Genstar Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Genstar Capital has acquired 17 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.

Genstar Capital’s most common sectors for investment are insurance (13%) and financial services (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (45%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (28%). In total, Genstar Capital has invested in 22 US states and 4 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Catalent for $3.3B.

In the last 3 years, Genstar Capital has exited 16 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (36%). Genstar Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2020 when it sold Institutional Shareholder Services for $2.3B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity138
    • M&A Buy Activity84
    • M&A Sell Activity54
  • Total Sectors Invested 23
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 45
  • M&A Advisors 17

Genstar Capital

Four Embarcadero Center, Suite 1900,
San Francisco, California 94111
United States
(415) 834-2350
www.gencap.com
info@gencap.com

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.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Building Materials, Business Services, Construction, Consumer Products, Electrical Equipment, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marketing, Medical Products, Metals/Mining, Packaging, Software, Test/Measurement Equipment, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 10 -
Investment Size 50 400
Enterprise Value 50 1,000
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (5.2/yr) # 58 9 6 6 3 2 84
vol $6.7B $720M $1.0B $8.4B
Sell (4.0/yr) # 34 4 4 4 4 4 54
vol $5.4B $2.0B $2.3B $9.6B
  138

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
20-20 Technologies, Inc. 2021-06-09 - Secondary Buyout
Laval, Quebec · www.2020technologies.com
Vector-Solutions.com, Inc. 2021-05-14 - Secondary Buyout
Tampa, Florida · www.vectorsolutions.com
Ascensus LLC 2021-04-26 - Secondary Buyout
Dresher, Pennsylvania · www.ascensus.com
Enverus 2021-04-13 - Secondary Buyout
Austin, Texas · www.enverus.com
Worldwide Facilities LLC 2021-03-05 - Add-on Acquisition
Los Angeles, California · www.wwfi.com
Infinite Electronics, Inc. 2021-03-02 - Secondary Buyout
Irvine, California · www.infiniteelectronics.com
Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. 2020-11-17 2.3B USD Add-on Acquisition
Rockville, Maryland · www.issgovernance.com
SONNY'S Enterprises, Inc. 2020-08-06 - Recapitalization
Tamarac, Florida · www.sonnysdirect.com
Innovative Aftermarket Systems LP 2020-05-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Austin, Texas · www.iasdirect.com
Obsidian Insurance Holdings 2020-03-27 - Growth Capital
New York, New York · www.obsidianspecialty.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Professional Datasolutions, Inc. 2016-05-24 GasBuddy LLC 2021-04-27 18
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.pdisoftware.com Boston, Massachusetts · www.gasbuddy.com
Telestream, Inc. 2015-01-07 Masstech Innovations, Inc. 2021-03-11 5
Nevada City, California · www.telestream.net Whiteley, United Kingdom · www.masstech.com
Advarra, Inc. 2019-06-06 Bio-Optronics, Inc. 2021-03-09 6
Columbia, Maryland · www.advarra.com Rochester, New York · www.bio-optronics.com
insightsoftware 2018-06-14 Certent, Inc. 2021-01-07 11
Raleigh, North Carolina · www.insightsoftware.com Pleasanton, California · www.certent.com
Clarience Technologies, LLC 2019-12-17 ECCO Safety Group 2021-01-06 1
Falconer, New York · www.clariencetechnologies.com Boise, Idaho · www.eccosafetygroup.com
Professional Datasolutions, Inc. 2016-05-24 Cybera, Inc. 2020-12-08 17
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.pdisoftware.com Franklin, Tennessee · www.cybera.com
Professional Datasolutions, Inc. 2016-05-24 ControlScan, Inc. - Managed Security Services 2020-12-08 16
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.pdisoftware.com Alpharetta, Georgia
Signant Health 2018-07-17 VirTrial 2020-11-30 3
London, United Kingdom · www.signanthealth.com Scottsdale, Arizona · www.virtrial.com
insightsoftware 2018-06-14 IDL GmbH Mitte 2020-11-10 10
Raleigh, North Carolina · www.insightsoftware.com Schmitten, Germany · www.idl.eu
Prometheus Group 2019-05-30 VIZIYA Corp. 2020-05-19 5
Raleigh, North Carolina · www.prometheusgroup.com Hamilton, Ontario · www.viziya.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Insurance 4 (14%) - 11 (13%) -
Financial Services 3 (11%) - 8 (9%) 1.1B (14%)
Information Technology 6 (21%) - 8 (9%) -
Software 5 (18%) 1.0B (100%) 7 (8%) 1.0B (13%)
Internet Software and Services 3 (11%) - 7 (8%) -
Life Science 1 (4%) - 6 (7%) 4.1B (51%)
Building Materials - - 4 (5%) 693M (9%)
Business Services 1 (4%) - 4 (5%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 4 (5%) -
Healthcare Services - - 3 (4%) -
Information Services - - 3 (4%) -
Packaging 1 (4%) - 3 (4%) -
Manufacturing - - 2 (2%) 557M (7%)
Medical Products - - 2 (2%) 400M (5%)
Machinery 1 (4%) - 2 (2%) 100M (1%)
Automotive 2 (7%) - 2 (2%) -
Construction - - 2 (2%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 2 (2%) -
Communications - - 1 (1%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (1%) -
Distribution 1 (4%) - 1 (1%) -
Furniture - - 1 (1%) -
Metals/Mining - - 1 (1%) -
Total 28 $1.0B 85 $8.0B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 25 (89%) 1.0B (100%) 77 (91%) 7.9B (98%)
  California 3 (11%) - 13 (15%) 1.2B (15%)
  Texas 3 (11%) - 6 (7%) -
  Illinois 2 (7%) - 5 (6%) 100M (1%)
  New York 2 (7%) - 5 (6%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (4%) - 5 (6%) -
  Connecticut - - 5 (6%) 345M (4%)
  Florida 4 (14%) - 4 (5%) -
  North Carolina 2 (7%) 1.0B (100%) 4 (5%) 1.8B (22%)
  Ohio 2 (7%) - 4 (5%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (4%) - 4 (5%) 400M (5%)
  New Jersey 1 (4%) - 3 (4%) 3.3B (42%)
  Maryland 1 (4%) - 3 (4%) 720M (9%)
  Colorado 1 (4%) - 2 (2%) -
  Alabama 1 (4%) - 2 (2%) -
  Tennessee - - 2 (2%) -
  Minnesota - - 2 (2%) -
  Michigan - - 2 (2%) -
  Arizona - - 2 (2%) -
  Georgia 1 (4%) - 1 (1%) -
  Wisconsin - - 1 (1%) -
  Missouri - - 1 (1%) -
  Kansas - - 1 (1%) -
Canada 1 (4%) - 6 (7%) 120M (2%)
  Ontario - - 3 (4%) 120M (2%)
  Alberta - - 2 (2%) -
  Quebec 1 (4%) - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom 1 (4%) - 1 (1%) -
Bermuda 1 (4%) - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 25 (89%) 1.0B (100%) 77 (91%) 7.9B (98%)
Cross-border 3 (11%) - 8 (9%) 120M (2%)
Total 28 $1.0B 85 $8.0B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 15 (54%) 1.0B (100%) 38 (45%) 3.1B (39%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (7%) - 23 (27%) -
Divestiture 2 (7%) - 8 (9%) 3.9B (48%)
Consolidation 3 (11%) - 5 (6%) -
Recapitalization 3 (11%) - 4 (5%) -
Growth Capital 2 (7%) - 3 (4%) -
Going Private - - 2 (2%) 1.0B (13%)
Special Situations/Distressed - - 1 (1%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (4%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 28 $1.0B 85 $8.0B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 19 (35%) 3.2B (33%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 11 (20%) 4.2B (44%)
Trade Sale 7 (13%) 2.3B (24%)
Bankruptcy 6 (11%) -
IPO 5 (9%) -
Merger 4 (7%) -
Recapitalization 1 (2%) -
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Total 54 $9.6B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
3
UBS Investment Bank
3
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Securities)
2
Legal Deals
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
7
Latham & Watkins
6
Ropes & Gray LLP
6

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $4.3B
$100M to $1B 9 $4.0B
< $100M 1 $100M
TOTAL $8.4B
Largest Catalent, Inc.
$3.3B (2007-01-25)
sell # Total
> $1B 3 $5.6B
$100M to $1B 8 $4.1B
TOTAL $9.6B
Largest Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.
$2.3B (2020-11-17)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
45%
38 (45%)
Strategic(s)
9%
8 (9%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
37%
20 (37%)
Strategic(s)
39%
21 (39%)

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