M&A Deal Summary

Vespa Capital and NorthEdge Capital Acquires Catalis SE

On October 14, 2019, private equity firms Vespa Capital and NorthEdge Capital LLP acquired media company Catalis SE for 90M GBP

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Vespa Capital’s 3rd and NorthEdge Capital’s 1st transaction in the Media sector.
  • This is Vespa Capital’s 1st and NorthEdge Capital’s 0th largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Vespa Capital’s 2nd and NorthEdge Capital’s 1st transaction in the Netherlands.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2019-10-14
Target Catalis SE
Sector Media
Buyer(s) Vespa Capital
NorthEdge Capital LLP
Deal Type Going Private
Deal Value 90M GBP

Target

Catalis SE

Waalre, Netherlands
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Catalis SE is a service provider of high-end services providing round-the creation of digital content for the media and entertainment industry. The company's subsidiaries are known for their experience and expertise in the areas of quality assurance and video game development. Catalis was founded in 1993 and is based in Waalre, Netherlands.

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Buyer(S) 2

Buyer

Vespa Capital

London, United Kingdom

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2007
PE ASSETS 200M GBP
SizeSmall
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Vespa Capital is a private equity firm that targets minority or majority buyout investments in the UK. Vespa looks to partner with management when pursuing transactions and seeks opportunities valued from £10 to £40 million. The Firm prefers profitable, market leading businesses with strong growth prospects. Vespa is a generalist investor with no specific industry preferences.Vespa Capital is formed in 2008 and is based in London.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 15 of 16
Sector (Media) 3 of 3
Type (Going Private) 1 of 1
Country (Netherlands) 2 of 2
Year (2019) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 4
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2018-11-19 Feefo Holdings Ltd.

Hampshire, United Kingdom

Feefo Holdings Ltd. is a global technology company empowering brands to make smarter decisions and improve consumer experiences by leveraging the full potential of real customer reviews. Feefo Holdings was founded in 2010 and is based in Hampshire, United Kingdom.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-02-01 SelectScience Ltd.

Corston, United Kingdom

SelectScience provides digital marketing services to the scientific equipment market. The business provides quality digital marketing solutions to customers which include 21 of the top 25 manufacturers of scientific laboratory equipment. In addition, SelectScience has developed an extensive audience of engaged and loyal members, who are attracted to the company’s appealing digital content. This global audience of laboratory-based scientists, academic researchers, and subject matter experts span a wide variety of scientific disciplines covering life sciences, drug discovery & testing, clinical diagnostics, environmental research, as well as R&D within the food and beverage sector. SelectScience was formed in 1998 and is based in Corston, United Kingdom.

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Buyer

NorthEdge Capital LLP

Manchester, United Kingdom

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

website


Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2009
PE ASSETS 650M GBP
SizeMiddle-Market
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

NorthEdge is a lower mid-market buy-out and development capital investment firm focused on investing in the Northern part of the UK. NorthEdge looks to commit £2 to £45 million in companies generating at least £5 million revenue and £0.5 million in profits. NorthEdge does not have any stated sector preferences and seeks to work alongside ambitious management teams when pursuing transactions. The Firm launched its firms fund in 2011 and has offices in Manchester and Leeds.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 33 of 39
Sector (Media) 1 of 1
Type (Going Private) 1 of 1
Country (Netherlands) 1 of 1
Year (2019) 2 of 2
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2019-07-05 Bridge Farm Nurseries Ltd.

Woodbridge, United Kingdom

Bridge Farm Nurseries Ltd. is a producer of ornamental plants, flowers, and herbs. It works with major UK supermarkets under the brand name Neame Lea, the 2017 UK Grower of the Year. Bridge Farm’s core supermarket customer base, which includes Tesco and Aldi, is growing faster than the overall market as supermarkets increase garden ranges targeting shoppers buying for convenience or on impulse, and accordingly securing a greater share of the market. Bridge Farm Nurseries was formed in 1988 and is based in Woodbridge, United Kingdom.

Sell -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2019-12-09 Direct Healthcare Group

Caerphilly, United Kingdom

Direct Healthcare Services Ltd. is a fully integrated developer and manufacturer of a range of innovative pressure care products designed to prevent medical issues such as pressure sores, which can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. DHG was formed in 2009 and is based in Caerphilly, United Kingdom.

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