Searchlight Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Searchlight Capital Partners has acquired 6 companies. It has also invested in 4 others.

Searchlight Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are communications (37%) and marketing (14%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (23%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (19%). In total, Searchlight Capital Partners has invested in 8 US states and 7 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2018 when it acquired Mitel Networks for $2.0B.

In the last 3 years, Searchlight Capital Partners has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity24
    • M&A Buy Activity22
    • M&A Sell Activity2
  • Total Sectors Invested 11
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 11
  • M&A Advisors 16

Searchlight Capital Partners

56 Conduit Street 4th Floor,
London, W1S 2YZ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7290 7910
www.searchlightcap.com
ir@searchlightcap.com

Searchlight Capital Partners is a private investment firm founded in 2010. The Firm will invest across the capital structure, including equity and debt and will consider a variety of transaction situations, from simple to complex. Areas of focus include communications, media, information, IT services, business services, financial services, consumer services, consumer products, education, and industrial goods/services. The Firm will consider opportunities across North America and Europe. Searchlight Capital has offices in London, New York, and Toronto.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Education, Financial Services, Information Technology, Leisure, Machinery, Marketing, Media

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

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

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

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 12 - 3 2 4 1 22
vol $57M $2.0B $1.4B $3.4B
Sell (0.4/yr) # - - 2 - - - 2
  24

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Technical Airborne Components Industries Sprl 2021-04-13 - Divestiture
Milmort, Belgium · www.tecairco.be
Sightline Payments 2020-12-09 - Growth Capital
Las Vegas, Nevada · www.sightlinepayments.com
Consolidated Communications, Inc. 2020-09-14 - Stake Purchase
Mattoon, Illinois · www.consolidated.com
Univision Communications, Inc. 2020-02-25 - Secondary Buyout
New York, New York · www.univision.com
Global Risk Partners Ltd. 2020-02-03 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.grpgroup.co.uk
B Communications Ltd. 2019-06-24 - Going Private
Ramat Gan, Israel · www.bcommunications.co.il
Frontier Communications Corp. - Associated Assets and Operations 2019-05-29 1.4B USD Divestiture
Norwalk, Connecticut
Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico Ltd. 2018-10-17 - Divestiture
Luquillo, Puerto Rico · www.libertypr.com
Mitel Networks Corp. 2018-04-24 2.0B USD Going Private
Ottawa, Ontario · www.mitel.com
Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc. 2018-03-09 - Stake Purchase
Los Angeles, California · www.globaleagle.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Univision Communications, Inc. 2020-02-25 Televisa-Univision 2021-04-13 2
New York, New York · www.univision.com Mexico City, Mexico
Univision Communications, Inc. 2020-02-25 VIX, Inc. 2021-02-01 1
New York, New York · www.univision.com Coral Gables, Florida · www.vix.com
Ocean Outdoor Ltd. 2014-12-22 Visual Art AB 2019-09-17 3
London, United Kingdom · www.oceanoutdoor.com Stockholm, Sweden · www.visualart.com
MediaMath, Inc. 2011-07-22 Akamai Technologies, Inc. - Advertising Decision Solutions 2013-01-24 6
New York, New York · www.mediamath.com Cambridge, Massachusetts

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Communications 6 (32%) 3.4B (98%) 8 (36%) 3.4B (98%)
Marketing 2 (11%) - 3 (14%) -
Apparel/Textiles 2 (11%) - 2 (9%) -
Information Technology 2 (11%) - 2 (9%) -
Leisure 1 (5%) 57M (2%) 1 (5%) 57M (2%)
Aerospace 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Business Services 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Digital Media 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Financial Services 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Insurance 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Media 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 19 $3.4B 22 $3.4B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 10 (53%) 1.4B (41%) 12 (55%) 1.4B (41%)
  New York 4 (21%) 57M (2%) 4 (18%) 57M (2%)
  Pennsylvania 1 (5%) - 2 (9%) -
  Connecticut 1 (5%) 1.4B (40%) 1 (5%) 1.4B (40%)
  Ohio 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
  Nevada 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
  Illinois 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
  California 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
  Washington - - 1 (5%) -
United Kingdom 4 (21%) - 4 (18%) -
Canada 2 (11%) 2.0B (59%) 2 (9%) 2.0B (59%)
  Ontario 2 (11%) 2.0B (59%) 2 (9%) 2.0B (59%)
Italy 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Belgium 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Israel 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Puerto Rico - - 1 (5%) -
Domestic 4 (21%) - 4 (18%) -
Cross-border 15 (79%) 3.4B (100%) 18 (82%) 3.4B (100%)
Total 19 $3.4B 22 $3.4B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 4 (21%) - 5 (23%) -
Secondary Buyout 4 (21%) 57M (2%) 4 (18%) 57M (2%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (21%) - 4 (18%) -
Stake Purchase 2 (11%) - 3 (14%) -
Going Private 2 (11%) 2.0B (59%) 2 (9%) 2.0B (59%)
Divestiture 2 (11%) 1.4B (40%) 2 (9%) 1.4B (40%)
Add-on Acquisition - - 1 (5%) -
Consolidation 1 (5%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 19 $3.4B 22 $3.4B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Divestiture 1 (50%) -
Trade Sale 1 (50%) -
Total 2 -

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Securities)
2
Deutsche Bank Corporate & Investment Banking
2
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
1
Legal Deals
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP
3
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
3
Latham & Watkins
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $3.4B
< $100M 1 $57M
TOTAL $3.4B
Largest Mitel Networks Corp.
$2.0B (2018-04-24)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
18%
4 (18%)
Strategic(s)
9%
2 (9%)
Exited to
Strategic(s)
100%
2 (100%)

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