Foresight Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Foresight Private Equity has acquired 7 companies. It has also invested in 52 others.

Foresight Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are business services (16%) and information technology (13%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (71%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (16%). In total, Foresight Private Equity has invested in 2 US states and 5 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2016 when it acquired Agar Scientific for $3M.

In the last 3 years, Foresight Private Equity has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (55%). Foresight Private Equity’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2009 when it sold DataPath for $130M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity151
    • M&A Buy Activity131
    • M&A Sell Activity20
  • Total Sectors Invested 34
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 22
  • M&A Advisors 12

Foresight Private Equity

The Shard 32 London Bridge Street,
London, SE1 9SG
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 3667 8100
www.foresightgroup.eu/private-equity/
info@foresightgroup.eu

Foresight Group LLP (Formerly VCF Partners)


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, E-Commerce, Electrical Equipment, Engineering, Financial Services, Food, Furniture, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Life Science, Manufacturing, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Packaging, Renewable Energy, Restaurants, Retail, Safety/Security, Semiconductors, Software, Staffing, Technology Hardware, Test/Measurement Equipment

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe, Asia/Pacific, Australia/New Zealand

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 1 5
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (14.0/yr) # 61 11 28 18 11 2 131
vol $3M $3M $6M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 15 2 - 1 1 1 20
vol $351M $26M $377M
  151

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Folkestone Fixings Ltd. 2021-01-27 26M GBP Secondary Buyout
Kent, United Kingdom · www.ffx.co.uk
iMist Ltd. 2021-01-18 - Growth Capital
Swanley, United Kingdom · www.imist.com
Plantexpand Ltd. 2021-01-14 - Growth Capital
Wickford, United Kingdom · www.plantexpand.com
AudioScenic Ltd. 2020-11-05 - Growth Capital
Southampton, United Kingdom · www.audioscenic.com
Pensions Infrastructure Platform Ltd. (PiP) 2020-08-19 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
London, United Kingdom · www.pipfunds.co.uk
Flusso Ltd. 2020-06-02 - Venture
Cambridge, United Kingdom · www.flussoltd.com
Clubhouse Golf Ltd. 2020-04-20 - Trade Sale
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.clubhousegolf.co.uk
Living Optics 2020-04-16 - Venture
Oxford, United Kingdom · www.livingoptics.co
Nano Interactive Ltd. 2020-04-07 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.nanointeractive.com
Substantive Research Ltd. 2020-04-06 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.substantiveresearch.com
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M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 13 (13%) 3M (50%) 20 (15%) 3M (50%)
Information Technology 14 (14%) - 17 (13%) -
Software 8 (8%) - 13 (10%) -
Medical Products 7 (7%) 3M (50%) 7 (5%) 3M (50%)
Manufacturing 6 (6%) - 7 (5%) -
Consumer Services 2 (2%) - 5 (4%) -
Engineering 3 (3%) - 5 (4%) -
Technology Hardware 3 (3%) - 5 (4%) -
Financial Services 4 (4%) - 4 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 3 (3%) - 4 (3%) -
Internet Software and Services 4 (4%) - 4 (3%) -
Apparel/Textiles 3 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
E-Commerce 3 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Electrical Equipment 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Restaurants 3 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Consumer Products 2 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Food 2 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Marketing 2 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Media 2 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Packaging 2 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Publishing - - 2 (2%) -
Renewable Energy 1 (1%) - 2 (2%) -
Safety/Security 2 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 2 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
Chemicals - - 1 (1%) -
Distribution 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Furniture 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) -
Leisure - - 1 (1%) -
Life Science 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Retail - - 1 (1%) -
Semiconductors 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Staffing 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 98 $6M 131 $6M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 96 (98%) 3M (100%) 126 (97%) 3M (100%)
United States - - 2 (2%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (1%) -
  California - - 1 (1%) -
Germany 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Ireland 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 98 $3M 130 $3M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 72 (73%) - 92 (70%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 8 (8%) 3M (50%) 20 (15%) 3M (50%)
Venture 13 (13%) - 13 (10%) -
Divestiture 4 (4%) 3M (50%) 4 (3%) 3M (50%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (1%) - 2 (2%) -
Total 98 $6M 131 $6M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 8 (40%) 150M (40%)
Trade Sale 7 (35%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (20%) 227M (60%)
Sold to Management 1 (5%) -
Total 20 $377M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors LLC
1
WK Corporate Finance LLP
1
RSM EquiCo Capital Markets LLC
1
Legal Deals
Shakespeare Martineau LLP
3
Gateley Plc
2
Ashurst LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 2 $6M
TOTAL $6M
Largest Agar Scientific Ltd.
$3M (2016-05-25)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $130M
< $100M 6 $247M
TOTAL $377M
Largest DataPath, Inc.
$130M (2009-04-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
2%
2 (2%)
Strategic(s)
3%
4 (3%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
30%
6 (30%)
Strategic(s)
55%
11 (55%)

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