Enlightenment Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

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

Enlightenment Capital’s most common sectors for investment areinformation technology (60%) and aerospace (10%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (64%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (23%). In total, Enlightenment Capital has invested in 9 US states. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2014 when it acquired SolAero Technologies for $150M.

In the last 3 years, Enlightenment Capital has exited 6 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (64%). Enlightenment Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2020 when it sold 1901 Group for $215M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity33
    • M&A Buy Activity22
    • M&A Sell Activity11
  • Total Sectors Invested 6
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 15

Enlightenment Capital

4445 Willard Avenue 11th Floor,
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
United States
www.enlightenment-cap.com
info@enlightenment-cap.com

Enlightenment Capital is a private investment firm that provides a variety of financing solutions to small and mid-sized companies in the aerospace, defense and government sectors. The Firm typically partners with management teams or equity sponsors and invests in senior debt, mezzanine debt, and minority equity. Enlightenment Capital was formed in 2012 and has offices in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Business Services, Defense, Information Technology, Renewable Energy, Software, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (2.2/yr) # 11 4 3 3 - 1 22
vol $150M $150M
Sell (1.6/yr) # 3 2 1 1 2 2 11
vol $215M $215M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
The Cadmus Group LLC 2021-09-21 - Secondary Buyout
Waltham, Massachusetts · www.cadmusgroup.com
U.Group 2021-08-03 - Add-on Acquisition
Arlington, Virginia · www.u.group
Fenix Group, Inc. 2021-06-22 - Growth Capital
Chantilly, Virginia · www.fenixgroup.io
1901 Group LLC 2020-12-10 215M USD Add-on Acquisition
Reston, Virginia · www.1901group.com
Telos Corp. 2020-11-19 - IPO
Ashburn, Virginia · www.telos.com
Pixia Corp. 2019-11-25 - Add-on Acquisition
Herndon, Virginia · www.pixia.com
Expression Networks LLC 2019-09-16 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Washington, District of Columbia · corp.expr.net
IntelliBridge, Inc. 2019-04-22 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
McLean, Virginia · www.intellibridge.us
System High Corp. 2019-01-22 - Growth Capital
Chantilly, Virginia · www.systemhigh.com
EverWatch Corp. 2018-10-15 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Reston, Virginia · www.everwatchsolutions.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
IntelliBridge, Inc. 2019-04-22 U.Group 2021-08-03 2
McLean, Virginia · www.intellibridge.us Arlington, Virginia · www.u.group
SolAero Technologies Corp. 2014-09-17 Alliance Spacesystems LLC 2020-09-02 1
Albuquerque, New Mexico · www.solaerotech.com Los Alamitos, California · www.alliancespacesystems.com
IntelliBridge, Inc. 2019-04-22 IntelliWare Systems, Inc. 2020-02-04 1
McLean, Virginia · www.intellibridge.us Fredericksburg, Virginia · www.intelliwaresystems.com
SolAero Technologies Corp. 2014-09-17 Vanguard Space Technologies, Inc. 2016-05-11 1
Albuquerque, New Mexico · www.solaerotech.com San Diego, California · www.vst-inc.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 8 (73%) - 13 (59%) -
Aerospace - - 2 (9%) -
Business Services 1 (9%) - 2 (9%) -
Software - - 2 (9%) -
Transportation 1 (9%) - 2 (9%) -
Renewable Energy 1 (9%) 150M (100%) 1 (5%) 150M (100%)
Total 11 $150M 22 $150M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 11 (100%) 150M (100%) 22 (100%) 150M (100%)
  Virginia 5 (45%) - 11 (50%) -
  Maryland 2 (18%) - 2 (9%) -
  Vermont - - 2 (9%) -
  California - - 2 (9%) -
  New Mexico 1 (9%) 150M (100%) 1 (5%) 150M (100%)
  New Jersey 1 (9%) - 1 (5%) -
  District of Columbia 1 (9%) - 1 (5%) -
  Alabama 1 (9%) - 1 (5%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (5%) -
Total 11 $150M 22 $150M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 6 (55%) - 14 (64%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (27%) - 5 (23%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (9%) - 2 (9%) -
Divestiture 1 (9%) 150M (100%) 1 (5%) 150M (100%)
Total 11 $150M 22 $150M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (36%) 215M (100%)
Trade Sale 3 (27%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (9%) -
IPO 1 (9%) -
Merger 1 (9%) -
Secondary Sale 1 (9%) -
Total 11 $215M

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $150M
TOTAL $150M
Largest SolAero Technologies Corp.
$150M (2014-09-17)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $215M
TOTAL $215M
Largest 1901 Group LLC
$215M (2020-12-10)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
9%
2 (9%)
Strategic(s)
5%
1 (5%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
9%
1 (9%)
Strategic(s)
73%
8 (73%)

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