Vestar Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Vestar Capital Partners has acquired 3 companies. It has also invested in 3 others.

Vestar Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment arefood (13%) and insurance (9%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (49%) and growth capital (16%). In total, Vestar Capital Partners has invested in 27 US states and 9 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2011 when it acquired Big Heart Pet Brands for $5.3B.

In the last 3 years, Vestar Capital Partners has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (43%). Vestar Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2023 when it sold Triton International for $13.3B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity146
    • M&A Buy Activity82
    • M&A Sell Activity64
  • Total Sectors Invested 32
  • Total Countries Invested 9
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 56
  • M&A Advisors 20

Vestar Capital Partners

520 Madison Ave. 33rd Floor,
New York, New York 10022
United States
(212) 351-1600
www.vestarcapital.com
info@vestarcapital.com

Vestar Capital Partners is a private equity firm that targets management buyouts and growth capital investments across North America and Europe in the consumer, business services, and healthcare sectors. The Firm looks to invest $50 to $150 million in transactions valued up to $1 billion. Specific areas of interest include food, apparel, household goods, retail, consumer services, industrial services, information services, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, financial services, media/communications, digital health media, and medical technology. Vestar Capital Partners was formed in 1988 and is based in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Beverages, Building Materials, Business Services, Chemicals, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Education, Energy Services and Equipment, Environmental, Financial Services, Food, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marketing, Media, Medical Products, Packaging, Plastics, Publishing, Retail, Safety/Security, Software

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Going Private, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Secondary Buyout

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 50 150
Enterprise Value 100 1,000
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 76 - 5 1 - - 82
vol $16.6B $100M $16.7B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 60 1 - 1 2 - 64
vol $23.3B $13.3B $36.6B
  146

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Edward Don & Company 2023-10-11 - Trade Sale
Woodridge, Illinois · www.don.com
Triton International Ltd. 2023-04-12 13.3B USD Trade Sale
Hamilton, Bermuda · www.tritoninternational.com
Nox Health Group 2022-11-30 - Growth Capital
Alpharetta, Georgia · www.noxhealth.com
Mercury Healthcare, Inc. 2022-06-29 - Trade Sale
Denver, Colorado · www.mercuryhealthcare.com
PetHonesty LLC 2021-07-14 - Growth Capital
Austin, Texas · www.pethonesty.com
Stratus Unlimited 2021-07-07 - Secondary Buyout
Mentor, Ohio · www.stratusunlimited.com
LERETA LLC 2021-07-06 - Secondary Buyout
Covina, California · www.lereta.com
Friday Health Plans, Inc. 2021-04-01 100M USD Secondary Buyout
Alamosa, Colorado · www.fridayhealthplans.com
Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods, Inc. 2021-01-21 - Growth Capital
Elmwood Park, New Jersey · www.drpraegers.com
Woodstream Corp. 2020-10-19 - Secondary Sale
Lancaster, Pennsylvania · www.woodstream.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Stratus Unlimited 2021-07-07 Priority, Inc. 2024-06-11 2
Mentor, Ohio · www.stratusunlimited.com Sheboygan, Wisconsin · www.priorityinc.com
Information Resources, Inc. 2011-06-01 The NPD Group, Inc. 2022-04-11 3
Chicago, Illinois · www.iriworldwide.com Port Washington, New York · www.npd.com
Information Resources, Inc. 2011-06-01 Intelligent Shopper Solutions 2021-03-18 2
Chicago, Illinois · www.iriworldwide.com Toronto, Ontario
Information Resources, Inc. 2011-06-01 Retail Solutions, Inc. 2020-10-08 1
Chicago, Illinois · www.iriworldwide.com San Jose, California · www.retailsolutions.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 5 (36%) - 10 (12%) 5.9B (35%)
Insurance 1 (7%) 100M (23%) 7 (9%) 1.7B (10%)
Healthcare Services 1 (7%) - 5 (6%) 1.3B (8%)
Manufacturing - - 5 (6%) 423M (3%)
Consumer Products - - 5 (6%) -
Chemicals - - 4 (5%) 1.1B (7%)
Apparel/Textiles - - 4 (5%) 520M (3%)
Machinery 1 (7%) 332M (77%) 4 (5%) 332M (2%)
Financial Services - - 3 (4%) 364M (2%)
Software 1 (7%) - 3 (4%) 294M (2%)
Aerospace - - 3 (4%) -
Business Services 3 (21%) - 3 (4%) -
Medical Products - - 3 (4%) -
Environmental - - 2 (2%) 3.5B (21%)
Consumer Services 1 (7%) - 2 (2%) 338M (2%)
Communications - - 2 (2%) -
Information Services 1 (7%) - 2 (2%) -
Transportation - - 1 (1%) 1.0B (6%)
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (1%) -
Distribution - - 1 (1%) -
Education - - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (1%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (1%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (1%) -
Marketing - - 1 (1%) -
Media - - 1 (1%) -
Packaging - - 1 (1%) -
Publishing - - 1 (1%) -
Retail - - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (1%) -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (1%) -
Total 14 $432M 82 $16.7B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 13 (93%) 332M (77%) 66 (80%) 8.7B (52%)
  Illinois 3 (21%) - 8 (10%) -
  New York 2 (14%) 332M (77%) 7 (9%) 332M (2%)
  California 1 (7%) - 5 (6%) 5.8B (35%)
  Pennsylvania - - 5 (6%) -
  Ohio 1 (7%) - 4 (5%) -
  Texas 1 (7%) - 3 (4%) -
  North Carolina 1 (7%) - 3 (4%) -
  Georgia 1 (7%) - 3 (4%) -
  Florida - - 3 (4%) 1.3B (8%)
  Colorado - - 3 (4%) 294M (2%)
  Washington - - 3 (4%) -
  Connecticut - - 3 (4%) -
  New Jersey 1 (7%) - 2 (2%) -
  Wisconsin 1 (7%) - 1 (1%) -
  Oklahoma 1 (7%) - 1 (1%) -
  Minnesota - - 1 (1%) 600M (4%)
  Maryland - - 1 (1%) 364M (2%)
  Virginia - - 1 (1%) -
  Tennessee - - 1 (1%) -
  South Carolina - - 1 (1%) -
  Oregon - - 1 (1%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (1%) -
  Montana - - 1 (1%) -
  Mississippi - - 1 (1%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (1%) -
  Indiana - - 1 (1%) -
Italy - - 4 (5%) 1.2B (7%)
Bermuda - - 4 (5%) 1.0B (6%)
United Kingdom 1 (7%) 100M (23%) 2 (2%) 100M (1%)
  Colorado 1 (7%) 100M (23%) 1 (1%) 100M (1%)
Switzerland - - 2 (2%) 1.6B (10%)
Canada - - 1 (1%) 3.5B (21%)
  Alberta - - 1 (1%) 3.5B (21%)
France - - 1 (1%) 338M (2%)
Luxembourg - - 1 (1%) 338M (2%)
Germany - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 13 (93%) 332M (77%) 66 (80%) 8.7B (52%)
Cross-border 1 (7%) 100M (23%) 16 (20%) 8.1B (48%)
Total 14 $432M 82 $16.7B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (21%) - 40 (49%) 4.5B (27%)
Secondary Buyout 5 (36%) 100M (23%) 13 (16%) 855M (5%)
Growth Capital 4 (29%) - 13 (16%) -
Going Private 1 (7%) 332M (77%) 7 (9%) 10.7B (64%)
Divestiture - - 3 (4%) 702M (4%)
Recapitalization - - 3 (4%) -
Add-on Acquisition - - 1 (1%) -
PIPE - - 1 (1%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (7%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 14 $432M 82 $16.7B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 19 (30%) 4.7B (13%)
Secondary Sale 18 (28%) 5.7B (16%)
IPO 13 (20%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 10 (16%) 26.2B (72%)
1 (2%) -
Recapitalization 1 (2%) -
Stake Sale 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 64 $36.6B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs
2
William Blair
2
DeSilva+Phillips Corporate Finance LLC
1
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis
16
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
3
Latham & Watkins
3

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 5 $12.5B
$100M to $1B 10 $4.1B
< $100M 1 $100M
TOTAL $16.7B
Largest Big Heart Pet Brands
$5.3B (2011-03-08)
sell # Total
> $1B 9 $31.0B
$100M to $1B 11 $5.5B
< $100M 1 $96M
TOTAL $36.6B
Largest Triton International Ltd.
$13.3B (2023-04-12)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
18%
15 (18%)
Strategic(s)
4%
3 (4%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
28%
18 (28%)
Strategic(s)
44%
28 (44%)

FAQ

When was Vestar Capital Partners founded?

Vestar Capital Partners was founded in 1988.

What type of investor is Vestar Capital Partners?

Vestar Capital Partners is a private equity firm.

Where is Vestar Capital Partners headquartered?

Vestar Capital Partners is headquartered in New York, New York.

How much capital does Vestar Capital Partners have under management?

Vestar Capital Partners has 7.0B USD under management.

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