The Wicks Group of Companies Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, The Wicks Group of Companies has acquired 4 companies.

The Wicks Group of Companies’ most common sectors for investment are media (25%) and publishing (19%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (50%) and secondary buyout (19%). In total, The Wicks Group of Companies has invested in 19 US states. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2004 when it acquired Daily Racing Form for $70M.

In the last 3 years, The Wicks Group of Companies has exited 7 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (44%). The Wicks Group of Companies’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2007 when it sold Daily Racing Form for $200M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity55
    • M&A Buy Activity32
    • M&A Sell Activity23
  • Total Sectors Invested 12
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 18
  • M&A Advisors 10

The Wicks Group of Companies

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

The Wicks Group of Companies 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 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, 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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 27 1 4 - - - 32
vol $70M $70M
Sell (1.6/yr) # 15 1 2 4 - 1 23
vol $406M $406M
  55

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
SCI Solutions, Inc. 2020-04-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Seattle, Washington · www.scisolutions.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
Invo Holdings LLC 2017-04-28 - Secondary Buyout
Jamison, Pennsylvania · www.invocompanies.com
EZShield, Inc. 2017-04-03 - Secondary Buyout
Palo Alto, California · www.ezshield.com
Syndigo LLC 2017-01-25 - Secondary Buyout
Lisle, Illinois · www.syndigo.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
EZShield, Inc. 2017-04-03 IdentityForce, Inc. 2018-08-15 1
Palo Alto, California · www.ezshield.com Framingham, Massachusetts · www.identityforce.com
Argyle Executive Forum LLC 2015-06-15 Illumeo, Inc. 2016-09-12 4
New York, New York · www.argyleforum.com San Jose, California · www.illumeo.com
Argyle Executive Forum LLC 2015-06-15 Proformative, Inc. 2016-09-12 3
New York, New York · www.argyleforum.com San Jose, California · www.proformative.com
Argyle Executive Forum LLC 2015-06-15 The Innovation Enterprise Ltd. 2016-05-04 2
New York, New York · www.argyleforum.com London, United Kingdom · www.theiegroup.com
Argyle Executive Forum LLC 2015-06-15 CFO Publishing LLC 2016-05-02 1
New York, New York · www.argyleforum.com New York, New York · www.cfo.com
Wilks Broadcast Group LLC 2004-01-01 Wilks Broadcast - WLVQ-FM 2015-11-04 1
Duluth, Georgia · www.wilksbroadcastgroup.com , United States
Manifest LLC 2015-08-07 Manifest Digital, Inc. 2015-08-07 2
Chicago, Illinois · www.manifest.com Chicago, Illinois · www.manifestdigital.com
Manifest LLC 2015-08-07 McMurry/TMG LLC 2015-08-07 1
Chicago, Illinois · www.manifest.com Washington, District of Columbia
Southern Technical Institute LLC 2012-11-09 Florida Medical Prep LLC 2013-04-09 1
Orlando, Florida · www.southerntech.edu Pinellas Park, Florida
Harris Connect LLC 2008-09-15 IDC Ltd. 2010-03-22 1
Chesapeake, Virginia · www.harrisconnect.com Henderson, Nevada · www.goidc.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Media 5 (50%) - 8 (25%) 70M (100%)
Publishing - - 6 (19%) -
Education 1 (10%) - 3 (9%) -
Information Services 1 (10%) - 3 (9%) -
Information Technology 1 (10%) - 3 (9%) -
Marketing - - 2 (6%) -
Software - - 2 (6%) -
Business Services - - 1 (3%) -
Communications - - 1 (3%) -
Consumer Services 1 (10%) - 1 (3%) -
Healthcare Services - - 1 (3%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (10%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 10 - 32 $70M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 10 (100%) - 32 (100%) 70M (100%)
  New York 1 (10%) - 6 (19%) 70M (100%)
  California 2 (20%) - 2 (6%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (10%) - 2 (6%) -
  Illinois 1 (10%) - 2 (6%) -
  Georgia 1 (10%) - 2 (6%) -
  Connecticut 1 (10%) - 2 (6%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 2 (6%) -
  Ohio - - 2 (6%) -
  New Jersey - - 2 (6%) -
  Virginia 1 (10%) - 1 (3%) -
  Florida 1 (10%) - 1 (3%) -
  District of Columbia 1 (10%) - 1 (3%) -
  Wisconsin - - 1 (3%) -
  Washington - - 1 (3%) -
  South Carolina - - 1 (3%) -
  Oklahoma - - 1 (3%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (3%) -
  Minnesota - - 1 (3%) -
  Idaho - - 1 (3%) -
Total 10 - 32 $70M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 6 (60%) - 16 (50%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (10%) - 6 (19%) 70M (100%)
Consolidation 1 (10%) - 3 (9%) -
Recapitalization 1 (10%) - 3 (9%) -
Divestiture 1 (10%) - 2 (6%) -
Stake Purchase - - 2 (6%) -
Total 10 - 32 $70M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 10 (43%) 200M (49%)
Trade Sale 6 (26%) 36M (9%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (17%) 170M (42%)
Bankruptcy 2 (9%) -
Shut Down 1 (4%) -
Total 23 $406M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
1
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
1
Signal Hill Capital Group LLC
1
Legal Deals
Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP
5
Bingham McCutchen LLP
3
Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton 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 2 $370M
< $100M 1 $36M
TOTAL $406M
Largest Daily Racing Form, Inc.
$200M (2007-10-22)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
78%
7 78%
Strategic(s)
22%
2 22%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
52%
11 52%
Strategic(s)
48%
10 48%

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