General Atlantic Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Growth Capital Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, General Atlantic has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 29 others.

General Atlantic’s most common sectors for investment areinternet software and services (20%) and information technology (15%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (47%) and venture (15%). In total, General Atlantic has invested in 22 US states and 27 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2008 when it acquired Gavilon for $2.8B.

In the last 3 years, General Atlantic has exited 20 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (34%). General Atlantic’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2021 when it sold Authentic Brands Group for $12.7B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity315
    • M&A Buy Activity205
    • M&A Sell Activity110
  • Total Sectors Invested 30
  • Total Countries Invested 27
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 125
  • M&A Advisors 27

General Atlantic

Park Avenue Plaza 55 East, 32nd Street,
New York, New York 10055
United States
(212) 715-4000
www.generalatlantic.com
info@generalatlantic.com

General Atlantic is a large private equity firm that invests globally in growth-oriented public and private companies. Broad areas of interest include financial services, media and consumer, healthcare, enterprise solutions, communications and electronics, and energy. General Atlantic looks to invest €40 to €400 million in transactions that support growth, expansions, buy-outs, consolidations and build-ups. General Atlantic seeks to make 8 to 12 investments per year with an investment horizon of five to ten years. The Firm's geographic coverage spans North America; Europe; Asia/Pacific; and India. General Atlantic was formed in 1980 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Digital Media, Distribution, E-Commerce, Education, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Energy Services and Equipment, Engineering, Financial Services, Gaming, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Life Science, Manufacturing, Marketing, Media, Oil/Gas Exploration, Publishing, Retail, Safety/Security, Semiconductors, Software, Staffing, Technology Hardware, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia/Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, Central Asia/India, Latin/South America

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 40 400
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (9.4/yr) # 158 15 3 7 22 - 205
vol $8.9B $8.9B
Sell (5.2/yr) # 86 6 7 4 9 - 112
vol $27.7B $2.5B $161M $13.3B $43.7B
  317

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Authentic Brands Group LLC 2021-11-22 12.7B USD Secondary Buyout
New York, New York · www.authenticbrandsgroup.com
Tilting Point 2021-07-20 - Growth Capital
New York, New York · www.tiltingpoint.com
Amherst Pierpont Securities LLC 2021-07-15 600M USD Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.apsec.com
BuzzFeed, Inc. 2021-07-13 - IPO
New York, New York · www.buzzfeed.com
Articulate Global, Inc. 2021-07-01 - Venture
New York, New York · www.articulate.com
Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Ltd. 2021-06-28 - IPO
Telangana, India · www.kimshospitals.com
Mollie B.V. 2021-06-22 - Venture
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.mollie.com
Transmit Security 2021-06-22 - Venture
Boston, Massachusetts · www.transmitsecurity.com
Guideline 2021-06-16 - Growth Capital
San Mateo, California · www.guideline.com
Fresha.com SV Ltd. 2021-06-11 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.fresha.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Internet Software and Services 21 (24%) - 41 (20%) 15M (< 1%)
Information Technology 9 (10%) 319M (28%) 30 (15%) 584M (7%)
Financial Services 9 (10%) - 22 (11%) 1.6B (18%)
Business Services 1 (1%) - 19 (9%) 3.9B (44%)
Healthcare Services 6 (7%) - 12 (6%) -
Retail 9 (10%) - 11 (5%) -
Software 2 (2%) - 8 (4%) -
E-Commerce 2 (2%) - 7 (3%) 43M (< 1%)
Life Science 3 (3%) - 6 (3%) -
Engineering - - 4 (2%) 1.7B (19%)
Insurance 1 (1%) 385M (34%) 4 (2%) 385M (4%)
Consumer Products 2 (2%) - 4 (2%) -
Marketing 2 (2%) - 4 (2%) -
Restaurants 3 (3%) - 4 (2%) -
Information Services - - 3 (1%) 122M (1%)
Digital Media 1 (1%) - 3 (1%) -
Education 3 (3%) - 3 (1%) -
Medical Products 3 (3%) - 3 (1%) -
Staffing - - 2 (1%) 200M (2%)
Apparel/Textiles 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Consumer Services 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Food 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Publishing 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Transportation 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Infrastructure 1 (1%) 425M (38%) 1 (< 1%) 425M (5%)
Automotive - - 1 (< 1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (< 1%) -
Environmental 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Media - - 1 (< 1%) -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (< 1%) -
Total 87 $1.1B 206 $8.9B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 32 (37%) 319M (28%) 99 (48%) 6.7B (76%)
  California 10 (11%) - 27 (13%) -
  New York 5 (6%) - 15 (7%) 1.7B (20%)
  Texas 2 (2%) - 8 (4%) -
  Massachusetts 3 (3%) - 7 (3%) -
  Illinois 2 (2%) - 7 (3%) -
  Connecticut 2 (2%) - 6 (3%) -
  South Carolina 1 (1%) - 4 (2%) -
  Tennessee 2 (2%) 319M (28%) 3 (1%) 319M (4%)
  Arizona 2 (2%) - 3 (1%) -
  Washington 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
  Maryland 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
  Virginia - - 2 (1%) 1.7B (19%)
  Colorado - - 2 (1%) 200M (2%)
  New Jersey - - 2 (1%) -
  Florida - - 2 (1%) -
  Vermont 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
  Nebraska - - 1 (< 1%) 2.8B (32%)
  West Virginia - - 1 (< 1%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (< 1%) -
  Michigan - - 1 (< 1%) -
  Kansas - - 1 (< 1%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (< 1%) -
India 9 (10%) - 17 (8%) -
China 7 (8%) - 14 (7%) -
United Kingdom 5 (6%) 385M (34%) 14 (7%) 864M (10%)
Brazil 7 (8%) - 11 (5%) -
Germany 2 (2%) - 11 (5%) -
Canada 5 (6%) - 6 (3%) -
  Ontario 4 (5%) - 5 (2%) -
  Alberta 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Spain 1 (1%) - 4 (2%) 15M (< 1%)
Singapore 3 (3%) 425M (38%) 3 (1%) 425M (5%)
Mexico 3 (3%) - 3 (1%) -
Netherlands 1 (1%) - 3 (1%) -
France 2 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Australia 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Denmark 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Sweden 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
United Arab Emirates 1 (1%) - 2 (1%) -
Cayman Islands 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Czech Republic 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Indonesia 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Israel 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Slovenia 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Uruguay 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Bermuda - - 1 (< 1%) 800M (9%)
South Africa - - 1 (< 1%) 53M (1%)
Argentina - - 1 (< 1%) -
Russia - - 1 (< 1%) -
Turkey - - 1 (< 1%) -
Total 87 $1.1B 206 $8.9B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 46 (53%) - 95 (46%) -
Venture 16 (18%) - 30 (15%) 58M (1%)
Stake Purchase 9 (10%) 744M (66%) 25 (12%) 744M (8%)
Secondary Buyout 7 (8%) 385M (34%) 20 (10%) 385M (4%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (2%) - 14 (7%) 595M (7%)
PIPE 5 (6%) - 11 (5%) 1.4B (15%)
Divestiture 1 (1%) - 5 (2%) 5.5B (62%)
Going Private - - 2 (1%) 265M (3%)
Acquisition Financing - - 1 (< 1%) -
Joint Venture - - 1 (< 1%) -
Merger - - 1 (< 1%) -
Recapitalization 1 (1%) - 1 (< 1%) -
Total 87 $1.1B 206 $8.9B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
IPO 32 (29%) 335M (1%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 27 (24%) 15.2B (40%)
Secondary Sale 23 (21%) 21.3B (56%)
Trade Sale 12 (11%) 1.5B (4%)
Stake Sale 8 (7%) -
Merger 4 (4%) -
Sold to Management 2 (2%) -
SPAC 2 (2%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Recapitalization 1 (1%) -
Total 112 $38.4B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Financo LLC
2
UBS Investment Bank
1
Lincoln International
1
Legal Deals
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
18
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
5
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 3 $5.8B
$100M to $1B 9 $2.9B
< $100M 3 $111M
TOTAL $8.9B
Largest Gavilon LLC
$2.8B (2008-06-23)
sell # Total
> $1B 12 $36.7B
$100M to $1B 19 $6.9B
< $100M 2 $46M
TOTAL $43.7B
Largest Authentic Brands Group LLC
$12.7B (2021-11-22)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
11%
22 (11%)
Strategic(s)
4%
8 (4%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
23%
26 (23%)
Strategic(s)
39%
44 (39%)

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