European Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

European Capital’s most common sectors for investment are business services (11%) and food (11%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (43%) 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 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (48%). European Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2007 when it sold Alma Consulting Group for $3.9B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity120
    • M&A Buy Activity74
    • M&A Sell Activity46
  • Total Sectors Invested 32
  • Total Countries Invested 14
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 49
  • 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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 74 - - - - - 74
vol $33.3B $33.3B
Sell (1.2/yr) # 40 4 1 1 - - 46
vol $21.5B $507M $462M $22.5B
  120

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Miles 33 Group Ltd. 2018-11-29 - Secondary Buyout
Bracknell, United Kingdom · www.miles33.com
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
Hilding Anders AB 2016-11-29 - Secondary Buyout
Malmo, Sweden · www.hildinganders.se
Parkeon SAS 2016-04-15 507M EUR Secondary Buyout
Paris, France · www.parkeon.com
Telepizza Group, S.A. 2016-04-01 - IPO
Reyes, Spain · www.telepizza.es
Scandic Hotels Group AB 2015-12-02 - IPO
Stockholm, Sweden · www.scandic-hotels.se
Groupe Autodistribution SA 2015-09-29 - Secondary Buyout
Arcueil , France · www.autodistribution.com
Audika Groupe 2015-09-29 102M EUR Add-on Acquisition
Paris, France · www.audika.com
Capio AB 2015-06-30 - IPO
Goteborg, Sweden · www.capio.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Vivarte SAS 2007-03-01 Besson Chaussures 2018-05-30 1
Paris, France · www.vivarte.fr Aubiere, France · www.besson-chaussures.com
Polyconcept Holding BV 2005-04-19 SPS (EU) Ltd. 2017-12-04 1
Roelofarendsveen, Netherlands · www.polyconcept.com Blackpool, United Kingdom · www.spseu.com
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
DC DruckChemie GmbH 2008-05-01 Helmut Siegel GmbH 2011-12-02 1
Soppe le Bas, France · www.druckchemie.com Essen, Germany · www.helmut-siegel.info
Soflog-Telis SA 2007-09-12 Velay Bernard S.A. 2008-02-18 1
Asnieres-sur-Seine, France · www.soflog.com Vaumoise, France · www.velay-bernard.com
Marco Polo Foods Pty Ltd. 2005-11-17 Wakame Foods GmbH 2008-01-31 1
Campsie, Australia · www.marcopolofoods.com.au Kerpen, Germany · www.wakame.de
Vivarte SAS 2007-03-01 Defimode SAS 2008-01-09 1
Paris, France · www.vivarte.fr Brioude, France · www.defimode.fr

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 3 (14%) 2.1B (20%) 8 (11%) 2.3B (7%)
Business Services 4 (19%) - 8 (11%) -
Chemicals 4 (19%) 1.8B (17%) 7 (9%) 1.8B (5%)
Manufacturing 1 (5%) - 6 (8%) 85M (< 1%)
Energy Services and Equipment - - 3 (4%) 3.8B (11%)
Restaurants - - 3 (4%) 2.6B (8%)
Building Materials - - 3 (4%) 1.3B (4%)
Distribution 2 (10%) 411M (4%) 3 (4%) 411M (1%)
Machinery - - 3 (4%) 119M (< 1%)
Healthcare Services - - 2 (3%) 2.4B (7%)
Retail 2 (10%) 2.2B (21%) 2 (3%) 2.2B (7%)
Consumer Products - - 2 (3%) 1.1B (3%)
Safety/Security 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) 468M (1%)
Financial Services - - 2 (3%) 256M (1%)
Automotive - - 2 (3%) -
Media - - 2 (3%) -
Transportation 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (1%) 4.9B (15%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (5%) 3.7B (35%) 1 (1%) 3.7B (11%)
Beverages - - 1 (1%) 2.6B (8%)
Leisure - - 1 (1%) 1.1B (3%)
Consumer Services - - 1 (1%) 835M (3%)
Furniture - - 1 (1%) 380M (1%)
Education - - 1 (1%) 362M (1%)
Aerospace 1 (5%) 343M (3%) 1 (1%) 343M (1%)
Life Science - - 1 (1%) 258M (1%)
Construction 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (1%) -
Marine - - 1 (1%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (1%) -
Software - - 1 (1%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Total 21 $10.6B 75 $33.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
France 12 (57%) 7.2B (68%) 33 (44%) 14.6B (44%)
United Kingdom 4 (19%) 2.7B (25%) 16 (21%) 6.9B (21%)
United States 1 (5%) 343M (3%) 4 (5%) 811M (2%)
  Minnesota - - 2 (3%) 468M (1%)
  California 1 (5%) 343M (3%) 1 (1%) 343M (1%)
  Illinois - - 1 (1%) -
Germany 1 (5%) - 4 (5%) 119M (< 1%)
Netherlands 1 (5%) 411M (4%) 3 (4%) 411M (1%)
Sweden - - 3 (4%) 4.1B (12%)
Italy 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Spain - - 2 (3%) 6.0B (18%)
Luxembourg - - 2 (3%) 85M (< 1%)
Norway - - 2 (3%) -
Australia 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Switzerland - - 1 (1%) 345M (1%)
Belgium - - 1 (1%) -
Singapore - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 4 (19%) 2.7B (25%) 16 (21%) 6.9B (21%)
Cross-border 17 (81%) 8.0B (75%) 59 (79%) 26.5B (79%)
Total 21 $10.6B 75 $33.3B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 10 (48%) 2.1B (20%) 32 (43%) 6.8B (20%)
Secondary Buyout 11 (52%) 8.5B (80%) 28 (37%) 16.4B (49%)
Growth Capital - - 6 (8%) 345M (1%)
Going Private - - 3 (4%) 8.3B (25%)
Divestiture - - 3 (4%) 1.5B (4%)
Recapitalization - - 2 (3%) 85M (< 1%)
Acquisition Financing - - 1 (1%) -
Total 21 $10.6B 75 $33.3B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 25 (54%) 10.8B (48%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 7 (15%) 5.6B (25%)
Trade Sale 6 (13%) 6.0B (27%)
IPO 6 (13%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (2%) -
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Total 46 $22.5B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
1
Rothschild Global Advisory
1
Stamford Partners LLP
1
Legal Deals
DLA Piper
2
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 12 $26.3B
$100M to $1B 17 $7.0B
< $100M 2 $108M
TOTAL $33.3B
Largest Amadeus IT Group SA
$4.9B (2005-06-01)
sell # Total
> $1B 7 $16.7B
$100M to $1B 12 $5.8B
< $100M 1 $23M
TOTAL $22.5B
Largest Alma Consulting Group
$3.9B (2007-12-01)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
95%
41 95%
Strategic(s)
5%
2 5%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
72%
34 72%
Strategic(s)
28%
13 28%

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