Synova Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Synova Capital has acquired 5 companies. It has also invested in 3 others.

Synova Capital’s most common sectors for investment are healthcare services (20%) and software (16%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (62%) and growth capital (24%). In total, Synova Capital has invested in 1 US state and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2016 when it acquired Oakland Care for $46M.

In the last 3 years, Synova Capital has exited 6 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (60%). Synova Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2019 when it sold Defaqto for $114M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity36
    • M&A Buy Activity26
    • M&A Sell Activity10
  • Total Sectors Invested 15
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 8
  • M&A Advisors 2

Synova Capital

55 Welbeck Street,
London, W1T 3PT
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 20 3475 7660
www.synova-capital.com
newbusiness@synova-capital.com

Synova Capital is an independent private equity firm that invests in mid-market companies throughout the UK. Prospective companies generally possess stable cash flows, strong competitive positions and are led by experienced management teams. Synova looks to invest £3 to £30 million in transactions valued up £100 million. Synova will also consider co-investment situations. The Firm targets companies operating in the consumer products, financial services, leisure, healthcare, education business services, and IT sectors. Funds are generally used to support buyouts and growth capital needs. Synova Capital was formed in 2007 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Digital Media, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Leisure, Life Science, Software, Technology Hardware, Test/Measurement Equipment

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

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 3 30
Enterprise Value 10 100
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 16 2 1 2 4 1 26
vol $68M $46M $114M
Sell (1.6/yr) # 2 2 1 2 3 - 10
vol $4M $114M $118M
  36

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Charnwood Molecular Ltd. 2020-01-09 - Growth Capital
Loughborough, United Kingdom · www.charnwood-molecular.com
Preventx Ltd. 2019-10-17 - Growth Capital
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.preventx.com
Mediatonic Ltd. 2019-03-25 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.mediatonicgames.com
Defaqto Ltd. 2019-03-20 114M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Haddenham, United Kingdom · www.defaqto.com
Merit Software (Meritsoft) 2019-03-05 - Add-on Acquisition
Dublin, Ireland · www.meritsoft.com
Chatsworth Schools 2019-03-05 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Oxon, United Kingdom · www.chatsworthschools.com
Pacifica Group Ltd. 2019-03-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Houghton le Spring, United Kingdom · www.pacificagroup.co.uk
Stackhouse Poland Group Ltd. 2019-01-07 - Add-on Acquisition
Surrey, United Kingdom · www.stackhouse.co.uk
4Ways Healthcare Ltd. 2018-09-18 - Secondary Buyout
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom · www.4whc.com
Mandata Ltd. (Management & Data Services) 2018-05-01 - Secondary Buyout
Cramlington, United Kingdom · www.mandata.co.uk
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M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Healthcare Services 2 (14%) - 5 (19%) -
Software 2 (14%) - 4 (15%) -
Consumer Services 2 (14%) 46M (60%) 2 (8%) 46M (40%)
Information Services 1 (7%) - 2 (8%) 37M (33%)
Insurance 1 (7%) - 2 (8%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (7%) - 2 (8%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment 1 (7%) 31M (40%) 1 (4%) 31M (27%)
Business Services - - 1 (4%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (4%) -
Digital Media 1 (7%) - 1 (4%) -
Education 1 (7%) - 1 (4%) -
Financial Services 1 (7%) - 1 (4%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (4%) -
Life Science 1 (7%) - 1 (4%) -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (4%) -
Total 14 $77M 26 $114M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 13 (93%) 77M (100%) 24 (92%) 114M (100%)
United States 1 (7%) - 1 (4%) -
  New York 1 (7%) - 1 (4%) -
Ireland - - 1 (4%) -
Domestic 13 (93%) 77M (100%) 24 (92%) 114M (100%)
Cross-border 1 (7%) - 2 (8%) -
Total 14 $77M 26 $114M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 8 (57%) 77M (100%) 16 (62%) 77M (67%)
Growth Capital 5 (36%) - 6 (23%) -
Secondary Buyout - - 2 (8%) 37M (33%)
Consolidation - - 1 (4%) -
Divestiture 1 (7%) - 1 (4%) -
Total 14 $77M 26 $114M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (50%) 118M (100%)
Secondary Sale 4 (40%) -
Trade Sale 1 (10%) -
Total 10 $118M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Daiwa Corporate Advisory Ltd. (DC Advisory)
1
Legal Deals
Taylor Wessing LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 3 $114M
TOTAL $114M
Largest Oakland Care
$46M (2016-07-21)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $114M
< $100M 1 $4M
TOTAL $118M
Largest Defaqto Ltd.
$114M (2019-03-20)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
75%
3 75%
Strategic(s)
25%
1 25%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
45%
5 45%
Strategic(s)
55%
6 55%

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