The Wicks Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, The Wicks Group has acquired 1 company.

The Wicks Group’s most common sectors for investment aremedia (25%) and publishing (19%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (49%) and secondary buyout (19%). In total, The Wicks Group has invested in 19 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2004 when it acquired Daily Racing Form for $70M.

In the last 3 years, The Wicks Group has exited 7 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (48%). The Wicks Group’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2021 when it sold Sontiq for $638M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity58
    • M&A Buy Activity33
    • M&A Sell Activity25
  • Total Sectors Invested 11
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 20
  • M&A Advisors 10

The Wicks Group

400 Park Avenue,
New York, New York 10022
United States
(212) 838-2100
www.wicksgroup.com
info@wicksgroup.com

The Wicks Group is a private equity firm focused on selected segments of the communications, information and media industries. Wicks targets privately held or non-core divisions of large corporations with high-margins, limited competitive environment, and strong cash flow potential. Specific areas of interest include special interest publishing (trade magazines, workplace training, reference publishing, consumer magazines), business information services, (market information, specialized databases, consumer research), television broadcasting, radio broadcasting, newspapers, cable television, and outdoor advertising. The Wicks Group was formed in 1989 and is based in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Digital Media, Education, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Marketing, Media, Publishing, Software

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Divestiture, Recapitalization, Acquisition Financing, Secondary Buyout, Stake Purchase

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 5 20
Investment Size 20 50
Enterprise Value 25 100
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 28 4 - 1 - - 33
vol $70M $70M
Sell (1.8/yr) # 16 2 4 1 1 1 25
vol $406M $638M $1.0B
  58

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Sontiq, Inc. 2021-10-26 638M USD Add-on Acquisition
Framingham, Massachusetts · www.sontiq.com
SCI Solutions, Inc. 2020-04-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Seattle, Washington · www.scisolutions.com
EZShield, Inc. 2019-07-10 - Add-on Acquisition
Nottingham, Maryland · www.ezshield.com
Sontiq, Inc. 2019-07-10 - Consolidation
Framingham, Massachusetts · www.sontiq.com
Syndigo LLC 2018-10-25 - Secondary Buyout
Lisle, Illinois · www.syndigo.com
Jobson Healthcare Information LLC 2018-06-11 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.jmihealth.com
New Mountain Learning LLC 2018-04-02 - Secondary Buyout
Saint Paul, Minnesota · www.newmountainlearning.com
Marketron Broadcast Solutions LLC 2018-01-16 - Secondary Buyout
Hailey, Idaho · www.marketron.com
Bonded Services Group LLC 2017-10-03 - Add-on Acquisition
Fort Lee, New Jersey · www.bonded.com
Screen Engine/ASI LLC 2017-09-10 - Recapitalization
Los Angeles, California · www.screenengineasi.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Manifest LLC 2015-08-07 Manifest Digital, Inc. 2015-08-07 2
New York, New York · www.manifest.com Chicago, Illinois · www.manifestdigital.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Media 3 (75%) - 8 (24%) 70M (100%)
Publishing - - 6 (18%) -
Education 1 (25%) - 4 (12%) -
Information Technology - - 4 (12%) -
Information Services - - 3 (9%) -
Marketing - - 2 (6%) -
Software - - 2 (6%) -
Business Services - - 1 (3%) -
Communications - - 1 (3%) -
Healthcare Services - - 1 (3%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (3%) -
Total 4 - 33 $70M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 4 (100%) - 32 (97%) 70M (100%)
  New York 2 (50%) - 8 (24%) 70M (100%)
  Massachusetts - - 3 (9%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 2 (6%) -
  Ohio - - 2 (6%) -
  New Jersey - - 2 (6%) -
  Georgia - - 2 (6%) -
  Florida 1 (25%) - 1 (3%) -
  California 1 (25%) - 1 (3%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (3%) -
  Wisconsin - - 1 (3%) -
  Washington - - 1 (3%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (3%) -
  South Carolina - - 1 (3%) -
  Oklahoma - - 1 (3%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (3%) -
  Minnesota - - 1 (3%) -
  Maryland - - 1 (3%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (3%) -
  Idaho - - 1 (3%) -
United Kingdom - - 1 (3%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 4 (100%) - 32 (97%) 70M (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (3%) -
Total 4 - 33 $70M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (50%) - 16 (48%) -
Secondary Buyout - - 6 (18%) 70M (100%)
Consolidation 1 (25%) - 4 (12%) -
Recapitalization 1 (25%) - 3 (9%) -
Divestiture - - 2 (6%) -
Stake Purchase - - 2 (6%) -
Total 4 - 33 $70M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 10 (40%) 200M (19%)
Trade Sale 7 (28%) 36M (3%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (20%) 808M (77%)
Bankruptcy 2 (8%) -
Shut Down 1 (4%) -
Total 25 $1.0B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Signal Hill Capital Group LLC
1
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
1
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
1
Legal Deals
Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP
5
Bingham McCutchen LLP
3
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $70M
TOTAL $70M
Largest Daily Racing Form, Inc.
$70M (2004-05-25)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 3 $1.0B
< $100M 1 $36M
TOTAL $1.0B
Largest Sontiq, Inc.
$638M (2021-10-26)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
21%
7 (21%)
Strategic(s)
6%
2 (6%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
40%
10 (40%)
Strategic(s)
48%
12 (48%)

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