Foresight Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Foresight Private Equity has acquired 5 companies. It has also invested in 49 others.

Foresight Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (13%) and software (12%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (78%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (12%). In total, Foresight Private Equity has invested in 3 US states and 7 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2020 when it acquired FIS Chemicals for $3M.

In the last 3 years, Foresight Private Equity has exited 16 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (66%). 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 Activity209
    • M&A Buy Activity174
    • M&A Sell Activity35
  • Total Sectors Invested 41
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 32
  • M&A Advisors 34

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 ≤ '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 T
Buy (15.0/yr) # 99 21 16 24 14 - 174
vol $6M $3M $9M
Sell (3.4/yr) # 18 1 2 6 8 - 35
vol $351M $26M $74M $451M
  209

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Texture Jet Ltd. 2022-12-15 - Growth Capital
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.texturejet.com
BlueSkeye AI Ltd. 2022-10-31 - Growth Capital
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.blueskeye.com
PBD Biotech Ltd. 2022-10-19 - Growth Capital
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.pbdbio.wpengine.com
F&W Networks Ltd. 2022-10-17 - Growth Capital
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.fwnetworks.co.uk
Pumped Storage Hydro 2022-10-04 - Growth Capital
Scotland, United Kingdom
Copptech 2022-10-01 - Growth Capital
Santiago, Chile · www.copptech.com
Cimteq Ltd. 2022-09-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Wrexham, United Kingdom · www.cimteq.com
Strategic Software Applications Ltd. 2022-09-12 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.ruleguard.com
Opsydia Ltd. 2022-09-07 - Growth Capital
Woodstock, United Kingdom · www.opsydia.com
Med Imaging Healthcare Ltd. 2022-08-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Knowsley, United Kingdom · www.mihealthcare.co.uk
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Optimizely, Inc. 2020-09-03 NewsCred, Inc. 2021-12-01 2
New York, New York · www.optimizely.com New York, New York · www.welcomesoftware.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 10 (8%) 3M (49%) 22 (13%) 3M (33%)
Software 12 (10%) - 20 (11%) -
Information Technology 14 (12%) - 19 (11%) -
Manufacturing 6 (5%) - 8 (5%) -
Medical Products 5 (4%) - 6 (3%) 3M (33%)
Internet Software and Services 6 (5%) - 6 (3%) -
Semiconductors 5 (4%) - 6 (3%) -
Consumer Products 5 (4%) - 5 (3%) -
Consumer Services 1 (1%) - 5 (3%) -
Engineering 3 (3%) - 5 (3%) -
Financial Services 4 (3%) - 5 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 4 (3%) - 5 (3%) -
Life Science 4 (3%) - 5 (3%) -
Chemicals 3 (3%) 3M (51%) 4 (2%) 3M (34%)
Food 3 (3%) - 4 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (2%) - 4 (2%) -
E-Commerce 1 (1%) - 3 (2%) -
Electrical Equipment 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Electronics 3 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Machinery 3 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Restaurants 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Automotive 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Leisure 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Marketing 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Media 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Packaging 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Publishing - - 2 (1%) -
Renewable Energy - - 2 (1%) -
Safety/Security 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Building Materials 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Communications 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Distribution 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Education 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Furniture 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) -
Real Estate 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Retail - - 1 (1%) -
Staffing 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 118 $6M 174 $9M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 111 (94%) 6M (100%) 163 (94%) 6M (100%)
Ireland 4 (3%) - 4 (2%) -
United States 1 (1%) - 3 (2%) -
  New York 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (1%) -
  California - - 1 (1%) -
Chile 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Channel Islands 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Germany - - 1 (1%) -
Total 118 $6M 173 $6M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 100 (85%) - 135 (78%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 5 (4%) 6M (100%) 20 (11%) 6M (67%)
Venture 9 (8%) - 11 (6%) -
Divestiture 2 (2%) - 4 (2%) 3M (33%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (1%) - 3 (2%) -
Add-on Acquisition 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 118 $6M 174 $9M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 18 (51%) -
Secondary Sale 9 (26%) 150M (33%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (14%) 301M (67%)
Bankruptcy 2 (6%) -
Sold to Management 1 (3%) -
Total 35 $451M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Consilium Partners LLC
2
Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd.
2
WK Corporate Finance LLP
1
Legal Deals
RW Blears
11
Shoosmiths LLP
6
Shakespeare Martineau LLP
4

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 3 $9M
TOTAL $9M
Largest FIS Chemicals Ltd.
$3M (2020-10-27)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $130M
< $100M 7 $321M
TOTAL $451M
Largest DataPath, Inc.
$130M (2009-04-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
2%
3 (2%)
Strategic(s)
2%
4 (2%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
20%
7 (20%)
Strategic(s)
66%
23 (66%)

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