Livingbridge Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Livingbridge has acquired 9 companies. It has also invested in 6 others.

Livingbridge’s most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (21%) and healthcare services (10%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (45%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (35%). 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 10 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (43%). 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 Activity241
    • M&A Buy Activity145
    • M&A Sell Activity96
  • Total Sectors Invested 29
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 54
  • M&A Advisors 29

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 ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (4.4/yr) # 123 8 9 5 - - 145
vol $737M $737M
Sell (3.2/yr) # 80 6 7 2 1 - 96
vol $3.4B $3.4B
  241

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Brain Labs Digital Ltd. 2023-09-18 - Secondary Sale
London, United Kingdom · www.brainlabsdigital.com
Zype TV Ltd. 2022-07-19 - Secondary Buyout
Wokingham, United Kingdom · www.citnow.co.uk
Network Plus Services Ltd. 2022-07-11 - Secondary Sale
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.networkplus.co.uk
Imagesound Ltd. 2022-05-09 - Secondary Buyout
Derbyshire, United Kingdom · www.imagesound.com
Nourish Care Systems Ltd. 2022-03-22 - Growth Capital
Bournemouth, United Kingdom · www.nourishcare.co.uk
Waste Services Group 2022-01-18 - Secondary Buyout
Melbourne, Australia
Carousel Logistics Ltd. 2022-01-12 - Merger
Kent, United Kingdom · www.carousel.eu
Quorum Cyber Security Ltd. 2022-01-05 - Secondary Buyout
Edinburgh, United Kingdom · www.quorumcyber.com
Southern Communications Ltd. 2021-12-17 - Unknown
Basingstoke, United Kingdom · www.southern-comms.co.uk
Veramed Ltd. 2021-11-05 - Growth Capital
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.veramed.co.uk
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Sykes Cottages Ltd. 2019-10-28 Forest Holidays Ltd. 2022-04-08 1
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.sykescottages.co.uk Moira, United Kingdom · www.forestholidays.co.uk
Jensten Group Ltd. 2018-05-14 Tasker Insurance Group Ltd. 2021-06-30 1
Huntingdon, United Kingdom · www.coversure.co.uk London, United Kingdom · www.taskerinsurancegroup.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 3 (8%) - 30 (20%) 130M (18%)
Healthcare Services 4 (10%) - 14 (9%) 62M (8%)
Information Technology 6 (15%) - 14 (9%) -
Internet Software and Services 8 (21%) - 12 (8%) 48M (7%)
Software 3 (8%) - 10 (7%) 52M (7%)
Consumer Services 1 (3%) - 10 (7%) 29M (4%)
Education 1 (3%) - 7 (5%) 12M (2%)
Financial Services 1 (3%) - 6 (4%) 94M (13%)
Media 2 (5%) - 6 (4%) 77M (10%)
Automotive 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) 71M (10%)
Environmental 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) 20M (3%)
Consumer Products 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Insurance 2 (5%) - 3 (2%) -
Leisure 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Marketing 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
Transportation - - 3 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (3%) 69M (100%) 2 (1%) 91M (12%)
Communications 1 (3%) - 2 (1%) -
Food - - 2 (1%) -
Restaurants - - 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%) -
Medical Products 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 39 $69M 149 $737M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 31 (79%) 69M (100%) 132 (91%) 616M (100%)
Ireland 3 (8%) - 3 (2%) -
Australia 2 (5%) - 3 (2%) -
United States 1 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
  California - - 2 (1%) -
Netherlands 1 (3%) - 2 (1%) -
New Zealand 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
France - - 1 (1%) 981K (< 1%)
Domestic 31 (79%) 69M (100%) 132 (91%) 616M (100%)
Cross-border 8 (21%) - 13 (9%) 981K (< 1%)
Total 39 $69M 145 $617M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 23 (59%) - 67 (45%) 29M (4%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (8%) - 51 (34%) 385M (58%)
Secondary Buyout 11 (28%) 69M (100%) 22 (15%) 249M (38%)
Divestiture 2 (5%) - 6 (4%) -
Recapitalization - - 1 (1%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (1%) -
Venture - - 1 (1%) -
Total 39 $69M 149 $663M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 42 (44%) 1.5B (43%)
Trade Sale 30 (31%) 140M (4%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 15 (16%) 1.7B (49%)
Merger 3 (3%) -
Sold to Management 2 (2%) -
Unknown 2 (2%) -
Stake Sale 1 (1%) 115M (3%)
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Total 96 $3.4B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Catalyst Corporate Finance
4
PwC Corporate Finance LLC
3
Rothschild Global Advisory
3
Legal Deals
Pinsent Masons
4
Eversheds LLP
3
Addleshaw Goddard
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)
13%
20 (13%)
Strategic(s)
3%
5 (3%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
43%
41 (43%)
Strategic(s)
47%
45 (47%)

FAQ

When was Livingbridge founded?

Livingbridge was founded in 1995.

What type of investor is Livingbridge?

Livingbridge is a private equity firm.

Where is Livingbridge headquartered?

Livingbridge is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

How much capital does Livingbridge have under management?

Livingbridge has 1.6B GBP under management.

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