Vestar Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Vestar Capital Partners has acquired 3 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.

Vestar Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are food (10%) and insurance (9%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (55%) and secondary buyout (14%). In total, Vestar Capital Partners has invested in 26 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 5 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 Activity133
    • M&A Buy Activity74
    • M&A Sell Activity59
  • Total Sectors Invested 31
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 63
  • M&A Advisors 16

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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 69 1 3 1 - - 74
vol $16.3B $16.3B
Sell (1.4/yr) # 52 2 2 1 1 1 59
vol $17.9B $3.6B $845M $1.1B $23.4B
  133

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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
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
Edward Don & Co. 2017-03-02 - Growth Capital
Woodridge, Illinois · www.don.com
Roland Foods 2017-01-09 125M USD Recapitalization
New York, New York · www.rolandfood.com
Mobile Technologies, Inc. 2016-08-08 - Secondary Buyout
Hillsboro, Oregon · www.mobiletechinc.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
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
National Mentor Holdings, Inc. 2006-03-22 Just Family, Inc. 2019-07-22 2
Boston, Massachusetts · www.thementornetwork.com Lexington, Kentucky · www.justfamilyinc.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
Quest Analytics LLC 2017-08-22 BetterDoctor, Inc. 2018-06-18 1
Appleton, Wisconsin · www.questanalytics.com San Francisco, California · www.betterdoctor.com
Tervita Corp. 2007-11-19 Newalta Corp. 2018-03-01 3
Calgary, Alberta · www.tervita.com Calgary, Alberta · www.newalta.com
Tervita Corp. 2007-11-19 3K Oil Services Ltd. 2017-11-02 2
Calgary, Alberta · www.tervita.com Turtleford, Saskatchewan · www.3koil.com
Tervita Corp. 2007-11-19 Columbia Recycle Ltd. 2017-07-14 1
Calgary, Alberta · www.tervita.com Marysville, British Columbia · www.columbiarecycle.ca
Triton International Ltd. 2011-02-24 TAL International Group, Inc. 2016-07-12 1
Hamilton, Bermuda · www.tritoncontainer.com Purchase, New York · www.talinternational.com
Tervita Corp. 2007-11-19 Tervita Corp. - Victoria Treatment Facility 2016-06-20 2
Calgary, Alberta · www.tervita.com Victoria, British Columbia

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 1 (8%) - 7 (9%) 5.9B (36%)
Insurance - - 6 (8%) 1.6B (10%)
Healthcare Services 2 (15%) - 6 (8%) 1.3B (8%)
Manufacturing - - 5 (7%) 423M (3%)
Consumer Products - - 5 (7%) -
Chemicals - - 4 (5%) 1.1B (7%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (8%) 520M (10%) 4 (5%) 520M (3%)
Machinery 1 (8%) - 4 (5%) -
Financial Services - - 3 (4%) 364M (2%)
Aerospace - - 3 (4%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (8%) 3.5B (66%) 2 (3%) 3.5B (21%)
Internet Software and Services 1 (8%) 294M (6%) 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 (19%) 1 (1%) 1.0B (6%)
Consumer Services - - 1 (1%) 338M (2%)
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (1%) -
Distribution 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
Education - - 1 (1%) -
Environmental - - 1 (1%) -
Information Services 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
Marketing - - 1 (1%) -
Media - - 1 (1%) -
Plastics - - 1 (1%) -
Publishing 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
Retail - - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (1%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 13 $5.3B 74 $16.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 11 (85%) 814M (15%) 59 (80%) 8.3B (51%)
  New York 1 (8%) - 7 (9%) -
  Illinois 2 (15%) - 6 (8%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (8%) - 5 (7%) -
  California 1 (8%) 520M (10%) 4 (5%) 5.8B (36%)
  Colorado 1 (8%) 294M (6%) 3 (4%) 294M (2%)
  North Carolina 1 (8%) - 3 (4%) -
  Florida - - 3 (4%) 1.3B (8%)
  Connecticut - - 3 (4%) -
  Washington - - 3 (4%) -
  Ohio - - 3 (4%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (8%) - 2 (3%) -
  Texas - - 2 (3%) -
  Georgia - - 2 (3%) -
  Wisconsin 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
  Oregon 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%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (1%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (1%) -
  Montana - - 1 (1%) -
  Mississippi - - 1 (1%) -
  Indiana - - 1 (1%) -
Bermuda 1 (8%) 1.0B (19%) 4 (5%) 1.0B (6%)
Italy - - 4 (5%) 1.2B (7%)
Switzerland - - 2 (3%) 1.6B (10%)
United Kingdom - - 2 (3%) -
Canada 1 (8%) 3.5B (66%) 1 (1%) 3.5B (21%)
  Alberta 1 (8%) 3.5B (66%) 1 (1%) 3.5B (21%)
France - - 1 (1%) 338M (2%)
Luxembourg - - 1 (1%) 338M (2%)
Domestic 11 (85%) 814M (15%) 59 (80%) 8.3B (51%)
Cross-border 2 (15%) 4.5B (85%) 15 (20%) 8.0B (49%)
Total 13 $5.3B 74 $16.3B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (31%) 1.5B (29%) 40 (54%) 4.5B (28%)
Secondary Buyout 5 (38%) - 10 (14%) 755M (5%)
Growth Capital 1 (8%) - 9 (12%) -
Going Private 3 (23%) 3.8B (71%) 7 (9%) 10.3B (64%)
Divestiture - - 3 (4%) 702M (4%)
Recapitalization - - 3 (4%) -
Add-on Acquisition - - 1 (1%) -
PIPE - - 1 (1%) -
Total 13 $5.3B 74 $16.3B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 18 (31%) 4.7B (20%)
Secondary Sale 17 (29%) 3.9B (17%)
IPO 12 (20%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 8 (14%) 14.7B (63%)
Recapitalization 2 (3%) 125M (1%)
1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 59 $23.4B

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 9 $3.8B
TOTAL $16.3B
Largest Big Heart Pet Brands
$5.3B (2011-03-08)
sell # Total
> $1B 8 $17.7B
$100M to $1B 12 $5.7B
< $100M 1 $96M
TOTAL $23.4B
Largest Big Heart Pet Brands
$5.8B (2015-02-03)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
86%
18 86%
Strategic(s)
14%
3 14%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
48%
22 48%
Strategic(s)
52%
24 52%

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