LNK Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

LNK Partners’ most common sectors for investment are apparel/textiles (23%) and consumer services (23%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (34%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (23%). In total, LNK Partners has invested in 6 US states. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2015 when it acquired Life Time Fitness for $4.0B.

In the last 3 years, LNK Partners has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (60%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity14
    • M&A Buy Activity9
    • M&A Sell Activity5
  • Total Sectors Invested 6
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 8
  • M&A Advisors 1

LNK Partners LLC

81 Main Street,
White Plains, New York 10601
United States
(914) 824-5900
www.lnkpartners.com
info@LNKpartners.com

LNK Partners is a private equity investment firm that focuses on the consumer and retail sectors. LNK looks to commit up to $200 million of equity capital in a variety of transactions, including growth capital financings, recapitalizations, buyouts, and PIPEs. LNK looks to partner with management in pursuing opportunities. LNK was formed in 2005 with two former principals at Apax Partners and the former CEO of Staples. LNK Partners is based in White Plains, New York.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Beverages, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Food, Leisure, Marketing, Restaurants, Retail

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, PIPE

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 15 100
Investment Size 50 200
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 8 1 - - - - 9
vol $4.3B $4.3B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 2 - 1 - 2 - 5
  14

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Inc. 2019-05-09 - Merger
Milton, Delaware · www.dogfish.com
Fitness Connection 2019-02-04 - Secondary Buyout
McLean, Virginia · www.fitnessconnectionusa.com.
Au Bon Pain, Inc. 2017-11-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Boston, Massachusetts · www.aubonpain.com
Schweiger Dermatology Group PLLC 2016-04-13 - Growth Capital
New York, New York · www.schweigerderm.com
Niman Ranch, Inc. 2015-09-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Oakland, California · www.nimanranch.com
Natural Food Holdings, Inc. 2015-09-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Sioux City, Iowa · www.naturalfoodholdings.com
Life Time Fitness, Inc. 2015-03-16 4.0B USD Going Private
Chanhassen, Minnesota · www.lifetimefitness.com
Fitness Connection 2013-10-01 - Secondary Buyout
McLean, Virginia · www.fitnessconnectionusa.com.
Beachbody LLC 2012-12-11 - Growth Capital
Santa Monica, California · www.beachbody.com
Natural Food Holdings, Inc. 2011-06-01 - Secondary Buyout
Sioux City, Iowa · www.naturalfoodholdings.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Services 2 (40%) 4.0B (100%) 2 (22%) 4.0B (94%)
Apparel/Textiles 2 (40%) - 2 (22%) -
Food - - 2 (22%) -
Restaurants - - 1 (11%) 250M (6%)
Healthcare Services 1 (20%) - 1 (11%) -
Leisure - - 1 (11%) -
Total 5 $4.0B 9 $4.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 5 (100%) 4.0B (100%) 9 (100%) 4.3B (100%)
  California 2 (40%) - 3 (33%) -
  New York 2 (40%) - 2 (22%) -
  Minnesota 1 (20%) 4.0B (100%) 1 (11%) 4.0B (94%)
  Massachusetts - - 1 (11%) 250M (6%)
  Virginia - - 1 (11%) -
  Iowa - - 1 (11%) -
Total 5 $4.0B 9 $4.3B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout - - 3 (33%) 250M (6%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (20%) - 2 (22%) -
Growth Capital 2 (40%) - 2 (22%) -
Going Private 1 (20%) 4.0B (100%) 1 (11%) 4.0B (94%)
Stake Purchase 1 (20%) - 1 (11%) -
Total 5 $4.0B 9 $4.3B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 3 (60%) -
Secondary Sale 1 (20%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (20%) -
Total 5 -

Top M&A Advisors

Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $4.0B
$100M to $1B 1 $250M
TOTAL $4.3B
Largest Life Time Fitness, Inc.
$4.0B (2015-03-16)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
5 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
33%
2 33%
Strategic(s)
67%
4 67%

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