Graphite Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Graphite Capital has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.

Graphite Capital’s most common sectors for investment are consumer services (12%) and healthcare services (11%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (69%) and secondary buyout (24%). In total, Graphite Capital has invested in 1 US state and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2006 when it acquired Park Holidays UK for $200M.

In the last 3 years, Graphite Capital has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (23%). Graphite Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2004 when it sold Maplin Electronics for $376M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity138
    • M&A Buy Activity76
    • M&A Sell Activity62
  • Total Sectors Invested 30
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 15
  • 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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (1.6/yr) # 68 3 - 2 2 1 76
vol $1.9B $111M $139M $2.1B
Sell (1.4/yr) # 55 4 1 1 1 - 62
vol $2.9B $331M $3.2B
  138

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Higher Ed International 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
Ten10 2020-10-21 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.ten10.com
Hanson Wade 2019-08-14 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
London, United Kingdom · www.hansonwade.com
Nottingham Rehab Ltd. 2019-05-05 - Secondary Buyout
Leicestershire, United Kingdom · www.nrshealthcare.com
Lasercare Clinics (Harrogate) Ltd. 2019-02-04 - Secondary Buyout
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.sknclinics.co.uk
TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications LLC 2018-04-23 - Secondary Buyout
New York, New York · www.tmp.com
Corbin & King Ltd. 2017-12-18 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.corbinandking.com
Compass Community Ltd. 2017-12-01 - Secondary Buyout
Leicestershir, United Kingdom · www.compasscommunity.co.uk
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Teaching Personnel Ltd. 2010-07-26 Protocol Education Ltd. 2011-08-15 1
Herts, United Kingdom · www.teachingpersonnel.com London, United Kingdom · www.protocol-education.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Services 2 (10%) 34M (5%) 9 (12%) 234M (11%)
Healthcare Services - - 8 (11%) 115M (5%)
Retail 1 (5%) 77M (12%) 6 (8%) 354M (17%)
Staffing 1 (5%) 69M (10%) 5 (7%) 356M (17%)
Leisure - - 4 (5%) 200M (10%)
Manufacturing - - 4 (5%) 66M (3%)
Financial Services 1 (5%) - 4 (5%) 46M (2%)
Chemicals 1 (5%) 200M (30%) 3 (4%) 200M (10%)
Business Services 2 (10%) 111M (17%) 3 (4%) 111M (5%)
Restaurants 1 (5%) 32M (5%) 3 (4%) 39M (2%)
Internet Software and Services 2 (10%) 139M (21%) 2 (3%) 139M (7%)
Food 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) 60M (3%)
Medical Products 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) 26M (1%)
Technology Hardware - - 2 (3%) 10M (< 1%)
Education 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Information Technology 2 (10%) - 2 (3%) -
Machinery 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (1%) 108M (5%)
Marketing - - 1 (1%) 42M (2%)
Aerospace 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Automotive - - 1 (1%) -
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Building Materials 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Communications - - 1 (1%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Information Services 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Insurance - - 1 (1%) -
Real Estate - - 1 (1%) -
Software - - 1 (1%) -
Total 21 $662M 76 $2.1B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 19 (90%) 662M (100%) 71 (93%) 1.6B (98%)
China 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
South Africa 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
United States - - 1 (1%) 42M (2%)
  New York - - 1 (1%) 42M (2%)
France - - 1 (1%) -
Israel - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 19 (90%) 662M (100%) 71 (93%) 1.6B (98%)
Cross-border 2 (10%) - 5 (7%) 42M (2%)
Total 21 $662M 76 $1.7B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 7 (33%) 34M (5%) 52 (68%) 811M (43%)
Secondary Buyout 11 (52%) 596M (90%) 18 (24%) 1.0B (55%)
Growth Capital 3 (14%) 32M (5%) 5 (7%) 32M (2%)
PIPE - - 1 (1%) -
Total 21 $662M 76 $1.9B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 19 (31%) 440M (15%)
Secondary Sale 17 (27%) 1.3B (44%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 14 (23%) 1.1B (39%)
IPO 7 (11%) -
Sold to Management 2 (3%) 52M (2%)
Bankruptcy 1 (2%) -
Sold to Existing Investors 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 62 $2.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Rothschild Global Advisory
1
Catalyst Corporate Finance
1
McQueen Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
SJ Berwin LLP
1
DLA Piper
1
Olswang LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 10 $1.5B
< $100M 15 $618M
TOTAL $2.1B
Largest Park Holidays UK Ltd.
$200M (2006-01-18)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 11 $2.5B
< $100M 12 $667M
TOTAL $3.2B
Largest Maplin Electronics Ltd.
$376M (2004-09-03)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
24%
18 (24%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
23%
14 (23%)
Strategic(s)
18%
11 (18%)

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