Gresham Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

Gresham’s most common sectors for investment are business services (13%) and restaurants (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (82%) and growth capital (7%). Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2008 when it acquired Dimensions Clothing for $126M.

The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (50%). Gresham’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2014 when it sold Beaconsfield Footwear for $308M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity58
    • M&A Buy Activity32
    • M&A Sell Activity26
  • Total Sectors Invested 19
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 12
  • M&A Advisors 5

Gresham LLP

First Floor, 99 Bishopsgate,
London, EC2M 2GT
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7309 5000
www.greshampe.com

Gresham LLP is a private equity firm focused on management buyouts across a broad range of industries in the UK. Gresham considers transactions up to GBP100 million with an emphasis on opportunities in business services, support services, consumer products and services, financial services, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, industrial products and energy/environmental. Gresham is based in London with additional offices in Birmingham and Manchester.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Apparel/Textiles, Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Education, Energy Services and Equipment, Environmental, Financial Services, Food, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Oil/Gas Exploration, Renewable Energy, Restaurants, Safety/Security, Staffing, Technology Hardware, Transportation, Utilities

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 10 -
Enterprise Value 5 100
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 32 - - - - - 32
vol $767M $767M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 26 - - - - - 26
vol $1.4B $1.4B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
R P Martin Ltd. 2014-12-15 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.martin-brokers.com
Investis Ltd. 2014-12-09 77M GBP Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.investisdigital.com
James Grant Group Ltd. 2014-10-14 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.jamesgrant.com
Just Trays Ltd. 2014-06-20 - Secondary Buyout
Leeds, United Kingdom · www.just-trays.co.uk
Flowtech Fluidpower PLC 2014-05-22 - IPO
Lancashire, United Kingdom · www.flowtechfluidpower.com
West Cornwall Pasty Co. 2014-04-14 - Secondary Buyout
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom · www.westcornwallpasty.co.uk
ICR Integrity Ltd. 2014-03-17 - Secondary Buyout
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom · www.icr-world.com
LAS Claims Management Ltd. 2014-02-17 54M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.lasclaims.com
Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd. (dba Hotter Shoes) 2014-01-20 308M GBP Secondary Buyout
Skelmersdale, United Kingdom · www.hottershoes.com
Swift Technical Group Ltd. (Swift Worldwide Resources) 2013-11-04 - Secondary Buyout
Enfield, United Kingdom · www.swiftworldwideresources.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Team Telecom Group Ltd. 2010-04-26 Red-M Group Ltd 2013-03-08 1
Derby, United Kingdom · www.teamtelecomgroup.com Wooburn Green Bucks, United Kingdom · www.red-m.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 1 (25%) 35M (22%) 4 (13%) 86M (11%)
Restaurants 1 (25%) 74M (46%) 3 (9%) 163M (21%)
Machinery - - 3 (9%) 39M (5%)
Financial Services 1 (25%) - 3 (9%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 2 (6%) 159M (21%)
Consumer Products - - 2 (6%) 46M (6%)
Information Technology - - 2 (6%) 42M (5%)
Medical Products - - 2 (6%) 18M (2%)
Insurance - - 1 (3%) 69M (9%)
Communications 1 (25%) 50M (32%) 1 (3%) 50M (7%)
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (3%) 38M (5%)
Staffing - - 1 (3%) 32M (4%)
Food - - 1 (3%) 23M (3%)
Building Materials - - 1 (3%) -
Chemicals - - 1 (3%) -
Distribution - - 1 (3%) -
Education - - 1 (3%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (3%) -
Utilities - - 1 (3%) -
Total 4 $160M 32 $767M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 4 (100%) 160M (100%) 32 (100%) 699M (100%)
Total 4 $160M 32 $699M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (50%) 109M (68%) 26 (81%) 578M (75%)
Secondary Buyout - - 2 (6%) 74M (10%)
Growth Capital 1 (25%) - 2 (6%) 32M (4%)
Divestiture 1 (25%) 50M (32%) 1 (3%) 50M (7%)
Consolidation - - 1 (3%) 32M (4%)
Total 4 $160M 32 $767M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 13 (50%) 938M (83%)
Trade Sale 6 (23%) 63M (6%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 3 (12%) 123M (11%)
IPO 3 (12%) -
Sold to Management 1 (4%) -
Total 26 $1.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Catalyst Corporate Finance
1
Deloitte
1
Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
DLA Piper
2
Macfarlanes LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $126M
< $100M 17 $641M
TOTAL $767M
Largest Dimensions Clothing Ltd.
$126M (2008-04-11)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 6 $1.2B
< $100M 4 $263M
TOTAL $1.4B
Largest Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd. (dba Hotter Shoes)
$308M (2014-01-20)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
2 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
63%
15 63%
Strategic(s)
38%
9 38%

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