GMT Communications Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

GMT Communications Partners’ most common sectors for investment aremedia (27%) and communications (27%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (80%) and divestiture (10%). In total, GMT Communications Partners has invested in 2 US states and 15 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2002 when it acquired Ziggo BV for $749M.

The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (46%). GMT Communications Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2006 when it sold Ziggo BV for $2.4B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity54
    • M&A Buy Activity30
    • M&A Sell Activity24
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 15
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 23
  • M&A Advisors 6

GMT Communications Partners

21 Gloucester Place, 2nd floor,
London, W1U 8HR
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7292 9333
www.gmtpartners.com

GMT Communications Partners is a specialist private equity firm focused on investments in the media and communications industries. The Firm prefers established companies with strong barriers to entry. Specific sectors of interest include publishing, information services, tv/radio, mobile voice & data networks, out-of-home media, and telecom infrastructure/services. GMT focuses its investment activity across Europe and will consider later stage investments as well as buyouts. GMT Communications Partners is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Digital Media, E-Commerce, Education, Electrical Equipment, Information Services, Internet Software and Services, Marketing, Media, Publishing, Software, Technology Hardware

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Nordic

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 10 50
Enterprise Value - 250
values in millions of EUR

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 30 - - - - - 30
vol $972M $972M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 24 - - - - - 24
vol $5.7B $5.7B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Primesight Ltd. 2018-09-20 - Trade Sale
London, United Kingdom · www.primesight.co.uk
Melita Ltd. 2015-12-08 - Secondary Sale
Mriehel By-Pass, Malta · www.melita.com
Karnov Group AB 2015-07-16 - Secondary Sale
Stockholm, Sweden · www.karnovgroup.com
Seagull AS 2015-06-03 - Secondary Sale
Horten, Norway · www.seagull.no
IT-Ernity Internet Services B.V. 2013-05-16 - Secondary Buyout
Zwolle, Netherlands · www.it-ernity.nl
Seagull AS 2012-09-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Horten, Norway · www.seagull.no
MeetingZone Ltd. 2011-08-01 59M GBP Secondary Buyout
Thame, United Kingdom · www.meetingzone.com
PacketExchange 2011-06-01 - Trade Sale
London, United Kingdom · www.packetexchange.net
Bigpoint GmbH 2011-04-26 350M USD Secondary Sale
Hamburg, Germany · www.bigpoint.net
Karnov Group AB 2011-04-01 - Divestiture
Stockholm, Sweden · www.karnovgroup.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Grupo Redext 2005-04-01 Exterior Plus, SLU 2015-12-22 1
Reyes, Spain · www.redext.com San Sebastián, Spain · www.exteriorplus.es

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Media - - 8 (27%) 749M (77%)
Communications 2 (40%) 127M (100%) 8 (27%) 127M (13%)
Publishing 1 (20%) - 4 (13%) -
Marketing 1 (20%) - 3 (10%) 95M (10%)
Information Services 1 (20%) - 2 (7%) -
Business Services - - 1 (3%) -
Digital Media - - 1 (3%) -
Education - - 1 (3%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (3%) -
Software - - 1 (3%) -
Total 5 $127M 30 $972M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 1 (20%) 59M (47%) 5 (17%) 155M (16%)
Netherlands - - 4 (13%) 749M (77%)
France 1 (20%) - 3 (10%) -
Germany 1 (20%) - 3 (10%) -
Spain 1 (20%) - 3 (10%) -
Sweden 1 (20%) 68M (53%) 2 (7%) 68M (7%)
United States - - 2 (7%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (3%) -
  Colorado - - 1 (3%) -
Czech Republic - - 1 (3%) -
Finland - - 1 (3%) -
Hungary - - 1 (3%) -
Ireland - - 1 (3%) -
Malta - - 1 (3%) -
Norway - - 1 (3%) -
Romania - - 1 (3%) -
Slovenia - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 1 (20%) 59M (47%) 5 (17%) 155M (16%)
Cross-border 4 (80%) 68M (53%) 25 (83%) 817M (84%)
Total 5 $127M 30 $972M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (80%) 68M (53%) 24 (80%) 68M (7%)
Divestiture - - 3 (10%) 845M (87%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (20%) 59M (47%) 3 (10%) 59M (6%)
Total 5 $127M 30 $972M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 8 (33%) 2.7B (82%)
Trade Sale 7 (29%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (21%) 587M (18%)
Sold to Management 2 (8%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (4%) -
Sold to Existing Investors 1 (4%) -
Total 24 $3.3B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Castlegreen Partners
1
Rothschild Global Advisory
1
Capstan Capital Partners LLP
1
Legal Deals
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
3
Tenden Advokatfirma ANS
1
Shearman & Sterling LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $749M
< $100M 3 $222M
TOTAL $972M
Largest Ziggo BV
$749M (2002-12-25)
sell # Total
> $1B 2 $4.7B
$100M to $1B 2 $880M
< $100M 1 $57M
TOTAL $5.7B
Largest Casema NV
$2.4B (2006-09-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
10%
3 (10%)
Strategic(s)
10%
3 (10%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
38%
9 (38%)
Strategic(s)
46%
11 (46%)

FAQ

When was GMT Communications Partners founded?

GMT Communications Partners was founded in 1993.

What type of investor is GMT Communications Partners?

GMT Communications Partners is a private equity firm.

Where is GMT Communications Partners headquartered?

GMT Communications Partners is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

How much capital does GMT Communications Partners have under management?

GMT Communications Partners has 3.5B EUR under management.

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