Livingbridge Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Livingbridge has acquired 6 companies. It has also invested in 15 others.

Livingbridge’s most common sectors for investment are business services (22%) and healthcare services (9%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (43%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (40%). 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 16 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (49%). 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 Activity202
    • M&A Buy Activity124
    • M&A Sell Activity78
  • Total Sectors Invested 29
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 46
  • M&A Advisors 17

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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (6.4/yr) # 92 9 8 8 5 2 124
vol $737M $737M
Sell (5.2/yr) # 52 9 5 7 5 - 78
vol $1.7B $1.5B $125M $3.4B
  202

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Chill Insurance Ltd. 2020-06-17 - Growth Capital
Dublin, Ireland · www.chill.ie
Copperfasten Technologies 2020-06-11 - Growth Capital
Salthill, Ireland · www.titanhq.com
Sykes Cottages Ltd. 2019-10-28 - Secondary Buyout
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.sykescottages.co.uk
Nationwide Hire Ltd. 2019-10-09 - Growth Capital
Fareham, United Kingdom · www.nationwidehire.co.uk
Adarma 2019-06-11 - Divestiture
Edinburgh, United Kingdom · www.adarma.com
Create Health Ltd. 2019-05-29 - Sold to Management
London, United Kingdom · www.createhealth.org
Kirona Solutions Ltd. 2019-04-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.kirona.com
Vendigital Ltd. 2019-03-27 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.vendigital.com
Brain Labs Digital Ltd. (Brainlabs) 2019-03-12 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.brainlabsdigital.com
FluidOne 2019-02-26 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.fluidone.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Broadstone Corporate Benefits Ltd. 2015-12-21 BBS Consultants & Actuaries Ltd. 2019-10-23 1
London, United Kingdom · www.broadstoneltd.co.uk Bristol, United Kingdom · www.bbs-actuaries.co.uk
Carousel Logistics Ltd. 2013-10-08 LSi Logistik 2017-08-01 2
Kent, United Kingdom · www.carousel.eu Kirchheim, Germany · www.LSi-Logistik.com
Metronet (UK) Ltd. 2014-06-30 Venus Business Communications Ltd. 2017-03-07 2
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.metronet-uk.com London, United Kingdom · www.venus.co.uk
Metronet (UK) Ltd. 2014-06-30 M247 Ltd. 2016-10-12 1
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.metronet-uk.com Manchester, United Kingdom · www.m247.com
Carousel Logistics Ltd. 2013-10-08 AYS Logistics Ltd. 2016-08-05 1
Kent, United Kingdom · www.carousel.eu Solihull, United Kingdom · www.ays-logistics.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 6 (16%) - 27 (21%) 130M (18%)
Healthcare Services 3 (8%) - 11 (9%) 62M (8%)
Software 4 (11%) - 10 (8%) 122M (17%)
Consumer Services 1 (3%) - 10 (8%) 29M (4%)
Information Technology 4 (11%) - 9 (7%) -
Internet Software and Services 6 (16%) - 7 (6%) 31M (4%)
Financial Services 2 (5%) - 6 (5%) 94M (13%)
Education 1 (3%) - 6 (5%) 12M (2%)
Media - - 5 (4%) 95M (13%)
Consumer Products 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Insurance 2 (5%) - 3 (2%) -
Leisure - - 3 (2%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (5%) 91M (100%) 2 (2%) 91M (12%)
Environmental - - 2 (2%) 20M (3%)
Automotive 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Food 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Marketing - - 2 (2%) -
Restaurants 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Retail - - 2 (2%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (1%) 31M (4%)
Distribution - - 1 (1%) 21M (3%)
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Communications 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Digital Media - - 1 (1%) -
E-Commerce - - 1 (1%) -
Electronics - - 1 (1%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) -
Staffing - - 1 (1%) -
Total 37 $91M 126 $737M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 31 (84%) 91M (100%) 111 (93%) 468M (100%)
United States 2 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
  California 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Ireland 2 (5%) - 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%) 111 (93%) 468M (100%)
Cross-border 6 (16%) - 9 (8%) 981K (< 1%)
Total 37 $91M 120 $469M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 23 (62%) - 54 (43%) 29M (4%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (11%) 22M (24%) 50 (40%) 385M (58%)
Secondary Buyout 4 (11%) 69M (76%) 12 (10%) 249M (38%)
Divestiture 4 (11%) - 6 (5%) -
Going Private 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Recapitalization 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (1%) -
Venture - - 1 (1%) -
Total 37 $91M 126 $663M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 35 (45%) 1.5B (43%)
Trade Sale 27 (35%) 140M (4%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 14 (18%) 1.7B (49%)
Stake Sale 1 (1%) 115M (3%)
Sold to Management 1 (1%) -
Total 78 $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
2
Eversheds LLP
2
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
PE Firm(s)
62%
8 62%
Strategic(s)
38%
5 38%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
47%
35 47%
Strategic(s)
53%
39 53%

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