Bowmark Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Bowmark Capital has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 1 other.

Bowmark Capital’s most common sectors for investment are healthcare services (20%) and insurance (9%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (63%) and secondary buyout (26%). Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2014 when it acquired Autodata Publishing Group for $231M.

In the last 3 years, Bowmark Capital has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (46%). Bowmark Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2018 when it sold Nexus Vehicle Rental for $219M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity57
    • M&A Buy Activity35
    • M&A Sell Activity22
  • Total Sectors Invested 15
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 8
  • M&A Advisors 4

Bowmark Capital

One Eagle Place,
London, SW1Y 6AF
United Kingdom,
+020 7189 9000
www.bowmark.com
info@bowmark.com

Bowmark Capital is a private equity firm that targets investments in smaller, growth-oriented companies based in the UK. Bowmark considers investments across a range of industries with strong interest in service based companies including outsourced services, healthcare, leisure, media and IT services. Bowmark looks to commit between £10 and £40 million of equity capital in transactions between £30 to £200 million. Bowmark was formed in 1997 and is based in London, United Kingdom.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Leisure, Media, Real Estate, Restaurants, Safety/Security, Software, Technology Hardware, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 10 40
Enterprise Value 30 200
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.4/yr) # 28 1 1 4 1 - 35
vol $660M $660M
Sell (1.2/yr) # 16 1 2 1 2 - 22
vol $819M $219M $1.0B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Aston Lark Ltd. 2019-05-17 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.astonlark.com
Care Fertility Group Ltd. 2019-04-25 - Secondary Buyout
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.carefertility.com
Pirum Systems Ltd. 2019-03-14 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.pirum.com
Nexus Vehicle Rental 2018-07-31 219M GBP Secondary Buyout
Leeds, United Kingdom · www.nexusrental.co.uk
Instant Offices Ltd. 2018-06-11 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.instantoffices.com
The Instant Group 2018-06-11 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.theinstantgroup.com
LOD (Lawyers On Demand Ltd.) 2018-05-30 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.lodlaw.com
Ask4 Ltd. 2018-02-12 - Secondary Buyout
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.ask4.com
Law Business Research Ltd. 2017-12-22 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.lbresearch.com
Aston Scott Group plc 2017-09-18 - Merger
West Malling, United Kingdom · www.astonscott.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Node4 Ltd. 2016-10-05 Secura 2019-05-15 1
Derby, United Kingdom · www.node4.co.uk Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom · www.secura.cloud
The Instant Group 2018-06-11 Incendium Consulting Ltd. 2019-05-07 1
London, United Kingdom · www.theinstantgroup.com London, United Kingdom · www.incendiumconsulting.com
Ask4 Ltd. 2018-02-12 BirchenallHowden Ltd. 2019-03-27 1
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.ask4.com South Yorkshire, United Kingdom · www.birchenallhowden.co.uk
Drake & Morgan Ltd. 2013-04-22 Corney & Barrow Bars Ltd. 2016-07-07 1
London, United Kingdom · www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk London, United Kingdom · www.corneyandbarrow.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Healthcare Services 1 (7%) - 7 (20%) 115M (17%)
Restaurants 1 (7%) 46M (13%) 3 (9%) 88M (13%)
Real Estate 3 (21%) 74M (21%) 3 (9%) 74M (11%)
Insurance 1 (7%) - 3 (9%) -
Business Services 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) 79M (12%)
Communications 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) 49M (7%)
Leisure 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) 25M (4%)
Education 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) -
Financial Services 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) -
Information Technology 2 (14%) - 2 (6%) -
Media - - 2 (6%) -
Transportation - - 2 (6%) -
Publishing 1 (7%) 231M (66%) 1 (3%) 231M (35%)
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (3%) -
Software - - 1 (3%) -
Total 14 $351M 35 $660M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 14 (100%) 351M (100%) 35 (100%) 660M (100%)
Total 14 $351M 35 $660M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 6 (43%) 351M (100%) 22 (63%) 454M (69%)
Secondary Buyout 6 (43%) - 9 (26%) 206M (31%)
Consolidation - - 2 (6%) -
Growth Capital 2 (14%) - 2 (6%) -
Total 14 $351M 35 $660M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 11 (50%) 551M (53%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (18%) 356M (34%)
Trade Sale 3 (14%) 131M (13%)
Merger 3 (14%) -
IPO 1 (5%) -
Total 22 $1.0B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Livingstone Partners LLP
1
Lehman Brothers, Inc.
1
Macquarie Capital
1
Legal Deals
SJ Berwin LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $346M
< $100M 6 $314M
TOTAL $660M
Largest Autodata Publishing Group Ltd.
$231M (2014-05-22)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 5 $815M
< $100M 4 $222M
TOTAL $1.0B
Largest Nexus Vehicle Rental
$219M (2018-07-31)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
10 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
68%
13 68%
Strategic(s)
32%
6 32%

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