M&A Deal Summary

Genstar Capital Acquires 2020

On June 9, 2021, private equity firm Genstar Capital acquired software company 2020 from Golden Gate Capital and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Genstar Capital’s 11th transaction in the Software sector.
  • This is Genstar Capital’s 6th transaction in Canada.
  • This is Genstar Capital’s 1st transaction in Quebec.
Investment Fate
  • 2020 merged with another company in 2021.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2021-06-09
Target 2020
Sector Software
Buyer(s) Genstar Capital
Sellers(s) Golden Gate Capital
Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking
Deal Type Secondary Buyout

Target

2020

Laval, Quebec, Canada
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2020 is a provider of computer-aided design, business and manufacturing software tailored for the interior design and furniture industries. The company has developed an unmatched depth of knowledge of interior design and space planning to maintain an unbroken history of the market and thought leadership. Its customers include many of the world’s largest home improvement retailers and manufacturers, as well as tens of thousands of local, independent kitchen and bathroom dealers. 2020 was founded in 1987 and is based in Laval, Quebec.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Genstar Capital

San Francisco, California, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1988
PE ASSETS 19.0B USD
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Genstar Capital is a private equity firm that seeks investments in life science, healthcare, medical products, industrial technology, software, financial services, packaging, building materials, manufacturing, and business services companies. Genstar looks to invest between $50 and $400 million of equity capital in businesses valued up to $1 billion. Target transaction situations include control-oriented leveraged buyouts of corporate divisions, privately held businesses or public companies, minority investments in privately held businesses or public companies, ownership restructurings/recapitalizations of privately held businesses, growth equity financings, partnerships with other strategic or financial buyers, and take privates. Genstar Capital was formed in 1988 and is based in San Francisco, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 90 of 98
Sector (Software) 11 of 11
Type (Secondary Buyout) 40 of 46
State (Quebec) 1 of 1
Country (Canada) 6 of 6
Year (2021) 3 of 7
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-06-01 Marcone

St Louis, Missouri, United States

Marcone is a distributor of original equipment parts for the repair of residential appliances in the United States and Canada. Marcone's customer base is comprised of thousands of residential appliance repair service providers and technicians, as well as extended warranty providers. Marcone is based in St Louis, Missouri.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-06-30 2020

Laval, Quebec, Canada

2020 is a provider of computer-aided design, business and manufacturing software tailored for the interior design and furniture industries. The company has developed an unmatched depth of knowledge of interior design and space planning to maintain an unbroken history of the market and thought leadership. Its customers include many of the world’s largest home improvement retailers and manufacturers, as well as tens of thousands of local, independent kitchen and bathroom dealers. 2020 was founded in 1987 and is based in Laval, Quebec.

Sell -

Seller(S) 2

SELLER

Golden Gate Capital

San Francisco, California, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2000
PE ASSETS 15.0B USD
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Golden Gate Capital is a large private equity firm focused on buyout and growth equity investments across a wide variety of industries. The Firm partners with management teams to make equity investments in situations where there is a demonstrable opportunity to significantly enhance a company's value. Sectors of interest include software and IT services, semiconductors, electronics, consumer products and retail, financial services, business services, and media. Prospective transaction types include public-to-privates, corporate extractions, bankruptcy auctions, and recapitalizations. Golden Gate Capital was formed in 2000 and is based in San Francisco, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 75 of 78
Sector (Software) 9 of 9
Type (Secondary Buyout) 17 of 18
State (Quebec) 1 of 1
Country (Canada) 1 of 1
Year (2021) 4 of 6
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-05-14 Vector Solutions

Tampa, Florida, United States

Vector Solutions is a provider of SaaS-based compliance and safety-focused eLearning and performance optimization solutions serving three end-markets: Public Sector, Education, and Commercial. Vector’s solutions are underpinned by the company’s library of proprietary content (over 7,500 courses with over 30,000 associated accreditations) which is delivered through a SaaS-based software platform to address customers’ mission critical compliance, safety, and regulatory needs. Vector Solutions was founded in 1999 and is based in Tampa, Florida.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-09-21 NeuStar

Reston, Virginia, United States

NeuStar is a global information services provider driving the connected world forward with trusted, holistic identity resolution. The company serves many of the world’s brands to grow and guard their businesses with the most complete understanding of how to connect people, places, and things. The combination of Neustar’s unique, accurate and real-time identity system and its cloud-based workflow solutions empower businesses to make actionable, precise, and valuable decisions across marketing, risk, IT/security, network & operations departments. As the current sole provider to the U.S. Number Portability Administration Center, Neustar also facilitates the routing of all telephone call and text messages in the U.S. NeuStar was formed in 1996 and is based in Sterling, Virginia.

Sell $3.1B
SELLER

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking

New York, New York, United States

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1986
PE ASSETS 155.0B USD
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division is the investment arm of Goldman Sachs. The primary corporate investment group within the Merchant Banking Division is Goldman Sachs' direct investment arm. GS's direct investment arm consists of GS Capital Partners, GS Mezzanine Partners, and GS Growth Partners. GS Capital Partners is the direct corporate equity investment group which seeks LBO, recapitalization, and growth investments to help fund acquisitions, expansions, recapitalizations, restructurings, buyouts, and take privates. GS Capital Partners looks to invest between $50 and $800 million in opportunities in North/South America, Europe, Asia. GS Mezzanine Partners is the junior capital arm of Goldman Sachs. GS Mezzanine looks to invest between $200 million and and $800 million in transactions valued up to $10 billion. Investment proceeds are used to fund leveraged buyouts, expansion financings, recapitalizations, acquisitions, and restructurings. GS Growth looks to invest in growth equity transactions. The unit seeks to commit $20 to $200 million per investment. Other units within GS's merchant banking division include Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Urban Investments. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division is based in New York City.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 94 of 106
Sector (Software) 9 of 10
Type (Secondary Buyout) 29 of 32
State (Quebec) 1 of 1
Country (Canada) 1 of 2
Year (2021) 5 of 13
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-05-19 Aragen Life Sciences

Hyderabad, India

Aragen Life Sciences is a provider of outsourced discovery, development, and manufacturing services across both large and small molecule platforms. Aragen Life Sciences was founded in 2001 and is based in Hyderabad, India.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-06-24 Navico

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Navico is a provider in marine electronics for the recreational segment and is an innovative force within the commercial marine market. Navico offers multi-function displays, fish finders, autopilots, sonar, radar, and cartography. Navico strong brands serve most major powerboat and sailing markets for both recreational and commercial applications. Navico was founded in 2006 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Sell $1.1B