ECI Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, ECI Partners has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 6 others.

ECI Partners’ most common sectors for investment are information technology (19%) and internet software and services (14%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (51%) and secondary buyout (21%). 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 8 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 Activity131
    • M&A Buy Activity69
    • M&A Sell Activity62
  • Total Sectors Invested 29
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 41
  • M&A Advisors 13

ECI Partners LLP

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

ECI Partners is a private equity firm focused on smaller middle-market company investments valued between £10 and £150 million. ECI looks for UK businesses or businesses with a substantial presence in the UK. The Firm seeks to commit between £5 and £50 million of equity per transaction. Funds are generally used to support expansion, acquisitions, management buyouts and buy-ins, turnarounds and refinancing. Target sectors include IT services, support services, consumer & leisure, and manufacturing. ECI will not invest in early stage companies. ECI Partners was formed in 1976 and has offices in London and Manchester.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Building Materials, Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Financial Services, Food, Franchising, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Leisure, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marketing, Media, Packaging, Restaurants, Retail, 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 - -
Enterprise Value 20 150
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (2.4/yr) # 57 2 5 2 2 1 69
vol $1.1B $1.1B
Sell (1.8/yr) # 53 1 2 - 5 1 62
vol $2.9B $129M $3.0B
  131

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Investis Ltd. 2021-03-30 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.investisdigital.com
Computers In Personnel Ltd. 2021-01-18 - Secondary Buyout
Marlow, United Kingdom · www.ciphr.com
Arkessa Ltd. 2020-12-09 - Add-on Acquisition
Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom · www.arkessa.com
MPM Products Ltd. 2020-11-09 - Secondary Buyout
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.mpmproducts.co.uk
Mobysoft Ltd. 2020-09-16 - Secondary Buyout
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.mobysoft.com
CSL DualCom Ltd. 2020-08-03 - Stake Purchase
Harefield, United Kingdom · www.csl-group.com
Metropress Ltd. 2020-02-14 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.auctiontechnologygroup.com
Encore Tickets Ltd. 2020-02-03 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.encoretickets.co.uk
MThree Consulting 2020-01-06 129M USD Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.mthreeconsulting.com
KB Associates 2019-10-07 - Growth Capital
Dublin, Ireland · www.kbassociates.ie
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 4 (19%) 88M (22%) 13 (19%) 251M (24%)
Internet Software and Services 2 (10%) - 9 (13%) -
Business Services 1 (5%) - 6 (9%) -
Retail - - 4 (6%) 267M (25%)
Leisure 1 (5%) 77M (19%) 3 (4%) 77M (7%)
Transportation - - 3 (4%) -
Building Materials 1 (5%) 131M (33%) 2 (3%) 131M (12%)
Manufacturing - - 2 (3%) 93M (9%)
Marketing - - 2 (3%) 77M (7%)
Consumer Products 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Education 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Financial Services 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Software 2 (10%) - 2 (3%) -
Marine 1 (5%) 80M (20%) 1 (1%) 80M (8%)
Restaurants - - 1 (1%) 38M (4%)
Plastics 1 (5%) 26M (7%) 1 (1%) 26M (2%)
Food - - 1 (1%) 18M (2%)
Communications - - 1 (1%) -
Digital Media 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Distribution - - 1 (1%) -
Electrical Equipment 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Insurance 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Life Science - - 1 (1%) -
Media 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Packaging - - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (1%) -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (1%) -
Total 21 $402M 69 $1.1B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 19 (90%) 402M (100%) 65 (94%) 982M (100%)
United States 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
  Florida 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (1%) -
Ireland 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Domestic 19 (90%) 402M (100%) 65 (94%) 982M (100%)
Cross-border 2 (10%) - 4 (6%) -
Total 21 $402M 69 $982M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 5 (24%) 245M (61%) 35 (51%) 450M (46%)
Secondary Buyout 6 (29%) 77M (19%) 14 (20%) 339M (35%)
Growth Capital 7 (33%) - 11 (16%) -
Divestiture 1 (5%) 80M (20%) 7 (10%) 193M (20%)
Stake Purchase 2 (10%) - 2 (3%) -
Total 21 $402M 69 $982M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 23 (37%) 937M (33%)
Secondary Sale 20 (32%) 822M (29%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 9 (15%) 648M (23%)
IPO 8 (13%) 383M (13%)
Merger 1 (2%) 80M (3%)
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Total 62 $2.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Canaccord Genuity Corp.
3
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
2
Liberty Corporate Finance
1
Legal Deals
Squire Patton Boggs
2
Goodwin Procter LLP
1
Squire Sanders
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $300M
< $100M 12 $759M
TOTAL $1.1B
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)
22%
15 (22%)
Strategic(s)
10%
7 (10%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
34%
21 (34%)
Strategic(s)
50%
31 (50%)

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