Equistone Partners Europe Limited Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Equistone Partners Europe Limited has acquired 24 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.

Equistone Partners Europe Limited’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (11%) and retail (6%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (54%) and secondary buyout (33%). In total, Equistone Partners Europe Limited has invested in 2 US states and 14 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2002 when it acquired Groupe Zannier S.A. for $709M.

In the last 3 years, Equistone Partners Europe Limited has exited 21 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (48%). Equistone Partners Europe Limited’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2011 when it sold Converteam SAS for $3.2B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity430
    • M&A Buy Activity247
    • M&A Sell Activity183
  • Total Sectors Invested 48
  • Total Countries Invested 14
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 102
  • M&A Advisors 59

Equistone Partners Europe Limited

One New Ludgate 60 Ludgate Hill,
London, EC4M 7AW
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7653 5300
www.equistonepe.com
contact@equistone.de

Equistone Partners Europe Ltd is a private equity firm that invests in small to mid-sized companies with valued from €50 to €500 million. Equistone targets companies operating in the fields of services, healthcare, financial services, and consumer/travel. The Firm looks to invest €25 to €200 million in a variety of transactions, including buyouts, growth capital financings, and recapitalizations. Equistone Partners Europe Ltd. (formerly Barclays Private Equity Ltd) was formed in 1997 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Agriculture, Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Communications, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Energy Services and Equipment, Engineering, Environmental, Financial Services, Food, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Insurance, Leisure, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marine, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Packaging, Publishing, Restaurants, Retail, Safety/Security, Software, Staffing, Technology Hardware, Test/Measurement Equipment, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Going Private, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Stake Purchase

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 25 200
Enterprise Value 50 500
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (6.4/yr) # 215 8 10 1 8 5 247
vol $6.7B $319M $162M $7.2B
Sell (6.8/yr) # 149 13 - 9 5 7 183
vol $16.5B $1.2B $107M $46M $17.8B
  430

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Laboratoire Unither Amiens 2022-10-26 - Secondary Buyout
Amiens Cedex 2, France · www.unither-pharma.com
SF-Filter AG 2022-09-29 - Secondary Buyout
Bachenbülach, Switzerland · www.sf-filter.com
ORS Group AG 2022-09-01 46M CHF Add-on Acquisition
Zurich, Switzerland · www.ors-group.org
Talon Outdoor Ltd. 2022-07-06 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.talonoutdoor.com
Virgin Experience Days 2022-07-05 - Secondary Buyout
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom · www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk
The Sicame Group 2022-07-04 - Secondary Buyout
Pompadour, France · www.sicame.com
Safic-Alcan SAS 2022-06-24 - Secondary Buyout
La Défense, France · www.safic-alcan.com
OneOcean Group Ltd. 2022-06-20 - Add-on Acquisition
Enfield, United Kingdom · www.oneocean.com
FirstPort 2022-03-29 - Add-on Acquisition
Hampshire, United Kingdom · www.firstport.co.uk
Inspired Thinking Group Ltd. 2022-03-28 - Secondary Buyout
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.teamitg.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
WHP Telecoms Ltd. 2018-03-28 Redhall Networks 2021-03-30 4
Warrington, United Kingdom · www.whptelecoms.com Barlborough, United Kingdom · www.redhallnetworks.co.uk
NES Fircroft 2012-10-05 Fircroft Engineering Services Ltd. 2020-09-23 1
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.nesfircroft.com Warrington, United Kingdom · www.fircroft.com
RENA Technologies GmbH 2019-02-21 RENA Technologies Austria 2020-07-27 2
Gütenbach, Germany · www.rena.com Hirtenberg, Austria
CH&Co Catering Group Ltd. 2019-04-18 Mitie Group plc - Gather & Gather and Creativevents 2019-08-19 1
Reading, United Kingdom · www.chandcogroup.com Bristol, United Kingdom
Performance Interactive Alliance 2014-04-28 UDG United Digital Group 2019-01-23 4
Hamburg, Germany · www.pia.me Hamburg, Germany · www.udg.de
Novares Group S.A. 2016-01-25 Key Plastics LLC 2016-10-10 1
Clamart, France · www.novaresteam.com Livonia, Michigan · www.keyplastics.com
POLO motorcycle and Sportswear GmbH 2015-02-02 Motoblouz Ltd. 2016-09-26 2
Jüchen, Germany · www.polo-motorrad.de , United Kingdom · www.motoblouz.co.uk
Sportfield Deutschland Holding GmbH 2015-04-24 AstroTurf LLC 2016-06-30 3
Burgheim, Germany · www.sportgroup-holding.com Dalton, Georgia · www.astroturf.com
Performance Interactive Alliance 2014-04-28 SoQuero GmbH 2014-10-02 3
Hamburg, Germany · www.pia.me Frankfurt, Germany · www.soquero.de

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 3 (6%) - 27 (11%) 548M (7%)
Retail 3 (6%) 319M (38%) 14 (6%) 764M (10%)
Consumer Products 2 (4%) - 13 (5%) 422M (6%)
Manufacturing 7 (14%) - 13 (5%) -
Financial Services 1 (2%) - 10 (4%) 1.6B (21%)
Electrical Equipment 1 (2%) - 10 (4%) -
Food 1 (2%) - 8 (3%) 139M (2%)
Distribution 2 (4%) - 8 (3%) 38M (1%)
Consumer Services 2 (4%) - 8 (3%) -
Building Materials 3 (6%) - 7 (3%) 518M (7%)
Transportation 2 (4%) - 7 (3%) 68M (1%)
Information Technology 3 (6%) - 7 (3%) 46M (1%)
Healthcare Services - - 6 (2%) 179M (2%)
Leisure 1 (2%) - 6 (2%) 121M (2%)
Automotive 1 (2%) - 6 (2%) -
Insurance - - 6 (2%) -
Medical Products - - 6 (2%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 5 (2%) 755M (10%)
Staffing 1 (2%) 360M (43%) 5 (2%) 603M (8%)
Engineering 1 (2%) - 5 (2%) 372M (5%)
Restaurants - - 5 (2%) 190M (2%)
Construction 2 (4%) - 5 (2%) 124M (2%)
Machinery 1 (2%) - 5 (2%) -
Packaging - - 4 (2%) 115M (2%)
Communications 2 (4%) - 4 (2%) 102M (1%)
Electronics 1 (2%) 162M (19%) 3 (1%) 162M (2%)
Energy Services and Equipment - - 3 (1%) 116M (2%)
Technology Hardware - - 3 (1%) 54M (1%)
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 3 (1%) 32M (< 1%)
Chemicals 2 (4%) - 3 (1%) -
E-Commerce 1 (2%) - 3 (1%) -
Marketing 2 (4%) - 3 (1%) -
Real Estate - - 3 (1%) -
Safety/Security 1 (2%) - 3 (1%) -
Airlines - - 2 (1%) 198M (3%)
Media 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) 183M (2%)
Life Science - - 2 (1%) 100M (1%)
Software - - 2 (1%) 15M (< 1%)
Aerospace - - 2 (1%) -
Furniture 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 2 (1%) -
Plastics - - 2 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (< 1%) 85M (1%)
Beverages 1 (2%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Digital Media - - 1 (< 1%) -
Environmental - - 1 (< 1%) -
Publishing - - 1 (< 1%) -
Utilities - - 1 (< 1%) -
Total 49 $841M 249 $7.6B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 14 (29%) 522M (62%) 100 (40%) 4.3B (58%)
France 13 (27%) 319M (38%) 74 (30%) 1.9B (25%)
Germany 13 (27%) - 42 (17%) 94M (1%)
Italy - - 10 (4%) 146M (2%)
Switzerland 3 (6%) - 9 (4%) 924M (12%)
Netherlands 3 (6%) - 4 (2%) -
Belgium 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
United States - - 2 (1%) 33M (< 1%)
  Ohio - - 1 (< 1%) 33M (< 1%)
  California - - 1 (< 1%) -
Luxembourg 1 (2%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Portugal 1 (2%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Ireland - - 1 (< 1%) 14M (< 1%)
Spain - - 1 (< 1%) -
Austria - - 1 (< 1%) -
Cyprus - - 1 (< 1%) -
Domestic 14 (29%) 522M (62%) 100 (40%) 4.3B (58%)
Cross-border 35 (71%) 319M (38%) 149 (60%) 3.1B (42%)
Total 49 $841M 249 $7.4B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 12 (24%) - 132 (53%) 3.2B (42%)
Secondary Buyout 28 (57%) 360M (43%) 82 (33%) 2.9B (38%)
Divestiture 6 (12%) 481M (57%) 14 (6%) 770M (10%)
Growth Capital 3 (6%) - 11 (4%) -
Going Private - - 5 (2%) 765M (10%)
Stake Purchase - - 5 (2%) -
Total 49 $841M 249 $7.6B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 98 (54%) 8.7B (49%)
Trade Sale 42 (23%) 1.6B (9%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 23 (13%) 7.3B (41%)
Sold to Management 12 (7%) -
Bankruptcy 3 (2%) -
IPO 2 (1%) -
Merger 1 (1%) -
Stake Sale 1 (1%) -
Unknown 1 (1%) -
Total 183 $17.6B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
8
Marl Partners LLP (dba Marlborough Partners)
5
PwC Corporate Finance LLC
5
Legal Deals
Travers Smith LLP
14
P+P Pöllath + Partners
13
Ashurst LLP
7

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 26 $6.3B
< $100M 28 $1.3B
TOTAL $7.6B
Largest Groupe Zannier S.A.
$709M (2002-12-01)
sell # Total
> $1B 4 $6.4B
$100M to $1B 37 $10.5B
< $100M 16 $952M
TOTAL $17.8B
Largest Converteam SAS
$3.2B (2011-09-02)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
32%
80 (32%)
Strategic(s)
5%
12 (5%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
48%
87 (48%)
Strategic(s)
34%
63 (34%)

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