SFW Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, SFW Capital Partners has acquired 2 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

SFW Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are information services (29%) and software (29%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (43%) and secondary buyout (22%). In total, SFW Capital Partners has invested in 11 US states. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2015 when it acquired Gerson Lehrman Group for $212M.

In the last 3 years, SFW Capital Partners has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). SFW Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2004 when it sold Sovereign Specialty Chemicals for $575M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity24
    • M&A Buy Activity14
    • M&A Sell Activity10
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 10
  • M&A Advisors 2

SFW Capital Partners

22 Elm Place,
Rye, New York 10580
United States
(914) 510-8910
www.sfwcap.com
info@sfwcap.com

SFW Capital Partners is a private equity firm that seeks investments in US based, lower middle market companies that provide analytical tools or related outsourced analytical services. Specific areas of interest include test, measurement, and control instruments, as well as analytical software and information services. SFW primarily seeks control positions where the firm can commit $25 to $200 million per transaction. SFW Capital Partners was formed in 2007 and is based in Rye, New York.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Chemicals, Distribution, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Metals/Mining, Software, Test/Measurement Equipment

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 10 500
Target EBITDA - 25
Investment Size 25 200
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 9 1 1 1 2 - 14
vol $212M $212M
Sell (0.8/yr) # 6 - 1 1 2 - 10
vol $800M $320M $190M $1.3B
  24

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Micromeritics Instrument Corp. 2019-12-19 - Recapitalization
Norcross, Georgia · www.micromeritics.com
DaySmart Software, Inc. 2019-10-16 - Secondary Buyout
Ann Arbor, Michigan · www.daysmart.com
Keypoint Intelligence 2019-10-10 - Secondary Buyout
Fairfield, New Jersey · www.keypointintelligence.com
Greenshades Software 2019-03-07 - Growth Capital
Jacksonville, Florida · www.greenshades.com
Spectro Scientific, Inc. 2018-11-27 190M USD Add-on Acquisition
Chelmsford, Massachusetts · www.spectroinc.com
Swiftpage ACT! LLC 2018-05-23 - Secondary Buyout
Denver, Colorado · www.act.com
Devada 2017-10-17 - Growth Capital
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina · www.devada.com
Essen BioScience, Inc. 2017-03-03 320M USD Add-on Acquisition
Ann Arbor, Michigan · www.essenbioscience.com
DaySmart Software, Inc. 2016-09-28 - Growth Capital
Ann Arbor, Michigan · www.daysmart.com
Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. 2015-12-21 212M USD Secondary Buyout
New York, New York · www.glg.it
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Swiftpage ACT! LLC 2018-05-23 Kuvana, Inc. 2018-12-12 1
Denver, Colorado · www.act.com Atlanta, Georgia · www.kuvana.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Services 1 (17%) 212M (100%) 4 (29%) 212M (100%)
Software 3 (50%) - 4 (29%) -
Business Services 1 (17%) - 1 (7%) -
Chemicals - - 1 (7%) -
Machinery 1 (17%) - 1 (7%) -
Media - - 1 (7%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (7%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 1 (7%) -
Total 6 $212M 14 $212M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 6 (100%) 212M (100%) 14 (100%) 212M (100%)
  North Carolina 1 (17%) - 2 (14%) -
  California 1 (17%) - 2 (14%) -
  Michigan - - 2 (14%) -
  New York 1 (17%) 212M (100%) 1 (7%) 212M (100%)
  Georgia 1 (17%) - 1 (7%) -
  Florida 1 (17%) - 1 (7%) -
  Colorado 1 (17%) - 1 (7%) -
  Texas - - 1 (7%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (7%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (7%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (7%) -
Total 6 $212M 14 $212M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 3 (50%) - 6 (43%) -
Secondary Buyout 2 (33%) 212M (100%) 3 (21%) 212M (100%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 2 (14%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (7%) -
Recapitalization 1 (17%) - 1 (7%) -
Venture - - 1 (7%) -
Total 6 $212M 14 $212M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (40%) 735M (56%)
Secondary Sale 3 (30%) -
Trade Sale 2 (20%) 575M (44%)
IPO 1 (10%) -
Total 10 $1.3B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Lazard Middle Market
1
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $212M
TOTAL $212M
Largest Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.
$212M (2015-12-21)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 4 $1.3B
TOTAL $1.3B
Largest Sovereign Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
$575M (2004-12-27)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
75%
3 75%
Strategic(s)
25%
1 25%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
44%
4 44%
Strategic(s)
56%
5 56%

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