Sovereign Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Sovereign Capital Partners has acquired 5 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.

Sovereign Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are business services (28%) and education (19%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (55%) and growth capital (19%). In total, Sovereign Capital Partners has invested in 1 US state and 5 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 8 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (39%). 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 Activity74
    • M&A Buy Activity48
    • M&A Sell Activity26
  • Total Sectors Invested 12
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 12
  • M&A Advisors 2

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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (1.6/yr) # 40 2 1 3 1 1 48
vol $126M $100M $226M
Sell (1.6/yr) # 18 - 3 4 1 - 26
vol $867M $282M $1.1B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
AquaQ Analytics 2021-05-06 - Growth Capital
Belfast , United Kingdom · www.aquaq.co.uk
BIMM Group Ltd. 2020-11-20 - Secondary Buyout
East Sussex, United Kingdom · www.bimm.co.uk
ACOLIN Group 2020-06-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Zurich, Switzerland · www.acolin.com
Arachas Corporate Brokers Ltd. 2019-12-02 282M EUR Secondary Buyout
Dublin, Ireland · www.arachas.ie
Murgitroyd & Co., Ltd. 2019-10-18 100M GBP Going Private
Glasgow, United Kingdom · www.murgitroyd.com
Outcomes First Group 2019-08-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Hampshire, United Kingdom · www.outcomesfirstgroup.co.uk
Premier Park Ltd. 2019-07-23 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Exeter, United Kingdom · www.premierpark.co.uk
Utility Bidder Ltd. 2019-01-07 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Corby, United Kingdom · www.utilitybidder.co.uk
Christchurch Court 2019-01-01 - Unknown
Northampton, United Kingdom · www.christchurchcourt.co.uk
Partnerships in Children’s Services (“PICS”) 2019-01-01 - Unknown
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom · www.fosterplus.co.uk
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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 3 (33%) 100M (100%) 13 (27%) 100M (44%)
Education 1 (11%) - 9 (19%) 40M (18%)
Healthcare Services - - 8 (17%) 43M (19%)
Consumer Services 2 (22%) - 7 (15%) 22M (10%)
Insurance - - 3 (6%) -
Staffing 1 (11%) - 2 (4%) -
Leisure - - 1 (2%) 22M (10%)
Financial Services - - 1 (2%) -
Information Technology 1 (11%) - 1 (2%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (2%) -
Software 1 (11%) - 1 (2%) -
Transportation - - 1 (2%) -
Total 9 $100M 48 $226M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 7 (78%) 100M (100%) 44 (92%) 205M (100%)
United States 1 (11%) - 1 (2%) -
  New York 1 (11%) - 1 (2%) -
Switzerland 1 (11%) - 1 (2%) -
Ireland - - 1 (2%) -
Netherlands - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 7 (78%) 100M (100%) 44 (92%) 205M (100%)
Cross-border 2 (22%) - 4 (8%) -
Total 9 $100M 48 $205M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (33%) - 26 (54%) 65M (32%)
Growth Capital 3 (33%) - 9 (19%) -
Consolidation - - 8 (17%) 40M (20%)
Secondary Buyout 2 (22%) - 3 (6%) -
Going Private 1 (11%) 100M (100%) 1 (2%) 100M (49%)
Divestiture - - 1 (2%) -
Total 9 $100M 48 $205M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 10 (38%) 681M (59%)
Trade Sale 10 (38%) 336M (29%)
Unknown 4 (15%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (4%) 132M (12%)
Sold to Management 1 (4%) -
Total 26 $1.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jamieson Corporate Finance LLP
1
Legal Deals
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)
38%
10 (38%)
Strategic(s)
38%
10 (38%)

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