Vestar Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

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

Vestar Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are food (12%) and insurance (9%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (52%) and secondary buyout (15%). In total, Vestar Capital Partners has invested in 27 US states and 8 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 (41%). Vestar Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold Big Heart Pet Brands for $5.8B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity139
    • M&A Buy Activity78
    • M&A Sell Activity61
  • Total Sectors Invested 32
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 66
  • M&A Advisors 17

Vestar Capital Partners

245 Park Avenue, 41st Floor,
New York, New York 10167
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, Scandinavia

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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (1.4/yr) # 71 3 1 1 - 2 78
vol $16.6B $100M $16.7B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 57 1 1 1 1 - 61
vol $21.5B $720M $1.1B $23.3B
  139

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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 Buyout
Lancaster, Pennsylvania · www.woodstream.com
Radiation Therapy Services, Inc. 2019-12-13 1.1B USD Add-on Acquisition
Fort Myers, Florida · www.21co.com
Simple Mills, Inc. 2019-10-07 - Stake Purchase
Chicago, Illinois · www.simplemills.com
Information Resources, Inc. 2018-11-15 - Secondary Buyout
Chicago, Illinois · www.iriworldwide.com
Hearthside Food Solutions LLC 2018-04-17 - Secondary Buyout
Downers Grove, Illinois · www.hearthsidefoods.com
Nonni's Foods LLC 2017-11-14 - Secondary Buyout
Tulsa, Oklahoma · www.nonnis.com
Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. 2017-09-07 720M USD Secondary Buyout
Rockville, Maryland · www.issgovernance.com
Quest Analytics LLC 2017-08-22 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Appleton, Wisconsin · www.questanalytics.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Information Resources, Inc. 2018-11-15 Intelligent Shopper Solutions 2021-03-18 2
Chicago, Illinois · www.iriworldwide.com Toronto, Ontario
Information Resources, Inc. 2018-11-15 Retail Solutions, Inc. 2020-10-08 1
Chicago, Illinois · www.iriworldwide.com San Jose, California · www.retailsolutions.com
Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. 2010-07-28 Evariant, Inc. 2020-01-07 2
Denver, Colorado · www.healthgrades.com Farmington, Connecticut · www.evariant.com
Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. 2010-07-28 Influence Health, Inc. 2019-01-08 1
Denver, Colorado · www.healthgrades.com Birmingham, Alabama · www.influencehealth.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 4 (31%) - 9 (12%) 5.9B (35%)
Insurance 1 (8%) 100M (6%) 7 (9%) 1.7B (10%)
Healthcare Services 1 (8%) - 6 (8%) 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 (8%) 332M (19%) 4 (5%) 332M (2%)
Financial Services - - 3 (4%) 364M (2%)
Aerospace - - 3 (4%) -
Environmental - - 2 (3%) 3.5B (21%)
Information Services 2 (15%) 294M (17%) 2 (3%) 294M (2%)
Communications - - 2 (3%) -
Information Technology - - 2 (3%) -
Medical Products - - 2 (3%) -
Software 1 (8%) - 2 (3%) -
Transportation 1 (8%) 1.0B (58%) 1 (1%) 1.0B (6%)
Consumer Services - - 1 (1%) 338M (2%)
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (1%) -
Business Services 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
Distribution 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
Education - - 1 (1%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 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 13 $1.7B 78 $16.7B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 11 (85%) 626M (36%) 62 (79%) 8.7B (52%)
  Illinois 4 (31%) - 8 (10%) -
  New York 2 (15%) 332M (19%) 7 (9%) 332M (2%)
  Pennsylvania - - 5 (6%) -
  California - - 4 (5%) 5.8B (35%)
  Colorado 1 (8%) 294M (17%) 3 (4%) 294M (2%)
  North Carolina 1 (8%) - 3 (4%) -
  Florida - - 3 (4%) 1.3B (8%)
  Washington - - 3 (4%) -
  Ohio - - 3 (4%) -
  Connecticut - - 3 (4%) -
  New Jersey 1 (8%) - 2 (3%) -
  Texas - - 2 (3%) -
  Georgia - - 2 (3%) -
  Wisconsin 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
  Oklahoma 1 (8%) - 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%) -
Bermuda 1 (8%) 1.0B (58%) 4 (5%) 1.0B (6%)
Italy - - 4 (5%) 1.2B (7%)
United Kingdom 1 (8%) 100M (6%) 3 (4%) 100M (1%)
  Colorado 1 (8%) 100M (6%) 1 (1%) 100M (1%)
Switzerland - - 2 (3%) 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%)
Domestic 11 (85%) 626M (36%) 62 (79%) 8.7B (52%)
Cross-border 2 (15%) 1.1B (64%) 16 (21%) 8.1B (48%)
Total 13 $1.7B 78 $16.7B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (31%) 1.0B (58%) 40 (51%) 4.5B (27%)
Secondary Buyout 3 (23%) 100M (6%) 11 (14%) 855M (5%)
Growth Capital 2 (15%) - 10 (13%) -
Going Private 2 (15%) 626M (36%) 7 (9%) 10.7B (64%)
Divestiture - - 3 (4%) 702M (4%)
Recapitalization - - 3 (4%) -
Stake Purchase 2 (15%) - 2 (3%) -
Add-on Acquisition - - 1 (1%) -
PIPE - - 1 (1%) -
Total 13 $1.7B 78 $16.7B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 18 (30%) 4.7B (20%)
Secondary Sale 17 (28%) 3.9B (17%)
IPO 13 (21%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 9 (15%) 14.7B (63%)
1 (2%) -
Recapitalization 1 (2%) -
Stake Sale 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 61 $23.3B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
2
Edmond de Rothschild Corporate Finance
1
Deloitte
1
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
13
Latham & Watkins
3
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
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 8 $17.7B
$100M to $1B 11 $5.5B
< $100M 1 $96M
TOTAL $23.3B
Largest Big Heart Pet Brands
$5.8B (2015-02-03)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
17%
13 (17%)
Strategic(s)
4%
3 (4%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
28%
17 (28%)
Strategic(s)
43%
26 (43%)

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