Guidepost Growth Equity Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Guidepost Growth Equity has invested in 3 companies.

Guidepost Growth Equity’s most common sectors for investment are internet software and services (30%) and software (25%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (70%) and venture (15%). In total, Guidepost Growth Equity has invested in 12 US states and 5 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Guidepost Growth Equity has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (62%). Guidepost Growth Equity’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2018 when it sold Jive Communications for $357M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity33
    • M&A Buy Activity20
    • M&A Sell Activity13
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 13
  • M&A Advisors 1

Guidepost Growth Equity

The Prudential Tower 800 Boylston Street, Suite 1310,
Boston, Massachusetts 02199
United States
(617) 807-8800
www.guidepostgrowth.com
edb@guidepostgrowth.com

North Bridge is an investment firm focused on providing seed, venture, and growth capital to technology enabled companies. Specific areas of interest include communications and infrastructure, software, materials, and digital media. For later stage growth transactions, North Bridge generally looks to acquire majority (or minority) positions to help fund liquidity needs, growth initiatives, or acquisitions. North Bridge was formed in 1994 and has offices in Waltham, Massachusetts and Palo Alto, California.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Software, Technology Hardware

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

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 (0.8/yr) # 16 1 1 - 1 1 20
Sell (1.6/yr) # 5 3 2 2 1 - 13
vol $145M $357M $502M
  33

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Elements Global Services 2020-08-14 - Growth Capital
Barcelona, Spain · www.elementsgs.com
ActiveViam 2019-06-20 - Growth Capital
Paris, France · www.activeviam.com
Clarity Software Solutions, Inc. 2019-01-25 - Secondary Buyout
Madison, Connecticut · www.clarityssi.com
Aeropost, Inc. 2018-03-19 - Add-on Acquisition
Miami, Florida · www.aeropost.com
Jive Communications, Inc. 2018-02-08 357M USD Add-on Acquisition
Orem, Utah · www.jive.com
Erecruit Holdings LLC 2017-06-14 - Secondary Buyout
Boston, Massachusetts · www.erecruit.com
Lucid Holdings LLC 2017-04-10 - Venture
New Orleans, Louisiana · www.luc.id
Leapfrog Online 2017-04-03 - Add-on Acquisition
Evanston, Illinois · www.leapfrogonline.com
Dyn, Inc. 2016-11-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Manchester, New Hampshire · www.dyn.com
Valence Health, Inc. 2016-07-13 145M USD Add-on Acquisition
Chicago, Illinois · www.valencehealth.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Internet Software and Services 4 (40%) - 6 (30%) -
Software 2 (20%) - 5 (25%) -
Marketing 1 (10%) - 3 (15%) -
Business Services 1 (10%) - 2 (10%) -
Healthcare Services - - 1 (5%) -
Information Technology 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (5%) -
Staffing 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 10 - 20 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 6 (60%) - 16 (80%) -
  California 2 (20%) - 2 (10%) -
  Texas 1 (10%) - 2 (10%) -
  Massachusetts - - 2 (10%) -
  Illinois - - 2 (10%) -
  North Carolina 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
  Louisiana 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
  Georgia 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (5%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (5%) -
  Minnesota - - 1 (5%) -
  Iowa - - 1 (5%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (5%) -
France 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
Spain 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
Netherlands 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
Portugal 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 10 - 20 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 7 (70%) - 14 (70%) -
Venture 1 (10%) - 3 (15%) -
Recapitalization - - 1 (5%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (10%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 10 - 20 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (38%) 502M (100%)
Secondary Sale 4 (31%) -
Trade Sale 2 (15%) -
IPO 1 (8%) -
Recapitalization 1 (8%) -
Total 13 $502M

Top M&A Advisors

Legal Deals
Goodwin Procter LLP
1

Deal Values

sell # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $502M
TOTAL $502M
Largest Jive Communications, Inc.
$357M (2018-02-08)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
1 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
43%
6 43%
Strategic(s)
57%
8 57%

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