Connection Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Connection Capital has acquired 10 companies. It has also invested in 4 others.

Connection Capital’s most common sectors for investment are business services (18%) and restaurants (14%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (49%) and growth capital (38%). Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2011 when it acquired Wagamama for $331M.

In the last 3 years, Connection Capital has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). Connection Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2018 when it sold Wagamama for $861M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity33
    • M&A Buy Activity29
    • M&A Sell Activity4
  • Total Sectors Invested 19
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 7
  • M&A Advisors 1

Connection Capital LLP

Woolverstone House, 61-62 Berners Street,
London, W1T 3NJ
United Kingdom
+44 20 3969 4010
www.connectioncapital.co.uk
claire.madden@connectioncapital.co.uk

Connection Capital is an asset manager that provides investors direct access to a variety of investment opportunities. These include direct private equity investments, structured debt, and commercial property deals. Connection Capital was formed in 2010 and is headquartered in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Construction, Distribution, E-Commerce, Energy Services and Equipment, Franchising, Healthcare Services, Insurance, Leisure, Manufacturing, Media, Real Estate, Restaurants, Technology Hardware, Test/Measurement Equipment, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 1 -
Investment Size 3 10
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (3.0/yr) # 14 1 4 5 3 2 29
vol $355M $21M $52M $428M
Sell (0.8/yr) # - - 1 2 1 - 4
vol $861M $861M
  33

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Cargostore Worldwide Trading Limited 2020-02-06 - Secondary Buyout
Wimbledon, United Kingdom · www.cargostore.com
Kelerbay Ltd. 2020-01-13 - Growth Capital
Kent, United Kingdom · www.doreebonner.co.uk
J. C. Rathbone Associates Ltd. 2019-11-13 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.jcragroup.com
Student Tribe Ltd. 2019-08-01 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.studenttribe.com
Rosa’s Thai Cafe 2019-05-24 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
London, United Kingdom · www.rosasthaicafe.com
Lasercare Clinics (Harrogate) Ltd. 2019-02-04 - Secondary Buyout
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.sknclinics.co.uk
Portland 88 2018-11-02 - Growth Capital
Portland, United Kingdom · www.portland88.com
Wagamama Ltd. 2018-10-30 861M GBP Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.wagamama.co.uk
Redeem Ltd. 2018-09-23 - Secondary Buyout
Bathgate, United Kingdom · www.redeem.co.uk
Mode Print Solutions Ltd. 2018-08-07 32M GBP Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Thundridge, United Kingdom · www.modeprintsolutions.co.uk
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Lasercare Clinics (Harrogate) Ltd. 2019-02-04 The MOLE Clinic Ltd. 2020-08-01 3
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.sknclinics.co.uk London, United Kingdom · www.themoleclinic.com
Lasercare Clinics (Harrogate) Ltd. 2019-02-04 The Adonia Medical Group 2020-02-13 2
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.sknclinics.co.uk London, United Kingdom · www.courthouseclinics.com
Lasercare Clinics (Harrogate) Ltd. 2019-02-04 DestinationSkin 2019-05-18 1
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.sknclinics.co.uk Swindon, United Kingdom · www.destinationskin.com
EPI Group 2014-06-12 P.D.F. Ltd. 2016-12-09 2
Surrey, United Kingdom · www.epigroup.com Oxfordshire, United Kingdom · www.pdf.ltd.uk
EPI Group 2014-06-12 Heart of Hospice of New Orleans LLC 2015-07-27 1
Surrey, United Kingdom · www.epigroup.com Marrero, Louisiana · www.heartofhospiceneworleans.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 4 (17%) - 5 (17%) -
Restaurants 3 (13%) - 4 (14%) 331M (77%)
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (4%) - 2 (7%) -
Manufacturing 2 (9%) - 2 (7%) -
Real Estate 2 (9%) - 2 (7%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (4%) 32M (41%) 1 (3%) 32M (7%)
E-Commerce 1 (4%) 24M (32%) 1 (3%) 24M (6%)
Financial Services - - 1 (3%) 21M (5%)
Insurance 1 (4%) 20M (27%) 1 (3%) 20M (5%)
Communications 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Construction 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Consumer Services - - 1 (3%) -
Distribution 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Franchising 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Media 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Software - - 1 (3%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Transportation 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 23 $77M 29 $428M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 23 (100%) 77M (100%) 29 (100%) 428M (100%)
Total 23 $77M 29 $428M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 11 (48%) 77M (100%) 14 (48%) 97M (23%)
Growth Capital 9 (39%) - 11 (38%) -
Secondary Buyout 2 (9%) - 3 (10%) 331M (77%)
Venture 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 23 $77M 29 $428M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 2 (50%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (25%) 861M (100%)
Trade Sale 1 (25%) -
Total 4 $861M

Top M&A Advisors

Legal Deals
Gateley Plc
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Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $331M
< $100M 4 $97M
TOTAL $428M
Largest Wagamama Ltd.
$331M (2011-03-25)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $861M
TOTAL $861M
Largest Wagamama Ltd.
$861M (2018-10-30)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
3 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
50%
2 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
2 50%

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