Key Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Key Capital Partners has invested in 2 companies.

Key Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are staffing (19%) and building materials (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (46%) and growth capital (41%). Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2009 when it acquired TSC Foods for $37M.

In the last 3 years, Key Capital Partners has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (34%). Key Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold WHP Telecoms for $58M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity34
    • M&A Buy Activity22
    • M&A Sell Activity12
  • Total Sectors Invested 16
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 3
  • M&A Advisors 4

Key Capital Partners LLP (KCP)

13 Park Place,
Leeds, LS1 2SJ
United Kingdom
0113 426 4110
www.keycapitalpartners.co.uk
leeds@keycapitalpartners.co.uk

Key Capital Partners is a private equity group focused on making smaller investments in profitable, growing, UK-based companies. Key looks to support companies across all sectors, providing £3 to £15 million of equity capital. Prospective transaction situations include management buyouts/buy-ins, development capital needs, acquisition financings, shareholder restructurings, and refinancings. Key Capital Partners was founded in 2007 and is based in Birmingham, UK with additional offices in Leeds and Cambridge.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Building Materials, Business Services, Construction, Consumer Products, Food, Furniture, Healthcare Services, Manufacturing, Marketing, Plastics, Publishing, Retail, Software, Staffing, Transportation

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 3 15
Enterprise Value 5 30
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 16 4 - - 2 - 22
vol $89M $89M
Sell (1.2/yr) # 6 1 2 1 2 - 12
vol $92M $92M
  34

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Hallam Medical Ltd. 2020-10-30 - Sold to Management
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.hallammedical.com
Sparta Global Ltd. 2020-10-13 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.spartaglobal.com
Avantis Systems Ltd. 2020-09-09 - Growth Capital
Gloucester, United Kingdom · www.avantiseducation.com
Commhoist Ltd. 2020-02-12 - Growth Capital
Warrington, United Kingdom · www.commhoist.co.uk
Siamo Group Ltd. 2019-01-03 - Sold to Management
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.siamogroup.com
Alliance in Partnership Ltd. 2018-12-11 - Add-on Acquisition
West Midlands, United Kingdom · www.allianceinpartnership.co.uk
Midland Industrial Glass Ltd. 2018-10-31 - Sold to Management
Smethwick, United Kingdom · www.miglass.com
EarthStream Global Ltd. 2017-10-07 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.earthstreamglobal.com
Sparta Global Ltd. 2017-09-18 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.spartaglobal.com
YorkTest Laboratories 2017-07-24 - Secondary Buyout
Huntington, United Kingdom · www.yorktest.com
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M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Staffing - - 4 (18%) 7M (7%)
Food - - 2 (9%) 54M (60%)
Furniture - - 2 (9%) 19M (22%)
Building Materials 1 (14%) - 2 (9%) -
Distribution - - 1 (5%) 9M (11%)
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (5%) -
Business Services 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Communications - - 1 (5%) -
E-Commerce - - 1 (5%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (5%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (5%) -
Marketing 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Plastics 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Software 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Transportation 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 7 - 22 $89M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 7 (100%) - 22 (100%) 89M (100%)
Total 7 - 22 $89M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (14%) - 10 (45%) 70M (78%)
Growth Capital 5 (71%) - 9 (41%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (14%) - 2 (9%) 19M (22%)
Stake Purchase - - 1 (5%) -
Total 7 - 22 $89M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 4 (33%) 92M (100%)
Sold to Management 3 (25%) -
Trade Sale 2 (17%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (8%) -
IPO 1 (8%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (8%) -
Total 12 $92M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Wilson Partners Corporate Finance
1
Legal Deals
Ward Hadaway LLP
1
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
1
Mills & Reeve LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 5 $89M
TOTAL $89M
Largest TSC Foods Ltd.
$37M (2009-07-01)
sell # Total
< $100M 2 $92M
TOTAL $92M
Largest WHP Telecoms Ltd.
$58M (2015-05-05)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
9%
2 (9%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
33%
4 (33%)
Strategic(s)
25%
3 (25%)

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