Darwin Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

Darwin Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment arebeverages (10%) and communications (10%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (50%) 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.

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 10
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 8
  • M&A Advisors 2

Darwin Private Equity LLP

Munstead Court Hascombe Road,
Guildford, GU8 4AB
United Kingdom
+44 20 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, Financial Services, Leisure, Machinery, Manufacturing, 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, Nordic

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 ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 10 - - - - - 10
vol $277M $277M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 8 - - - - - 8
vol $249M $249M
  18

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Ask4 Ltd. 2018-02-12 - Secondary Sale
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.ask4.com
Esendex Ltd. 2017-06-19 - Merger
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.esendex.co.uk
Attenda Ltd. 2016-09-13 - Trade Sale
Middlesex, United Kingdom · www.attenda.net
Bromford Industries Ltd. 2016-03-17 - Secondary Sale
Leicester, United Kingdom · www.bromfordindustries.com
Ask4 Ltd. 2014-05-27 33M GBP Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.ask4.com
Esendex Ltd. 2013-07-29 - Recapitalization
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.esendex.co.uk
Plum Organics, Inc. 2013-05-23 - Trade Sale
Emeryville, California · www.plumorganics.com
Plum Baby Ltd. 2013-01-24 - Trade Sale
Berkshire, United Kingdom · www.plum-baby.co.uk
Complete Cover Group Ltd. 2012-03-22 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Surrey, United Kingdom · www.completecovergroup.com
Fenn Wright & Manson Ltd. 2012-03-01 - Bankruptcy
London, United Kingdom · www.fennwrightmanson.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Beverages - - 1 (10%) 115M (42%)
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (10%) 77M (28%)
Engineering - - 1 (10%) 36M (13%)
Communications - - 1 (10%) 33M (12%)
Consumer Products - - 1 (10%) 15M (6%)
E-Commerce 1 (50%) - 1 (10%) -
Food - - 1 (10%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (10%) -
Insurance 1 (50%) - 1 (10%) -
Retail - - 1 (10%) -
Total 2 - 10 $277M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 2 (100%) - 9 (90%) 277M (100%)
United States - - 1 (10%) -
  California - - 1 (10%) -
Domestic 2 (100%) - 9 (90%) 277M (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (10%) -
Total 2 - 10 $277M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (100%) - 5 (50%) 110M (40%)
Secondary Buyout - - 2 (20%) 131M (47%)
Divestiture - - 1 (10%) 36M (13%)
Growth Capital - - 1 (10%) -
Recapitalization - - 1 (10%) -
Total 2 - 10 $277M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 2 (25%) 249M (100%)
Secondary Sale 2 (25%) -
Trade Sale 2 (25%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (13%) -
Merger 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 4 $161M
TOTAL $277M
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
Investor(s)
30%
3 (30%)
Strategic(s)
10%
1 (10%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
25%
2 (25%)
Strategic(s)
63%
5 (63%)

FAQ

When was Darwin Private Equity LLP founded?

Darwin Private Equity LLP was founded in 2007.

What type of investor is Darwin Private Equity LLP?

Darwin Private Equity LLP is a private equity firm.

Where is Darwin Private Equity LLP headquartered?

Darwin Private Equity LLP is headquartered in Guildford, United Kingdom.

How much capital does Darwin Private Equity LLP have under management?

Darwin Private Equity LLP has 217M GBP under management.

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