The Stephens Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, The Stephens Group has acquired 5 companies.

The Stephens Group’s most common sectors for investment are business services (11%) and manufacturing (11%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (48%) and secondary buyout (22%). In total, The Stephens Group has invested in 17 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2011 when it acquired Brand Group Holdings for $200M.

In the last 3 years, The Stephens Group has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (63%). The Stephens Group’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2007 when it sold Delta and Pine Land Company for $1.5B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity54
    • M&A Buy Activity38
    • M&A Sell Activity16
  • Total Sectors Invested 20
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 24
  • M&A Advisors 4

The Stephens Group LLC

100 Morgan Keegan Drive, Suite 500,
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
United States
(501) 377-3401
www.stephensgroup.com

The Stephens Group is a private investment firm focused on long-term investments in mid-sized companies. The Firm looks to partner with management teams when pursuing acquisitions. Sectors of interest include energy, energy services, business services, industrials, consumer products, consumer services, financial services, healthcare, technology, media, and communications. The Stephens Group was originally established in 1933 and is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Agriculture, Business Services, Communications, Construction, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Electrical Equipment, Energy Services and Equipment, Engineering, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Metals/Mining, Oil/Gas Exploration, Real Estate, Retail, Software, Staffing, Technology Hardware, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 32 1 2 - 1 2 38
vol $262M $262M
Sell (0.4/yr) # 14 - - 1 1 - 16
vol $2.4B $453M $2.8B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Kele, Inc. 2020-02-25 - Secondary Buyout
Bartlett, Tennessee · www.kele.com
Kinetics Noise Control, Inc. 2020-01-21 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Dublin, Ohio · www.kineticsnoise.com
Sound Seal 2019-03-19 - Secondary Buyout
Agawam, Massachusetts · www.soundseal.com
Kodiak Gas Services LLC 2019-02-11 - Secondary Buyout
Houston, Texas · www.kodiakgas.com
Brand Group Holdings, Inc. 2018-03-28 453M USD Add-on Acquisition
Lawrenceville, Georgia · www.thebrandbank.com
Pearlman Enterprises, Inc. 2017-05-15 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Orlando, Florida · www.pearlmanenterprisesinc.com
The Pearlman Group 2017-05-10 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Norcross, Georgia
Corelink LLC 2016-06-27 - Divestiture
St. Louis, Montana · www.corelinksurgical.com
Universal Fibers, Inc. 2015-10-05 - Secondary Buyout
Bristol, Virginia · www.universalfibers.com
Stephens Media LLC 2015-02-19 103M USD Add-on Acquisition
Las Vegas, Nevada · www.stephensmedia.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Sound Seal 2019-03-19 Lamvin, Inc. 2019-10-31 3
Agawam, Massachusetts · www.soundseal.com Oceanside, California · www.lamvin.com
Sound Seal 2019-03-19 Acoustical & Tackable Surfaces, Inc. 2019-08-21 2
Agawam, Massachusetts · www.soundseal.com Flemington, New Jersey · www.atsurfaces.com
FloWorks International LLC 2012-03-12 FloWorks International LLC - MultAlloy Division 2019-07-02 1
Houston, Texas · www.floworkspvf.com Houston, Texas
Sound Seal 2019-03-19 Noise Barriers LLC 2019-06-25 1
Agawam, Massachusetts · www.soundseal.com Libertyville, Illinois · www.noisebarriers.com
Corelink LLC 2016-06-27 Expanding Orthopedics, Inc. 2018-06-05 1
St. Louis, Montana · www.corelinksurgical.com Memphis, Tennessee · www.xortho.com
Goodman Networks, Inc. 2009-07-06 Goodman Networks, Inc. - The Wireless Network Deployment And Wireline Businesses 2016-06-02 1
Plano, Texas · www.goodmannetworks.com , Texas
ProTransport-1 LLC 2012-08-01 ATS Medical Services, Inc. 2016-02-23 3
Cotati, California · www.protransport-1.com Loves Park, Illinois · www.atsambulance.com
TierPoint LLC 2014-06-10 Cosentry, Inc. 2016-01-20 5
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tierpoint.com Omaha, Nebraska · www.cosentry.com
TierPoint LLC 2014-06-10 Altered Scale 2015-12-17 4
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tierpoint.com Chicago, Illinois · www.alteredscale.net
TierPoint LLC 2014-06-10 Windstream Holdings, Inc. - Windstream Data Center Business 2015-10-19 3
St. Louis, Missouri · www.tierpoint.com Little Rock, Arkansas

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services 4 (17%) - 4 (11%) -
Manufacturing 3 (13%) - 4 (11%) -
Construction 1 (4%) - 3 (8%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 2 (8%) - 3 (8%) -
Financial Services 1 (4%) - 2 (5%) 200M (76%)
Communications 1 (4%) 62M (100%) 2 (5%) 62M (24%)
Distribution 2 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
Engineering - - 2 (5%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (4%) - 2 (5%) -
Internet Software and Services 2 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
Medical Products 1 (4%) - 2 (5%) -
Oil/Gas Exploration 2 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
Aerospace - - 1 (3%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (3%) -
Furniture 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Information Technology 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Machinery - - 1 (3%) -
Marketing 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Media - - 1 (3%) -
Real Estate 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 24 $62M 38 $262M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 24 (100%) 62M (100%) 36 (95%) 262M (100%)
  Texas 7 (29%) 62M (100%) 12 (32%) 62M (24%)
  California 4 (17%) - 5 (13%) -
  Georgia 3 (13%) - 4 (11%) 200M (76%)
  Virginia 1 (4%) - 2 (5%) -
  Florida 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  Tennessee 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  Ohio 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  North Carolina 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  New Jersey 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  Montana 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  Missouri 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  Iowa 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
  Arkansas - - 1 (3%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (3%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (3%) -
  Mississippi - - 1 (3%) -
Canada - - 2 (5%) -
  Ontario - - 1 (3%) -
  Alberta - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 24 (100%) 62M (100%) 36 (95%) 262M (100%)
Cross-border - - 2 (5%) -
Total 24 $62M 38 $262M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 10 (42%) 62M (100%) 18 (47%) 62M (24%)
Secondary Buyout 6 (25%) - 8 (21%) -
Recapitalization 3 (13%) - 4 (11%) 200M (76%)
Growth Capital 1 (4%) - 4 (11%) -
Divestiture 2 (8%) - 2 (5%) -
Add-on Acquisition 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Venture 1 (4%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 24 $62M 38 $262M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 7 (44%) 2.8B (100%)
IPO 3 (19%) -
Secondary Sale 3 (19%) -
Trade Sale 3 (19%) -
Total 16 $2.8B

Top M&A Advisors

Legal Deals
Locke Lord LLP
1
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $200M
< $100M 1 $62M
TOTAL $262M
Largest Brand Group Holdings, Inc.
$200M (2011-05-04)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.5B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.3B
< $100M 1 $30M
TOTAL $2.8B
Largest Delta and Pine Land Company LLC
$1.5B (2007-06-01)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
88%
14 88%
Strategic(s)
13%
2 13%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
23%
3 23%
Strategic(s)
77%
10 77%

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