Ares Private Equity Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Ares Private Equity Group has acquired 14 companies. It has also invested in 4 others.

Ares Private Equity Group’s most common sectors for investment arehealthcare services (10%) and consumer products (10%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (40%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (18%). In total, Ares Private Equity Group has invested in 22 US states and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2013 when it acquired Neiman Marcus Group for $6.0B.

In the last 3 years, Ares Private Equity Group has exited 12 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (38%). Ares Private Equity Group’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2007 when it sold Samsonite International SA for $1.7B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity128
    • M&A Buy Activity88
    • M&A Sell Activity40
  • Total Sectors Invested 35
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 43
  • M&A Advisors 13

Ares Private Equity Group

800 Corporate Pointe Suite 300,
Los Angeles, California 90230
United States
(310) 921-7200
www.aresmgmt.com/our-business/private-equity/north-american-and-european-flexible-capital

Ares Private Equity Group is the private equity arm of Ares Management, a global alternative asset manager. The Ares Private Equity Group specializes in opportunistic majority/shared control investments in under-capitalized middle-market companies. Ares looks for companies with strong franchises and attractive growth opportunities. The Group prefers to be the lead investor and will invest across the capital structure, including common equity, preferred equity, convertible equity/debt and senior debt. Areas of interest include business services, defense, healthcare, manufacturing, industrial, energy and consumer products and services. Ares Private Equity Group was formed in 2003 and is based in Los Angeles, California.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Business Services, Chemicals, Communications, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Defense, Distribution, Energy Services and Equipment, Environmental, Food, Healthcare Services, Machinery, Manufacturing, Medical Products, Real Estate, Retail

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Growth Capital, Special Situations/Distressed, Stake Purchase

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (4.6/yr) # 65 5 5 6 4 3 88
vol $16.8B $2.9B $1.3B $21.0B
Sell (2.6/yr) # 27 1 4 4 4 - 40
vol $3.0B $1.1B $1.2B $5.3B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Atlas Crane Service LLC 2022-08-23 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Aurora, Illinois · www.atlascraneserviceinc.com
Hanger, Inc. 2022-07-21 1.3B USD Going Private
Austin, Texas · www.hanger.com
SLR Consulting Ltd. 2022-06-20 - Secondary Buyout
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom · www.slrconsulting.com
Convergint Technologies LLC 2021-12-16 - Stake Purchase
Schaumburg, Illinois · www.convergint.com
Laseraway Medical Group, Inc. 2021-10-21 - Growth Capital
Los Angeles, California · www.laseraway.com
Kuecker Pulse Integration L.P. 2021-08-03 - Consolidation
, United States · www.kpisolutions.com
Resource Label Group LLC 2021-07-08 - Secondary Buyout
Franklin, Tennessee · www.resourcelabelgroup.com
SVP Worldwide LLC 2021-06-10 - Secondary Buyout
LaVergne, Tennessee · www.svpworldwide.com
Farrow & Ball Ltd. 2021-05-11 - Add-on Acquisition
Dorset, United Kingdom · www.farrow-ball.com
CS Energy 2021-05-04 - Secondary Buyout
Edison, New Jersey · www.csenergy.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Resource Label Group LLC 2021-07-08 MedLit Solutions 2022-10-18 7
Franklin, Tennessee · www.resourcelabelgroup.com Windsor, New Jersey · www.medlitsolutions.com
Cincinnati Bell, Inc. 2020-03-13 Agile Network Builders LLC 2022-05-02 1
Cincinnati, Ohio · www.cincinnatibell.com Canton, Ohio · www.agilenetworks.com
TricorBraun, Inc. 2021-01-06 PB Packaging 2022-04-10 13
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tricorbraun.com Wetherill Park, Australia · www.pbpackaging.com.au
TricorBraun, Inc. 2021-01-06 PBFY Flexible Packaging 2022-04-06 12
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tricorbraun.com Brea, California · www.pbfy.com
Press Ganey Holdings, Inc. 2019-06-11 Forsta Group 2022-02-07 6
Wakefield, Massachusetts · www.pressganey.com London, United Kingdom · www.forsta.com
Cureton Midstream LLC 2017-07-01 Aka Energy Group - Gilcrest System 2022-02-02 1
Denver, California · www.curetonmidstream.com Durango, Colorado
TricorBraun, Inc. 2021-01-06 Vetroelite S.p.A. 2021-10-12 11
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tricorbraun.com Treviso, Italy · www.vetroelite.com
Resource Label Group LLC 2021-07-08 Ample Industries, Inc. 2021-09-21 6
Franklin, Tennessee · www.resourcelabelgroup.com Nixa, Missouri · www.amplelabels.com
Aspen Dental Management, Inc. 2017-06-13 ClearChoice Management Services LLC 2020-11-16 1
East Syracuse, New York · www.aspendental.com Greenwood Village, Colorado · www.clearchoice.com
Press Ganey Holdings, Inc. 2019-06-11 Doctor.com 2020-10-13 5
Wakefield, Massachusetts · www.pressganey.com New York, New York · www.doctor.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 2 (4%) - 8 (9%) 2.1B (10%)
Healthcare Services 6 (13%) 1.5B (19%) 8 (9%) 1.5B (7%)
Retail 2 (4%) 1.6B (21%) 7 (8%) 10.3B (49%)
Environmental 3 (7%) - 6 (7%) 134M (1%)
Oil/Gas Exploration 4 (9%) 185M (2%) 5 (6%) 185M (1%)
Communications 2 (4%) 2.9B (37%) 4 (5%) 2.9B (14%)
Financial Services 3 (7%) - 4 (5%) -
Real Estate 3 (7%) - 4 (5%) -
Renewable Energy 4 (9%) - 4 (5%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 3 (7%) 185M (2%) 3 (3%) 185M (1%)
Business Services 2 (4%) - 3 (3%) -
Chemicals 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) 349M (2%)
Automotive - - 2 (2%) 319M (2%)
Defense 1 (2%) 223M (3%) 2 (2%) 223M (1%)
Marketing - - 2 (2%) 185M (1%)
Consumer Services - - 2 (2%) -
Information Technology 2 (4%) - 2 (2%) -
Packaging 2 (4%) - 2 (2%) -
Staffing 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Distribution - - 1 (1%) 1.3B (6%)
Medical Products 1 (2%) 1.3B (16%) 1 (1%) 1.3B (6%)
Aerospace - - 1 (1%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (1%) -
Construction 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Education - - 1 (1%) -
Food 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Franchising - - 1 (1%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (1%) -
Leisure 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (1%) -
Publishing 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (1%) -
Software - - 1 (1%) -
Transportation - - 1 (1%) -
Utilities - - 1 (1%) -
Total 46 $7.8B 88 $21.0B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 37 (80%) 7.6B (100%) 76 (86%) 20.4B (98%)
  California 5 (11%) 1.6B (21%) 13 (15%) 3.8B (18%)
  Texas 5 (11%) 1.3B (16%) 9 (10%) 7.3B (35%)
  New York 4 (9%) - 7 (8%) 91M (< 1%)
  Illinois 2 (4%) 1.5B (19%) 6 (7%) 1.5B (7%)
  Georgia 2 (4%) - 5 (6%) 760M (4%)
  Florida 2 (4%) - 5 (6%) -
  North Carolina 1 (2%) - 4 (5%) 1.4B (7%)
  New Jersey 2 (4%) - 3 (3%) 185M (1%)
  Ohio 1 (2%) 2.9B (38%) 3 (3%) 3.0B (14%)
  Pennsylvania 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) 1.8B (8%)
  North Dakota 2 (4%) 185M (2%) 2 (2%) 185M (1%)
  Virginia 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  Tennessee 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  Missouri 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  Wyoming 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Utah 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Indiana 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Wisconsin - - 1 (1%) 260M (1%)
  South Carolina - - 1 (1%) -
  Alabama - - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom 5 (11%) - 7 (8%) 349M (2%)
Canada 2 (4%) - 2 (2%) -
  Ontario 2 (4%) - 2 (2%) -
Mexico 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Poland 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Luxembourg - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 37 (80%) 7.6B (100%) 76 (86%) 20.4B (98%)
Cross-border 9 (20%) - 12 (14%) 349M (2%)
Total 46 $7.6B 88 $20.8B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 14 (30%) 1.5B (19%) 35 (40%) 12.1B (62%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 9 (20%) - 15 (17%) 260M (1%)
Growth Capital 8 (17%) - 11 (13%) -
Stake Purchase 3 (7%) - 7 (8%) -
Going Private 4 (9%) 6.0B (79%) 6 (7%) 6.0B (31%)
Divestiture 4 (9%) 185M (2%) 5 (6%) 319M (2%)
Consolidation 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) 99M (1%)
Recapitalization 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) 59M (< 1%)
Special Situations/Distressed 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) 760M (4%)
PIPE 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 46 $7.6B 88 $19.5B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 16 (40%) 3.6B (67%)
IPO 8 (20%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (13%) 1.7B (32%)
Trade Sale 4 (10%) 38M (1%)
Bankruptcy 2 (5%) -
Merger 2 (5%) -
Recapitalization 1 (3%) -
Stake Sale 1 (3%) -
Unknown 1 (3%) -
Total 40 $5.3B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
William Blair & Co. LLC
3
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Securities)
2
Harris Williams & Co.
1
Legal Deals
Proskauer Rose LLP
5
Latham & Watkins
3
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 8 $17.5B
$100M to $1B 9 $3.3B
< $100M 3 $249M
TOTAL $21.0B
Largest Neiman Marcus Group Inc.
$6.0B (2013-09-09)
sell # Total
> $1B 3 $4.0B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.2B
< $100M 2 $125M
TOTAL $5.3B
Largest Samsonite International SA
$1.7B (2007-10-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
40%
35 (40%)
Strategic(s)
7%
6 (7%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
43%
17 (43%)
Strategic(s)
25%
10 (25%)

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