Bowmark Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Bowmark Capital has acquired 8 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.

Bowmark Capital’s most common sectors for investment are healthcare services (18%) and information technology (13%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (53%) and secondary buyout (30%). In total, Bowmark Capital has invested in 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2014 when it acquired Autodata Publishing Group for $231M.

In the last 3 years, Bowmark Capital has exited 3 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 Activity62
    • M&A Buy Activity40
    • M&A Sell Activity22
  • Total Sectors Invested 16
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 10
  • M&A Advisors 4

Bowmark Capital

One Eagle Place,
London, SW1Y 6AF
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 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 a strong interest in Business & Financial Services, Consumer & Leisure, Education & Training, Healthcare, Media, and Technology. Bowmark funds individual equity investments of up to £100 million and focuses on investing in UK companies which are valued between £50 million and £250 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, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Media, Software

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - 100
Enterprise Value 50 250
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 30 1 4 2 2 1 40
vol $614M $614M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 17 2 1 2 - - 22
vol $819M $219M $1.0B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
IWSR Drinks Market Analysis Ltd. 2021-02-22 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.theiwsr.com
TotalMobile Ltd. 2020-10-26 - Secondary Buyout
Belfast, United Kingdom · www.totalmobile.co.uk
Focus Group (UK) 2020-03-09 - Stake Purchase
England, United Kingdom · www.focusgroup.co.uk
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
Tax Systems 2019-03-25 - Going Private
Staines-upon-Thames, United Kingdom · www.taxsystems.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
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Healthcare Services - - 7 (18%) 115M (19%)
Information Technology 3 (23%) - 5 (13%) 49M (8%)
Real Estate 2 (15%) - 4 (10%) 74M (12%)
Restaurants 1 (8%) - 3 (8%) 42M (7%)
Insurance 1 (8%) - 3 (8%) -
Business Services 1 (8%) - 2 (5%) 79M (13%)
Leisure - - 2 (5%) 25M (4%)
Communications 2 (15%) - 2 (5%) -
Education 1 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
Financial Services - - 2 (5%) -
Media - - 2 (5%) -
Transportation - - 2 (5%) -
Publishing - - 1 (3%) 231M (38%)
Information Services 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (3%) -
Software 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 13 - 40 $614M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 13 (100%) - 39 (98%) 614M (100%)
Canada - - 1 (3%) -
  Ontario - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 13 (100%) - 39 (98%) 614M (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (3%) -
Total 13 - 40 $614M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (8%) - 21 (53%) 329M (54%)
Secondary Buyout 7 (54%) - 12 (30%) 285M (46%)
Consolidation - - 2 (5%) -
Divestiture 2 (15%) - 2 (5%) -
Going Private 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Growth Capital 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 13 - 40 $614M

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 5 $268M
TOTAL $614M
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
Investor(s)
30%
12 (30%)
Strategic(s)
5%
2 (5%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
45%
10 (45%)
Strategic(s)
27%
6 (27%)

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