Sovereign Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Sovereign Capital Partners has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 3 others.

Sovereign Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment arebusiness services (27%) and education (18%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (52%) and growth capital (24%). In total, Sovereign Capital Partners has invested in 1 US state and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2019 when it acquired Murgitroyd for $100M.

In the last 3 years, Sovereign Capital Partners has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (41%). Sovereign Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2019 when it sold Arachas Corporate Brokers for $282M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity79
    • M&A Buy Activity52
    • M&A Sell Activity27
  • Total Sectors Invested 12
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 14
  • M&A Advisors 6

Sovereign Capital Partners

25 Victoria Street,
London, SW1H 0EX
United Kingdom
+44(0)20 7340 8800
www.sovereigncapital.co.uk
info@sovereigncapital.co.uk

Sovereign Capital Partners (SCP) is a private equity firm that specializes in buy and build opportunities throughout the UK. The Firm targets consolidation strategies in the education and training, healthcare, and outsourced business services sectors. SCP looks to invest £10 to £120 million per transaction. Sovereign Capital Partners was formed in 2001 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Services, Education, Furniture, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Life Science, Medical Products, Software, Staffing

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 10 120
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 46 2 4 - - - 52
vol $226M $226M
Sell (0.4/yr) # 25 1 - - 1 - 27
vol $1.1B $1.1B
  79

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Asset Control Systems, Inc. 2023-01-18 - Secondary Sale
New York, New York · www.alveotech.com
Aquitaine Group Ltd. 2021-09-15 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Guernsey, Channel Islands · www.aquitainetrust.com
AquaQ Analytics 2021-05-06 - Growth Capital
Belfast , United Kingdom · www.aquaq.co.uk
Skerritt Consultants Ltd. 2021-03-10 - Growth Capital
Hove, United Kingdom · www.skerritts.co.uk
Bioscript 2021-03-04 - Growth Capital
Cheshire, United Kingdom · www.bioscriptgroup.com
Zenitech Ltd. 2020-12-03 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.zenitech.co.uk
BIMM Group Ltd. 2020-11-20 - Secondary Sale
London, United Kingdom · www.bimm.ac.uk
ACOLIN Group 2020-06-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Zurich, Switzerland · www.acolin.com
Arachas Corporate Brokers Ltd. 2019-12-02 282M EUR Trade Sale
Dublin, Ireland · www.arachas.ie
Murgitroyd & Co., Ltd. 2019-10-18 100M GBP Going Private
Glasgow, United Kingdom · www.murgitroyd.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
ACOLIN Group 2020-06-01 Fundbase, Inc. 2021-02-10 2
Zurich, Switzerland · www.acolin.com Schwyz, Switzerland · www.fundbase.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 5 (42%) 100M (100%) 14 (27%) 100M (44%)
Education 1 (8%) - 9 (17%) 40M (18%)
Healthcare Services - - 8 (15%) 43M (19%)
Consumer Services 2 (17%) - 8 (15%) 22M (10%)
Insurance - - 3 (6%) -
Financial Services 1 (8%) - 2 (4%) -
Information Technology 2 (17%) - 2 (4%) -
Staffing 1 (8%) - 2 (4%) -
Leisure - - 1 (2%) 22M (10%)
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (2%) -
Software - - 1 (2%) -
Transportation - - 1 (2%) -
Total 12 $100M 52 $226M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 10 (83%) 100M (100%) 47 (90%) 205M (100%)
Channel Islands 1 (8%) - 1 (2%) -
Switzerland 1 (8%) - 1 (2%) -
United States - - 1 (2%) -
  New York - - 1 (2%) -
Ireland - - 1 (2%) -
Netherlands - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 10 (83%) 100M (100%) 47 (90%) 205M (100%)
Cross-border 2 (17%) - 5 (10%) -
Total 12 $100M 52 $205M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (33%) - 27 (52%) 65M (32%)
Growth Capital 6 (50%) - 12 (23%) -
Consolidation - - 8 (15%) 40M (20%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (8%) - 3 (6%) -
Going Private 1 (8%) 100M (100%) 1 (2%) 100M (49%)
Divestiture - - 1 (2%) -
Total 12 $100M 52 $205M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 11 (41%) 617M (54%)
Secondary Sale 10 (37%) 399M (35%)
Unknown 4 (15%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (4%) 132M (12%)
Sold to Management 1 (4%) -
Total 27 $1.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jamieson Corporate Finance LLP
1
Alvarez & Marsal
1
Houlihan Lokey
1
Legal Deals
Pinsent Masons
1
Reed Smith LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $100M
< $100M 5 $126M
TOTAL $226M
Largest Murgitroyd & Co., Ltd.
$100M (2019-10-18)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 5 $991M
< $100M 3 $158M
TOTAL $1.1B
Largest Arachas Corporate Brokers Ltd.
$282M (2019-12-02)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
6%
3 (6%)
Strategic(s)
2%
1 (2%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
37%
10 (37%)
Strategic(s)
41%
11 (41%)

FAQ

When was Sovereign Capital Partners founded?

Sovereign Capital Partners was founded in 2001.

What type of investor is Sovereign Capital Partners?

Sovereign Capital Partners is a private equity firm.

Where is Sovereign Capital Partners headquartered?

Sovereign Capital Partners is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

How much capital does Sovereign Capital Partners have under management?

Sovereign Capital Partners has 1.0B GBP under management.

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