Pollen Street Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Pollen Street Capital has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.

Pollen Street Capital’s most common sectors for investment are financial services (59%) and information technology (12%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (42%) and growth capital (42%). In total, Pollen Street Capital has invested in 1 US state and 5 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Pollen Street Capital has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (40%). Pollen Street Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2014 when it sold TTT Moneycorp for $326M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity22
    • M&A Buy Activity17
    • M&A Sell Activity5
  • Total Sectors Invested 6
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 2

Pollen Street Capital

11-12 Hanover Square,
London, W1S 1JJ
United Kingdom
+44 20 3728 6750
www.pollencap.com
info@pollencap.com

Pollen Street Capital is a private equity firm focused on acquiring and investing in financial and business services companies. The Firm is a hands-on investor and looks to work with management teams in building company value and driving growth. Pollen Street Capital was formed in 2013 and is headquartered in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Financial Services, Information Technology, Software

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.4/yr) # 10 2 - 5 - - 17
Sell (0.4/yr) # 3 1 - - 1 - 5
vol $326M $172M $282M $780M
  22

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Castlehaven Finance 2019-08-23 282M EUR Secondary Buyout
Dublin, Ireland · www.castlehavenfinance.com
Miles Smith Insurance Group 2018-11-30 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom
BidX1 Technology Ltd. 2018-09-03 - Growth Capital
Dublin, Ireland · www.bidx1.com
Bik Brokers Sp. z o.o. 2018-07-31 - Secondary Buyout
Gdansk, Poland · www.bikbrokers.pl
Foreign Currency Direct Plc 2018-05-25 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom · www.currencies.co.uk
Vision Blue Ireland Ltd. 2018-02-15 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Dublin, Ireland · www.visionbluesolutions.com
1st Stop Group 2016-05-31 - Growth Capital
Blackpool, United Kingdom · www.1ststop.co.uk
Target Group Ltd. 2016-05-27 172M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Cardiff, United Kingdom · www.targetgroup.com
Capitalflow Group DAC 2016-05-01 - Growth Capital
Dublin, Ireland · www.capitalflow.ie
TTT Moneycorp Ltd. 2014-08-29 326M GBP Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.moneycorp.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Foreign Currency Direct Plc 2018-05-25 Earthport FX Ltd. 2020-02-04 1
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom · www.currencies.co.uk London, United Kingdom · www.earthport-fx.com
Vision Blue Ireland Ltd. 2018-02-15 Samepage Group Ltd. 2019-04-15 1
Dublin, Ireland · www.visionbluesolutions.com Cardiff, United Kingdom · www.samepagegroup.com
CashFlows 2011-01-01 iCheque Network Ltd. 2016-09-16 1
Cambridge, United Kingdom · www.cashflows.com Windsor, United Kingdom · www.icheque.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Financial Services 5 (56%) - 10 (59%) -
Information Technology 2 (22%) - 2 (12%) -
Insurance 2 (22%) - 2 (12%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (6%) -
Software - - 1 (6%) -
Utilities - - 1 (6%) -
Total 9 - 17 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 5 (56%) - 11 (65%) -
Ireland 3 (33%) - 3 (18%) -
Poland 1 (11%) - 1 (6%) -
United States - - 1 (6%) -
  New York - - 1 (6%) -
Italy - - 1 (6%) -
Total 9 - 17 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (33%) - 7 (41%) -
Growth Capital 4 (44%) - 7 (41%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (11%) - 2 (12%) -
Divestiture 1 (11%) - 1 (6%) -
Total 9 - 17 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 2 (40%) 608M (78%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (20%) 172M (22%)
IPO 1 (20%) -
Merger 1 (20%) -
Total 5 $780M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Canaccord Genuity Corp.
1
Legal Deals
Slaughter and May
1

Deal Values

sell # Total
$100M to $1B 3 $780M
TOTAL $780M
Largest TTT Moneycorp Ltd.
$326M (2014-08-29)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
67%
2 67%
Strategic(s)
33%
1 33%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
50%
2 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
2 50%

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