Vespa Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Vespa Capital has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.

Vespa Capital’s most common sectors for investment are media (22%) and business services (15%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (50%) and growth capital (22%). In total, Vespa Capital has invested in 1 US state and 4 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2018 when it acquired BlueCrest for $361M.

In the last 3 years, Vespa Capital has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (43%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity21
    • M&A Buy Activity14
    • M&A Sell Activity7
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 5

Vespa Capital

13 Charles II Street,
London, SW1Y 4QU
United Kingdom
+44 20 3595 4810
www.vespacapital.com
info@vespacapital.com

Vespa Capital is a private equity firm that targets minority or majority buyout investments in the UK. Vespa looks to partner with management when pursuing transactions and seeks opportunities valued from £10 to £40 million. The Firm prefers profitable, market leading businesses with strong growth prospects. Vespa is a generalist investor with no specific industry preferences.Vespa Capital is formed in 2008 and is based in London.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Construction, Distribution, Engineering, Information Technology, Leisure, Technology Hardware

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Recapitalization, PIPE, Stake Purchase

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom, Western Europe

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value 10 70
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.4/yr) # 7 1 2 3 1 - 14
vol $131M $361M $139M $630M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 2 2 3 - - - 7
  21

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Catalis SE 2019-10-14 139M GBP Going Private
Waalre, Netherlands · www.catalisgroup.com
Feefo Holdings Ltd. 2018-11-19 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Hampshire, United Kingdom · www.feefo.com
BioPhorum Operations Group Ltd. 2018-06-01 - Growth Capital
Sheffield, United Kingdom · www.biophorum.com
BlueCrest, Inc. 2018-04-30 361M USD Divestiture
Danbury, Connecticut · www.bluecrestinc.com
Vitale Assistance 2017-08-28 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Biard, France · www.vitale-assistance.com
Random42 Scientific Communication 2017-07-21 - Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.random42.com
Adsero Capital Ltd. 2017-05-19 - Consolidation
London, United Kingdom
Lumi Holdings Ltd. 2017-04-18 - Growth Capital
Hampshire, United Kingdom · www.lumiglobal.com
SDS Group 2017-02-09 - Secondary Buyout
Blanquefort, France · www.sds.fr
Chase Search & Selection Ltd. 2016-07-27 - Growth Capital
Edinburgh, United Kingdom · www.chasepeople.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Adsero Capital Ltd. 2017-05-19 Valideus Ltd. 2017-06-01 2
London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom · www.valideus.com
Adsero Capital Ltd. 2017-05-19 Nom-IQ Ltd. 2017-05-19 1
London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom · www.comlaude.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Media 1 (14%) 139M (28%) 3 (21%) 139M (22%)
Business Services - - 2 (14%) 85M (13%)
Software 2 (29%) - 2 (14%) -
Machinery 1 (14%) 361M (72%) 1 (7%) 361M (57%)
Leisure - - 1 (7%) 46M (7%)
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (7%) -
Distribution - - 1 (7%) -
Internet Software and Services 1 (14%) - 1 (7%) -
Life Science 1 (14%) - 1 (7%) -
Staffing 1 (14%) - 1 (7%) -
Total 7 $500M 14 $630M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 5 (71%) - 8 (57%) 46M (7%)
France - - 3 (21%) 85M (13%)
Netherlands 1 (14%) 139M (28%) 2 (14%) 139M (22%)
United States 1 (14%) 361M (72%) 1 (7%) 361M (57%)
  Connecticut 1 (14%) 361M (72%) 1 (7%) 361M (57%)
Domestic 5 (71%) - 8 (57%) 46M (7%)
Cross-border 2 (29%) 500M (100%) 6 (43%) 584M (93%)
Total 7 $500M 14 $630M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (14%) - 7 (50%) 131M (21%)
Growth Capital 3 (43%) - 3 (21%) -
Divestiture 1 (14%) 361M (72%) 1 (7%) 361M (57%)
Going Private 1 (14%) 139M (28%) 1 (7%) 139M (22%)
Consolidation 1 (14%) - 1 (7%) -
PIPE - - 1 (7%) -
Total 7 $500M 14 $630M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 4 (57%) -
Trade Sale 3 (43%) -
Total 7 -

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $500M
< $100M 2 $131M
TOTAL $630M
Largest BlueCrest, Inc.
$361M (2018-04-30)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
Strategic(s)
100%
1 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
57%
4 57%
Strategic(s)
43%
3 43%

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