Camden Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Camden Partners has invested in 1 company.

Camden Partners’ most common sectors for investment are education (25%) and business services (19%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (29%) and venture (25%). In total, Camden Partners has invested in 16 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2011 when it acquired Essence Group Holdings for $61M.

In the last 3 years, Camden Partners has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (48%). Camden Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2019 when it sold Paragon Bioservices for $1.2B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity53
    • M&A Buy Activity32
    • M&A Sell Activity21
  • Total Sectors Invested 9
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 38
  • M&A Advisors 1

Camden Partners

500 East Pratt Street, Suite 1200,
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
United States
(410) 878-6800
www.camdenpartners.com
info@camdenpartners.com

Camden Partners Holdings is a private investment firm that specializes in direct company investments, investments in third-party funds, and investments in public small-cap companies. Camden's direct private equity practice targets equity investments up to $10 million in businesses operating in the business services, financial services, healthcare, and education sectors. Prospective companies generally have proven management, proprietary products or high barriers to entry, recurring revenue, and proven business models. Camden Partners was formed in 1995 and is based in Baltimore, Maryland.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Beverages, Business Services, Consumer Services, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Life Science, Medical Products, Software, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Secondary Buyout, Venture

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 10 100
Target EBITDA - 10
Investment Size 3 10
Enterprise Value 25 250
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 31 - 1 - - - 32
vol $127M $127M
Sell (0.8/yr) # 17 1 1 - 2 - 21
vol $776M $2.0B $2.7B
  53

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Ranir LLC 2019-05-09 750M USD Add-on Acquisition
Grand Rapids, Michigan · www.ranir.com
Paragon Bioservices, Inc. 2019-04-15 1.2B USD Add-on Acquisition
Baltimore, Maryland · www.paragonbioservices.com
Volly 2017-06-28 - Growth Capital
Woburn, Massachusetts · www.myvolly.com
Steelwedge Software, Inc. 2017-02-13 - Merger
Pleasanton, California · www.steelwedge.com
Vantage Oncology, Inc. 2016-02-25 - Add-on Acquisition
Mahattan Beach, California · www.vantageoncology.com
Proposal Software, Inc. 2015-09-29 - Recapitalization
Westport, Connecticut · www.proposalsoftware.com
National American University Holdings, Inc. 2015-03-13 - IPO
Rapid City, South Dakota · www.national.edu
OutMatch, Inc. 2015-01-01 - Secondary Buyout
Dallas, Texas · www.outmatch.com
Ingo Money, Inc. 2014-11-13 - Growth Capital
Roswell, Georgia · www.ingomoney.com
Paragon Bioservices, Inc. 2014-10-29 - Growth Capital
Baltimore, Maryland · www.paragonbioservices.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
OutMatch, Inc. 2015-01-01 LaunchPad Recruits ltd. 2020-09-22 1
Dallas, Texas · www.outmatch.com London, United Kingdom · www.launchpadrecruits.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Education 3 (21%) 56M (48%) 8 (25%) 56M (44%)
Business Services 4 (29%) - 6 (19%) -
Software 4 (29%) 61M (52%) 5 (16%) 61M (48%)
Internet Software and Services 2 (14%) - 4 (13%) -
Medical Products 1 (7%) - 3 (9%) -
Consumer Services - - 2 (6%) 10M (8%)
Healthcare Services - - 2 (6%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (3%) -
Life Science - - 1 (3%) -
Total 14 $117M 32 $127M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 13 (93%) 117M (100%) 31 (97%) 127M (100%)
  California 3 (21%) - 7 (22%) -
  Georgia 3 (21%) - 3 (9%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (7%) 56M (48%) 3 (9%) 56M (44%)
  Maryland 1 (7%) - 3 (9%) -
  Texas 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) -
  Tennessee 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) -
  Missouri 1 (7%) 61M (52%) 1 (3%) 61M (48%)
  Connecticut 1 (7%) - 1 (3%) -
  Michigan - - 1 (3%) 10M (8%)
  West Virginia - - 1 (3%) -
  South Dakota - - 1 (3%) -
  Oregon - - 1 (3%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (3%) -
  New York - - 1 (3%) -
  Florida - - 1 (3%) -
Canada 1 (7%) - 1 (3%) -
  British Columbia 1 (7%) - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 13 (93%) 117M (100%) 31 (97%) 127M (100%)
Cross-border 1 (7%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 14 $117M 32 $127M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (29%) 61M (52%) 9 (28%) 61M (48%)
Venture 2 (14%) - 8 (25%) -
Growth Capital 4 (29%) - 7 (22%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (7%) - 2 (6%) 10M (8%)
Recapitalization 2 (14%) - 2 (6%) -
Stake Purchase - - 2 (6%) -
Going Private 1 (7%) 56M (48%) 1 (3%) 56M (44%)
PIPE - - 1 (3%) -
Total 14 $117M 32 $127M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 8 (38%) 2.6B (96%)
IPO 6 (29%) -
Secondary Sale 3 (14%) 115M (4%)
Merger 2 (10%) -
Trade Sale 2 (10%) -
Total 21 $2.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Avondale Partners LLC
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 3 $127M
TOTAL $127M
Largest Essence Group Holdings Corp.
$61M (2011-07-20)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.2B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.5B
< $100M 1 $41M
TOTAL $2.7B
Largest Paragon Bioservices, Inc.
$1.2B (2019-04-15)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
2 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
27%
4 27%
Strategic(s)
73%
11 73%

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