Veronis Suhler Stevenson Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Veronis Suhler Stevenson has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 10 others.

Veronis Suhler Stevenson’s most common sectors for investment aremedia (21%) and business services (21%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (57%) and growth capital (21%). In total, Veronis Suhler Stevenson has invested in 26 US states and 9 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Advanstar Communications for $1.1B.

In the last 3 years, Veronis Suhler Stevenson has exited 8 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (39%). Veronis Suhler Stevenson’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2005 when it sold Yellow Brick Road Group Pty for $1.8B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity145
    • M&A Buy Activity91
    • M&A Sell Activity54
  • Total Sectors Invested 19
  • Total Countries Invested 9
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 44
  • M&A Advisors 7

Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS)

Park Avenue Plaza, 55 East 52nd Street, 33rd Floor,
New York, New York 10055
United States
(212) 935-4990
www.vss.com

Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS) is a private equity firm that targets investments in the media, communications, education, and information services sectors. VSS looks for opportunities with valuable brand franchises, stable cash flows, and infrastructure to support add-ons. The Firm will consider businesses throughout North America and Europe valued between $50 and $750 million. Prospective investment situations include management buyouts/buy-ins, expansion or acquisition financings, recapitalizations, build-ups, going private transactions, and partnerships. Veronis Suhler Stevenson was formed in 1981 and is based in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Digital Media, Education, Electrical Equipment, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Marketing, Media, Publishing, Software, Staffing

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Divestiture, Going Private, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Add-on Acquisition

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 1 25
Investment Size 10 50
Enterprise Value 50 750
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (3.2/yr) # 75 2 3 4 4 3 91
vol $1.6B $1.6B
Sell (2.4/yr) # 42 4 5 - - 3 54
vol $5.5B $5.5B
  145

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Coretelligent LLC 2021-10-25 - Secondary Buyout
Westwood, Massachusetts · www.coretelligent.com
Tax Credit Co. 2021-06-16 - Add-on Acquisition
Los Angeles, California · www.taxcreditcompany.com
Centroid Systems, Inc. 2021-05-26 - Growth Capital
Troy, Michigan · www.centroid.com
Barrier Companies 2021-04-28 - Growth Capital
Lenexa, Kansas · www.barriercompanies.com
Ambulatory Management Solutions 2021-04-26 - Growth Capital
Chicago, Illinois · www.ams-md.com
Connexion Point LLC 2021-01-12 - Add-on Acquisition
Sandy, Utah · www.connexionpoint.com
Really Great Reading LLC 2020-07-10 - Growth Capital
Cabin John, Maryland · www.reallygreatreading.com
BRC Healthcare 2020-04-09 - Growth Capital
Manor, Texas · www.brc-healthcare.com
Ascent Behavioral Health 2020-02-19 - Growth Capital
Salt Lake City, Utah
Podiatry Growth Partners 2020-01-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
St. Louis, Missouri · www.podiatry-partners.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Acrisure LLC 2017-01-10 It'sSeg Co. 2021-10-20 4
Caledonia, Michigan · www.acrisure.com Sao Paulo, Brazil · www.itssegcompany.com.br
MetSchools, Inc. 2010-03-01 Rebecca School 2018-01-25 2
New York, New York · www.metschools.com New York, New York · www.rebeccaschool.org
MetSchools, Inc. 2010-03-01 Aaron School 2018-01-25 1
New York, New York · www.metschools.com New York, New York · www.aaronschool.org
Acrisure LLC 2017-01-10 Beach & Associates Ltd. 2018-01-10 3
Caledonia, Michigan · www.acrisure.com Toronto, Ontario · www.beachgp.com
Acrisure LLC 2017-01-10 Northrim Benefits Group LLC 2017-08-14 2
Caledonia, Michigan · www.acrisure.com Anchorage, Arkansas · www.northrimbenefits.com
Writtle Holdings Ltd. 2007-01-01 Creo Retail Marketing Ltd. 2016-06-23 1
London, United Kingdom · www.writtle.com London, United Kingdom · www.creo-uk.com
Cannella Response Television LLC 2009-06-16 Media Properties Holdings, Inc. (dba MPH) 2016-02-04 2
Burlington, Wisconsin · www.drtv.com New York, New York · www.mph.tv
Cannella Response Television LLC 2009-06-16 Media Properties Holdings 2016-01-28 1
Burlington, Wisconsin · www.drtv.com Temecula, California · www.revshare.com
Writtle Holdings Ltd. 2007-01-01 Loewy Group Ltd. 2011-07-19 2
London, United Kingdom · www.writtle.com London, United Kingdom · www.loewygroup.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Media 3 (14%) - 19 (21%) 1.1B (72%)
Business Services 4 (19%) - 19 (21%) 185M (12%)
Publishing - - 10 (11%) -
Software - - 6 (7%) -
Healthcare Services 5 (24%) - 5 (5%) -
Information Technology 1 (5%) - 5 (5%) -
Internet Software and Services 2 (10%) - 5 (5%) -
Communications - - 4 (4%) -
Education 2 (10%) - 4 (4%) -
Marketing 1 (5%) - 3 (3%) 227M (14%)
Information Services - - 3 (3%) -
Consumer Services 1 (5%) 30M (100%) 1 (1%) 30M (2%)
Aerospace - - 1 (1%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (1%) -
Digital Media - - 1 (1%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (1%) -
Insurance 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Staffing - - 1 (1%) -
Total 21 $30M 91 $1.6B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 19 (90%) 30M (100%) 72 (79%) 1.4B (88%)
  New York 3 (14%) - 12 (13%) 42M (3%)
  California 3 (14%) - 8 (9%) 1.1B (72%)
  Illinois 1 (5%) - 6 (7%) -
  Texas 2 (10%) - 5 (5%) -
  Missouri 2 (10%) - 4 (4%) -
  Georgia 1 (5%) - 4 (4%) -
  Michigan 2 (10%) - 3 (3%) -
  Utah 1 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 3 (3%) -
  Florida - - 3 (3%) -
  Maryland 1 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
  Kansas 1 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
  Delaware - - 2 (2%) -
  Connecticut - - 2 (2%) -
  Louisiana 1 (5%) 30M (100%) 1 (1%) 30M (2%)
  Wisconsin 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (1%) 185M (12%)
  Washington - - 1 (1%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (1%) -
  Nebraska - - 1 (1%) -
  Minnesota - - 1 (1%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (1%) -
  Kentucky - - 1 (1%) -
  District of Columbia - - 1 (1%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) -
  Alabama - - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom 1 (5%) - 9 (10%) 185M (12%)
Spain 1 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
Germany - - 2 (2%) -
Netherlands - - 2 (2%) -
Canada - - 1 (1%) -
  Ontario - - 1 (1%) -
Australia - - 1 (1%) -
Finland - - 1 (1%) -
Ireland - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 19 (90%) 30M (100%) 72 (79%) 1.4B (88%)
Cross-border 2 (10%) - 19 (21%) 185M (12%)
Total 21 $30M 91 $1.6B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 6 (29%) 30M (100%) 51 (56%) 72M (5%)
Growth Capital 10 (48%) - 19 (21%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (5%) - 11 (12%) 1.5B (95%)
Consolidation 1 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
Recapitalization 2 (10%) - 3 (3%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (1%) -
PIPE - - 1 (1%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Venture - - 1 (1%) -
Total 21 $30M 91 $1.6B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 21 (39%) 3.4B (62%)
Trade Sale 20 (37%) 154M (3%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 9 (17%) 1.9B (35%)
IPO 1 (2%) -
Merger 1 (2%) -
Shut Down 1 (2%) -
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Total 54 $5.5B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jefferies LLC
1
Morgan Stanley
1
Legal Deals
Proskauer Rose LLP
2
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
1
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $1.1B
$100M to $1B 2 $370M
< $100M 2 $72M
TOTAL $1.6B
Largest Advanstar Communications, Inc.
$1.1B (2007-03-29)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.8B
$100M to $1B 8 $3.6B
TOTAL $5.5B
Largest Yellow Brick Road Group Pty Ltd.
$1.8B (2005-07-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
12%
11 (12%)
Strategic(s)
1%
1 (1%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
37%
20 (37%)
Strategic(s)
39%
21 (39%)

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