.accretivesolutions.com
Atlantis Computing, Inc. 2017-07-27 - Add-on Acquisition
Mountain View, California · www.atlantiscomputing.com
RadiumOne, Inc. 2017-06-26 22M USD Trade Sale - Public Company
San Francisco, California · www.radiumone.com
Rimini Street, Inc. 2017-05-16 837M USD Secondary Buyout
Las Vegas, Nevada · www.riministreet.com
TeleSign Corp. 2017-04-25 230M USD Add-on Acquisition
Marina del Rey, California · www.telesign.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Univision Communications, Inc. 2007-03-27 Gizmodo Media Group LLC 2019-04-08 1
New York, New York · www.univision.com New York City, New York · www.gizmodo.com
Univision Communications, Inc. 2007-03-27 Gawker Media, LLC 2016-08-16 3
New York, New York · www.univision.com New York, New York · www.gawker.com
Univision Communications, Inc. 2007-03-27 Onion, Inc. 2016-01-19 2
New York, New York · www.univision.com Chicago, Illinois · www.theonion.com
Univision Communications, Inc. 2007-03-27 The Root 2015-05-21 1
New York, New York · www.univision.com Washington, District of Columbia · www.theroot.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 9 (26%) - 23 (23%) 5.0B (26%)
Internet Software and Services 6 (17%) - 19 (19%) -
Medical Products 2 (6%) 16M (< 1%) 10 (10%) 16M (< 1%)
Life Science 4 (11%) - 10 (10%) -
Information Technology 4 (11%) - 6 (6%) -
Technology Hardware - - 5 (5%) 130M (1%)
Business Services 1 (3%) - 5 (5%) 30M (< 1%)
Communications 2 (6%) - 4 (4%) -
Semiconductors - - 3 (3%) -
Media 1 (3%) 13.7B (100%) 2 (2%) 13.7B (72%)
Digital Media - - 2 (2%) -
Marketing - - 2 (2%) -
Renewable Energy 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
Electronics - - 1 (1%) 165M (1%)
Agriculture 1 (3%) 17M (< 1%) 1 (1%) 17M (< 1%)
Consumer Services - - 1 (1%) -
Financial Services 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) -
Leisure 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Packaging 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 35 $13.7B 100 $19.1B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 32 (91%) 13.7B (100%) 92 (92%) 19.1B (100%)
  California 13 (37%) 16M (< 1%) 42 (42%) 150M (1%)
  Texas 3 (9%) - 10 (10%) 5.0B (26%)
  New York 3 (9%) 13.7B (100%) 6 (6%) 13.7B (72%)
  Colorado 3 (9%) - 5 (5%) -
  Illinois 2 (6%) - 5 (5%) -
  Florida 1 (3%) - 3 (3%) 30M (< 1%)
  Virginia - - 3 (3%) -
  Washington 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
  Georgia - - 2 (2%) -
  Missouri 1 (3%) 17M (< 1%) 1 (1%) 17M (< 1%)
  Tennessee 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  South Carolina 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  New Jersey 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  Michigan 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  Indiana - - 1 (1%) 165M (1%)
  Utah - - 1 (1%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (1%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (1%) -
  Minnesota - - 1 (1%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (1%) -
  Delaware - - 1 (1%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) -
Canada 2 (6%) - 3 (3%) -
  British Columbia 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
  Ontario - - 1 (1%) -
Ireland - - 2 (2%) -
Israel 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
France - - 1 (1%) -
Netherlands - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 32 (91%) 13.7B (100%) 92 (92%) 19.1B (100%)
Cross-border 3 (9%) - 8 (8%) -
Total 35 $13.7B 100 $19.1B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Venture 24 (69%) 16M (< 1%) 71 (71%) 16M (< 1%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (9%) - 13 (13%) 199M (1%)
Growth Capital 3 (9%) 17M (< 1%) 7 (7%) 17M (< 1%)
Going Private 1 (3%) 13.7B (100%) 2 (2%) 18.7B (98%)
Recapitalization - - 2 (2%) 130M (1%)
Stake Purchase 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Divestiture 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
PIPE 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 35 $13.7B 100 $19.1B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 30 (45%) 6.1B (71%)
IPO 20 (30%) -
Trade Sale 11 (16%) 1.0B (12%)
Secondary Sale 3 (4%) 1.4B (17%)
Shut Down 2 (3%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Total 67 $8.6B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
1
Deutsche Bank Corporate & Investment Banking
1
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc.
1
Legal Deals
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $18.7B
$100M to $1B 2 $295M
< $100M 4 $67M
TOTAL $19.1B
Largest Univision Communications, Inc.
$13.7B (2007-03-27)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $2.3B
$100M to $1B 13 $6.2B
< $100M 5 $278M
TOTAL $8.8B
Largest Shred-it International, Inc.
$2.3B (2015-07-15)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
80%
4 80%
Strategic(s)
20%
1 20%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
12%
5 12%
Strategic(s)
88%
38 88%

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