Foresight Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Foresight Private Equity has acquired 3 companies. It has also invested in 11 others.

Foresight Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are business services (15%) and software (11%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (67%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (28%). In total, Foresight Private Equity has invested in 2 US states and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2015 when it acquired Specac for $4M.

In the last 3 years, Foresight Private Equity has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (58%). 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 Activity86
    • M&A Buy Activity67
    • M&A Sell Activity19
  • Total Sectors Invested 29
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 18
  • M&A Advisors 6

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: Building Materials, Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Defense, Distribution, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Energy Services and Equipment, Engineering, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Media, Medical Products, Publishing, Software, Technology Hardware

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand

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

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (4.2/yr) # 46 4 3 11 1 2 67
vol $4M $3M $3M $10M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 14 1 2 - 1 1 19
vol $351M $351M
  86

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Clubhouse Golf Ltd. 2020-04-20 - Trade Sale
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.clubhousegolf.co.uk
Mcintyre Electrical Ltd. 2020-02-24 - Growth Capital
Peterborough, United Kingdom · www.mcintyre-electrical.co.uk
Signature Property Finance 2020-01-27 - Secondary Buyout
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.signatureprivatefinance.co.uk
Idio Ltd. 2019-11-18 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.idio.ai
Steamforged Games Ltd. 2019-05-02 - Growth Capital
Stretford, United Kingdom · www.steamforged.com
Footfalls & Heartbeats Ltd. 2018-11-28 - Growth Capital
Auckland, New Zealand · www.footfallsandheartbeats.com
Cimteq Ltd. 2018-11-06 - Growth Capital
Wrexham, United Kingdom · www.cimteq.com
Inovo Robotics Ltd. 2018-11-05 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.inovorobotics.com
Fieldway Supplies Ltd. 2018-10-30 - Growth Capital
Liverpool, United Kingdom · www.fieldwaysupplies.com
Company Cards Ltd. 2018-10-26 3M GBP Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Merseyside, United Kingdom · www.companycards.co.uk
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Procam Television Ltd. 2013-05-07 Take 2 Films 2016-02-29 1
London, United Kingdom · www.procam.tv London, United Kingdom · www.take2films.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 8 (17%) - 10 (15%) -
Software 3 (6%) - 7 (10%) -
Information Technology 4 (8%) - 6 (9%) -
Engineering 4 (8%) - 5 (7%) -
Manufacturing 3 (6%) 3M (29%) 4 (6%) 3M (29%)
Consumer Services 3 (6%) - 4 (6%) -
Medical Products 2 (4%) 3M (29%) 2 (3%) 3M (29%)
Apparel/Textiles 2 (4%) - 2 (3%) -
Distribution 2 (4%) - 2 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (2%) - 2 (3%) -
Internet Software and Services 2 (4%) - 2 (3%) -
Publishing - - 2 (3%) -
Renewable Energy 2 (4%) - 2 (3%) -
Technology Hardware - - 2 (3%) -
Electronics 1 (2%) 4M (42%) 1 (1%) 4M (42%)
Building Materials 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Chemicals 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Consumer Products 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Digital Media 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
E-Commerce 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Financial Services 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Gaming 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) -
Leisure - - 1 (1%) -
Retail 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Staffing 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 48 $10M 67 $10M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 46 (94%) 7M (100%) 62 (93%) 7M (100%)
United States - - 2 (3%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (1%) -
  California - - 1 (1%) -
Germany 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Ireland 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
New Zealand 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 49 $7M 67 $7M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 36 (73%) - 45 (66%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 10 (20%) 7M (71%) 19 (28%) 7M (71%)
Divestiture 2 (4%) 3M (29%) 2 (3%) 3M (29%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (2%) - 2 (3%) -
Total 49 $10M 68 $10M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 7 (37%) 124M (35%)
Trade Sale 7 (37%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (21%) 227M (65%)
Sold to Management 1 (5%) -
Total 19 $351M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors LLC
1
WK Corporate Finance LLP
1
Legal Deals
Ashurst LLP
1
Gateley Plc
1
Squire Patton Boggs
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 3 $10M
TOTAL $10M
Largest Specac Ltd.
$4M (2015-04-22)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $130M
< $100M 5 $221M
TOTAL $351M
Largest DataPath, Inc.
$130M (2009-04-01)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
60%
3 60%
Strategic(s)
40%
2 40%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
31%
5 31%
Strategic(s)
69%
11 69%

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