ECI Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, ECI Partners has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 4 others.

ECI Partners’ most common sectors for investment areinformation technology (17%) and internet software and services (15%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (48%) and secondary buyout (22%). In total, ECI Partners has invested in 2 US states and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2015 when it acquired F.W. Evans Cycles for $169M.

In the last 3 years, ECI Partners has exited 14 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). ECI Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 1998 when it sold Guardian IT for $359M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity145
    • M&A Buy Activity71
    • M&A Sell Activity74
  • Total Sectors Invested 29
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 46
  • M&A Advisors 15

ECI Partners LLP

Brettenham House (South Entrance) Lancaster Place,
London, WC2E 7EN
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 7606 1000
www.ecipartners.com
fiona.moore@ecipartners.com

ECI Partners is a private equity firm focused on the smaller middle-market company that invests in growing businesses valued up to £300m. ECI looks for UK businesses or businesses with a substantial presence in the UK. Funds are generally used to support expansion, acquisitions, management buyouts, buy-ins, turnarounds, and refinancing. Target sectors include IT services, support services, Insurance, and SME services. ECI will not invest in early-stage companies. ECI Partners was formed in 1976 and has offices in London, Manchester, and New York.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Education, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Software

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - 300
Enterprise Value - 100
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (2.6/yr) # 58 5 3 2 1 2 71
vol $868M $868M
Sell (3.2/yr) # 58 2 - 5 3 6 74
vol $2.9B $129M $3.0B
  145

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
MiQ Digital Ltd. 2022-09-13 - Secondary Buyout
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.wearemiq.com
Bionic Services Ltd. 2022-07-20 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.bionic.co.uk
Clear Insurance Management Ltd. 2022-06-27 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.thecleargroup.com
BCN Group Ltd. 2022-06-20 - Secondary Buyout
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.bcn.co.uk
Imagesound Ltd. 2022-05-09 - Secondary Buyout
Derbyshire, United Kingdom · www.imagesound.com
Zenergi Ltd. 2022-02-14 - Secondary Buyout
Southampton, United Kingdom · www.zenergi.co.uk
KB Associates 2022-01-25 - Add-on Acquisition
Dublin, Ireland · www.kbassociates.ie
The Travel Chapter Ltd. 2022-01-10 - Secondary Buyout
Bideford, United Kingdom · www.travelchapter.com
Content+Cloud Ltd. 2021-12-09 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.contentandcloud.com
CPOMS Systems Ltd. 2021-10-05 - Add-on Acquisition
Skipton, United Kingdom · www.cpoms.co.uk
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 2 (20%) - 12 (17%) 163M (19%)
Internet Software and Services 2 (20%) - 10 (14%) -
Business Services 1 (10%) - 7 (10%) -
Retail - - 4 (6%) 267M (31%)
Consumer Products - - 3 (4%) 131M (15%)
Marketing - - 3 (4%) 77M (9%)
Software 3 (30%) - 3 (4%) -
Transportation - - 3 (4%) -
Manufacturing - - 2 (3%) 93M (11%)
Technology Hardware - - 2 (3%) 80M (9%)
Communications 1 (10%) - 2 (3%) -
Education - - 2 (3%) -
Leisure - - 2 (3%) -
Restaurants - - 1 (1%) 38M (4%)
Food - - 1 (1%) 18M (2%)
Building Materials - - 1 (1%) -
E-Commerce - - 1 (1%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (1%) -
Healthcare Services - - 1 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) -
Insurance - - 1 (1%) -
Life Science - - 1 (1%) -
Media - - 1 (1%) -
Medical Products 1 (10%) - 1 (1%) -
Packaging - - 1 (1%) -
Plastics - - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (1%) -
Total 10 - 71 $868M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 10 (100%) - 67 (94%) 868M (100%)
United States - - 2 (3%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (1%) -
  Florida - - 1 (1%) -
Ireland - - 2 (3%) -
Total 10 - 71 $868M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 34 (48%) 336M (39%)
Secondary Buyout 6 (60%) - 15 (21%) 339M (39%)
Growth Capital 3 (30%) - 13 (18%) -
Divestiture - - 7 (10%) 193M (22%)
Stake Purchase 1 (10%) - 2 (3%) -
Total 10 - 71 $868M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 29 (39%) 937M (33%)
Secondary Sale 26 (35%) 822M (29%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 9 (12%) 648M (23%)
IPO 8 (11%) 383M (13%)
Merger 1 (1%) 80M (3%)
Sold to Management 1 (1%) -
Total 74 $2.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Canaccord Genuity Corp.
3
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
2
Daiwa Corporate Advisory Ltd. (DC Advisory)
2
Legal Deals
Squire Patton Boggs
3
Squire Sanders
1
Burges Salmon LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $300M
< $100M 9 $568M
TOTAL $868M
Largest F.W. Evans Cycles (UK) Ltd.
$169M (2015-05-01)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 13 $2.0B
< $100M 21 $1.0B
TOTAL $3.0B
Largest Guardian IT
$359M (1998-01-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
24%
17 (24%)
Strategic(s)
8%
6 (8%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
36%
27 (36%)
Strategic(s)
50%
37 (50%)

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