Livingbridge Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Livingbridge has acquired 9 companies. It has also invested in 13 others.

Livingbridge’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (21%) and software (10%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (44%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (38%). In total, Livingbridge has invested in 2 US states and 8 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2011 when it acquired DiGiCo UK for $77M.

In the last 3 years, Livingbridge has exited 20 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (48%). Livingbridge’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2016 when it sold LanguageLine Solutions for $1.5B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity218
    • M&A Buy Activity132
    • M&A Sell Activity86
  • Total Sectors Invested 30
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 49
  • M&A Advisors 18

Livingbridge

100 Wood Street, 2nd Floor, ,
London, EC2V 7AN
United Kingdom
+44 20 7506 5600
www.livingbridge.com
marketing@livingbridge.com

Livingbridge is a UK-based investment group focused on investing in and growing mid-sized companies. The Firm targets businesses seeking £5 to £100 million of capital. Prospective companies should have 'ambitious mangement', scalable business models, and potential for market leadership. Sectors of interest include technology, media, communications, consumer products/services, healthcare, and education. Livingbridge was formed in 1995 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Beverages, Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Education, Energy Services and Equipment, Environmental, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Media, Restaurants, Retail, Software

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 5 100
Enterprise Value - 200
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (6.0/yr) # 102 8 8 5 3 6 132
vol $737M $737M
Sell (5.0/yr) # 61 5 7 5 5 3 86
vol $3.3B $125M $3.4B
  218

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
RealVNC Ltd. 2021-08-26 - Growth Capital
Cambridge, United Kingdom · www.realvnc.com
Jungle Creations Ltd. 2021-08-25 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.junglecreations.com
North SP Group Ltd. 2021-07-30 - Secondary Buyout
Northolt, United Kingdom · www.north.tech
AJM Healthcare 2021-07-15 - Secondary Buyout
Hailsham, United Kingdom · www.ajmhealthcare.com
World of Books Ltd. 2021-07-05 - Secondary Buyout
West Sussex, United Kingdom · www.worldofbooks.com
Semafone Ltd. 2021-06-29 - Secondary Buyout
Surrey, United Kingdom · www.semafone.com
Helping Hands Home Care 2021-06-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Alcester, United Kingdom · www.helpinghandshomecare.co.uk
Disguise Technologies Ltd. 2021-03-08 - Secondary Buyout
London, California · www.disguise.one
Broadstone Corporate Benefits Ltd. 2021-01-19 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.broadstoneltd.co.uk
Welltel 2020-12-22 - Growth Capital
Dublin, Ireland · www.welltelgroup.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 5 (14%) - 28 (21%) 130M (18%)
Software 4 (11%) - 13 (10%) 122M (17%)
Healthcare Services 2 (5%) - 11 (8%) 62M (8%)
Consumer Services 1 (3%) - 10 (7%) 29M (4%)
Information Technology 4 (11%) - 10 (7%) -
Internet Software and Services 6 (16%) - 8 (6%) 31M (4%)
Media 1 (3%) - 6 (4%) 95M (13%)
Financial Services 2 (5%) - 6 (4%) 94M (13%)
Education 1 (3%) - 6 (4%) 12M (2%)
Insurance 2 (5%) - 3 (2%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (5%) 91M (100%) 2 (1%) 91M (12%)
Environmental - - 2 (1%) 20M (3%)
Automotive 1 (3%) - 2 (1%) -
Communications 2 (5%) - 2 (1%) -
Consumer Products - - 2 (1%) -
Food 1 (3%) - 2 (1%) -
Leisure - - 2 (1%) -
Marketing - - 2 (1%) -
Restaurants 1 (3%) - 2 (1%) -
Retail - - 2 (1%) -
Staffing - - 2 (1%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (1%) 31M (4%)
Distribution - - 1 (1%) 21M (3%)
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Digital Media - - 1 (1%) -
E-Commerce - - 1 (1%) -
Electronics - - 1 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) -
Medical Products 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 37 $91M 134 $737M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 31 (84%) 91M (100%) 118 (92%) 468M (100%)
Ireland 3 (8%) - 3 (2%) -
United States 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
  California - - 2 (2%) -
Australia 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
New Zealand 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
France - - 1 (1%) 981K (< 1%)
Netherlands - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 31 (84%) 91M (100%) 118 (92%) 468M (100%)
Cross-border 6 (16%) - 10 (8%) 981K (< 1%)
Total 37 $91M 128 $469M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 21 (57%) - 58 (43%) 29M (4%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (11%) 22M (24%) 50 (37%) 385M (58%)
Secondary Buyout 7 (19%) 69M (76%) 16 (12%) 249M (38%)
Divestiture 3 (8%) - 6 (4%) -
Going Private 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Recapitalization 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (1%) -
Venture - - 1 (1%) -
Total 37 $91M 134 $663M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 40 (47%) 1.5B (43%)
Trade Sale 29 (34%) 140M (4%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 15 (17%) 1.7B (49%)
Stake Sale 1 (1%) 115M (3%)
Sold to Management 1 (1%) -
Total 86 $3.4B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Catalyst Corporate Finance
4
Rothschild Global Advisory
2
PwC Corporate Finance LLC
2
Legal Deals
Pinsent Masons LLP
4
Eversheds LLP
3
Addleshaw Goddard LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 24 $737M
TOTAL $737M
Largest DiGiCo UK Ltd.
$77M (2011-12-12)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.5B
$100M to $1B 7 $1.3B
< $100M 15 $509M
TOTAL $3.4B
Largest LanguageLine Solutions, Inc.
$1.5B (2016-08-22)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
10%
14 (10%)
Strategic(s)
4%
5 (4%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
45%
39 (45%)
Strategic(s)
49%
42 (49%)

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