Thomas H. Lee Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Thomas H. Lee Partners has acquired 13 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.

Thomas H. Lee Partners’ most common sectors for investment areinformation technology (12%) and insurance (8%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (36%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (19%). In total, Thomas H. Lee Partners has invested in 23 US states and 8 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2006 when it acquired iHeartMedia for $26.7B.

In the last 3 years, Thomas H. Lee Partners has exited 12 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (34%). Thomas H. Lee Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2013 when it sold Warner Chilcott for $8.5B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity125
    • M&A Buy Activity75
    • M&A Sell Activity50
  • Total Sectors Invested 23
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 68
  • M&A Advisors 28

Thomas H. Lee Partners

100 Federal St., 35th Floor,
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
United States
(617) 227-1050
www.thl.com

Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP (THL) is a private equity firm that seeks buyout, expansion, consolidation, distressed, and recapitalization investments across various industries. Sectors of interest include business and information services, consumer products/retail, financial services, healthcare, industrial, and media/communications. THL looks to invest $100 to $400 million in companies valued up to $2.5 billion. Thomas H. Lee Partners, LP was formed in 1974 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Automotive, Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Financial Services, Food, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Science, Machinery, Marketing, Media, Publishing, Real Estate, Renewable Energy, Restaurants, Retail, Software

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Divestiture, Going Private, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, PIPE, Secondary Buyout, Stake Purchase

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - 3,000
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 100 400
Enterprise Value 250 2,500
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (4.0/yr) # 55 6 4 2 4 4 75
vol $100.6B $6.9B $3.0B $110.5B
Sell (3.2/yr) # 34 4 4 1 6 1 50
vol $37.3B $7.7B $1.4B $190M $46.7B
  125

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Brooks Automation, Inc. - Semiconductor Solutions Group 2021-09-20 3.0B USD Divestiture
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
House of Design LLC 2021-09-13 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Nampa, Idaho · www.thehouseofdesign.com
Agiliti Health, Inc. 2021-04-22 - IPO
Minneapolis, Minnesota · www.uhs.com
AbacusNext 2021-03-10 - Secondary Buyout
San Diego, California · www.abacusnext.com
Ashling Partners LLC 2021-02-08 - Growth Capital
Chicago, Illinois · www.ashlingpartners.com
Adare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2020-09-22 - Secondary Buyout
Lawrenceville, New Jersey · www.adarepharma.com
Insurance Technologies LLC 2020-09-14 - Secondary Buyout
Colorado Springs, Colorado · www.insurancetechnologies.com
Alfresco Software, Inc. 2020-09-09 - Add-on Acquisition
Wellesley, Massachusetts · www.alfresco.com
Juvare LLC 2020-07-28 - Secondary Buyout
Atlanta, Georgia · www.juvare.com
Seniorlink, Inc. 2020-07-16 - Secondary Buyout
Boston, Massachusetts · www.seniorlink.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Amerilife Group LLC 2020-01-07 Saybrus Partners LLC 2021-07-27 11
Clearwater, Florida · www.amerilife.com Hartford, Connecticut · www.saybruspartners.com
System One Services, Inc. 2016-09-19 Quadel Consulting & Training LLC 2021-06-08 5
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · www.systemoneservices.com Indianapolis, Indiana · www.quadel.com
Adare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2020-09-22 Activ Nutritional LLC 2021-05-18 1
Lawrenceville, New Jersey · www.adarepharma.com Greenwich, Connecticut · www.viactiv.com
Healthcare Staffing Services LLC 2015-09-23 U.S. Nursing Corp. 2021-02-24 2
Greenwood Village, Colorado · www.healthcarestaffingservicesllc.com Greenwood Village, Colorado · www.usnursing.com
Healthcare Staffing Services LLC 2015-09-23 Fastaff Travel Nursing, LLC 2021-02-24 1
Greenwood Village, Colorado · www.healthcarestaffingservicesllc.com Greenwood Village, Colorado · www.fastaff.com
Hightower Securities LLC 2017-10-25 Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC 2021-01-04 5
Chicago, Illinois · www.hightoweradvisors.com Los Angeles, California · www.belair-llc.com
Amerilife Group LLC 2020-01-07 Secure Administrative Solutions LLC 2020-10-06 10
Clearwater, Florida · www.amerilife.com Salt Lake City, Utah · www.sas-llc-online.com
Material Handling Systems, Inc. 2017-04-14 VanRiet Material Handling Systems BV 2018-05-22 5
Mount Washington, Kentucky · www.mhsglobal.com Houten, Netherlands · www.vanrietgroup.com
Professional Physical Therapy (ProPT) 2016-12-19 Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers 2018-01-17 1
Whitestone, New York · www.professionalpt.com Sarasota, Florida · www.fyzical.com
System One Services, Inc. 2016-09-19 GAP Solutions. Inc. 2017-12-06 4
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · www.systemoneservices.com Reston, Virginia · www.gapsi.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Information Technology 2 (10%) - 9 (12%) 1.7B (2%)
Media - - 6 (8%) 43.0B (39%)
Financial Services 2 (10%) - 6 (8%) 5.5B (5%)
Software 2 (10%) - 6 (8%) 5.3B (5%)
Insurance 1 (5%) - 6 (8%) 1.4B (1%)
Consumer Products - - 4 (5%) 4.4B (4%)
Internet Software and Services 2 (10%) - 4 (5%) 3.0B (3%)
Food 1 (5%) - 4 (5%) 1.1B (1%)
Business Services 1 (5%) - 3 (4%) 8.3B (8%)
Life Science 1 (5%) - 3 (4%) 4.3B (4%)
Communications - - 3 (4%) 3.8B (3%)
Healthcare Services 2 (10%) - 3 (4%) -
Retail 1 (5%) - 3 (4%) -
Information Services - - 2 (3%) 19.6B (18%)
Restaurants - - 2 (3%) 2.4B (2%)
Publishing - - 2 (3%) 1.7B (2%)
Machinery 2 (10%) - 2 (3%) -
Staffing 2 (10%) - 2 (3%) -
Semiconductors 1 (5%) 3.0B (100%) 1 (1%) 3.0B (3%)
Marketing - - 1 (1%) 2.0B (2%)
Automotive - - 1 (1%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (1%) -
Renewable Energy - - 1 (1%) -
Total 20 $3.0B 75 $110.5B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 18 (90%) 3.0B (100%) 64 (85%) 103.4B (94%)
  Pennsylvania 2 (10%) - 7 (9%) 9.0B (8%)
  Massachusetts 2 (10%) 3.0B (100%) 7 (9%) 8.3B (8%)
  Florida 2 (10%) - 6 (8%) 6.8B (6%)
  New York 1 (5%) - 5 (7%) 43.0B (39%)
  California 2 (10%) - 4 (5%) -
  Georgia - - 4 (5%) 2.4B (2%)
  Illinois 3 (15%) - 3 (4%) -
  Colorado 2 (10%) - 3 (4%) -
  New Jersey 1 (5%) - 3 (4%) 9.6B (9%)
  Minnesota - - 3 (4%) 6.4B (6%)
  Texas - - 3 (4%) 1.1B (1%)
  North Carolina - - 3 (4%) -
  Idaho 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
  Tennessee - - 2 (3%) 635M (1%)
  Michigan 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
  Kentucky 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
  Nebraska - - 1 (1%) 3.0B (3%)
  Missouri - - 1 (1%) 620M (1%)
  Wisconsin - - 1 (1%) -
  Utah - - 1 (1%) -
  Ohio - - 1 (1%) -
  Iowa - - 1 (1%) -
Bermuda - - 4 (5%) 1.4B (1%)
Canada - - 2 (3%) -
  Ontario - - 2 (3%) -
Norway 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Puerto Rico 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Ireland - - 1 (1%) 3.1B (3%)
Spain - - 1 (1%) 2.5B (2%)
Germany - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 18 (90%) 3.0B (100%) 64 (85%) 103.4B (94%)
Cross-border 2 (10%) - 11 (15%) 7.0B (6%)
Total 20 $3.0B 75 $110.5B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 10 (50%) - 27 (36%) 6.0B (5%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (10%) - 14 (19%) 48.0B (44%)
Recapitalization 4 (20%) - 8 (11%) 11.2B (10%)
Divestiture 1 (5%) 3.0B (100%) 7 (9%) 9.7B (9%)
Stake Purchase - - 5 (7%) 378M (< 1%)
Growth Capital 2 (10%) - 5 (7%) -
Going Private - - 4 (5%) 34.2B (31%)
PIPE 1 (5%) - 2 (3%) -
Venture - - 2 (3%) -
Joint Venture - - 1 (1%) -
Total 20 $3.0B 75 $109.4B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 13 (26%) 27.7B (59%)
IPO 13 (26%) -
Secondary Sale 9 (18%) 8.1B (17%)
Bankruptcy 6 (12%) 760M (2%)
Trade Sale 5 (10%) 3.3B (7%)
Merger 3 (6%) 6.8B (15%)
Recapitalization 1 (2%) -
Total 50 $46.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
5
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
4
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Securities)
4
Legal Deals
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
13
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
13
Ropes & Gray LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 22 $108.1B
$100M to $1B 4 $2.4B
TOTAL $110.5B
Largest iHeartMedia, Inc.
$26.7B (2006-11-16)
sell # Total
> $1B 14 $43.2B
$100M to $1B 6 $3.4B
< $100M 1 $99M
TOTAL $46.7B
Largest Warner Chilcott PLC
$8.5B (2013-05-20)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
37%
28 (37%)
Strategic(s)
9%
7 (9%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
22%
11 (22%)
Strategic(s)
40%
20 (40%)

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