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.
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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 Holding SA for $4.9B.
In the last 3 years, European Capital has exited 7 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (47%). European Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2007 when it sold Alma Consulting Group for $3.9B.
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