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 60 others.

Foresight Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment are business services (15%) and information technology (13%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (70%) 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 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 Activity147
    • M&A Buy Activity128
    • M&A Sell Activity19
  • Total Sectors Invested 34
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 22
  • M&A Advisors 9

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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (15.6/yr) # 50 11 11 28 18 10 128
vol $3M $3M $6M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 14 1 2 - 1 1 19
vol $351M $351M
  147

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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
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
Masters of Pie Ltd. 2020-01-27 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.mastersofpie.com
Rovco 2020-01-13 - Venture
Bristol, United Kingdom · www.rovco.com
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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 12 (13%) 3M (50%) 19 (15%) 3M (50%)
Information Technology 13 (14%) - 16 (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%) -
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%) - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Semiconductors 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Staffing 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 96 $6M 128 $6M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 94 (98%) 3M (100%) 123 (97%) 3M (100%)
United States - - 2 (2%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (1%) -
  California - - 1 (1%) -
Germany 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Ireland 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 96 $3M 127 $3M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 70 (73%) - 89 (70%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 8 (8%) 3M (50%) 20 (16%) 3M (50%)
Venture 13 (14%) - 13 (10%) -
Divestiture 4 (4%) 3M (50%) 4 (3%) 3M (50%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (1%) - 2 (2%) -
Total 96 $6M 128 $6M

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
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 5 $221M
TOTAL $351M
Largest DataPath, Inc.
$130M (2009-04-01)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
43%
3 43%
Strategic(s)
57%
4 57%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
31%
5 31%
Strategic(s)
69%
11 69%

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