Morgan Stanley Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners has acquired 12 companies. It has also invested in 8 others.

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are software (11%) and internet software and services (11%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (30%) and secondary buyout (21%). In total, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners has invested in 16 US states and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2018 when it acquired Web.com Group for $2.0B.

In the last 3 years, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners has exited 8 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). Morgan Stanley Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2010 when it sold McKechnie Aerospace Holdings for $1.3B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity66
    • M&A Buy Activity48
    • M&A Sell Activity18
  • Total Sectors Invested 25
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 23
  • M&A Advisors 11

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

1585 Broadway, 38th Floor,
New York, New York 10036
United States
(212) 761-6003
www.morganstanley.com/im/capitalpartners


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Chemicals, Consumer Services, Energy Services and Equipment, Environmental, Financial Services, Food, Franchising, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Life Science, Manufacturing, Packaging, Retail, Software, Staffing

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Going Private, Growth Capital, PIPE, Secondary Buyout, Venture

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 10 100
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value 100 1,000
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (4.8/yr) # 24 4 3 10 6 1 48
vol $621M $2.9B $3.5B
Sell (1.8/yr) # 9 1 1 - 5 2 18
vol $2.8B $2.8B
  66

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Pathway Partners Vet Holding LLC 2020-04-03 - Secondary Buyout
Austin, Texas · www.pathwayvets.com
Seven Seas Water Corp. 2020-03-30 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Tampa, Florida · www.7seaswater.com
Cadence Education, Inc. 2020-02-12 - Secondary Buyout
Scottsdale, Arizona · www.cadence-education.com
Contanda LLC 2019-12-18 - Secondary Buyout
Houston, Texas · www.contanda.com
BW Terminals, Inc. 2019-12-18 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Harvey, Louisiana · www.bwterminals.com
CoAdvantage Payroll Tax Service, Inc. 2019-07-24 - Secondary Buyout
Tampa, Florida · www.coadvantage.com
HighQ Solutions Ltd. 2019-07-18 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.highq.com
Ovagen Fertility 2019-07-17 - Recapitalization
Los Angeles, California · www.ovagenfertility.com
DocuWare GmbH 2019-07-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Germering, Germany · www.docuware.com
Project Management Academy 2019-06-18 - Secondary Buyout
West Lafayette, Indiana · www.projectmanagementacademy.net
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Web.com Group, Inc. 2018-06-21 WebCentral Pty Ltd. 2020-07-13 2
Jacksonville, Florida · www.web.com Sydney, Australia · www.webcentral.com.au
Web.com Group, Inc. 2018-06-21 Web.com Group, Inc. - Enterprise Business 2020-02-27 3
Jacksonville, Florida · www.web.com Jacksonville, Florida
Comar LLC 2018-06-19 iMARK Molding, Inc. 2020-01-27 1
Voorhees, New Jersey · www.comar.com Woodville, Wisconsin · www.imarkmolding.com
PPC Flexible Packaging 2017-02-03 Popular Ink LLC 2019-10-09 4
Buffalo Grove, Illinois · www.ppcflex.com McKinney, Texas · www.popular-ink.com
24 Seven, Inc. 2016-10-06 The Sage Group 2019-09-17 1
New York, New York · www.24seventalent.com San Francisco, California · www.thesagegroup.com
Web.com Group, Inc. 2018-06-21 Dreamscape Networks Ltd. 2019-07-23 1
Jacksonville, Florida · www.web.com Singapore, Singapore · www.dreamscapenetworks.com
XRI Co. 2016-08-23 Fountain Quail Water Treatment 2019-04-24 1
Midland, Texas · www.xrifq.com , Texas
Web.com Group, Inc. 2018-06-21 TORCHx 2019-04-23 2
Jacksonville, Florida · www.web.com , United States · www.torchx.com
Web.com Group, Inc. 2018-06-21 Lighthouse 360 2019-03-18 1
Jacksonville, Florida · www.web.com Sugar Hill, Georgia · www.lh360.com
PPC Flexible Packaging 2017-02-03 HFM Packaging Ltd. 2019-02-05 3
Buffalo Grove, Illinois · www.ppcflex.com Pewaukee, Wisconsin · www.hfmpackaging.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Internet Software and Services 4 (12%) 2.0B (66%) 5 (10%) 2.0B (57%)
Software 3 (9%) - 5 (10%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 3 (9%) 900M (30%) 4 (8%) 900M (26%)
Staffing 1 (3%) - 4 (8%) 165M (5%)
Information Technology 2 (6%) - 4 (8%) -
Healthcare Services 3 (9%) - 3 (6%) -
Chemicals 2 (6%) - 2 (4%) -
Education 1 (3%) - 2 (4%) -
Life Science 1 (3%) - 2 (4%) -
Utilities 2 (6%) - 2 (4%) -
Retail - - 1 (2%) 310M (9%)
Food 1 (3%) 146M (5%) 1 (2%) 146M (4%)
Aerospace - - 1 (2%) -
Business Services 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Consumer Services - - 1 (2%) -
Digital Media 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Financial Services 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Franchising 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Information Services 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (2%) -
Oil/Gas Exploration 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Packaging 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Plastics 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Real Estate 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 33 $3.0B 48 $3.5B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 26 (79%) 2.9B (95%) 40 (83%) 3.4B (96%)
  California 7 (21%) - 12 (25%) -
  Texas 5 (15%) - 7 (15%) -
  Florida 2 (6%) 2.0B (66%) 3 (6%) 2.0B (57%)
  New York 1 (3%) - 3 (6%) 310M (9%)
  New Jersey 2 (6%) 900M (30%) 2 (4%) 900M (26%)
  North Carolina 2 (6%) - 2 (4%) -
  Connecticut 2 (6%) - 2 (4%) -
  Washington 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
  Louisiana 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
  Indiana 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
  Illinois 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
  Colorado 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (2%) 165M (5%)
  Massachusetts - - 1 (2%) -
  Kentucky - - 1 (2%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (2%) -
China 3 (9%) 146M (5%) 3 (6%) 146M (4%)
Germany 1 (3%) - 2 (4%) -
Canada 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
  Alberta 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
India 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
South Korea 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 33 $3.0B 48 $3.5B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 12 (36%) - 14 (29%) -
Secondary Buyout 4 (12%) - 10 (21%) 165M (5%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 7 (21%) - 8 (17%) -
Venture 3 (9%) - 8 (17%) -
Recapitalization 3 (9%) - 3 (6%) -
Going Private 2 (6%) 2.1B (70%) 2 (4%) 2.1B (61%)
Divestiture 1 (3%) 900M (30%) 2 (4%) 1.2B (34%)
PIPE 1 (3%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 33 $3.0B 48 $3.5B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 7 (39%) 1.8B (66%)
Secondary Sale 6 (33%) 557M (20%)
Trade Sale 3 (17%) 410M (15%)
IPO 1 (6%) -
Stake Sale 1 (6%) -
Total 18 $2.8B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
William Blair & Co. LLC
2
Antares Capital LP.
1
Harris Williams & Co.
1
Legal Deals
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
6
Latham & Watkins
1
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $2.0B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.5B
TOTAL $3.5B
Largest Web.com Group, Inc.
$2.0B (2018-06-21)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.3B
$100M to $1B 3 $1.5B
TOTAL $2.8B
Largest McKechnie Aerospace Holdings, Inc.
$1.3B (2010-09-27)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
90%
19 90%
Strategic(s)
10%
2 10%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
47%
8 47%
Strategic(s)
53%
9 53%

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