Adams Street Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Adams Street Partners has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

Adams Street Partners’ most common sectors for investment are software (23%) and internet software and services (18%). The Firm’s most common investment types include venture (69%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (13%). In total, Adams Street Partners has invested in 24 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 7 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (55%). 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 Activity177
    • M&A Buy Activity106
    • M&A Sell Activity71
  • Total Sectors Invested 23
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 105
  • M&A Advisors 4

Adams Street Partners

One North Wacker Drive, Suite 2700,
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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (1.4/yr) # 99 1 2 - 3 1 106
vol $19.0B $19.0B
Sell (2.4/yr) # 59 5 3 - 4 - 71
vol $7.7B $271M $7.9B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Groundworks LLC 2021-01-17 - Recapitalization
Virginia Beach, Virginia · www.groundworkscompanies.com
Cybera, Inc. 2020-12-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Franklin, Tennessee · www.cybera.com
Accuity Delivery Systems LLC 2020-10-26 - Secondary Buyout
Las Vegas, Nevada · www.accds.com
Homeward 2020-06-08 - Venture
Austin, Texas · www.homeward.com
Univision Communications, Inc. 2020-02-25 - Secondary Buyout
New York, New York · www.univision.com
DolEx Dollar Express, Inc. 2020-01-27 - Sold to Management
Arlington, Texas · www.dolex.com
Kamps Pallets, 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
Arctic Wolf Networks, Inc. 2018-10-25 - Venture
Sunnyvale, California · www.arcticwolf.com
Donuts, Inc. 2018-09-05 - Secondary Buyout
Bellevue, Washington · www.donuts.domains
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 8 (23%) - 24 (23%) 5.0B (26%)
Internet Software and Services 6 (17%) - 19 (18%) -
Medical Products 2 (6%) - 11 (10%) -
Life Science 4 (11%) - 10 (9%) -
Business Services 2 (6%) - 6 (6%) 30M (< 1%)
Technology Hardware - - 5 (5%) 130M (1%)
Information Technology 4 (11%) - 5 (5%) -
Communications 1 (3%) - 4 (4%) -
Semiconductors - - 3 (3%) -
Media - - 2 (2%) 13.7B (72%)
Digital Media - - 2 (2%) -
Information Services - - 2 (2%) -
Marketing - - 2 (2%) -
Renewable Energy 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
Electronics - - 1 (1%) 165M (1%)
Agriculture 1 (3%) 17M (100%) 1 (1%) 17M (< 1%)
Construction 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Consumer Services - - 1 (1%) -
Distribution 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (1%) -
Leisure 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Packaging 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Real Estate 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 35 $17M 106 $19.0B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 32 (91%) 17M (100%) 98 (92%) 19.0B (100%)
  California 13 (37%) - 43 (41%) 134M (1%)
  Texas 4 (11%) - 12 (11%) 5.0B (26%)
  New York 2 (6%) - 6 (6%) 13.7B (72%)
  Colorado 3 (9%) - 5 (5%) -
  Illinois 1 (3%) - 5 (5%) -
  Virginia 1 (3%) - 4 (4%) -
  Florida - - 3 (3%) 30M (< 1%)
  Washington 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
  Nevada 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
  Georgia - - 2 (2%) -
  Missouri 1 (3%) 17M (100%) 1 (1%) 17M (< 1%)
  South Carolina 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  New Jersey 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  Michigan 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  Maryland 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
  Indiana - - 1 (1%) 165M (1%)
  Utah - - 1 (1%) -
  Tennessee - - 1 (1%) -
  North Carolina - - 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%) 17M (100%) 98 (92%) 19.0B (100%)
Cross-border 3 (9%) - 8 (8%) -
Total 35 $17M 106 $19.0B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Venture 23 (66%) - 73 (69%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (9%) - 13 (12%) 199M (1%)
Growth Capital 4 (11%) 17M (100%) 8 (8%) 17M (< 1%)
Recapitalization 2 (6%) - 4 (4%) 130M (1%)
Going Private - - 2 (2%) 18.7B (98%)
Secondary Buyout 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
Stake Purchase - - 2 (2%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (1%) -
PIPE 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 35 $17M 106 $19.0B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 30 (42%) 6.1B (79%)
IPO 22 (31%) -
Trade Sale 12 (17%) 1.0B (13%)
Secondary Sale 3 (4%) 600M (8%)
Shut Down 2 (3%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Sold to Management 1 (1%) -
Total 71 $7.8B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Securities)
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 3 $51M
TOTAL $19.0B
Largest Univision Communications, Inc.
$13.7B (2007-03-27)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $2.3B
$100M to $1B 12 $5.4B
< $100M 5 $278M
TOTAL $7.9B
Largest Shred-it International, Inc.
$2.3B (2015-07-15)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
4%
4 (4%)
Strategic(s)
1%
1 (1%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
6%
4 (6%)
Strategic(s)
55%
39 (55%)

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