Gordon Brothers Finance Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Gordon Brothers Finance has acquired 1 company.

Gordon Brothers Finance’s most common sectors for investment are retail (59%) and apparel/textiles (18%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (36%) and divestiture (18%). In total, Gordon Brothers Finance has invested in 6 US states and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2005 when it acquired Toys R Us for $6.6B.

In the last 3 years, Gordon Brothers Finance has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is bankruptcy (30%). Gordon Brothers Finance’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2012 when it sold Things Remembered for $295M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity27
    • M&A Buy Activity17
    • M&A Sell Activity10
  • Total Sectors Invested 5
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 12
  • M&A Advisors 1

Gordon Brothers Finance Co.

Prudential Tower 800 Boylston Street 27th Floor,
Boston, Massachusetts 02199
United States
(617) 588-3319
www.gbfinco.com
info@gbfinco.com

GB Merchant Partners (GB) is the private investment arm of the Gordon Brothers Group. GB looks to make traditional private equity investments as well as provide structured loans and acquire secondary debt instruments. Within private equity, GB seeks investments in all segments of the consumer products and services sectors, including retail, distribution, wholesale, licensing and manufacturing. Target companies 'usually have meaningful brand equity, or a product or service that is capable of creating a leading and defensible market position'. Prospective transactions include management buyouts, growth capital financings, as well as restructurings or turnarounds. GB is based in Boston with an additional office in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Agriculture, Apparel/Textiles, Beverages, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Communications, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, E-Commerce, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Financial Services, Furniture, Healthcare Services, Leisure, Machinery, Manufacturing, Media, Metals/Mining, Packaging, Plastics, Real Estate, Retail, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Special Situations/Distressed, Secondary Buyout, Stake Purchase

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, Western Europe, Eastern Europe

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 16 - - - - 1 17
vol $7.2B $7.2B
Sell (0.2/yr) # 9 - 1 - - - 10
vol $295M $295M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Laura Ashley Holdings plc 2020-04-23 - Going Private
Newtown, United Kingdom · www.lauraashley.com
Toys 'R' Us, Inc. 2017-09-19 - Bankruptcy
Wayne, New Jersey · www.toysrus.com
Ashley Stewart, Inc. 2014-03-10 - Bankruptcy
Secaucus, New Jersey · www.ashleystewart.com
Things Remembered, Inc. 2012-05-30 295M USD Secondary Buyout
Highland Heights, Ohio · www.thingsremembered.com
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. - Wing Business 2011-10-11 - Divestiture
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Deb Shops, Inc. 2011-06-27 - Bankruptcy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · www.debshops.com
Ashley Stewart, Inc. 2010-11-08 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Secaucus, New Jersey · www.ashleystewart.com
Laura Secord Ltd 2010-02-18 - Add-on Acquisition
Mississauga, Ontario · www.laurasecord.ca
Dollarama, Inc. 2009-09-12 - IPO
Montreal, Quebec · www.dollarama.com
Como Fred David 2008-03-31 - Recapitalization
Montreal, Quebec · www.freddavid.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Retail - - 10 (59%) 7.0B (97%)
Apparel/Textiles - - 3 (18%) -
Consumer Products - - 2 (12%) 200M (3%)
E-Commerce 1 (100%) - 1 (6%) -
Restaurants - - 1 (6%) -
Total 1 - 17 $7.2B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States - - 10 (59%) 7.2B (100%)
  New Jersey - - 4 (24%) 6.6B (92%)
  California - - 2 (12%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (6%) 395M (5%)
  Ohio - - 1 (6%) 200M (3%)
  New York - - 1 (6%) -
  Minnesota - - 1 (6%) -
Canada - - 6 (35%) -
  Quebec - - 3 (18%) -
  Ontario - - 3 (18%) -
United Kingdom 1 (100%) - 1 (6%) -
Domestic - - 10 (59%) 7.2B (100%)
Cross-border 1 (100%) - 7 (41%) -
Total 1 - 17 $7.2B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 6 (35%) -
Going Private 1 (100%) - 3 (18%) 7.0B (97%)
Divestiture - - 3 (18%) 200M (3%)
Recapitalization - - 3 (18%) -
Growth Capital - - 1 (6%) -
PIPE - - 1 (6%) -
Total 1 - 17 $7.2B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 3 (30%) 295M (100%)
Bankruptcy 3 (30%) -
Trade Sale 2 (20%) -
IPO 1 (10%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (10%) -
Total 10 $295M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Oppenheimer & Co.
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $6.6B
$100M to $1B 2 $595M
TOTAL $7.2B
Largest Toys 'R' Us, Inc.
$6.6B (2005-03-17)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $295M
TOTAL $295M
Largest Things Remembered, Inc.
$295M (2012-05-30)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
Strategic(s)
100%
3 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
60%
3 60%
Strategic(s)
40%
2 40%

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