Business Growth Fund Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Business Growth Fund has acquired 3 companies. It has also invested in 59 others.

Business Growth Fund’s most common sectors for investment are information technology (13%) and business services (9%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (85%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (5%). In total, Business Growth Fund has invested in 4 US states and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2014 when it acquired Mono Consultants for $11M.

In the last 3 years, Business Growth Fund has exited 22 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (54%). Business Growth Fund’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold Unruly Group for $89M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity168
    • M&A Buy Activity140
    • M&A Sell Activity28
  • Total Sectors Invested 40
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 27
  • M&A Advisors 19

Business Growth Fund Ltd. (BGF)

13-15 York Buildings,
London, WC2N 6JU
United Kingdom
+020 7340 0600
www.bgf.co.uk

Business Growth Fund (BGF) is a private investment firm focused on early and growth stage investing across the UK. The Firm also invests in publicly traded companies. BGF's growth team looks to invest £2 to £10 million in small to mid-sized companies looking for additional capital to pursue growth. BGF was established in 2011 and is headquartered in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Electronics, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Leisure, Life Science, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Retail, Software

Target Transaction Types: Growth Capital, Venture

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 5 100
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 2 10
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (16.0/yr) # 60 18 16 18 18 10 140
vol $11M $11M
Sell (5.0/yr) # 3 3 3 7 6 6 28
vol $89M $89M
  168

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Brindley Healthcare Ltd. 2020-09-23 - Add-on Acquisition
Convoy, United Kingdom · www.brindleymanor.net
365 Response Ltd. 2020-09-21 - Growth Capital
Wakefield, United Kingdom · www.365response.org
MRM Global Ltd. 2020-09-15 - Growth Capital
Alloa, United Kingdom · www.mrmglobal.com
Yorkshire Wildlife Park 2020-09-02 - Growth Capital
, United Kingdom
Fusion Workshop Ltd. 2020-08-04 - Growth Capital
Cardiff, United Kingdom · www.bekagool.com
Paint Traders Ltd. 2020-07-16 - Growth Capital
Stirling, United Kingdom · www.thepaintshed.com
Palmer Hargreaves (UK) Ltd. 2020-05-19 - Secondary Buyout
Royal Leamington Spa, United Kingdom · www.palmerhargreaves.com
Direct Online Services Ltd. (DOS Ltd.) 2020-05-11 - Add-on Acquisition
Quedgeley, United Kingdom · www.directonlineservices.co.uk
Emma Bridgewater Ltd. 2020-03-27 - Growth Capital
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom · www.emmabridgewater.co.uk
Retail Services Group, Inc. 2020-03-18 - Growth Capital
Charlotte, North Carolina · www.retailsgi.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Hydrock 2018-09-01 MRB Consulting Engineers 2019-10-25 1
Bristol, United Kingdom · www.hydrock.com Wetherby, United Kingdom · www.mrb.uk.net
BB7 2016-08-19 Omega Fire Engineering Ltd. 2019-04-11 1
Madison, Wisconsin · www.bb7.com Manchester, United Kingdom · www.omegafire.co.uk
Operam Education Group 2019-03-11 The Education Specialists 2019-03-11 2
Barnsley, United Kingdom Liverpool, United Kingdom · www.tessupply.co.uk
Operam Education Group 2019-03-11 Teachers UK 2019-03-11 1
Barnsley, United Kingdom Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom · www.teachers-uk.co.uk
ROVOP Ltd. 2015-04-01 M2 Subsea Ltd. - 28 ROVs 2018-10-19 1
Aberdeen, United Kingdom · www.rovop.com Westhill, United Kingdom
Styles & Wood Plc 2015-07-15 The GDM Group Ltd. 2017-01-09 2
Altrincham, United Kingdom · www.stylesandwood.co.uk Dartford Kent, United Kingdom · www.gdmpartnership.co.uk
Styles & Wood Plc 2015-07-15 Keysource Ltd. 2016-09-21 1
Altrincham, United Kingdom · www.stylesandwood.co.uk West Sussex, United Kingdom · www.keysource.co.uk
Brownhills Glass Co. 2015-03-17 Peterlee Glass Co. Ltd. 2015-03-17 1
Walsall, United Kingdom · www.brownhillsglass.com Peterlee, United Kingdom · www.peterleeglass.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 14 (13%) - 17 (12%) -
Business Services 9 (8%) - 12 (9%) -
Retail 8 (7%) - 10 (7%) -
Internet Software and Services 7 (6%) - 9 (6%) -
Software 6 (5%) - 8 (6%) -
Consumer Products 6 (5%) - 7 (5%) -
Restaurants 5 (5%) - 7 (5%) -
Automotive 5 (5%) - 5 (4%) -
Marketing 2 (2%) - 5 (4%) -
Technology Hardware 3 (3%) - 5 (4%) -
Consumer Services 4 (4%) - 4 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 3 (3%) - 4 (3%) -
Communications 3 (3%) 11M (100%) 3 (2%) 11M (100%)
Construction 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Distribution 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Aerospace 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Beverages 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
E-Commerce 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Electrical Equipment 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Environmental 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Leisure 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Machinery 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Manufacturing 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Medical Products 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Packaging 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Staffing 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Building Materials 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Chemicals - - 1 (1%) -
Digital Media 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Education 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Engineering 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Food 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Franchising 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Furniture 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Life Science 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Plastics - - 1 (1%) -
Publishing - - 1 (1%) -
Real Estate 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 111 $11M 140 $11M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 104 (94%) 11M (100%) 131 (94%) 11M (100%)
United States 3 (3%) - 4 (3%) -
  Wisconsin 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
  North Carolina 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (1%) -
Ireland 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Canada 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
  British Columbia 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
New Zealand 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Sweden - - 1 (1%) -
Total 111 $11M 140 $11M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 94 (85%) - 118 (84%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (3%) - 7 (5%) -
Secondary Buyout 3 (3%) 11M (100%) 3 (2%) 11M (100%)
Acquisition Financing 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Stake Purchase 3 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Venture 3 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Divestiture 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Going Private 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Recapitalization 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 111 $11M 140 $11M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 11 (39%) -
Trade Sale 11 (39%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (18%) 89M (100%)
Unknown 1 (4%) -
Total 28 $89M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
2
Deloitte
1
Mazars Group - Investment Bank
1
Legal Deals
Freeths LLP
2
DWF LLP
2
Pinsent Masons LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $11M
TOTAL $11M
Largest Mono Consultants Ltd.
$11M (2014-02-28)
sell # Total
< $100M 1 $89M
TOTAL $89M
Largest Unruly Group Ltd.
$89M (2015-09-16)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
75%
3 75%
Strategic(s)
25%
1 25%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
40%
10 40%
Strategic(s)
60%
15 60%

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