Five Arrows Principal Investments Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Five Arrows Principal Investments has acquired 7 companies. It has also invested in 3 others.

Five Arrows Principal Investments’ most common sectors for investment areinformation technology (20%) and software (17%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (59%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (30%). In total, Five Arrows Principal Investments has invested in 4 US states and 8 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2011 when it acquired Etanco SAS for $417M.

In the last 3 years, Five Arrows Principal Investments has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (82%). Five Arrows Principal Investments’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2022 when it sold The Binding Site Group for $3.5B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity47
    • M&A Buy Activity31
    • M&A Sell Activity16
  • Total Sectors Invested 17
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 10

Five Arrows Principal Investments

23Bis, Avenue de Messine 51st floor,
Paris, 75008
France
+ 33 1 40 74 40 49
www.rothschild.com/merchant_banking/FAPI/home

Five Arrows Principal Investments is a mid-cap investor in Western European companies. Five Arrows can invest across the capital structure (equity, equity-linked, mezzanine, convertible debt) and generally focused on primary or secondary buyouts, growth financings, and balance sheet restructurings. The Group does not have any sector preferences, but typically looks for businesses with high barriers to entry and predictable earnings. Five Arrows can commit €25 to €90 million per investment. Five Arrows is a unit of Rothschild Bank. The Group has offices in Paris, Luxembourg, and London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Building Materials, Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Education, Environmental, Food, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Life Science, Medical Products, Packaging, Restaurants, Retail, Software, Transportation

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 25 90
Enterprise Value 50 500
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (2.2/yr) # 20 1 1 2 3 4 31
vol $648M $648M
Sell (1.8/yr) # 7 4 1 2 1 1 16
vol $453M $3.5B $3.9B
  47

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
The Binding Site Group Ltd. 2022-10-31 3.5B GBP Add-on Acquisition
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.bindingsite.com
BioPhorum Operations Group Ltd. 2022-07-01 - Secondary Buyout
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.biophorum.com
Kpler Holding SA 2022-04-13 - Growth Capital
Brussels, Belgium · www.kpler.com
Mintec Ltd. 2022-02-02 - Secondary Buyout
Bourne End, United Kingdom · www.mintecglobal.com
basys, Inc. 2022-01-06 - Secondary Buyout
Baltimore, Maryland · www.basys.com
KidsKonnect 2021-12-15 - Secondary Buyout
Haarlem, Netherlands · www.kidskonnect.nl
Sygnature Discovery Ltd. 2021-06-29 - Secondary Buyout
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.sygnaturediscovery.com
Causeway Technologies Ltd. 2021-06-29 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.causeway.com
Opus 2 International Ltd. 2021-03-30 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.opus2.com
Texthelp Ltd. 2020-12-16 - Secondary Buyout
Antrim, United Kingdom · www.texthelp.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
RLDatix Ltd. 2013-07-01 365 Response Ltd. 2022-02-09 11
London, United Kingdom · www.rldatix.com Wakefield, United Kingdom · www.365response.org
Texthelp Ltd. 2020-12-16 Don Johnston - Education Technology 2022-01-10 1
Antrim, United Kingdom · www.texthelp.com Volo, Illinois
RLDatix Ltd. 2013-07-01 Allocate Software plc 2021-06-28 10
London, United Kingdom · www.rldatix.com Richmond, United Kingdom · www.allocatesoftware.com
RLDatix Ltd. 2013-07-01 Verge Solutions LLC 2020-10-21 9
London, United Kingdom · www.rldatix.com Mount Pleasant, South Carolina · www.vergehealth.com
The Stepping Stones Group 2018-01-04 Ardor Health Solutions - School Solutions 2020-10-15 10
Lafayette, Colorado · www.thesteppingstonesgroup.com Coral Springs, Florida
RLDatix Ltd. 2013-07-01 Quantros Safety Suite 2019-10-07 8
London, United Kingdom · www.rldatix.com Greenville, South Carolina
SOCOTEC 2013-02-07 Vidaris, Inc. 2019-09-03 6
Saint-Quentin-Yvelines, France · www.socotec.com New York, New York · www.vidaris.com
SOCOTEC 2013-02-07 Schollenberger Kampfmittelbergung GmbH 2018-11-09 5
Saint-Quentin-Yvelines, France · www.socotec.com Celle, Germany · www.schollenberger.de
Karnov Group 2015-07-16 Wolters Kluwer NV - Swedish Publishing & Trade Services Assets 2017-10-25 1
Stockholm, Sweden · www.karnovgroup.se , Sweden
SOCOTEC 2013-02-07 Environmental Scientifics Group Ltd. 2017-03-21 4
Saint-Quentin-Yvelines, France · www.socotec.com Staffordshire, United Kingdom · www.esg.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 4 (25%) - 6 (19%) -
Software 4 (25%) - 5 (16%) -
Healthcare Services 3 (19%) - 3 (10%) -
Life Science 1 (6%) - 3 (10%) -
Information Services 2 (13%) - 2 (6%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (3%) 417M (64%)
Publishing - - 1 (3%) 231M (36%)
Business Services 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Education - - 1 (3%) -
Environmental - - 1 (3%) -
Food - - 1 (3%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (3%) -
Media - - 1 (3%) -
Packaging - - 1 (3%) -
Restaurants - - 1 (3%) -
Retail - - 1 (3%) -
Total 16 - 31 $648M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 6 (38%) - 11 (35%) 231M (36%)
France 3 (19%) - 10 (32%) 417M (64%)
United States 4 (25%) - 4 (13%) -
  Virginia 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Maryland 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Georgia 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Colorado 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Sweden 1 (6%) - 2 (6%) -
Belgium 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Netherlands 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Germany - - 1 (3%) -
Italy - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 3 (19%) - 10 (32%) 417M (64%)
Cross-border 13 (81%) - 21 (68%) 231M (36%)
Total 16 - 31 $648M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 12 (75%) - 18 (58%) 417M (64%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (6%) - 9 (29%) 231M (36%)
Growth Capital 3 (19%) - 4 (13%) -
Total 16 - 31 $648M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 13 (81%) 453M (12%)
IPO 2 (13%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (6%) 3.5B (88%)
Total 16 $3.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Raymond James - Investment Banking
2
Daiwa Corporate Advisory Ltd. (DC Advisory)
2
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
1
Legal Deals
De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
3
Shoosmiths LLP
1
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $648M
TOTAL $648M
Largest Etanco SAS
$417M (2011-09-05)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $3.5B
$100M to $1B 2 $453M
TOTAL $3.9B
Largest The Binding Site Group Ltd.
$3.5B (2022-10-31)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
58%
18 (58%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
81%
13 (81%)
Strategic(s)
6%
1 (6%)

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