European Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

European Capital’s most common sectors for investment arefood (11%) and business services (11%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (44%) and secondary buyout (38%). In total, European Capital has invested in 3 US states and 14 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2005 when it acquired Amadeus IT Group SA for $4.9B.

In the last 3 years, European Capital has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (47%). European Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2007 when it sold Groupe Ayming for $3.9B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity125
    • M&A Buy Activity73
    • M&A Sell Activity52
  • Total Sectors Invested 31
  • Total Countries Invested 14
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 52
  • M&A Advisors 8

European Capital

25 Bedford Street,
London, WC2E 9ES
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7539 7000
www.europeancapital.com
info@europeancapital.com

European Capital is the European investment affiliate of American Capital. European Capital looks to provide a variety of investment and financing solutions including unitranche debt, mezzanine capital, senior debt, and equity co-investment. Funds are typically used to support buyouts, recapitalizations, finance growth, and make acquisitions. European Capital is sector agnostic, however the Firm has a preference for investments in the consumer, technology, manufacturing, services, and distribution sectors. European Capital was formed in 2005 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Agriculture, Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Beverages, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Energy Services and Equipment, Financial Services, Food, Furniture, Healthcare Services, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marine, Media, Medical Products, Restaurants, Retail, Safety/Security, Software, Test/Measurement Equipment, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Acquisition Financing, Secondary Buyout

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 5 -
Investment Size - 150
Enterprise Value 50 500
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 73 - - - - - 73
vol $34.2B $34.2B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 48 2 1 - - 1 52
vol $21.5B $462M $1.4B $23.4B
  125

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Cromology SAS 2021-10-20 1.4B EUR Add-on Acquisition
Clichy, France · www.cromology.com
Miles 33 Group Ltd. 2018-11-29 - Secondary Buyout
Bracknell, United Kingdom · www.miles33.com
Euro-Druckservice GmbH 2017-10-09 - Secondary Buyout
Passau, Germany · www.edsgroup.de
Hillarys Blinds Ltd. 2017-05-11 462M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Colwick, United Kingdom · www.hillarys.co.uk
Onduline SAS 2016-12-18 - Secondary Sale
Suresnes, France · www.onduline.com
Polyconcept Holding BV 2016-07-18 - Secondary Buyout
Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands · www.polyconcept.com
Flowbird Group 2016-04-15 - Secondary Buyout
Paris, France · www.flowbird.group
Telepizza Group, S.A. 2016-04-01 - IPO
Madrid, Spain · www.telepizza.es
Scandic Hotels Group AB 2015-12-02 - IPO
Stockholm, Sweden · www.scandichotelsgroup.com
Groupe Autodistribution SA 2015-09-29 - Secondary Buyout
Arcueil, France · www.autodistribution.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Unipex Group, Inc. 2012-10-18 Lucas Meyer Cosmetics SAS 2015-07-30 2
Paris La Défense Cedex, France · www.unipex.com Champlan, France · www.lucasmeyercosmetics.com
Unipex Group, Inc. 2012-10-18 Unipex Solutions Canada, Inc. 2015-04-20 1
Paris La Défense Cedex, France · www.unipex.com Boucherville, Quebec · www.unipexsolutions.ca

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 2 (22%) - 8 (11%) 2.3B (7%)
Business Services 1 (11%) - 8 (11%) -
Chemicals 2 (22%) 530M (37%) 7 (9%) 1.8B (5%)
Manufacturing 1 (11%) - 6 (8%) 85M (< 1%)
Energy Services and Equipment - - 3 (4%) 4.7B (14%)
Restaurants - - 3 (4%) 2.6B (8%)
Building Materials - - 3 (4%) 1.3B (4%)
Distribution 1 (11%) - 3 (4%) 411M (1%)
Healthcare Services - - 2 (3%) 2.4B (7%)
Retail 1 (11%) 554M (39%) 2 (3%) 2.2B (6%)
Furniture - - 2 (3%) 1.5B (4%)
Safety/Security - - 2 (3%) 468M (1%)
Financial Services - - 2 (3%) 256M (1%)
Machinery - - 2 (3%) 119M (< 1%)
Automotive - - 2 (3%) -
Media - - 2 (3%) -
Software - - 2 (3%) -
Transportation - - 2 (3%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (1%) 4.9B (14%)
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (1%) 3.7B (11%)
Beverages - - 1 (1%) 2.6B (8%)
Leisure - - 1 (1%) 1.1B (3%)
Consumer Services - - 1 (1%) 835M (2%)
Education - - 1 (1%) 362M (1%)
Aerospace 1 (11%) 343M (24%) 1 (1%) 343M (1%)
Life Science - - 1 (1%) 258M (1%)
Consumer Products - - 1 (1%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (1%) -
Marine - - 1 (1%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (1%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Total 9 $1.4B 74 $34.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
France 4 (44%) 530M (37%) 32 (43%) 14.6B (43%)
United Kingdom 3 (33%) 554M (39%) 16 (22%) 6.9B (20%)
United States 1 (11%) 343M (24%) 4 (5%) 811M (2%)
  Minnesota - - 2 (3%) 468M (1%)
  California 1 (11%) 343M (24%) 1 (1%) 343M (1%)
  Illinois - - 1 (1%) -
Germany - - 4 (5%) 119M (< 1%)
Sweden - - 3 (4%) 4.1B (12%)
Netherlands - - 3 (4%) 411M (1%)
Spain - - 2 (3%) 6.0B (17%)
Norway - - 2 (3%) 925M (3%)
Luxembourg - - 2 (3%) 85M (< 1%)
Italy - - 2 (3%) -
Australia 1 (11%) - 1 (1%) -
Switzerland - - 1 (1%) 345M (1%)
Belgium - - 1 (1%) -
Singapore - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 3 (33%) 554M (39%) 16 (22%) 6.9B (20%)
Cross-border 6 (67%) 873M (61%) 58 (78%) 27.4B (80%)
Total 9 $1.4B 74 $34.3B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (44%) - 32 (43%) 7.7B (22%)
Secondary Buyout 5 (56%) 1.4B (100%) 28 (38%) 16.4B (48%)
Growth Capital - - 5 (7%) 345M (1%)
Going Private - - 3 (4%) 8.3B (24%)
Divestiture - - 3 (4%) 1.5B (4%)
Recapitalization - - 2 (3%) 85M (< 1%)
Acquisition Financing - - 1 (1%) -
Total 9 $1.4B 74 $34.3B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 27 (52%) 10.3B (44%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 9 (17%) 7.0B (30%)
Trade Sale 7 (13%) 6.0B (26%)
IPO 6 (12%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (2%) -
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 52 $23.4B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Stamford Partners LLP
1
Close Brothers Group plc
1
Citigroup Investment Banking
1
Legal Deals
DLA Piper
2
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 12 $26.3B
$100M to $1B 18 $7.9B
< $100M 2 $108M
TOTAL $34.3B
Largest Amadeus IT Group SA
$4.9B (2005-06-01)
sell # Total
> $1B 8 $18.1B
$100M to $1B 11 $5.3B
< $100M 1 $23M
TOTAL $23.4B
Largest Groupe Ayming
$3.9B (2007-12-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
36%
27 (36%)
Strategic(s)
3%
2 (3%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
46%
24 (46%)
Strategic(s)
31%
16 (31%)

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