Lion Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Lion Capital has acquired 5 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

Lion Capital’s most common sectors for investment are food (26%) and retail (21%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (49%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (29%). In total, Lion Capital has invested in 8 US states and 11 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2006 when it acquired Orangina SAS for $2.6B.

In the last 3 years, Lion Capital has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). 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 Activity59
    • M&A Buy Activity39
    • M&A Sell Activity20
  • Total Sectors Invested 9
  • Total Countries Invested 11
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 29
  • M&A Advisors 12

Lion Capital LLP

21 Grosvenor Place,
London, SW1X 7HF
United Kingdom
+44 020 7201-2200
www.lioncapital.com
info@lioncapital.com

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, Scandinavia

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 (1.6/yr) # 31 1 3 1 2 1 39
vol $10.6B $211M $10.8B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 17 1 - 1 - 1 20
vol $4.0B $647M $4.6B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Real Estate Exchange, Inc. (REX) 2020-05-22 - Growth Capital
Austin, Texas · www.rexhomes.com
John Varvatos Enterprises, Inc. 2020-05-07 - Bankruptcy
New York, New York · www.johnvarvatos.com
Gruppo Menghi 2019-09-06 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
, Italy · www.menghishoes.com
Crafts Group Ltd. 2019-02-13 - Secondary Buyout
Illzach, New Jersey · www.dmc.com
Global Franchise Group LLC 2018-11-20 - Secondary Buyout
Norcross, Georgia · www.globalfranchise.com
HEMA BV 2018-10-18 - Secondary Buyout
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.hema.nl
Paige Denim 2017-10-09 - Secondary Buyout
Rancho Dominguez, California · www.paige.com
Lenny & Larry's LLC 2017-05-25 - Growth Capital
Panorama, California · www.lennylarry.com
Grenade (UK) Ltd. 2017-03-06 - Secondary Buyout
Coventry, United Kingdom · www.grenadefatburner.com
Loungers Ltd. 2016-12-20 211M GBP Secondary Buyout
Bristol, United Kingdom · www.thelounges.co.uk
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Findus Group Ltd. (FoodVest) 2008-07-23 Findus Sverige AB 2015-08-13 1
London, United Kingdom · www.findusgroup.com Bjuv, Sweden · www.findus.se
Alain Afflelou SA 2012-04-30 Optical Society Finance SARL 2015-07-03 1
Aubervilliers, France · www.alainafflelou.com Paris, France · www.opticaldiscount.com
Findus Group Ltd. (FoodVest) 2008-07-23 La Cocinera 2015-01-08 1
London, United Kingdom · www.findusgroup.com Vevey, Switzerland

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 3 (17%) 1.7B (50%) 10 (26%) 3.0B (27%)
Retail 5 (28%) 591M (18%) 8 (21%) 2.6B (24%)
Consumer Products 4 (22%) - 6 (15%) 1.1B (10%)
Apparel/Textiles 2 (11%) - 6 (15%) -
Beverages - - 3 (8%) 2.6B (24%)
Franchising 2 (11%) 879M (26%) 2 (5%) 879M (8%)
Restaurants 1 (6%) 211M (6%) 2 (5%) 369M (3%)
Building Materials - - 1 (3%) 345M (3%)
Internet Software and Services 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 18 $3.4B 39 $10.8B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 7 (41%) - 12 (32%) 1.6B (15%)
  California 2 (12%) - 4 (11%) 980M (9%)
  New York 1 (6%) - 2 (5%) -
  Texas 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Rhode Island 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Georgia 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Connecticut 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (3%) 625M (6%)
  Oregon - - 1 (3%) -
United Kingdom 4 (24%) 2.1B (61%) 9 (24%) 2.7B (25%)
France 2 (12%) 879M (26%) 5 (13%) 5.2B (48%)
  New Jersey 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Italy 3 (18%) 304M (9%) 3 (8%) 304M (3%)
Switzerland - - 2 (5%) 345M (3%)
Netherlands - - 2 (5%) 293M (3%)
Russia - - 2 (5%) -
Canada 1 (6%) 125M (4%) 1 (3%) 125M (1%)
  British Columbia 1 (6%) 125M (4%) 1 (3%) 125M (1%)
Belgium - - 1 (3%) 296M (3%)
Finland - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 4 (24%) 2.1B (61%) 9 (24%) 2.7B (25%)
Cross-border 13 (76%) 1.3B (39%) 29 (76%) 8.1B (75%)
Total 17 $3.4B 38 $10.8B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 9 (50%) 2.8B (82%) 19 (49%) 7.0B (65%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (22%) 591M (18%) 11 (28%) 3.5B (32%)
Growth Capital 3 (17%) - 4 (10%) 345M (3%)
PIPE - - 2 (5%) -
Consolidation 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (3%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 18 $3.4B 39 $10.8B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 8 (40%) 3.6B (77%)
Secondary Sale 5 (25%) 1.1B (23%)
Bankruptcy 3 (15%) -
Trade Sale 2 (10%) -
Merger 1 (5%) -
Stake Sale 1 (5%) -
Total 20 $4.6B

Top M&A Advisors

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

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 3 $6.0B
$100M to $1B 12 $4.8B
TOTAL $10.8B
Largest Orangina SAS
$2.6B (2006-02-01)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.5B
$100M to $1B 7 $3.1B
TOTAL $4.6B
Largest Bumble Bee Foods LLC
$1.5B (2014-12-18)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
96%
25 96%
Strategic(s)
4%
1 4%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
45%
10 45%
Strategic(s)
55%
12 55%

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