Foresight Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Foresight Private Equity has acquired 7 companies. It has also invested in 59 others.

Foresight Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (15%) and information technology (13%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (72%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (15%). 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 6 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (61%). 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 Activity161
    • M&A Buy Activity138
    • M&A Sell Activity23
  • Total Sectors Invested 37
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 26
  • M&A Advisors 16

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 (15.4/yr) # 61 11 28 19 11 8 138
vol $3M $3M $6M
Sell (1.6/yr) # 15 2 - 1 1 4 23
vol $351M $26M $377M
  161

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Callen-Lenz Associates Ltd. 2021-08-12 - Growth Capital
Salisbury, United Kingdom · www.callenlenz.com
Poppy & Jack’s Ltd. 2021-07-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom · www.poppyandjacks.co.uk
Mologic Ltd. 2021-07-20 - Add-on Acquisition
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom · www.mologic.co.uk
Hexarad Group Ltd. 2021-07-12 - Growth Capital
Harrow, United Kingdom · www.hexarad.com
RGM Vent Ltd. 2021-07-06 - Growth Capital
Ballyclare, United Kingdom · www.rgmvent.com
NorthWest EHealth Ltd. 2021-06-23 - Growth Capital
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.nweh.co.uk
ReadyGo Diagnostics Ltd. 2021-06-17 - Growth Capital
Chippenham, United Kingdom
Ixaris Systems Ltd. 2021-06-07 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.ixaris.com
RF Brown Ltd. 2021-03-08 - Growth Capital
Hamilton, United Kingdom · www.rfbrown.co.uk
Folkestone Fixings Ltd. 2021-01-27 26M GBP Secondary Buyout
Kent, United Kingdom · www.ffx.co.uk
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M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 13 (13%) 3M (50%) 20 (14%) 3M (50%)
Information Technology 13 (13%) - 17 (12%) -
Software 9 (9%) - 14 (10%) -
Medical Products 7 (7%) 3M (50%) 7 (5%) 3M (50%)
Manufacturing 6 (6%) - 7 (5%) -
Consumer Services 1 (1%) - 5 (4%) -
Engineering 3 (3%) - 5 (4%) -
Healthcare Services 4 (4%) - 5 (4%) -
Technology Hardware 3 (3%) - 5 (4%) -
Financial Services 4 (4%) - 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%) -
Life Science 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Restaurants 3 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Consumer Products 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Food 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Marketing 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Media 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Packaging 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Publishing - - 2 (1%) -
Renewable Energy 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Safety/Security 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Automotive 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
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%) -
Machinery 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Real Estate 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Retail - - 1 (1%) -
Semiconductors 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Staffing 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 102 $6M 138 $6M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 100 (98%) 3M (100%) 133 (97%) 3M (100%)
United States - - 2 (1%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (1%) -
  California - - 1 (1%) -
Germany 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Ireland 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 102 $3M 137 $3M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 77 (75%) - 99 (72%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 8 (8%) 3M (50%) 20 (14%) 3M (50%)
Venture 12 (12%) - 13 (9%) -
Divestiture 4 (4%) 3M (50%) 4 (3%) 3M (50%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Total 102 $6M 138 $6M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 10 (43%) -
Secondary Sale 8 (35%) 150M (40%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (17%) 227M (60%)
Sold to Management 1 (4%) -
Total 23 $377M

Top M&A Advisors

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

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)
1%
2 (1%)
Strategic(s)
3%
4 (3%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
26%
6 (26%)
Strategic(s)
61%
14 (61%)

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