Equistone Partners Europe Limited Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Equistone Partners Europe Limited has acquired 23 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

Equistone Partners Europe Limited’s most common sectors for investment are business services (13%) and manufacturing (6%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (55%) and secondary buyout (32%). In total, Equistone Partners Europe Limited has invested in 2 US states and 13 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 15 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (49%). 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 Activity387
    • M&A Buy Activity235
    • M&A Sell Activity152
  • Total Sectors Invested 48
  • Total Countries Invested 13
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 92
  • M&A Advisors 54

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 €125 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 25 125
Enterprise Value 50 500
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (7.6/yr) # 197 13 6 8 10 1 235
vol $6.2B $239M $319M $162M $6.9B
Sell (4.2/yr) # 131 6 5 9 - 1 152
vol $15.4B $507M $1.1B $1.2B $18.2B
  387

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Roth Gruppe AG 2020-10-16 - Secondary Buyout
Gerlafingen , Switzerland · www.rothgruppe.ch
Acces Industrie SAS 2020-02-25 - Secondary Buyout
Tonneins, France · www.acces-industrie.com
Amadys NV 2019-11-15 - Secondary Buyout
Brussels, Belgium · www.amadys.be
Omnicare Pharma GmbH 2019-08-14 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Unterfohring, Germany · www.omnicare.de
Bulgin 2019-07-31 162M GBP Divestiture
Cambridge, United Kingdom · www.bulgin.com
HERAS Germany GmbH 2019-07-24 - Divestiture
Rhede, Germany · www.heras.de
Acuity Knowledge Partners 2019-07-16 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.acuitykp.com
FirstPort 2019-07-12 - Secondary Buyout
Hampshire, United Kingdom · www.firstport.co.uk
Sateco SAS 2019-06-28 - Secondary Buyout
Mirebeau, France · www.sateco.fr
SA Vulcain Ingénierie 2019-06-24 - Secondary Buyout
Neuilly- Sur- Seine, France · www.vulcain-ingenierie.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Laboratoire Unither Amiens (Unither Pharmaceuticals) 2011-12-09 Nanjing Ruinian Best Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. 2020-08-25 2
Amiens, France · www.unither-pharma.com Wuxi, China
Nylacast Ltd. 2018-07-02 Supergrip (UK) Ltd. 2020-08-07 2
Leicester, United Kingdom · www.nylacast.com Lancs, United Kingdom · www.supergripuk.com
Bruneau 2017-07-27 Office Depot Europe B.V. - Spanish Direct Business Unit 2020-07-31 1
Villebon-sur-Yvette, France · www.bruneau.fr Ourense, Spain
RENA Technologies GmbH 2019-02-21 RENA Technologies Austria 2020-07-27 2
Gütenbach, Germany · www.rena.com Hirtenberg, Austria
Nylacast Ltd. 2018-07-02 Viva Nylons Ltd. 2020-03-04 1
Leicester, United Kingdom · www.nylacast.com Leicester, United Kingdom
Small World Financial Services Group Ltd. 2018-03-26 MoneyGlobe 2020-02-25 1
London, United Kingdom · www.smallworldfs.com , France · www.moneyglobe.fr
Performance Interactive Alliance (blueSummit Media) 2014-04-28 NORDPOL+ Agentur für Kommunikation GmbH 2020-01-24 4
Hamburg, Germany · www.performance-interactive-alliance.com Hamburg, Germany · www.nordpol.com
WHP Telecoms Ltd. 2018-03-28 Sitec Infrastructure Services Ltd. 2019-12-09 1
Warrington, United Kingdom · www.whptelecoms.com Cambridge, United Kingdom · www.sitec-is.co.uk
RENA Technologies GmbH 2019-02-21 MEI LLC (MEI Wet Processing Systems and Services LLC) 2019-12-09 1
Gütenbach, Germany · www.rena.com Albany, Oregon · www.meillc.com
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

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 9 (13%) - 29 (12%) 498M (7%)
Manufacturing 3 (4%) - 12 (5%) -
Financial Services 2 (3%) 78M (8%) 11 (5%) 1.7B (23%)
Retail 2 (3%) 319M (31%) 11 (5%) 764M (10%)
Consumer Products 2 (3%) - 11 (5%) 354M (5%)
Electrical Equipment 3 (4%) - 10 (4%) 518M (7%)
Distribution 3 (4%) 85M (8%) 9 (4%) 123M (2%)
Machinery 2 (3%) - 8 (3%) -
Leisure 1 (1%) - 7 (3%) 121M (2%)
Apparel/Textiles 2 (3%) - 6 (3%) 755M (10%)
Healthcare Services - - 6 (3%) 179M (2%)
Food 3 (4%) - 6 (3%) 139M (2%)
Consumer Services - - 6 (3%) 68M (1%)
Transportation 2 (3%) - 6 (3%) 68M (1%)
Automotive 1 (1%) - 6 (3%) -
Insurance 1 (1%) - 6 (3%) -
Medical Products - - 6 (3%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 2 (3%) - 5 (2%) 116M (2%)
Communications 3 (4%) - 5 (2%) 102M (1%)
Information Technology 2 (3%) - 5 (2%) 46M (1%)
Building Materials 3 (4%) - 5 (2%) -
Internet Software and Services 4 (6%) - 5 (2%) -
Engineering 1 (1%) - 4 (2%) 372M (5%)
Staffing 1 (1%) 216M (21%) 4 (2%) 243M (3%)
Restaurants 1 (1%) 154M (15%) 4 (2%) 190M (3%)
Construction 1 (1%) - 4 (2%) 124M (2%)
Packaging - - 4 (2%) 115M (2%)
Technology Hardware - - 4 (2%) 54M (1%)
Electronics 2 (3%) 162M (16%) 3 (1%) 162M (2%)
Safety/Security 1 (1%) - 3 (1%) -
Airlines - - 2 (1%) 198M (3%)
Life Science 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) 100M (1%)
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 2 (1%) 32M (< 1%)
Chemicals 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
E-Commerce 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Furniture 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Plastics - - 2 (1%) -
Media - - 1 (< 1%) 183M (3%)
Software - - 1 (< 1%) 15M (< 1%)
Aerospace - - 1 (< 1%) -
Agriculture 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Beverages 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Digital Media 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Environmental - - 1 (< 1%) -
Forest Products 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Marketing 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Publishing 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Utilities - - 1 (< 1%) -
Total 67 $1.0B 236 $7.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 19 (28%) 694M (69%) 95 (40%) 4.0B (56%)
France 23 (34%) 319M (31%) 73 (31%) 1.9B (26%)
Germany 15 (22%) - 40 (17%) 94M (1%)
Italy 2 (3%) - 10 (4%) 146M (2%)
Switzerland 1 (1%) - 6 (3%) 924M (13%)
Netherlands 2 (3%) - 3 (1%) -
Belgium 2 (3%) - 2 (1%) -
United States - - 2 (1%) 33M (< 1%)
  Ohio - - 1 (< 1%) 33M (< 1%)
  California - - 1 (< 1%) -
Austria 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Luxembourg 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Monaco 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Ireland - - 1 (< 1%) 14M (< 1%)
Spain - - 1 (< 1%) -
Domestic 19 (28%) 694M (69%) 95 (40%) 4.0B (56%)
Cross-border 48 (72%) 319M (31%) 141 (60%) 3.1B (44%)
Total 67 $1.0B 236 $7.1B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 21 (31%) 216M (21%) 128 (54%) 3.2B (43%)
Secondary Buyout 32 (48%) 317M (31%) 75 (32%) 2.6B (35%)
Divestiture 6 (9%) 481M (47%) 13 (6%) 770M (11%)
Growth Capital 4 (6%) - 9 (4%) -
Stake Purchase 3 (4%) - 6 (3%) -
Going Private 1 (1%) - 5 (2%) 765M (11%)
Total 67 $1.0B 236 $7.3B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 82 (54%) 8.7B (50%)
Trade Sale 34 (22%) 1.6B (9%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 20 (13%) 7.1B (41%)
Sold to Management 10 (7%) -
IPO 2 (1%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Merger 1 (1%) -
Stake Sale 1 (1%) -
Unknown 1 (1%) -
Total 152 $17.5B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
6
Marl Partners LLP (dba Marlborough Partners)
5
Canaccord Genuity Corp.
4
Legal Deals
P+P Pöllath + Partners
12
Travers Smith LLP
9
Ashurst LLP
7

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 25 $5.9B
< $100M 28 $1.4B
TOTAL $7.3B
Largest Groupe Zannier S.A.
$709M (2002-12-01)
sell # Total
> $1B 4 $6.4B
$100M to $1B 37 $10.9B
< $100M 15 $906M
TOTAL $18.2B
Largest Converteam SAS
$3.2B (2011-09-02)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
89%
93 89%
Strategic(s)
11%
11 11%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
63%
91 63%
Strategic(s)
37%
54 37%

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