Foresight Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Foresight Private Equity has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 48 others.

Foresight Private Equity’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (13%) and information technology (11%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (78%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (11%). In total, Foresight Private Equity has invested in 4 US states and 6 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 19 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (60%). 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 Activity226
    • M&A Buy Activity186
    • M&A Sell Activity40
  • Total Sectors Invested 43
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 33
  • M&A Advisors 36

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 ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (13.0/yr) # 121 16 25 15 9 - 186
vol $6M $3M $9M
Sell (4.2/yr) # 19 2 6 8 5 - 40
vol $351M $26M $74M $451M
  226

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
The KSL Clinic Ltd. 2023-07-05 - Growth Capital
Kent, United Kingdom · www.kslclinic.co.uk
MSL Property Care Services Ltd. 2023-06-22 - Growth Capital
Halifax, United Kingdom · www.msl-ltd.co.uk
Red Flag Alert Technology Group Ltd. 2023-06-01 - Growth Capital
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.redflagalert.com
WeTrack Software Ltd. 2023-05-26 - Trade Sale
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.wetrack.com
Kluster Enterprises Ltd. 2023-04-27 - Venture
London, United States · www.kluster.com
Firefish Software Ltd. 2023-04-19 - Growth Capital
Glasgow, United Kingdom · www.firefishsoftware.com
Sprint Electric Ltd. 2023-04-13 - Growth Capital
Ford, United Kingdom · www.sprint-electric.com
Datapath Ltd. 2023-04-03 - Unknown
Derby, United Kingdom · www.datapath.co.uk
Government Grant & Tax Consultants Ltd. 2023-04-03 - Trade Sale
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom · www.govgrant.co.uk
Camloc Motion Control Ltd. 2023-03-27 - Unknown
Leicester, United Kingdom · www.camloc.com
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%) 23 (12%) 3M (33%)
Information Technology 15 (12%) - 20 (11%) -
Software 12 (10%) - 20 (11%) -
Internet Software and Services 8 (6%) - 9 (5%) -
Manufacturing 5 (4%) - 8 (4%) -
Medical Products 5 (4%) - 6 (3%) 3M (33%)
Consumer Services 2 (2%) - 6 (3%) -
Semiconductors 5 (4%) - 6 (3%) -
Consumer Products 5 (4%) - 5 (3%) -
Engineering 3 (2%) - 5 (3%) -
Financial Services 4 (3%) - 5 (3%) -
Healthcare Services 4 (3%) - 5 (3%) -
Life Science 4 (3%) - 5 (3%) -
Chemicals 3 (2%) 3M (51%) 4 (2%) 3M (34%)
Electrical Equipment 3 (2%) - 4 (2%) -
Food 3 (2%) - 4 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (1%) - 4 (2%) -
Automotive 2 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
E-Commerce 1 (1%) - 3 (2%) -
Electronics 3 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Machinery 3 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Restaurants 1 (1%) - 3 (2%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Building Materials 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Distribution 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%) -
Agriculture 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Communications 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Education 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Furniture 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) -
Insurance 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Real Estate 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Retail - - 1 (1%) -
Staffing 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 124 $6M 186 $9M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 116 (94%) 6M (100%) 175 (94%) 6M (100%)
Ireland 4 (3%) - 4 (2%) -
United States 2 (2%) - 4 (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 124 $6M 186 $6M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 105 (85%) - 145 (78%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 5 (4%) 6M (100%) 20 (11%) 6M (67%)
Venture 10 (8%) - 13 (7%) -
Divestiture 2 (2%) - 4 (2%) 3M (33%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (1%) - 3 (2%) -
Add-on Acquisition 1 (1%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 124 $6M 186 $9M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 20 (50%) -
Secondary Sale 10 (25%) 150M (33%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (13%) 301M (67%)
Bankruptcy 2 (5%) -
Unknown 2 (5%) -
Sold to Management 1 (3%) -
Total 40 $451M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Consilium Partners LLC
3
Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd.
2
Mazars Group - Investment Bank
1
Legal Deals
RW Blears
12
Shoosmiths LLP
8
Gateley Plc
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%
8 (20%)
Strategic(s)
60%
24 (60%)

FAQ

When was Foresight Private Equity founded?

Foresight Private Equity was founded in 1984.

What type of investor is Foresight Private Equity?

Foresight Private Equity is a private equity firm.

Where is Foresight Private Equity headquartered?

Foresight Private Equity is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

How much capital does Foresight Private Equity have under management?

Foresight Private Equity has 600M GBP under management.

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