Sovereign Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Sovereign Capital Partners has acquired 5 companies.

Sovereign Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are business services (27%) and healthcare services (22%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (48%) and consolidation (27%). In total, Sovereign Capital Partners has invested in 1 US state and 5 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2002 when it acquired Alpha Plus Group for $40M.

In the last 3 years, Sovereign Capital Partners has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (48%). 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 Activity67
    • M&A Buy Activity46
    • M&A Sell Activity21
  • Total Sectors Invested 11
  • 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 LLP (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 £50 million per transaction. Sovereign Capital Partners LLP 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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.4/yr) # 39 2 2 1 1 1 46
vol $126M $126M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 16 - - 3 2 - 21
vol $867M $282M $1.1B
  67

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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 Group PLC 2019-10-18 - Going Private
Glasgow, United Kingdom · www.murgitroyd.com
Outcomes First Group 2019-08-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Hampshire, United Kingdom · www.outcomesfirstgroup.co.uk
Asset Control Systems, Inc. 2018-09-11 - Secondary Buyout
New York, New York · www.asset-control.com
Xendo BV 2018-07-16 - Add-on Acquisition
Leiden, Netherlands · www.xendo.com
Linnaeus Group Ltd. 2018-06-07 - Add-on Acquisition
West Midlands, United Kingdom · www.linnaeusgroup.co.uk
Kindertons Accident Management Ltd. 2018-05-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Crewe, United Kingdom · www.kindertons.co.uk
Bristow & Sutor 2017-06-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Redditch, United Kingdom · www.bristowsutor.co.uk
Arachas Corporate Brokers Ltd. 2017-02-10 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Dublin, Ireland · www.arachas.ie
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Bristow & Sutor 2017-06-01 Credit Style Ltd. 2019-09-05 1
Redditch, United Kingdom · www.bristowsutor.co.uk Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.creditstyle.co.uk
Arkarius Group 2014-09-22 Optionis Group Ltd. 2017-01-10 3
, United Kingdom Warrington, United Kingdom · www.optionis.co.uk
Synarbor PLC (Synarbor Education) 2015-03-08 Just Teachers Ltd. 2016-02-04 1
Chapeltown, United Kingdom · www.synarboreducation.com Prestwich, United Kingdom · www.justteachers.co.uk
Arkarius Group 2014-09-22 SJD Accountancy 2014-09-22 2
, United Kingdom Hertfordshire, United Kingdom · www.sjdaccountancy.com
Arkarius Group 2014-09-22 Nixon Williams 2014-09-22 1
, United Kingdom Lancashire, United Kingdom · www.nixonwilliams.com
Eden Supported Living Ltd. 2010-09-27 Essential Futures Ltd. 2013-11-06 1
Newark Notts, United Kingdom · www.edensupportedliving.co.uk Warwickshire, United Kingdom · www.essentialfutures.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 7 (28%) - 12 (26%) -
Healthcare Services 5 (20%) 28M (100%) 10 (22%) 43M (34%)
Education 6 (24%) - 9 (20%) 40M (32%)
Consumer Services 1 (4%) - 5 (11%) 22M (17%)
Insurance - - 3 (7%) -
Staffing 2 (8%) - 2 (4%) -
Leisure - - 1 (2%) 22M (17%)
Financial Services 1 (4%) - 1 (2%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (4%) - 1 (2%) -
Software 1 (4%) - 1 (2%) -
Transportation 1 (4%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 25 $28M 46 $126M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 23 (92%) 28M (100%) 42 (91%) 105M (100%)
United States 1 (4%) - 1 (2%) -
  New York 1 (4%) - 1 (2%) -
Switzerland 1 (4%) - 1 (2%) -
Ireland - - 1 (2%) -
Netherlands - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 23 (92%) 28M (100%) 42 (91%) 105M (100%)
Cross-border 2 (8%) - 4 (9%) -
Total 25 $28M 46 $105M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 10 (40%) 28M (100%) 22 (48%) 65M (62%)
Consolidation 5 (20%) - 12 (26%) 40M (38%)
Growth Capital 6 (24%) - 7 (15%) -
Secondary Buyout 3 (12%) - 3 (7%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (2%) -
Going Private 1 (4%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 25 $28M 46 $105M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 10 (48%) 336M (29%)
Secondary Sale 8 (38%) 681M (59%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (5%) 132M (12%)
Sold to Management 1 (5%) -
Unknown 1 (5%) -
Total 21 $1.1B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jamieson Corporate Finance LLP
1
Legal Deals
Reed Smith LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 5 $126M
TOTAL $126M
Largest Alpha Plus Group
$40M (2002-01-01)
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
PE Firm(s)
80%
4 80%
Strategic(s)
20%
1 20%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
50%
10 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
10 50%

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