Investment Summary

Exits Leaf Group

On January 15, 2011, invested in internet software and services company Leaf Group from Generation Partners, Spectrum Equity and St. Cloud Capital

Investment Highlights
  • This is transaction in the Internet Software and Services sector.
  • This is transaction in the United States.
  • This is transaction in California.
Investment Fate
  • Leaf Group was sold to a strategic buyer in 2021 for 323M USD.

Investment Summary

Date 2011-01-15
Target Leaf Group
Sector Internet Software and Services
Sellers(s) Generation Partners
Spectrum Equity
St. Cloud Capital
Deal Type IPO

Target

Leaf Group

Santa Monica, California, United States
website
Leaf Group is a diversified Internet company with online media properties (eHow, LIVESTRONG.com and Cracked) and marketplace platforms (Society6 and Saatchi Art) that enable communities of creators to reach passionate audiences in large and growing lifestyle categories. Leaf Group was founded in 2006 and is based in Santa Monica, California.

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Seller(S) 3

SELLER

Generation Partners

Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1995
PE ASSETS 1.0B USD
Size Large
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Generation Partners is a private equity firm focused on growth companies at various stages of development. Generation looks to commit $10 to $50 million of equity capital per investment. The Firm is a hands-on investor, helping managers take their companies to the next level. Areas of interest include business, information, and consumer services; media, communications and entertainment; and healthcare services and technology. Generation will consider both majority and minority positions. Generation Partners was formed in 1995 and has offices in Greenwich, Connecticut; Austin, Texas; and San Francisco, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 13 of 14
Sector (Internet Software and Services) 1 of 2
Type (IPO) 2 of 2
State (California) 3 of 3
Country (United States) 13 of 14
Year (2011) 1 of 2
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2010-12-02 Sterling Infosystems

New York, New York, United States

Sterling Infosystems, Inc. (Sterling Talent Solutions) is a provider of criminal background checks, employment and education verification, drug testing and other pre-employment related screening services.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2011-01-28 ShopWiki

New York, New York, United States

ShopWiki Corp. is a internet technology company which has developed one of the most advanced shopping search engines in the market - www.shopwiki.com. The Company's technology helps consumers make better buying decisions by providing a fast and accurate way to find millions of products from hundreds of thousands of online stores globally, often producing the lowest available prices. Oversee.net acquired ShopWiki in November 2010 in a highly successful exit for Generation.

Sell -
SELLER

Spectrum Equity

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1994
PE ASSETS 4.7B USD
Size Large
Type Sector Focused
DESCRIPTION

Spectrum Equity Management L.P. is a private equity investor focused on service businesses. Spectrum specifically targets established businesses in the media, communications, IT, information, and business services industries. The Firm looks to commit $25 to $100 million of equity capital per transaction and focuses on opportunities throughout North America and Western Europe. Prospective transaction situations include leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, acquisition financings, and secondary purchases. Spectrum Equity Investors was formed in 1994 and has offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Menlo Park, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 24 of 66
Sector (Internet Software and Services) 2 of 12
Type (IPO) 7 of 11
State (California) 3 of 9
Country (United States) 23 of 59
Year (2011) 1 of 7
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2011-01-04 Trintech

Addison, Texas, United States

Trintech is a provider of integrated software solutions for the Last Mile of Finance. From the time a transaction occurs to the time financial statements are issued, Trintech's innovative Unity Suite automates data collection, account reconciliation, financial close management, financial reporting, XBRL, and financial control testing. Trintech was founded in 1993 and is based in Addison, Texas.

Buy $129M
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2011-02-08 Jagex

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Jagex Ltd. is a video game developer and publisher focused on creating a deep and engaging living game on PC and mobile. Its flagship RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly active worlds, and community-focused development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped. Jagex was founded in 2000 and is based in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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SELLER

St. Cloud Capital

Los Angeles, California, United States

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2001
PE ASSETS 530M USD
Size Middle-Market
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

St. Cloud Capital is an investment firm that invests in lower middle-market private and public companies. The Firm provides both debt and equity capital financing. St. Cloud targets well-managed, undervalued companies with successful products or services, proven technologies, and market niches. It looks to invest $3 to $20 million per transaction in companies with revenue of $10 to $150 million. Prospective transactions types include recapitalizations, buyouts, and growth capital financing. St Cloud Capital was formed in 2001 and is based in Los Angeles, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 5 of 13
Sector (Internet Software and Services) 1 of 1
Type (IPO) 1 of 1
State (California) 3 of 6
Country (United States) 5 of 13
Year (2011) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2010-08-25 SAFE Security

San Ramon, California, United States

SAFE Security, Inc. is one of the largest providers of security alarm systems in the United States. SAFE provides alarm monitoring and related services to over 100,000 customers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Company Founded in 1988 and headquartered in San Ramon, California.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2011-01-18 MNX Global Logistics

Long Beach, California, United States

MNX Global Logistics is a provider of express, supply chain, and freight services to customers primarily in the life sciences, entertainment, and aviation industries. MNX Global Logistics was founded in 1983 and is based in Long Beach, California.

Buy -