Root Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

Root Capital’s most common sectors for investment are business services (13%) and education (13%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (38%) and consolidation (25%). In total, Root Capital has invested in 1 US state and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2006 when it acquired Autocue Group for $3M.

In the last 3 years, Root Capital has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (100%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity13
    • M&A Buy Activity8
    • M&A Sell Activity5
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 7
  • M&A Advisors 1

Root Capital

Ground Floor, Peninsular House 30-36, Monument Street,
London, EC3R 8NB
United Kingdom
+44 20 3873 1333
www.rootcapital.co.uk
info@rootcapital.co.uk

Root Capital is a private equity firm that invests in technology, support services, and media businesses throughout the UK. Root Capital will consider in a variety of companies, including growth businesses, listed companies, non-core divestitures, and turnarounds. The Firm looks to invests £0.5 - £6 million in companies generating revenues of £1 - £20 million. Areas of interest include software/hardware vendors, IT outsourcing/managed services, telecommunications, hosting, IT consulting/systems integration, finance/administration, human resource, call centers, marketing services, logistics services, information services, on-line services, publishing and conferences services. Root Capital LLP was formed in 2003 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Digital Media, Education, Engineering, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Internet Software and Services, Safety/Security, Software, Technology Hardware, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Divestiture, Special Situations/Distressed, Secondary Buyout

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 1 20
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 1 6
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 8 - - - - - 8
vol $3M $3M
Sell (0.2/yr) # 4 - - - 1 - 5
  13

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Drum Cussac Group Ltd. 2019-11-01 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.drum-cussac.com
Kooth 2015-10-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
London, United Kingdom · www.kooth.com
BEAM Clinic Ltd. 2015-06-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
London, United Kingdom · www.beamclinic.com
Drum Cussac Group Ltd. 2015-02-01 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.drum-cussac.com
Big Clever Learning 2015-01-01 - Consolidation
London, United Kingdom · www.bigcleverlearning.com
Autocue Group Ltd. 2014-04-17 - Add-on Acquisition
Mitcham, Surrey, United Kingdom · www.autocue.com
KnowledgePool Group Ltd. 2013-05-09 - Add-on Acquisition
Berkshire, United Kingdom · www.knowledgepool.com
Alter Technology Group 2011-06-13 - Add-on Acquisition
Portsmouth, United Kingdom · www.altertechnology.com
The Mettoni Group 2010-04-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Durham, North Carolina · www.mettoni.com
Alter Technology Group 2006-12-01 - Consolidation
Portsmouth, United Kingdom · www.altertechnology.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Big Clever Learning 2015-01-01 Digital Theatre Ltd. 2015-11-02 2
London, United Kingdom · www.bigcleverlearning.com London, United Kingdom · www.digitaltheatre.com
Big Clever Learning 2015-01-01 Sherston Software Ltd. 2015-10-03 1
London, United Kingdom · www.bigcleverlearning.com London, United Kingdom · www.sherston.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Technology Hardware - - 1 (13%) 3M (100%)
Business Services 1 (50%) - 1 (13%) -
Education - - 1 (13%) -
Engineering - - 1 (13%) -
Healthcare Services - - 1 (13%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (50%) - 1 (13%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (13%) -
Software - - 1 (13%) -
Total 2 - 8 $3M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 2 (100%) - 7 (88%) 3M (100%)
United States - - 1 (13%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (13%) -
Domestic 2 (100%) - 7 (88%) 3M (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (13%) -
Total 2 - 8 $3M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (50%) - 3 (38%) 3M (100%)
Consolidation 1 (50%) - 2 (25%) -
Divestiture - - 2 (25%) -
Secondary Buyout - - 1 (13%) -
Total 2 - 8 $3M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 3 (60%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 2 (40%) -
Total 5 -

Top M&A Advisors

Legal Deals
Squire Sanders
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $3M
TOTAL $3M
Largest Autocue Group Ltd.
$3M (2006-06-06)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
33%
1 33%
Strategic(s)
67%
2 67%
Exited to
Strategic(s)
100%
5 100%

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