Five Elms Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Five Elms Capital has invested in 15 companies.

Five Elms Capital’s most common sectors for investment are internet software and services (45%) and software (25%). The Firm’s most common investment types include venture (66%) and growth capital (32%). In total, Five Elms Capital has invested in 13 US states and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2004 when it acquired SPi Global Holdings for $90M.

In the last 3 years, Five Elms Capital has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (78%). Five Elms Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2006 when it sold SPi Global Holdings for $159M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity38
    • M&A Buy Activity29
    • M&A Sell Activity9
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 14

Five Elms Capital

4801 Main Street, Suite 700,
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
United States
(913) 953-8960
www.fiveelms.com
ws@fiveelms.com

Five Elms Capital is a private investment firm focused on investing $5 to $75 million in bootstrapped business services companies with $2 to $20 million in rev enue. The Firm will consider providing growth capital or to support shareholder liquidity needs. Five Elms Capital was formed in 2007 and is based in Kansas City, Missouri.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Services, Financial Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Media, Software, Technology Hardware

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Africa, Asia/Pacific

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 2 20
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 5 75
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (3.6/yr) # 11 3 4 4 6 1 29
vol $110M $110M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 4 - - 2 3 - 9
vol $228M $228M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Karbon 2021-03-02 - Venture
Sausalito, California · www.karbonhq.com
MemberClicks LLC 2020-12-23 - Add-on Acquisition
Atlanta, Georgia · www.memberclicks.com
Panopta LLC 2020-12-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Chicago, Illinois · www.panopta.com
SelectQuote Inc. 2020-05-21 - IPO
Overland Park, Kansas · www.selectquote.com
SingleOps LLC 2020-04-03 - Venture
Atlanta, Georgia · www.singleops.com
Written Byte Ltd. 2020-03-10 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.deepcrawl.com
Outfit 2020-02-04 - Venture
Queensland, Australia · www.outfit.io
LaborChart 2020-01-30 - Venture
Kansas, Missouri · www.laborchart.com
Proxyclick 2020-01-23 - Venture
Brussels, Belgium · www.proxyclick.com
Skynamo (Pty) Ltd. 2020-01-23 - Venture
Stellenbosch, South Africa · www.skynamo.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Internet Software and Services 11 (55%) - 13 (45%) -
Software 5 (25%) - 7 (24%) -
Information Technology 1 (5%) - 2 (7%) 90M (82%)
Business Services - - 2 (7%) 20M (18%)
Insurance 1 (5%) - 2 (7%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (3%) -
Marketing 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
Real Estate 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 20 - 29 $110M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 16 (80%) - 24 (83%) 20M (18%)
  California 2 (10%) - 4 (14%) 20M (18%)
  Kansas 2 (10%) - 4 (14%) -
  Arkansas 2 (10%) - 2 (7%) -
  Washington 2 (10%) - 2 (7%) -
  Missouri 2 (10%) - 2 (7%) -
  Georgia 1 (5%) - 2 (7%) -
  Texas 1 (5%) - 2 (7%) -
  Indiana 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
  Colorado 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
  Utah 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
  Ohio 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (3%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (3%) -
United Kingdom 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
Australia 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
Belgium 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
South Africa 1 (5%) - 1 (3%) -
Philippines - - 1 (3%) 90M (82%)
Domestic 16 (80%) - 24 (83%) 20M (18%)
Cross-border 4 (20%) - 5 (17%) 90M (82%)
Total 20 - 29 $110M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Venture 16 (80%) - 19 (66%) -
Growth Capital 4 (20%) - 9 (31%) 20M (18%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 1 (3%) 90M (82%)
Total 20 - 29 $110M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 5 (56%) 69M (30%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 2 (22%) 159M (70%)
Bankruptcy 1 (11%) -
IPO 1 (11%) -
Total 9 $228M

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 2 $110M
TOTAL $110M
Largest SPi Global Holdings, Inc.
$90M (2004-06-10)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $159M
< $100M 1 $69M
TOTAL $228M
Largest SPi Global Holdings, Inc.
$159M (2006-01-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Exited to
Strategic(s)
78%
7 (78%)

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