Graphite Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Graphite Capital has acquired 8 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

Graphite Capital’s most common sectors for investment arehealthcare services (12%) and consumer services (9%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (68%) and secondary buyout (26%). In total, Graphite Capital has invested in 1 US state and 5 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2012 when it acquired The National Fostering Agency for $200M.

In the last 3 years, Graphite Capital has exited 6 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (23%). Graphite Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2021 when it sold U-POL for $590M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity145
    • M&A Buy Activity79
    • M&A Sell Activity66
  • Total Sectors Invested 31
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 19
  • M&A Advisors 9

Graphite Capital

7 Air Street Soho,
London, W1B 5AD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7825 5300
www.graphitecapital.com
info@graphitecapital.com

Graphite Capital is a private equity firm that seeks mid-market investments in the UK. Target sectors include retail and consumer, manufacturing, services and distribution, financial services, healthcare, leisure, and property. The Firm looks for transactions valued from £30 to £150 million. Prospective transaction situations typically include management buyouts/buy-ins of corporate spin-offs or privately held companies. The Firm also considers roll-outs and consolidation strategies. Graphite Capital was originally formed in 1981 and became independent in 2001. Graphite is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Agriculture, Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Beverages, Building Materials, Business Services, Communications, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Energy Services and Equipment, Financial Services, Food, Furniture, Healthcare Services, Infrastructure, Insurance, Leisure, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marketing, Medical Products, Packaging, Real Estate, Restaurants, Retail, Software, Staffing, Technology Hardware

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value 30 150
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 69 - 4 2 3 1 79
vol $1.9B $139M $2.1B
Sell (1.4/yr) # 59 1 1 1 2 2 66
vol $3.2B $607M $3.8B
  145

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Digital Space Group Ltd. 2022-10-07 - Secondary Buyout
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom · www.digitalspace.co.uk
Young Samuel Chambers Ltd. 2022-08-09 - Add-on Acquisition
Edinburgh, United Kingdom · www.ysc.com
Random42 Ltd. 2022-06-02 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.random42.com
Opus Talent Solutions 2021-11-15 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Bristol, United Kingdom · www.opustalentsolutions.com
U-POL Ltd. 2021-07-07 590M USD Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.u-pol.com
Lostmy.name Ltd. 2021-07-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
London, United Kingdom · www.wonderbly.com
Performance Timber Products Group Ltd. 2021-06-23 17M SEK Add-on Acquisition
Tiptree, United Kingdom · www.ptp-group.co.uk
Higher Education Partners Africa 2021-03-25 - Growth Capital
Johannesburg, South Africa · www.higheredpartners.co.za
City and County Healthcare Group Ltd. 2020-12-01 - Unknown
Nottingham, United Kingdom · www.candchealthcare.co.uk
Babble Cloud Ltd. 2020-11-10 139M GBP Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.babble.cloud
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M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Healthcare Services 1 (6%) - 9 (11%) 115M (6%)
Staffing 2 (12%) - 7 (9%) 356M (17%)
Consumer Services 1 (6%) - 7 (9%) 234M (11%)
Retail 1 (6%) 77M (36%) 6 (8%) 354M (17%)
Information Technology 3 (18%) 139M (64%) 4 (5%) 139M (7%)
Business Services - - 4 (5%) 111M (5%)
Manufacturing - - 4 (5%) 66M (3%)
Restaurants 1 (6%) - 4 (5%) 7M (< 1%)
Chemicals - - 3 (4%) 200M (10%)
Leisure - - 3 (4%) 200M (10%)
Financial Services - - 3 (4%) 46M (2%)
Medical Products 1 (6%) - 2 (3%) 26M (1%)
Technology Hardware - - 2 (3%) 10M (< 1%)
Education 1 (6%) - 2 (3%) -
Internet Software and Services 2 (12%) - 2 (3%) -
Machinery 1 (6%) - 2 (3%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (1%) 108M (5%)
Food - - 1 (1%) 60M (3%)
Marketing - - 1 (1%) 42M (2%)
Aerospace - - 1 (1%) -
Automotive - - 1 (1%) -
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (1%) -
Communications - - 1 (1%) -
Construction 1 (6%) - 1 (1%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (6%) - 1 (1%) -
Information Services 1 (6%) - 1 (1%) -
Insurance - - 1 (1%) -
Real Estate - - 1 (1%) -
Software - - 1 (1%) -
Total 17 $216M 79 $2.1B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 16 (94%) 216M (100%) 75 (95%) 1.6B (97%)
South Africa 1 (6%) - 1 (1%) -
United States - - 1 (1%) 42M (3%)
  New York - - 1 (1%) 42M (3%)
France - - 1 (1%) -
Israel - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 16 (94%) 216M (100%) 75 (95%) 1.6B (97%)
Cross-border 1 (6%) - 4 (5%) 42M (3%)
Total 17 $216M 79 $1.6B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 6 (35%) - 53 (67%) 811M (44%)
Secondary Buyout 9 (53%) 216M (100%) 20 (25%) 1.0B (56%)
Growth Capital 2 (12%) - 5 (6%) -
PIPE - - 1 (1%) -
Total 17 $216M 79 $1.8B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 20 (30%) 440M (13%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 17 (26%) 1.7B (50%)
Secondary Sale 17 (26%) 1.3B (36%)
IPO 7 (11%) -
Sold to Management 2 (3%) 52M (1%)
Bankruptcy 1 (2%) -
Sold to Existing Investors 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 66 $3.5B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
McQueen Ltd.
1
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
1
Daiwa Corporate Advisory Ltd. (DC Advisory)
1
Legal Deals
Olswang LLP
1
SJ Berwin LLP
1
DLA Piper
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 10 $1.5B
< $100M 13 $552M
TOTAL $2.1B
Largest The National Fostering Agency Ltd.
$200M (2012-01-19)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 12 $3.1B
< $100M 13 $684M
TOTAL $3.8B
Largest U-POL Ltd.
$590M (2021-07-07)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
25%
20 (25%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
21%
14 (21%)
Strategic(s)
23%
15 (23%)

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