M&A Deal Summary

Barco Acquires High End Systems

On June 10, 2008, Barco acquired electrical equipment company High End Systems from Generation Partners for 55M USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Barco’s 1st transaction in the Electrical Equipment sector.
  • This is Barco’s largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Barco’s 3rd transaction in the United States.
  • This is Barco’s 1st transaction in Texas.
Investment Fate
  • High End Systems was divested to a strategic buyer in 2017.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2008-06-10
Target High End Systems
Sector Electrical Equipment
Buyer(s) Barco
Sellers(s) Generation Partners
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 55M USD

Target

High End Systems

Austin, Texas, United States
website
High End Systems, Inc. is a lighting products and control systems that illuminate some of the biggest artists on the largest stages, as well as film and television studios, cruise ships, corporate events, theme parks, churches, restaurants and retail spaces. High End Systems, Inc. is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Barco

Kortrijk, Belgium

website


Category Company
Founded 1934
SectorTechnology Hardware
Employees3,141
Revenue 770M EUR (2020)
DESCRIPTION

Barco is a provider of various core activities in image processing: large screen displays, display devices for application in life-critical situations and systems for visual inspection and quality control. Barco was incorporated in 1934 and is based in Kortrijk, Belgium.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 4 of 13
Sector (Electrical Equipment) 1 of 1
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 4 of 11
State (Texas) 1 of 2
Country (United States) 3 of 5
Year (2008) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 4
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2004-09-15 Voxar

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Voxar was a 3D medical imaging software company. Voxar's software enhances radiologists' productivity by translating the huge number of 2-dimensional slices, generated by modern medical scanners, into easy to interpret 3-dimensional images.

Buy €39M
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2009-12-31 FIMI s.r.l.

Saronno, Italy

FIMI s.r.l. is a provider of dedicated modality monitors, patient monitoring and mobile point of care devices.

Buy €29M

Seller(S) 1

SELLER

Generation Partners

Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1995
PE ASSETS 1.0B USD
SizeLarge
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Generation Partners is a private equity firm focused on growth companies at various stages of development. Generation looks to commit $10 to $50 million of equity capital per investment. The Firm is a hands-on investor, helping managers take their companies to the next level. Areas of interest include business, information, and consumer services; media, communications and entertainment; and healthcare services and technology. Generation will consider both majority and minority positions. Generation Partners was formed in 1995 and has offices in Greenwich, Connecticut; Austin, Texas; and San Francisco, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 9 of 14
Sector (Electrical Equipment) 1 of 1
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 2 of 5
State (Texas) 1 of 2
Country (United States) 9 of 14
Year (2008) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 3 of 3
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2007-11-14 Virtual Radiologic

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States

Virtual Radiologic Corp. (VRAD) is a teleradiology services provider for all modalities.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2009-12-15 Fortis Institute

Grand Prairie, Texas, United States

Fortis Institute is a provider of medical career training and allied healthcare education programs to school graduates and adult students.

Sell -