M&A Deal Summary

CVC Capital Partners Acquires Ahlsell

On February 29, 2012, private equity firm CVC Capital Partners acquired distribution company Ahlsell from Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking and Cinven for 1.8B EUR

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is CVC Capital Partners’ 11th transaction in the Distribution sector.
  • This is CVC Capital Partners’ 11th largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is CVC Capital Partners’ 2nd transaction in Sweden.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2012-02-29
Target Ahlsell
Sector Distribution
Buyer(s) CVC Capital Partners
Sellers(s) Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking
Cinven
Deal Type Secondary Buyout
Deal Value 1.8B EUR

Target

Ahlsell

Stockholm, Sweden
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Ahlsell is a distributor of heating & plumbing and electrical installation products. The company is focused on five core markets: Heating & Plumbing, Electrical, Tools & Machinery, Refrigeration and DIY, and has built leading market positions in a number of these sectors across the Nordic region. Ahlsell's diversified customer base has access to over 125,000 products from the company's 216 outlets across the region and can access a further 200,000 products from Ahlsell's suppliers.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

CVC Capital Partners

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1981
PE ASSETS 82.0B USD
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

CVC Capital Partners is a global private equity firm focused on investments in large companies located in Europe, North America, and Asia. CVC looks for opportunities with stable cash flows and talented management, and will consider businesses in a variety of industries. Target sectors include textiles, industrial products, waste management, building materials, energy/utilities, business services, financial services, distribution, healthcare, media, semiconductors, and gaming. CVC can handle transactions valued from €250 million to €10 billion. CVC Capital Partners was formed in 1981 and is based in Luxembourg.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 146 of 293
Sector (Distribution) 11 of 13
Type (Secondary Buyout) 17 of 71
Country (Sweden) 2 of 4
Year (2012) 2 of 7
Size (of disclosed) 11 of 55
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-02-16 Leaf Holland BV

Oosterhout, Netherlands

Leaf is a pan-European manufacturer, marketer and distributor of sugar confectionery products such as basic candy, pastilles, chocolate and chewing gum. Leaf is a market leader in the chewing gum, pastilles and candy markets in Netherlands, Finland and Sweden and one of the top players in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, UK and Poland.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-04-03 TechnoPro Holdings

Tokyo, Japan

TechnoPro Holdings is comprised of five staffing companies, CTEC, CSI, Hitec, N&C and TPE, each specialized in specific industry sectors. As a group, the business employs over 10,000 engineers (mostly employed full-time) and dispatches them to over 1,500 customers. The business is well-diversified across industries and its engineering base covers a wide range of technologies, such as advanced medical research, new materials technology, alternative energy, hybrid vehicle design, embedded software, cloud computing, and construction engineering. TechnoPro Holdings was founded in 1995 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

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Seller(S) 2

SELLER

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking

New York, New York, United States

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1986
PE ASSETS 155.0B USD
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division is the investment arm of Goldman Sachs. The primary corporate investment group within the Merchant Banking Division is Goldman Sachs' direct investment arm. GS's direct investment arm consists of GS Capital Partners, GS Mezzanine Partners, and GS Growth Partners. GS Capital Partners is the direct corporate equity investment group which seeks LBO, recapitalization, and growth investments to help fund acquisitions, expansions, recapitalizations, restructurings, buyouts, and take privates. GS Capital Partners looks to invest between $50 and $800 million in opportunities in North/South America, Europe, Asia. GS Mezzanine Partners is the junior capital arm of Goldman Sachs. GS Mezzanine looks to invest between $200 million and and $800 million in transactions valued up to $10 billion. Investment proceeds are used to fund leveraged buyouts, expansion financings, recapitalizations, acquisitions, and restructurings. GS Growth looks to invest in growth equity transactions. The unit seeks to commit $20 to $200 million per investment. Other units within GS's merchant banking division include Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Urban Investments. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division is based in New York City.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 34 of 106
Sector (Distribution) 2 of 3
Type (Secondary Buyout) 9 of 32
Country (Sweden) 1 of 1
Year (2012) 3 of 8
Size (of disclosed) 11 of 31
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-02-17 TransUnion

Chicago, Illinois, United States

TransUnion is a global provider of information and risk management solutions. TransUnion provides these solutions to businesses across multiple industries and to individual consumers. TransUnion technology and services enable businesses to make informed credit granting, risk management, underwriting, fraud protection and customer acquisition decisions by delivering data that's integrated with analytics and decisioning capabilities. TransUnion was formed in 1968 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-03-09 Associated Asphalt

Roanoke, Virginia, United States

Associated Asphalt is a independent liquid asphalt resellers in the United States. Associated Asphalt owns and operates ten terminal and storage facilities throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The company sells liquid asphalt primarily to paving contractors for road and highway construction and maintenance.

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SELLER

Cinven

London, United Kingdom

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1977
PE ASSETS 37.0B EUR
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Cinven is a private equity firm focused on buyout investments in growing, profitable businesses located throughout Europe. Sectors of interest include business and financial services, healthcare, industrial, retail, leisure, consumer, technology, media, and telecommunications. Cinven looks to invest a minimum of €200 million in companies with a minimum enterprise value of €400 million. Cinven does not invest in start-ups or development phase companies. Cinven was established in 1977 and has offices in Frankfurt, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Milan.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 88 of 121
Sector (Distribution) 2 of 2
Type (Secondary Buyout) 19 of 30
Country (Sweden) 2 of 4
Year (2012) 1 of 2
Size (of disclosed) 5 of 25
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-01-19 CPA Global

Jersey, Channel Islands

CPA Global is an intellectual property (IP) management and technology company serving over 10,000 customers and connecting millions of global IP users every day. CPA Global was founded in 1969 and is based in Jersey, Channel Islands.

Buy £950M
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2012-03-09 Ziggo

Groningen, Netherlands

Ziggo is a cable operator in the Netherlands, providing analogue and digital television, broadband and telephony services to consumers and businesses. Ziggo was founded in 2007 and is based in Groningen, Netherlands.

Sell -