Darwin Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

Darwin Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are retail (20%) and beverages (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (60%) and secondary buyout (20%). In total, Darwin Private Equity has invested in 1 US state and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Maxinutrition Group Holdings for $115M.

In the last 3 years, Darwin Private Equity has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). Darwin Private Equity’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2010 when it sold Maxinutrition Group Holdings for $249M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity18
    • M&A Buy Activity10
    • M&A Sell Activity8
  • Total Sectors Invested 9
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 7
  • M&A Advisors 2

Darwin Private Equity LLP

21-22 New Row,
London, WC2N 4LE
United Kingdom,
020 7420 0750
www.darwinpe.com
contact@darwinpe.com

Darwin Private Equity is an investment firm focused on buyout, buy-in, and turnaround investments in UK based companies. Darwin looks to hold majority positions in businesses valued between £10 and £100 million. Broad sectors of interest include consumer, industrial, media/technology, business services, and financial services. Darwin Private Equity was formed in 2007 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Products, Engineering, Financial Services, Life Science, Machinery, Media, Retail, Technology Hardware

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Growth Capital, Special Situations/Distressed, Secondary Buyout, Stake Purchase

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - 100
Enterprise Value 10 100
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 10 - - - - - 10
vol $294M $294M
Sell (0.8/yr) # 4 2 1 1 - - 8
vol $249M $249M
  18

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Ask4 Ltd. 2018-02-12 - Secondary Buyout
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.ask4.com
Esendex Ltd. 2017-06-19 - Secondary Buyout
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.esendex.co.uk
Attenda Ltd. 2016-09-13 - Add-on Acquisition
Middlesex, United Kingdom · www.attenda.net
Bromford Industries Ltd. 2016-03-17 - Secondary Buyout
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.bromfordindustries.co.uk
Ask4 Ltd. 2014-05-27 33M GBP Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.ask4.com
Esendex Ltd. 2013-07-29 17M GBP Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.esendex.co.uk
Plum Organics, Inc. 2013-05-23 - Add-on Acquisition
Emeryville, California · www.plumorganics.com
Plum Baby Ltd. 2013-01-24 - Add-on Acquisition
Berkshire, United Kingdom · www.plum-baby.co.uk
The A&A Group Ltd. 2012-03-22 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Middlesex, United Kingdom · www.taagl.com
Fenn Wright & Manson Ltd. 2012-03-01 - Bankruptcy
London, United Kingdom · www.fennwrightmanson.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Euroffice Ltd. 2010-11-02 UK Office Direct Ltd. 2011-07-14 1
London, United Kingdom · www.euroffice.co.uk Swindon, United States · www.ukofficedirect.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Retail 1 (50%) - 2 (20%) -
Beverages - - 1 (10%) 115M (39%)
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (10%) 77M (26%)
Engineering - - 1 (10%) 36M (12%)
Communications - - 1 (10%) 33M (11%)
Information Technology - - 1 (10%) 17M (6%)
Consumer Products - - 1 (10%) 15M (5%)
Food - - 1 (10%) -
Insurance 1 (50%) - 1 (10%) -
Total 2 - 10 $294M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 2 (100%) - 9 (90%) 294M (100%)
United States - - 1 (10%) -
  California - - 1 (10%) -
Domestic 2 (100%) - 9 (90%) 294M (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (10%) -
Total 2 - 10 $294M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (100%) - 6 (60%) 127M (43%)
Secondary Buyout - - 2 (20%) 131M (45%)
Divestiture - - 1 (10%) 36M (12%)
Growth Capital - - 1 (10%) -
Total 2 - 10 $294M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 3 (38%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 2 (25%) 249M (100%)
Trade Sale 2 (25%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (13%) -
Total 8 $249M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Smith Square Partners LLP
1
Legal Deals
Macfarlanes LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $115M
< $100M 5 $178M
TOTAL $294M
Largest Maxinutrition Group Holdings Ltd.
$115M (2007-12-13)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $249M
TOTAL $249M
Largest Maxinutrition Group Holdings Ltd.
$249M (2010-12-13)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
75%
3 75%
Strategic(s)
25%
1 25%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
43%
3 43%
Strategic(s)
57%
4 57%