Cobepa SA Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Cobepa SA has acquired 2 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

Cobepa SA’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (18%) and information technology (12%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (42%) and growth capital (24%). In total, Cobepa SA has invested in 4 US states and 10 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Cobepa SA has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (45%). Cobepa SA’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2023 when it sold Scalian Group for $1.1B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity52
    • M&A Buy Activity34
    • M&A Sell Activity18
  • Total Sectors Invested 20
  • Total Countries Invested 10
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 18
  • M&A Advisors 7

Cobepa SA

Rue de la Chancellerie 2, box 1,
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
+32 2 213 32 10
www.cobepa.com

Cobepa S.A. is a global investment group focused on growth capital investments (acquiring significant minority stakes) and leveraged buyout transactions. Cobepa invests in established companies with business models, sustainable market positions, and strong management teams. Sectors of interest include transportation, industrial, retail, financial services, and business services. The Firm generally pursues opportunities throughout Europe and North America, however Cobepa also targets opportunities in Asia and South America. Cobepa was originally established in 1957 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Products, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Technology Hardware, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Nordic, Asia/Pacific, Latin/South America

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 20 150
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 28 2 1 3 - - 34
Sell (0.6/yr) # 15 - 1 - 2 - 18
vol $40M $1.1B $1.1B
  52

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Scalian Group 2023-04-25 1.1B EUR Secondary Sale
Labege, France · www.scalian.com
Princess Yachts (Holdings) Ltd. 2023-02-13 - Secondary Sale
Plymouth, United Kingdom · www.princessyachts.com
Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning & General Contracting, Inc. 2022-11-01 - Secondary Buyout
Fairfield, New Jersey · www.nedstevens.com
Arturo Salice S.p.A. 2022-06-28 - Stake Purchase
Novedrate, Italy · www.salice.com
Reaction Biology Corp. 2022-03-16 - Growth Capital
Malvern, Pennsylvania · www.reactionbiology.com
Hillebrand 2021-08-18 - Trade Sale
Mainz Hechtsheim, Germany · www.hillebrand.com
Corsearch, Inc. 2021-04-20 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.corsearch.com
Heartland Home Services, Inc. 2020-12-15 - Secondary Buyout
Grand Rapids, Michigan · www.heartlandhomeservices.com
Gerflor Group 2020-01-29 - Secondary Buyout
Villeurbanne, France · www.gerflor.com
Carrières du Hainaut S.C.A. 2019-10-15 40M GBP Trade Sale
Soignies, France · www.carrieresduhainaut.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Corsearch, Inc. 2021-04-20 Incopro Ltd. 2021-06-10 1
London, United Kingdom · www.corsearch.com London, United Kingdom · www.incoproip.com
SOCOTEC S.A.S. 2013-02-07 Vidaris, Inc. 2019-09-03 11
Saint-Quentin-Yvelines, France · www.socotec.com New York, New York · www.vidaris.com
SOCOTEC S.A.S. 2013-02-07 Schollenberger Kampfmittelbergung GmbH 2018-11-09 10
Saint-Quentin-Yvelines, France · www.socotec.com Celle, Germany · www.schollenberger.de
SOCOTEC S.A.S. 2013-02-07 Environmental Scientifics Group Ltd. 2017-03-21 9
Saint-Quentin-Yvelines, France · www.socotec.com Staffordshire, United Kingdom · www.esg.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 3 (19%) - 6 (18%) -
Information Technology 1 (6%) - 4 (12%) -
Life Science 2 (13%) - 3 (9%) -
Building Materials 1 (6%) - 2 (6%) -
Consumer Services 1 (6%) - 2 (6%) -
Financial Services 1 (6%) - 2 (6%) -
Transportation - - 2 (6%) -
Automotive - - 1 (3%) -
Chemicals 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Construction 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (3%) -
Electronics - - 1 (3%) -
Engineering 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Furniture 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (3%) -
Marine - - 1 (3%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (3%) -
Packaging 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Restaurants 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 16 - 34 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
France 3 (19%) - 10 (29%) -
Belgium 3 (19%) - 6 (18%) -
United States 4 (25%) - 4 (12%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  North Carolina 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  New Jersey 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Michigan 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Netherlands 2 (13%) - 4 (12%) -
United Kingdom 1 (6%) - 3 (9%) -
Italy 2 (13%) - 2 (6%) -
Germany - - 2 (6%) -
Singapore 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Luxembourg - - 1 (3%) -
Switzerland - - 1 (3%) -
Total 16 - 34 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 8 (50%) - 14 (41%) -
Growth Capital 5 (31%) - 8 (24%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (6%) - 6 (18%) -
Stake Purchase 2 (13%) - 5 (15%) -
PIPE - - 1 (3%) -
Total 16 - 34 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 8 (44%) 1.1B (96%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (22%) 40M (4%)
Stake Sale 3 (17%) -
Trade Sale 3 (17%) -
Total 18 $1.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jefferies
1
Alvarez & Marsal
1
Piper Sandler & Co.
1
Legal Deals
White & Case
2
Lenz & Staehelin
1
Latham & Watkins
1

Deal Values

sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.1B
< $100M 1 $40M
TOTAL $1.1B
Largest Scalian Group
$1.1B (2023-04-25)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
41%
14 (41%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
44%
8 (44%)
Strategic(s)
44%
8 (44%)

FAQ

When was Cobepa SA founded?

Cobepa SA was founded in 1957.

What type of investor is Cobepa SA?

Cobepa SA is a private equity firm.

Where is Cobepa SA headquartered?

Cobepa SA is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

How much capital does Cobepa SA have under management?

Cobepa SA has 2.5B EUR under management.

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