Livingbridge Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Livingbridge has acquired 5 companies. It has also invested in 11 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 (44%) 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 18 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 Activity210
    • M&A Buy Activity126
    • M&A Sell Activity84
  • Total Sectors Invested 29
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 48
  • 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 (4.8/yr) # 102 8 8 5 3 - 126
vol $737M $737M
Sell (4.6/yr) # 61 5 7 5 5 1 84
vol $3.3B $125M $3.4B
  210

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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
Exclaimer Ltd. 2020-12-07 - Secondary Buyout
Farnborough, United Kingdom · www.exclaimer.co.uk
The Up Group Ltd. 2020-12-02 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.theupgroup.com
Giacom World Networks Ltd. 2020-11-19 - Add-on Acquisition
Hessle, United Kingdom · www.giacom.com
Ten10 2020-10-21 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.ten10.com
Mobysoft Ltd. 2020-09-16 - Secondary Buyout
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.mobysoft.com
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
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 5 (15%) - 28 (22%) 130M (18%)
Healthcare Services 3 (9%) - 11 (9%) 62M (8%)
Software 2 (6%) - 10 (8%) 122M (17%)
Consumer Services 1 (3%) - 10 (8%) 29M (4%)
Information Technology 3 (9%) - 9 (7%) -
Internet Software and Services 5 (15%) - 7 (5%) 31M (4%)
Financial Services 2 (6%) - 6 (5%) 94M (13%)
Education 1 (3%) - 6 (5%) 12M (2%)
Media - - 5 (4%) 95M (13%)
Consumer Products 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Insurance 2 (6%) - 3 (2%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (6%) 91M (100%) 2 (2%) 91M (12%)
Environmental - - 2 (2%) 20M (3%)
Automotive 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Communications 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
Food 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Leisure - - 2 (2%) -
Marketing - - 2 (2%) -
Restaurants 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Retail - - 2 (2%) -
Staffing - - 2 (2%) -
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%) -
Total 33 $91M 128 $737M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 26 (79%) 91M (100%) 112 (92%) 468M (100%)
Ireland 3 (9%) - 3 (2%) -
United States 2 (6%) - 3 (2%) -
  California 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Australia 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
New Zealand 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
France - - 1 (1%) 981K (< 1%)
Netherlands - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 26 (79%) 91M (100%) 112 (92%) 468M (100%)
Cross-border 7 (21%) - 10 (8%) 981K (< 1%)
Total 33 $91M 122 $469M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 20 (61%) - 56 (44%) 29M (4%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (12%) 22M (24%) 50 (39%) 385M (58%)
Secondary Buyout 3 (9%) 69M (76%) 12 (9%) 249M (38%)
Divestiture 4 (12%) - 6 (5%) -
Going Private 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Recapitalization 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (1%) -
Venture - - 1 (1%) -
Total 33 $91M 128 $663M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 39 (46%) 1.5B (43%)
Trade Sale 29 (35%) 140M (4%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 14 (17%) 1.7B (49%)
Stake Sale 1 (1%) 115M (3%)
Sold to Management 1 (1%) -
Total 84 $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)
8%
10 (8%)
Strategic(s)
4%
5 (4%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
45%
38 (45%)
Strategic(s)
49%
41 (49%)

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