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 1 other.

Equistone Partners Europe Limited’s most common sectors for investment are business services (12%) and consumer products (5%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (55%) and secondary buyout (31%). 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 16 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (50%). 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 Activity398
    • M&A Buy Activity241
    • M&A Sell Activity157
  • Total Sectors Invested 49
  • Total Countries Invested 14
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 94
  • M&A Advisors 55

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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (6.2/yr) # 210 7 9 10 1 4 241
vol $6.4B $319M $162M $6.8B
Sell (4.2/yr) # 136 5 9 - 4 3 157
vol $15.4B $1.1B $1.2B $107M $17.8B
  398

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Adista SAS 2021-06-15 - Secondary Buyout
Maxéville, France · www.adista.fr
Wealth at Work Ltd. 2021-06-01 - Secondary Buyout
Liverpool, United Kingdom · www.wealthatwork.co.uk
Timetoact Group GmbH 2021-05-07 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Cologne, Germany · www.timetoact-group.com
Oikos Group 2021-03-09 - Secondary Buyout
Protaras, Cyprus · www.oikos-cy.com
Franke Water Systems AG 2021-03-02 - Divestiture
Aarburg, Germany
Kusters Beheer B.V. 2021-01-27 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Oss, Netherlands · www.kustersexperts.nl
Ligentia Group 2021-01-05 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Leeds, United Kingdom · www.ligentia.com
Eschenbach Optik GmbH 2020-11-19 107M EUR Add-on Acquisition
Nurnberg, Germany · www.eschenbach-optik.com
Winterbotham Darby & Co. Ltd. 2020-11-09 - Secondary Buyout
Redhill, United Kingdom · www.winterbothamdarby.com
Group of Butchers 2020-10-22 - Secondary Buyout
Oosterzele, Belgium · www.groupofbutchers.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
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
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 (blueSummit Media) 2014-04-28 UDG United Digital Group 2019-01-23 4
Hamburg, Germany · www.performance-interactive-alliance.com Hamburg, Germany · www.udg.de
Mademoiselle Desserts 2013-10-21 Les Délices des 7 Vallées 2018-12-20 4
Montigny le Bretonneux, France · www.europeenne-des-desserts.com Tincques, France · www.d7v.fr
Mademoiselle Desserts 2013-10-21 Ministry of Cake Ltd. 2017-01-06 3
Montigny le Bretonneux, France · www.europeenne-des-desserts.com Taunton, United Kingdom · www.ministryofcake.co.uk
Mecaplast Group 2016-01-25 Key Plastics LLC 2016-10-10 1
Monaco, Monaco · www.mecaplast.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

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 8 (12%) - 29 (12%) 548M (8%)
Consumer Products 2 (3%) - 12 (5%) 354M (5%)
Retail 2 (3%) 319M (34%) 11 (5%) 764M (11%)
Manufacturing 4 (6%) - 11 (5%) -
Financial Services 1 (1%) - 10 (4%) 1.6B (22%)
Electrical Equipment 4 (6%) - 10 (4%) -
Distribution 3 (4%) 85M (9%) 9 (4%) 123M (2%)
Apparel/Textiles 2 (3%) - 7 (3%) 755M (10%)
Food 2 (3%) - 7 (3%) 139M (2%)
Transportation 3 (4%) - 7 (3%) 68M (1%)
Building Materials 3 (4%) - 6 (2%) 518M (7%)
Healthcare Services - - 6 (2%) 179M (2%)
Leisure 1 (1%) - 6 (2%) 121M (2%)
Consumer Services - - 6 (2%) 68M (1%)
Information Technology 2 (3%) - 6 (2%) 46M (1%)
Automotive 1 (1%) - 6 (2%) -
Insurance 1 (1%) - 6 (2%) -
Internet Software and Services 4 (6%) - 6 (2%) -
Machinery 2 (3%) - 6 (2%) -
Medical Products - - 6 (2%) -
Engineering 2 (3%) - 5 (2%) 372M (5%)
Energy Services and Equipment 2 (3%) - 5 (2%) 116M (2%)
Communications 3 (4%) - 5 (2%) 102M (1%)
Staffing 1 (1%) 216M (23%) 4 (2%) 243M (3%)
Restaurants 1 (1%) 154M (16%) 4 (2%) 190M (3%)
Construction 1 (1%) - 4 (2%) 124M (2%)
Packaging - - 4 (2%) 115M (2%)
Electronics 2 (3%) 162M (17%) 3 (1%) 162M (2%)
Technology Hardware - - 3 (1%) 54M (1%)
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 3 (1%) 32M (< 1%)
Safety/Security 1 (1%) - 3 (1%) -
Airlines - - 2 (1%) 198M (3%)
Life Science 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) 100M (1%)
Software - - 2 (1%) 15M (< 1%)
Aerospace - - 2 (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%)
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%) -
Real Estate - - 1 (< 1%) -
Utilities - - 1 (< 1%) -
Total 68 $935M 242 $7.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 19 (28%) 616M (66%) 97 (40%) 4.0B (56%)
France 23 (34%) 319M (34%) 73 (30%) 1.9B (26%)
Germany 16 (24%) - 42 (17%) 94M (1%)
Italy 2 (3%) - 10 (4%) 146M (2%)
Switzerland 1 (1%) - 6 (2%) 924M (13%)
Netherlands 3 (4%) - 4 (2%) -
Belgium 1 (1%) - 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%) -
Cyprus - - 1 (< 1%) -
Domestic 19 (28%) 616M (66%) 97 (40%) 4.0B (56%)
Cross-border 49 (72%) 319M (34%) 145 (60%) 3.1B (44%)
Total 68 $935M 242 $7.0B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 22 (32%) 216M (23%) 132 (55%) 3.2B (44%)
Secondary Buyout 31 (46%) 239M (26%) 75 (31%) 2.5B (35%)
Divestiture 7 (10%) 481M (51%) 14 (6%) 770M (11%)
Growth Capital 4 (6%) - 10 (4%) -
Stake Purchase 3 (4%) - 6 (2%) -
Going Private 1 (1%) - 5 (2%) 765M (11%)
Total 68 $935M 242 $7.2B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 86 (55%) 8.7B (50%)
Trade Sale 34 (22%) 1.6B (9%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 21 (13%) 7.3B (41%)
Sold to Management 10 (6%) -
IPO 2 (1%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Merger 1 (1%) -
Stake Sale 1 (1%) -
Unknown 1 (1%) -
Total 157 $17.6B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
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7
Marl Partners LLP (dba Marlborough Partners)
5
PwC Corporate Finance LLC
5
Legal Deals
P+P Pöllath + Partners
13
Travers Smith LLP
10
Ashurst LLP
7

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 25 $5.9B
< $100M 28 $1.3B
TOTAL $7.3B
Largest Groupe Zannier S.A.
$709M (2002-12-01)
sell # Total
> $1B 4 $6.4B
$100M to $1B 37 $10.5B
< $100M 15 $906M
TOTAL $17.8B
Largest Converteam SAS
$3.2B (2011-09-02)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
30%
73 (30%)
Strategic(s)
5%
12 (5%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
50%
78 (50%)
Strategic(s)
34%
54 (34%)

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