Exponent Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Exponent Private Equity has acquired 9 companies.

Exponent Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are business services (18%) and food (12%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (38%) and secondary buyout (35%). In total, Exponent Private Equity has invested in 2 US states and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2015 when it acquired PhotoBox for $618M.

In the last 3 years, Exponent Private Equity has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (67%). Exponent Private Equity’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold Quorn Foods for $847M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity50
    • M&A Buy Activity35
    • M&A Sell Activity15
  • Total Sectors Invested 21
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 16
  • M&A Advisors 9

Exponent Private Equity

30 Broadwick Street,
London, W1F 8JB
United Kingdom
+44 20 7845 8520
www.exponentpe.com
info@exponentpe.com

Exponent is a private equity firm focused on acquiring middle-market businesses located in the UK. Exponent targets opportunities in the media, business and financial services, healthcare, consumer, and leisure sectors. The Firm seeks to invest in businesses valued from £100 to £400 million. Exponent has a particular interest in businesses that are prominent in their respective markets, but may benefit from or need operational improvement. Exponent Private Equity was formed in 2004 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Apparel/Textiles, Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Financial Services, Food, Internet Software and Services, Manufacturing, Marine, Media, Publishing, Retail

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Secondary Buyout, Stake Purchase

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value 100 400
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (2.6/yr) # 22 4 3 3 3 - 35
vol $3.3B $337M $400M $4.1B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 11 1 2 - 1 - 15
vol $3.0B $3.0B
  50

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
TRS Ltd. 2019-11-26 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Southall, United Kingdom · www.trs.co.uk
Isio Group Ltd. 2019-10-23 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.isio.com
East End Foods Ltd. 2019-09-16 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
West Midlands, United Kingdom · www.eastendfoods.co.uk
Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd. 2019-06-06 - Secondary Buyout
Alexandria, United Kingdom · www.lochlomonddistillery.com
Meadow Foods Ltd. 2018-08-03 - Secondary Buyout
Chester, United Kingdom · www.meadowfoods.com
Dennis Publishing Ltd. 2018-07-31 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
London, United Kingdom · www.dennis.co.uk
SHL Group PLC 2018-02-06 400M USD Divestiture
Thames Ditton, United Kingdom · www.shl.com
Bullitt Group Ltd. 2017-09-27 - Secondary Buyout
Reading, United Kingdom · www.bullitt-group.com
Pattonair 2017-08-21 - Secondary Buyout
Derby, United Kingdom · www.pattonair.com
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. - European & Australian Operations 2017-05-02 - Divestiture
, United States
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
SHL Group PLC 2018-02-06 Weibel CDS AG 2020-03-30 2
Thames Ditton, United Kingdom · www.shl.com Waldstatt, Switzerland · www.weibelcds.com
SHL Group PLC 2018-02-06 Aspiring Minds 2019-10-22 1
Thames Ditton, United Kingdom · www.shl.com Gurgaon, India · www.aspiringminds.com
Meadow Foods Ltd. 2018-08-03 Nimbus Foods Ltd. 2019-10-10 1
Chester, United Kingdom · www.meadowfoods.com London, United Kingdom · www.nimbusfoods.co.uk
Dennis Publishing Ltd. 2018-07-31 Car Throttle Ltd. 2019-08-05 2
London, United Kingdom · www.dennis.co.uk London, United Kingdom · www.carthrottle.com
Dennis Publishing Ltd. 2018-07-31 Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. 2019-02-28 1
London, United Kingdom · www.dennis.co.uk Washington, District of Columbia · www.kiplinger.com
HSS Hire Service Group Ltd. 2012-10-25 UK Platforms Ltd. 2019-01-14 1
Heathrow, United Kingdom · www.hss.com Lutterworth, United Kingdom · www.ukplatforms.com
PhotoBox Ltd. 2015-10-20 Greetz B.V 2018-08-21 1
Old Chalford, United Kingdom · www.photobox.co.uk Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.greetz.info
SHL Group PLC 2018-02-06 CEB Workforce Surveys & Analytic Division 2018-04-10 1
Thames Ditton, United Kingdom · www.shl.com Stamford, Connecticut
The Big Bus Company Ltd.(dba Big Bus Tours) 2015-02-24 Smart Destinations, Inc. 2016-10-04 1
London, United Kingdom · www.bigbustours.com Boston, Massachusetts · www.smartdestinations.com
HSS Hire Service Group Ltd. 2012-10-25 All Seasons Hire Ltd. 2015-05-11 5
Heathrow, United Kingdom · www.hss.com Andover, United Kingdom · www.allseasonshire.eu

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 4 (20%) 1.0B (67%) 6 (17%) 1.2B (30%)
Food 3 (15%) - 4 (11%) 316M (8%)
Financial Services 2 (10%) - 3 (9%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (5%) - 2 (6%) 251M (6%)
Digital Media 1 (5%) - 2 (6%) -
Leisure 2 (10%) - 2 (6%) -
Publishing 1 (5%) - 2 (6%) -
Education - - 1 (3%) 362M (9%)
Retail - - 1 (3%) 342M (8%)
Marine - - 1 (3%) 340M (8%)
Environmental 1 (5%) 337M (22%) 1 (3%) 337M (8%)
Aerospace - - 1 (3%) 224M (6%)
Consumer Services - - 1 (3%) 206M (5%)
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (3%) 202M (5%)
Life Science 1 (5%) 115M (8%) 1 (3%) 115M (3%)
Information Technology - - 1 (3%) 111M (3%)
E-Commerce 1 (5%) 45M (3%) 1 (3%) 45M (1%)
Beverages - - 1 (3%) -
Consumer Products 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
Media 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 20 $1.5B 35 $4.1B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 19 (95%) 1.5B (100%) 32 (91%) 3.6B (88%)
United States 1 (5%) - 2 (6%) 316M (8%)
  Connecticut - - 1 (3%) 316M (8%)
Ireland - - 1 (3%) 192M (5%)
Domestic 19 (95%) 1.5B (100%) 32 (91%) 3.6B (88%)
Cross-border 1 (5%) - 3 (9%) 507M (12%)
Total 20 $1.5B 35 $4.1B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 6 (30%) - 13 (37%) 991M (24%)
Secondary Buyout 8 (40%) 618M (41%) 12 (34%) 1.3B (31%)
Divestiture 6 (30%) 897M (59%) 9 (26%) 1.8B (44%)
Recapitalization - - 1 (3%) -
Total 20 $1.5B 35 $4.1B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 10 (67%) 1.9B (62%)
Trade Sale 5 (33%) 1.2B (38%)
Total 15 $3.0B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Houlihan Lokey
1
Harris Williams & Co.
1
Canaccord Genuity Corp.
1
Legal Deals
Allen & Overy LLP
2
Shearman & Sterling LLP
1
Travers Smith LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 14 $4.0B
< $100M 1 $45M
TOTAL $4.1B
Largest PhotoBox Ltd.
$618M (2015-10-20)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 6 $3.0B
TOTAL $3.0B
Largest Quorn Foods, Inc.
$847M (2015-09-30)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
55%
12 55%
Strategic(s)
45%
10 45%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
77%
10 77%
Strategic(s)
23%
3 23%

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