Business Growth Fund Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Business Growth Fund has acquired 2 companies. It has also invested in 57 others.

Business Growth Fund’s most common sectors for investment are information technology (11%) 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 5 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 (60%). 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 Activity190
    • M&A Buy Activity158
    • M&A Sell Activity32
  • Total Sectors Invested 40
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 31
  • M&A Advisors 21

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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (15.2/yr) # 82 17 20 18 17 4 158
vol $11M $11M
Sell (5.2/yr) # 6 4 7 6 6 3 32
vol $89M $85M $174M
  190

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Olive Communications Ltd. 2021-02-11 - Add-on Acquisition
High Wycombe, United Kingdom · www.olive.co.uk
Arc Trinova Ltd. 2021-02-09 - Add-on Acquisition
Northumberland, United Kingdom · www.arcinova.com
Renal Services (UK) Ltd. 2021-02-04 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.renalservices.com
Woodall Homes Ltd. 2021-02-02 - Growth Capital
Chesterfield, United Kingdom · www.woodallhomes.co.uk
CSN Care Group 2021-01-21 - Growth Capital
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom · www.csncare.co.uk
Cirrus Response Ltd. 2021-01-11 - Growth Capital
Epsom, United Kingdom · www.cirrusresponse.com
Snipple Animation Studios, Inc. 2021-01-07 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.snippleanimation.com
XCD Ltd. 2020-12-15 - Growth Capital
Bristol, United Kingdom · www.peoplexcd.com
Kinomica 2020-12-14 - Growth Capital
Macclesfield, United Kingdom · www.kinomica.com
Orbex 2020-12-10 - Venture
Forres, United Kingdom · www.orbex.space
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Bigblu Broadband plc 2016-07-16 Bigblu Broadband plc - Satellite Broadband Activities 2020-07-31 1
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom · www.bbb-plc.com Bicester, United Kingdom
ROVOP Ltd. 2015-04-01 M2 Subsea Ltd. - 28 ROVs 2018-10-19 1
Aberdeen, United Kingdom · www.rovop.com Westhill, United Kingdom

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 13 (10%) - 16 (10%) -
Business Services 10 (8%) - 13 (8%) -
Internet Software and Services 9 (7%) - 11 (7%) -
Retail 9 (7%) - 11 (7%) -
Automotive 9 (7%) - 9 (6%) -
Software 7 (6%) - 9 (6%) -
Consumer Products 6 (5%) - 7 (4%) -
Restaurants 5 (4%) - 7 (4%) -
Aerospace 5 (4%) - 6 (4%) -
Communications 4 (3%) 11M (100%) 5 (3%) 11M (100%)
Marketing 2 (2%) - 5 (3%) -
Consumer Services 4 (3%) - 4 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 2 (2%) - 4 (3%) -
Life Science 3 (2%) - 4 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (2%) - 4 (3%) -
Construction 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Distribution 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Medical Products 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Beverages 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Digital Media 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%) -
Packaging 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Real Estate 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Staffing 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Building Materials 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Chemicals - - 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%) -
Manufacturing 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Plastics - - 1 (1%) -
Publishing - - 1 (1%) -
Total 125 $11M 158 $11M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 118 (94%) 11M (100%) 149 (94%) 11M (100%)
United States 3 (2%) - 4 (3%) -
  Wisconsin 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
  North Carolina 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (1%) -
Ireland 3 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Canada 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
  British Columbia 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Sweden - - 1 (1%) -
Total 125 $11M 158 $11M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 105 (84%) - 133 (84%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (2%) - 7 (4%) -
Venture 5 (4%) - 5 (3%) -
Acquisition Financing 3 (2%) - 4 (3%) -
Secondary Buyout 3 (2%) 11M (100%) 3 (2%) 11M (100%)
Stake Purchase 3 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Divestiture 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Going Private 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Recapitalization 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 125 $11M 158 $11M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 14 (44%) -
Secondary Sale 11 (34%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 6 (19%) 174M (100%)
Unknown 1 (3%) -
Total 32 $174M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
3
Wilson Partners Corporate Finance
1
WY Partners Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
DWF LLP
2
Freeths LLP
2
CMS Legal Services EEIG
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $11M
TOTAL $11M
Largest Mono Consultants Ltd.
$11M (2014-02-28)
sell # Total
< $100M 2 $174M
TOTAL $174M
Largest Unruly Group Ltd.
$89M (2015-09-16)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
2%
3 (2%)
Strategic(s)
1%
1 (1%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
31%
10 (31%)
Strategic(s)
59%
19 (59%)

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