GMT Communications Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

GMT Communications Partners’ most common sectors for investment are communications (27%) and media (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 (44%). 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 Activity53
    • M&A Buy Activity30
    • M&A Sell Activity23
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 15
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 22
  • 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, Scandinavia

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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 30 - - - - - 30
vol $972M $972M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 23 - - - - - 23
vol $5.7B $5.7B
  53

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Melita Ltd. 2015-12-08 - Secondary Buyout
Mriehel By-Pass, Malta · www.melita.com
Karnov Group 2015-07-16 - Secondary Buyout
Stockholm, Sweden · www.karnovgroup.se
Seagull AS 2015-06-03 - Secondary Buyout
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 Buyout
Hamburg, Germany · www.bigpoint.net
Karnov Group 2011-04-01 - Divestiture
Stockholm, Sweden · www.karnovgroup.se
Pepcom GmbH 2010-08-12 - Secondary Buyout
Unterfohring, Germany · www.pep-com.de
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Primesight Ltd. 2007-10-01 Airport Media Ltd. 2016-10-17 1
London, United Kingdom · www.primesight.co.uk London, United Kingdom · www.airportmedia.com
Grupo Redext 2005-04-01 Impursa SA 2015-12-23 1
Reyes, Spain · www.redext.com Alicante, Spain · www.impursa.es
IT-Ernity Internet Services B.V. 2013-05-16 XL Internet Services BV (dba CloudVPS) 2014-11-06 2
Zwolle, Netherlands · www.it-ernity.nl Rotterdam, Netherlands · www.cloudvps.com
IT-Ernity Internet Services B.V. 2013-05-16 Signet B.V. 2013-12-23 1
Zwolle, Netherlands · www.it-ernity.nl Son en Breugel, Netherlands · www.signet.nl
Multicom Security AB 2005-02-01 SecuriNet AS 2005-08-29 1
Stockholm, Sweden · www.multicomsecurity.com Lillehammer, Norway · www.securinet.no

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Media - - 8 (27%) 749M (77%)
Communications 2 (29%) 127M (57%) 8 (27%) 127M (13%)
Publishing 1 (14%) - 4 (13%) -
Marketing 2 (29%) 95M (43%) 3 (10%) 95M (10%)
Information Services 1 (14%) - 2 (7%) -
Business Services - - 1 (3%) -
Digital Media - - 1 (3%) -
Education - - 1 (3%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (14%) - 1 (3%) -
Software - - 1 (3%) -
Total 7 $222M 30 $972M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 2 (29%) 155M (70%) 5 (17%) 155M (16%)
Netherlands 1 (14%) - 4 (13%) 749M (77%)
France 1 (14%) - 3 (10%) -
Germany 1 (14%) - 3 (10%) -
Spain 1 (14%) - 3 (10%) -
Sweden 1 (14%) 68M (30%) 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 2 (29%) 155M (70%) 5 (17%) 155M (16%)
Cross-border 5 (71%) 68M (30%) 25 (83%) 817M (84%)
Total 7 $222M 30 $972M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (57%) 68M (30%) 24 (80%) 68M (7%)
Divestiture 1 (14%) 95M (43%) 3 (10%) 845M (87%)
Secondary Buyout 2 (29%) 59M (27%) 3 (10%) 59M (6%)
Total 7 $222M 30 $972M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 8 (35%) 2.7B (82%)
Trade Sale 6 (26%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (22%) 587M (18%)
Sold to Management 2 (9%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (4%) -
Sold to Existing Investors 1 (4%) -
Total 23 $3.3B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Rothschild Global Advisory
1
Capstan Capital Partners LLP
1
Castlegreen Partners LLP
1
Legal Deals
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
3
Shearman & Sterling LLP
1
Tenden Advokatfirma ANS
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 Ziggo BV
$2.4B (2006-08-17)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
50%
3 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
3 50%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
62%
16 62%
Strategic(s)
38%
10 38%

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