Growth Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Growth Capital Partners has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 5 others.

Growth Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are leisure (13%) and manufacturing (13%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (37%) and growth capital (28%). In total, Growth Capital Partners has invested in 1 US state and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2006 when it acquired Tangerine Confectionery for $89M.

In the last 3 years, Growth Capital Partners has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (42%). Growth Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2011 when it sold Tangerine Confectionery for $177M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity57
    • M&A Buy Activity33
    • M&A Sell Activity24
  • Total Sectors Invested 15
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 11
  • M&A Advisors 3

Growth Capital Partners LLP

38 Jermyn Street ,
London, SW1Y 6DN
United Kingdom
+020 7024 9800
www.growthcapital.co.uk
gcp@growthcapital.co.uk

Growth Capital Partners LLP is a private equity firm that seeks investments in small to mid-sized UK based businesses. GCP provides both debt and equity capital for profitable companies with strong growth prospects and experienced management teams. The Firm typically looks to invest £5m - £50 million. Specific areas of interest include business support services, leisure, transport and distribution, consumer products and specialist engineering. Types of transactions include MBOs, growth capital financings, and secondary or tertiary buyouts. Growth Capital Partners formerly known as Close Growth Capital was spun out of Close Brothers Group plc and became independent in 2009. Growth Capital Partners LLP is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Engineering, Food, Leisure, Manufacturing, Software, Transportation

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value 10 50
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.4/yr) # 26 1 2 1 1 2 33
vol $422M $422M
Sell (0.8/yr) # 20 - 1 1 - 2 24
vol $584M $58M $149M $791M
  57

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
GTS Flexible Materials Ltd. 2020-08-03 - Growth Capital
Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom · www.gtsflexible.com
The DMW Group Ltd. 2020-07-27 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.dmwgroup.com
CubeLogic Ltd. 2020-06-01 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.cubelogic.com
Arrow Business Communications Ltd. 2020-01-17 - Secondary Buyout
Godalming, United Kingdom · www.arrowcommunications.co.uk
Infinity Works Consulting Ltd. 2019-04-05 - Stake Purchase
Leeds, United Kingdom · www.infinityworks.com
Indigo Telecom Group Ltd. 2018-12-20 - Secondary Buyout
Caldicot, United Kingdom · www.indigotelecomgroup.com
Cooke Optics Ltd. 2018-07-13 149M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Leicester, United Kingdom · www.cookeoptics.com
The DMW Group Ltd. 2017-11-01 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.dmwgroup.com
First Mile Ltd. 2017-05-16 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.thefirstmile.co.uk
Fishawack Communications Ltd. 2017-01-25 58M GBP Secondary Buyout
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.fishawack.com
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M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Leisure - - 4 (12%) 54M (13%)
Manufacturing - - 4 (12%) 35M (8%)
Food - - 3 (9%) 125M (30%)
Software 2 (20%) - 3 (9%) 43M (10%)
Information Technology 1 (10%) - 3 (9%) 20M (5%)
Business Services 2 (20%) - 3 (9%) -
Distribution 1 (10%) 17M (100%) 2 (6%) 66M (16%)
Environmental 1 (10%) - 2 (6%) 46M (11%)
Communications 1 (10%) - 2 (6%) -
Engineering - - 2 (6%) -
Construction - - 1 (3%) 32M (8%)
Automotive - - 1 (3%) -
Chemicals 1 (10%) - 1 (3%) -
Packaging - - 1 (3%) -
Safety/Security 1 (10%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 10 $17M 33 $422M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 10 (100%) 17M (100%) 32 (97%) 390M (100%)
United States - - 1 (3%) -
  California - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 10 (100%) 17M (100%) 32 (97%) 390M (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (3%) -
Total 10 $17M 33 $390M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (10%) - 12 (36%) 139M (36%)
Secondary Buyout 3 (30%) 17M (100%) 9 (27%) 162M (41%)
Growth Capital 5 (50%) - 9 (27%) -
Divestiture - - 2 (6%) 89M (23%)
Stake Purchase 1 (10%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 10 $17M 33 $390M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 7 (29%) 436M (57%)
Trade Sale 6 (25%) 43M (6%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (21%) 282M (37%)
Unknown 4 (17%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (4%) -
Sold to Management 1 (4%) -
Total 24 $760M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Lesmoir-Gordon, Boyle & Co. Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
Osborne Clarke LLP
1
Ward Hadaway LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 16 $422M
TOTAL $422M
Largest Tangerine Confectionery Ltd.
$89M (2006-01-01)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 4 $541M
< $100M 6 $250M
TOTAL $791M
Largest Tangerine Confectionery Ltd.
$177M (2011-07-04)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
91%
10 91%
Strategic(s)
9%
1 9%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
38%
6 38%
Strategic(s)
63%
10 63%

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