M/C Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, M/C Partners has acquired 3 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

M/C Partners’ most common sectors for investment are communications (64%) and information technology (19%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (45%) and growth capital (19%). In total, M/C Partners has invested in 18 US states and 7 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2013 when it acquired Lightower Fiber Networks for $2.0B.

In the last 3 years, M/C Partners has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (55%). M/C Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2017 when it sold Lightower Fiber Networks for $7.1B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity62
    • M&A Buy Activity38
    • M&A Sell Activity24
  • Total Sectors Invested 6
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 55
  • M&A Advisors 6

M/C Partners

75 State Street, Suite 2500,
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
United States
(617) 345-7200
www.mcpartners.com
mcp@mcpartners.com

M/C Partners is a private equity and venture capital firm that targets communications, media and information technology companies throughout the US, Canada and Europe. M/C looks to invest $5 to $50 million per transaction and is usually the first institutional investor in its portfolio companies. Areas of interest include cable system operators, wireline communications services, fixed wireless broadband operators, media/content, mobile wireless data software and services and operators, wireless tower operators and on-demand software companies. Prospective transaction types include buyouts, growth capital and seed capital financing. M/C partners was formerly known as Chestnut Street Partners. M/C Partners was founded in 1986. The Firm is based in Boston with additional offices in San Francisco and London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Media, Software, Technology Hardware

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 5 50
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 32 1 1 - 3 1 38
vol $2.3B $2.3B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 20 2 1 1 - - 24
vol $12.5B $113M $7.1B $19.7B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
TowerCom LLC 2020-05-12 - Growth Capital
Neptune Beach, Florida · www.towercomenterprises.com
Connectivity Wireless Solutions 2019-03-25 - Secondary Buyout
Duluth, Georgia · www.connectivitywireless.com
Gossamer Threads, Inc. 2019-01-08 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Vancouver, British Columbia · www.gossamer-threads.com
Carbon60 Networks, Inc. 2019-01-08 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Richmond Hill, Ontario · www.carbon60.com
Everstream Solutions LLC 2018-03-09 - Secondary Buyout
Cleveland, Ohio · www.everstream.net
Lightower Fiber Networks LLC 2017-07-18 7.1B USD Add-on Acquisition
Boxborough, Massachusetts · www.lightower.com
Neutral Connect Networks 2017-07-10 - Acquisition Financing
West Palm Beach, Florida · www.neutralconnect.com
Thrive Networks, Inc. 2016-12-07 - Divestiture
Framingham, Massachusetts · www.thrivenetworks.com
AccentHealth LLC 2016-11-16 - Add-on Acquisition
Tampa, Florida · www.accenthealth.com
BENESTRA, s. r. o. 2016-05-29 113M EUR Secondary Buyout
Bratislava, Slovakia · www.benestra.sk
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Carbon60 Networks, Inc. 2019-01-08 Cirrus9 2019-12-17 1
Richmond Hill, Ontario · www.carbon60.com Saint John, New Brunswick · www.cirrus9.net
Thrive Networks, Inc. 2016-12-07 Precision IT Group 2017-10-11 1
Framingham, Massachusetts · www.thrivenetworks.com New York, New York · www.precisionit.com
Ensono 2015-05-20 Inframon Ltd. 2017-06-29 2
Downers Grove, Illinois · www.ensono.com Reading, United Kingdom · www.inframon.com
Denovo Ventures, LLC 2015-04-01 CD Group, Inc. 2016-10-04 4
Irvine, California · www.denovo-us.com Norcross, Georgia · www.cdgroup.com
Ensono 2015-05-20 Attenda Ltd. 2016-09-13 1
Downers Grove, Illinois · www.ensono.com Middlesex, United Kingdom · www.attenda.net
Denovo Ventures, LLC 2015-04-01 Business Technology Services, Inc. 2015-10-08 3
Irvine, California · www.denovo-us.com King of Prussia, Pennsylvania · www.biztech.com
Denovo Ventures, LLC 2015-04-01 QI Systems, Inc. 2015-08-18 2
Irvine, California · www.denovo-us.com Paragould, Arkansas · www.qisystems.net
Denovo Ventures, LLC 2015-04-01 iTINUUM 2015-07-06 1
Irvine, California · www.denovo-us.com Sammamish, Washington · www.itinuum.com
CoreLink Data Centers LLC 2007-01-01 CoreLink - Las Vegas Data Center 2012-08-20 1
Mount Prospect, Illinois · www.corelink.com Chicago, Illinois

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Communications 3 (25%) - 24 (63%) 2.1B (91%)
Information Technology 5 (42%) 190M (100%) 7 (18%) 190M (8%)
Business Services 2 (17%) - 3 (8%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (8%) - 2 (5%) 14M (1%)
Media - - 1 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 12 $190M 38 $2.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 9 (75%) 190M (100%) 30 (79%) 2.3B (99%)
  Florida 2 (17%) - 4 (11%) -
  California 2 (17%) - 3 (8%) 23M (1%)
  Virginia - - 3 (8%) -
  Texas - - 3 (8%) -
  Illinois 2 (17%) 190M (100%) 2 (5%) 190M (8%)
  Massachusetts 1 (8%) - 2 (5%) 2.0B (85%)
  Colorado - - 2 (5%) 123M (5%)
  Iowa 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
  Georgia 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
  Washington - - 1 (3%) -
  South Carolina - - 1 (3%) -
  Oregon - - 1 (3%) -
  Ohio - - 1 (3%) -
  New York - - 1 (3%) -
  New Mexico - - 1 (3%) -
  Missouri - - 1 (3%) -
  Michigan - - 1 (3%) -
  Hawaii - - 1 (3%) -
Canada 2 (17%) - 3 (8%) -
  Ontario 1 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
  British Columbia 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Puerto Rico 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
United Kingdom - - 1 (3%) 14M (1%)
Malta - - 1 (3%) -
Poland - - 1 (3%) -
Slovakia - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 9 (75%) 190M (100%) 30 (79%) 2.3B (99%)
Cross-border 3 (25%) - 8 (21%) 14M (1%)
Total 12 $190M 38 $2.3B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (33%) - 17 (45%) 160M (7%)
Growth Capital 3 (25%) - 7 (18%) -
Venture - - 6 (16%) -
Divestiture 2 (17%) 190M (100%) 3 (8%) 190M (8%)
Recapitalization - - 1 (3%) 2.0B (85%)
Acquisition Financing 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Consolidation 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (3%) -
Total 12 $190M 38 $2.3B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 8 (33%) 10.0B (51%)
Trade Sale 7 (29%) 9.5B (48%)
Secondary Sale 5 (21%) 190M (1%)
IPO 4 (17%) -
Total 24 $19.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
MVP Capital LLC
2
Waller Capital Partners LLC
1
Legal Deals
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
2
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
2
Goodwin Procter LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $2.0B
$100M to $1B 2 $313M
< $100M 2 $37M
TOTAL $2.3B
Largest Lightower Fiber Networks LLC
$2.0B (2013-04-11)
sell # Total
> $1B 4 $16.4B
$100M to $1B 8 $3.1B
< $100M 3 $144M
TOTAL $19.7B
Largest Lightower Fiber Networks LLC
$7.1B (2017-07-18)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
20%
1 20%
Strategic(s)
80%
4 80%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
32%
6 32%
Strategic(s)
68%
13 68%

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