Verdane Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Verdane Capital has acquired 19 companies. It has also invested in 13 others.

Verdane Capital’s most common sectors for investment are software (21%) and internet software and services (16%). The Firm’s most common investment types include venture (33%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (30%). In total, Verdane Capital has invested in 3 US states and 8 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2008 when it acquired Norstat ASA for $18M.

In the last 3 years, Verdane Capital has exited 7 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (74%). Verdane Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2018 when it sold Liaison Technologies for $310M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity102
    • M&A Buy Activity64
    • M&A Sell Activity38
  • Total Sectors Invested 23
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 37
  • M&A Advisors 2

Verdane Capital

Hieronymus Heyerdahlsgate 1,
Oslo, 0160
Norway
+47 24 13 70 00
www.verdanecapital.com
office@verdanecapital.com

Verdane Capital is a Norwegian private investment focused on acquiring portfolios of investments. In addition to secondary investing, Verdane also invests in co-investment pools as well as makes direct investments in individual growth companies. Sectors of interest include consumer products/services, software, energy, technology, and communications. Verdane provides support to portfolio owners to reduce exposure to private equity risk, achieve liquidity and free owners from the burden of managing direct investments. The majority of Verdane's investments are growth stage, however, the Firm can invest at any stage of development. Verdane was formerly known as Four Seasons Venture AS and was established in 1985. Verdane Capital is based in Oslo, with additional offices in Helsinki and Stockholm.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Energy Services and Equipment, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Machinery, Medical Products, Publishing, Software

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

Geographic Preferences: Scandinavia

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 (6.6/yr) # 31 1 10 11 4 7 64
vol $18M $18M
Sell (1.6/yr) # 30 1 1 4 1 1 38
vol $618M $315M $933M
  102

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
navabi GmbH 2020-09-03 - Sold to Management
Aachen, Germany · www.navabi.co.uk
Beauty Icons AB 2020-07-22 - Growth Capital
Lidingo, Sweden · www.caiacosmetics.com
Studytube B.V. 2020-07-15 - Stake Purchase
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.studytube.nl
evondos Oy 2020-05-11 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Salo, Finland · www.evondos.com
Conscriptor AB 2020-04-22 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Henån, Sweden · www.conscriptor.se
Max Manus AS 2020-04-22 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Oslo, Norway · www.maxmanus.no
Confirmit AS 2020-02-19 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Oslo, Norway · www.confirmit.com
Danelec Marine A/S 2020-01-17 - Growth Capital
Birkeroed, Denmark · www.danelec-marine.com
CAP-Group Oy 2019-10-16 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Hämeenlinna, Finland · www.cap.fi
Norstat ASA 2019-09-30 - Secondary Buyout
Oslo, Norway · www.norstat.no
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Lingit AS 2017-04-10 Claro Software Ltd. 2018-04-23 1
Trondheim, Norway · www.lingit.no Preston, United Kingdom · www.clarosoftware.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 10 (19%) - 13 (20%) -
Internet Software and Services 10 (19%) - 10 (16%) -
Information Technology 4 (8%) - 7 (11%) -
Manufacturing 3 (6%) - 4 (6%) -
Retail 4 (8%) - 4 (6%) -
Consumer Products 3 (6%) - 3 (5%) -
Business Services 1 (2%) - 2 (3%) 18M (100%)
Communications 1 (2%) - 2 (3%) -
E-Commerce 1 (2%) - 2 (3%) -
Education 2 (4%) - 2 (3%) -
Marine 2 (4%) - 2 (3%) -
Staffing 2 (4%) - 2 (3%) -
Chemicals - - 1 (2%) -
Digital Media 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (2%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Financial Services 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Food 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Furniture 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Medical Products 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Renewable Energy 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 52 - 64 $18M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
Sweden 31 (60%) - 34 (53%) -
Norway 8 (15%) - 10 (16%) 18M (100%)
Finland 5 (10%) - 6 (9%) -
Germany 3 (6%) - 5 (8%) -
Denmark 2 (4%) - 3 (5%) -
United States 1 (2%) - 3 (5%) -
  Oregon 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
  Texas - - 1 (2%) -
  California - - 1 (2%) -
United Kingdom 1 (2%) - 2 (3%) -
Netherlands 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 8 (15%) - 10 (16%) 18M (100%)
Cross-border 44 (85%) - 54 (84%) -
Total 52 - 64 $18M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Venture 15 (29%) - 21 (33%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 17 (33%) - 19 (30%) -
Growth Capital 12 (23%) - 12 (19%) -
Divestiture 3 (6%) - 4 (6%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (2%) - 3 (5%) -
Stake Purchase 3 (6%) - 3 (5%) -
Going Private - - 1 (2%) 18M (100%)
Recapitalization 1 (2%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 52 - 64 $18M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 17 (45%) 129M (14%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 12 (32%) 803M (86%)
Secondary Sale 5 (13%) -
IPO 2 (5%) -
Sold to Management 2 (5%) -
Total 38 $933M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Translink Corporate Finance
1
Legal Deals
Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $18M
TOTAL $18M
Largest Norstat ASA
$18M (2008-01-03)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 3 $760M
< $100M 7 $173M
TOTAL $933M
Largest Liaison Technologies, Inc.
$310M (2018-10-31)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
33%
2 33%
Strategic(s)
67%
4 67%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
15%
5 15%
Strategic(s)
85%
28 85%

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