Exponent Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Exponent Private Equity has acquired 7 companies.

Exponent Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (14%) and food (14%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (34%) and secondary buyout (34%). In total, Exponent Private Equity has invested in 1 US state 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 4 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 Activity54
    • M&A Buy Activity36
    • M&A Sell Activity18
  • Total Sectors Invested 21
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 18
  • 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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 26 3 3 3 - 1 36
vol $3.4B $337M $400M $4.1B
Sell (1.2/yr) # 12 2 - 2 - 2 18
vol $3.0B $616M $3.7B
  54

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Dennis Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-16 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.dennis.co.uk
BBI Group Holdco Ltd. 2021-06-15 616M GBP Secondary Buyout
Crumlin, United Kingdom · www.the-bbigroup.com
Gü Puds 2021-05-17 - Divestiture
Witney, United Kingdom · www.gupuds.com
TRS Ltd. 2019-11-26 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Southall, United Kingdom · www.trs.co.uk
Vibrant Foods 2019-11-26 - Consolidation
, United Kingdom · www.vibrantfoods.com
Isio Group Ltd. 2019-10-23 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.isio.com
Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd. 2019-06-06 - Secondary Buyout
Alexandria, United Kingdom · www.lochlomonddistillery.com
GTI Group 2019-03-01 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.groupgti.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
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
HSS Hire Service Group Ltd. 2012-10-25 All Seasons Hire Ltd. 2021-09-30 2
Heathrow, United Kingdom · www.hss.com Hampshire, United Kingdom · www.allseasonshire.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 Apex Generators Ltd. 2014-04-01 4
Heathrow, United Kingdom · www.hss.com Glasgow, United Kingdom · www.apexgenerators.co.uk
HSS Hire Service Group Ltd. 2012-10-25 Premiere FCM Ltd. (dba TecServ UK) 2013-11-25 3
Heathrow, United Kingdom · www.hss.com Peterborough, United Kingdom
HSS Hire Service Group Ltd. 2012-10-25 Mobile Traffic Solutions - Irish Division 2013-09-17 2
Heathrow, United Kingdom · www.hss.com , Ireland

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 4 (22%) 1.0B (73%) 5 (14%) 1.0B (25%)
Food 4 (22%) - 5 (14%) 316M (8%)
Financial Services 2 (11%) - 4 (11%) 192M (5%)
Internet Software and Services 1 (6%) - 3 (8%) 251M (6%)
Digital Media - - 2 (6%) -
Leisure 2 (11%) - 2 (6%) -
Education - - 1 (3%) 362M (9%)
Retail - - 1 (3%) 342M (8%)
Marine - - 1 (3%) 340M (8%)
Environmental 1 (6%) 337M (24%) 1 (3%) 337M (8%)
Aerospace - - 1 (3%) 224M (5%)
Consumer Services - - 1 (3%) 206M (5%)
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (3%) 202M (5%)
Life Science - - 1 (3%) 164M (4%)
Information Technology - - 1 (3%) 111M (3%)
E-Commerce 1 (6%) 45M (3%) 1 (3%) 45M (1%)
Beverages - - 1 (3%) -
Consumer Products 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Media 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Publishing - - 1 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 18 $1.4B 36 $4.1B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 18 (100%) 1.4B (100%) 34 (94%) 3.6B (88%)
United States - - 1 (3%) 316M (8%)
  Connecticut - - 1 (3%) 316M (8%)
Ireland - - 1 (3%) 192M (5%)
Domestic 18 (100%) 1.4B (100%) 34 (94%) 3.6B (88%)
Cross-border - - 2 (6%) 507M (12%)
Total 18 $1.4B 36 $4.1B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 8 (44%) 618M (44%) 12 (33%) 1.3B (31%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (17%) - 12 (33%) 991M (24%)
Divestiture 6 (33%) 782M (56%) 10 (28%) 1.8B (45%)
Consolidation 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Recapitalization - - 1 (3%) -
Total 18 $1.4B 36 $4.1B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 12 (67%) 2.5B (68%)
Trade Sale 5 (28%) 1.2B (32%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (6%) -
Total 18 $3.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Canaccord Genuity Corp.
1
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
1
Gleacher Shacklock LLP
1
Legal Deals
Allen & Overy LLP
2
Shearman & Sterling LLP
1
Travers Smith LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 14 $4.1B
< $100M 1 $45M
TOTAL $4.1B
Largest PhotoBox Ltd.
$618M (2015-10-20)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 7 $3.7B
TOTAL $3.7B
Largest Quorn Foods, Inc.
$847M (2015-09-30)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
28%
10 (28%)
Strategic(s)
25%
9 (25%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
67%
12 (67%)
Strategic(s)
22%
4 (22%)

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