Rhône Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Rhône Group has acquired 2 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

Rhône Group’s most common sectors for investment are chemicals (20%) and consumer products (15%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (34%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (29%). In total, Rhône Group has invested in 7 US states and 10 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2011 when it acquired Orion Engineered Carbons for $1.0B.

In the last 3 years, Rhône Group has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (29%). Rhône Group’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2019 when it sold Garda World Security for $4.0B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity35
    • M&A Buy Activity21
    • M&A Sell Activity14
  • Total Sectors Invested 14
  • Total Countries Invested 10
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 11
  • M&A Advisors 8

Rhône Group

12 East 49th Street,
New York, New York 10111
United States
(212) 218-6700
www.rhonegroup.com
info@rhonegroup.com

Rhône Group is a private equity and financial advisory firm focused on large-scale buyouts across North America and Western Europe. Areas of interest include energy, materials, industrials, retail, consumer products, healthcare, and financial services. Rhône was formed in 1995 and has offices in New York, Paris, and London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Chemicals, Consumer Products, Education, Energy Services and Equipment, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marine, Marketing, Metals/Mining, Retail, Transportation

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

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

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 (1.0/yr) # 16 1 2 2 - - 21
vol $2.7B $2.7B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 10 1 - 1 1 1 14
vol $4.0B $530M $4.0B $8.5B
  35

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Unieuro S.r.l. 2020-01-24 - Stake Sale
Forlì, Italy · www.unieurospa.com
Garda World Security Corp. 2019-07-23 4.0B CAD Recapitalization
Montreal, Quebec · www.garda.com
Ranpak Corp. 2018-12-13 - IPO
Concord Township, Ohio · www.ranpak.com
MaxamCorp Holding S.L. 2018-08-01 - Stake Purchase
Madrid, Spain · www.maxam.net
Fogo de Chão Churrascaria Holdings LLC 2018-02-20 - Going Private
Dallas, Texas · www.fogodechao.com
VistaJet Group Holding Ltd. 2017-08-23 - Growth Capital
, Malta · www.vistajet.com
Garda World Security Corp. 2017-02-24 - Secondary Buyout
Montreal, Quebec · www.garda.com
Zodiac Pool Solutions SAS 2016-10-25 - Secondary Buyout
Paris, France · www.zodiac-marine-pool.com
Eden Springs International 2016-06-07 530M EUR Add-on Acquisition
Préverenges, Switzerland · www.edensprings.com
Global Knowledge Training LLC 2014-11-10 - Secondary Buyout
Cary, North Carolina · www.globalknowledge.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Global Knowledge Training LLC 2014-11-10 HODAC Training 2019-11-12 3
Cary, North Carolina · www.globalknowledge.com , Netherlands
Zodiac Pool Solutions SAS 2016-10-25 Grand Effects, Inc. 2017-10-02 1
Paris, France · www.zodiac-marine-pool.com Rancho Santa Margarita, California · www.grandeffectsinc.com
Global Knowledge Training LLC 2014-11-10 ctc TrainCanada 2017-08-17 2
Cary, North Carolina · www.globalknowledge.com Ottawa, Ontario · www.traincanada.com
Global Knowledge Training LLC 2014-11-10 DevelopMentor, Inc. 2015-10-13 1
Cary, North Carolina · www.globalknowledge.com Torrance, California · www.develop.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Chemicals 1 (14%) - 4 (19%) 1.8B (68%)
Consumer Products - - 3 (14%) 170M (6%)
Education 1 (14%) - 2 (10%) 95M (4%)
Transportation 1 (14%) - 2 (10%) -
Marketing 1 (14%) 349M (100%) 1 (5%) 349M (13%)
Electronics - - 1 (5%) 270M (10%)
Airlines 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (5%) -
Machinery 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (5%) -
Marine - - 1 (5%) -
Packaging - - 1 (5%) -
Restaurants 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (5%) -
Total 7 $349M 21 $2.7B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 3 (43%) - 9 (43%) 655M (24%)
  Texas 1 (14%) - 2 (10%) -
  Ohio - - 2 (10%) -
  North Carolina 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
  Illinois 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
  Florida - - 1 (5%) 485M (18%)
  Michigan - - 1 (5%) 170M (6%)
  New York - - 1 (5%) -
Germany - - 3 (14%) 1.4B (50%)
France 1 (14%) - 2 (10%) -
Greece 1 (14%) 349M (100%) 1 (5%) 349M (13%)
Spain 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Malta 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Switzerland - - 1 (5%) 270M (10%)
United Kingdom - - 1 (5%) 95M (4%)
Canada - - 1 (5%) -
  Quebec - - 1 (5%) -
Italy - - 1 (5%) -
Domestic 3 (43%) - 9 (43%) 655M (24%)
Cross-border 4 (57%) 349M (100%) 12 (57%) 2.1B (76%)
Total 7 $349M 21 $2.7B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 3 (43%) - 7 (33%) 95M (4%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (14%) 349M (100%) 6 (29%) 620M (23%)
Divestiture - - 4 (19%) 2.0B (74%)
Growth Capital 1 (14%) - 2 (10%) -
Going Private 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (14%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 7 $349M 21 $2.7B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 4 (29%) 3.5B (41%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (29%) 973M (11%)
IPO 3 (21%) -
Recapitalization 1 (7%) 4.0B (46%)
Trade Sale 1 (7%) 68M (1%)
Stake Sale 1 (7%) -
Total 14 $8.5B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
2
Morgan Stanley
1
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
1
Legal Deals
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
2
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $1.0B
$100M to $1B 5 $1.6B
< $100M 1 $95M
TOTAL $2.7B
Largest Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH
$1.0B (2011-07-29)
sell # Total
> $1B 3 $6.7B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.8B
< $100M 1 $68M
TOTAL $8.5B
Largest Garda World Security Corp.
$4.0B (2019-07-23)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
69%
9 69%
Strategic(s)
31%
4 31%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
60%
6 60%
Strategic(s)
40%
4 40%

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