Lion Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Lion Capital has invested in 1 company.

Lion Capital’s most common sectors for investment arefood (24%) and retail (20%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (48%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (24%). In total, Lion Capital has invested in 6 US states and 10 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2005 when it acquired Schweppes International for $2.0B.

In the last 3 years, Lion Capital has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (53%). Lion Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2014 when it sold Bumble Bee Foods for $1.5B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity65
    • M&A Buy Activity42
    • M&A Sell Activity23
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 10
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 33
  • M&A Advisors 16

Lion Capital LLP is a specialist private equity firm focused on consumer-oriented opportunities throughout Europe and North America. Specific areas of interest include apparel, accessories, luxury goods, food, and specialty retail. Lion Capital LLP was formed in 2004 and is based in London. The Firm has an additional office in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Beverages, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Food, Franchising, Retail

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Nordic

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 40 1 1 - - - 42
vol $10.2B $10.2B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 19 2 2 - - - 23
vol $4.6B $60M $443M $5.1B
  65

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Global Franchise Group LLC 2021-06-28 443M USD Trade Sale
Atlanta, Georgia · www.globalfranchise.com
Grenade (UK) Ltd. 2021-03-22 - Trade Sale
Solihull, United Kingdom · www.grenade.com
Snapcommerce, Inc. 2021-03-04 - Growth Capital
Toronto, Ontario · www.snaptravel.com
THG Beauty Ltd. 2020-10-02 60M USD Trade Sale
San Francisco, California · www.perriconemd.com
Real Estate Exchange, Inc. 2020-05-22 - Growth Capital
Austin, Texas · www.rexhomes.com
JV Asset Holdco, LLC. 2020-05-07 - Bankruptcy
New York, New York · www.johnvarvatos.com
Menghi SPA 2019-09-06 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Loreto, Italy · www.menghishoes.com
HatchBeauty Brands 2019-04-02 - Growth Capital
Los Angeles, California · www.hatchbeautybrands.com
Crafts Group Ltd. 2019-02-13 - Secondary Buyout
Illzach, New Jersey · www.dmc.com
Wool And The Gang Ltd. 2019-02-13 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.woolandthegang.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Findus Group Ltd. 2008-07-23 Findus Sverige AB 2015-08-13 1
London, United Kingdom Bjuv, Sweden · www.findus.se
Findus Group Ltd. 2008-07-23 La Cocinera 2015-01-08 1
London, United Kingdom Vevey, Switzerland

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 2 (12%) 1.7B (50%) 10 (24%) 3.0B (29%)
Retail 5 (29%) 591M (18%) 8 (19%) 2.6B (25%)
Consumer Products 3 (18%) - 7 (17%) 1.1B (11%)
Apparel/Textiles 2 (12%) - 6 (14%) -
Beverages - - 3 (7%) 2.0B (19%)
Franchising 1 (6%) 879M (26%) 2 (5%) 879M (9%)
Restaurants 1 (6%) 211M (6%) 2 (5%) 369M (4%)
Internet Software and Services 2 (12%) - 2 (5%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (2%) 345M (3%)
E-Commerce 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 17 $3.4B 42 $10.2B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 7 (41%) - 14 (33%) 1.6B (16%)
  California 4 (24%) - 7 (17%) 980M (10%)
  New York 1 (6%) - 3 (7%) -
  Texas 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
  Rhode Island 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (2%) 625M (6%)
  Georgia - - 1 (2%) -
United Kingdom 4 (24%) 2.1B (61%) 10 (24%) 2.7B (26%)
France 2 (12%) 879M (26%) 4 (10%) 2.6B (25%)
  New Jersey 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
Netherlands - - 4 (10%) 2.2B (22%)
Italy 2 (12%) 304M (9%) 2 (5%) 304M (3%)
Canada 2 (12%) 125M (4%) 2 (5%) 125M (1%)
  British Columbia 1 (6%) 125M (4%) 1 (2%) 125M (1%)
  Ontario 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
Switzerland - - 2 (5%) 345M (3%)
Russia - - 2 (5%) -
Belgium - - 1 (2%) 296M (3%)
Finland - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 4 (24%) 2.1B (61%) 10 (24%) 2.7B (26%)
Cross-border 13 (76%) 1.3B (39%) 32 (76%) 7.5B (74%)
Total 17 $3.4B 42 $10.2B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 7 (41%) 3.1B (92%) 20 (48%) 7.3B (72%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (18%) 287M (8%) 10 (24%) 2.5B (25%)
Growth Capital 6 (35%) - 7 (17%) 345M (3%)
PIPE - - 2 (5%) -
Consolidation - - 1 (2%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (2%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 17 $3.4B 42 $10.2B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 11 (48%) 4.0B (78%)
Secondary Sale 5 (22%) 1.1B (21%)
Bankruptcy 3 (13%) -
Trade Sale 2 (9%) 60M (1%)
Merger 1 (4%) -
Stake Sale 1 (4%) -
Total 23 $5.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Citigroup Investment Banking
4
J.P. Morgan Securities
4
Rothschild Global Advisory
3
Legal Deals
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
6
SJ Berwin LLP
4
Proskauer Rose LLP
3

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 3 $5.3B
$100M to $1B 12 $4.8B
TOTAL $10.2B
Largest Schweppes International Ltd.
$2.0B (2005-11-21)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.5B
$100M to $1B 8 $3.5B
< $100M 1 $60M
TOTAL $5.1B
Largest Bumble Bee Foods LLC
$1.5B (2014-12-18)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
45%
19 (45%)
Strategic(s)
2%
1 (2%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
26%
6 (26%)
Strategic(s)
61%
14 (61%)

FAQ

When was Lion Capital LLP founded?

Lion Capital LLP was founded in 2004.

What type of investor is Lion Capital LLP?

Lion Capital LLP is a private equity firm.

Where is Lion Capital LLP headquartered?

Lion Capital LLP is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

How much capital does Lion Capital LLP have under management?

Lion Capital LLP has 4.3B EUR under management.

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