VSS Capital Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, VSS Capital Partners has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 8 others.

VSS Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment aremedia (21%) and business services (21%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (55%) and growth capital (22%). In total, VSS Capital Partners 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, VSS Capital Partners has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (40%). VSS Capital Partners’ 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 Activity148
    • M&A Buy Activity92
    • M&A Sell Activity56
  • Total Sectors Invested 20
  • Total Countries Invested 9
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 44
  • M&A Advisors 7

VSS Capital Partners

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

VSS Capital Partners 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. VSS 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 ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (3.0/yr) # 77 3 3 4 4 1 92
vol $1.6B $1.6B
Sell (2.0/yr) # 46 5 - - 3 2 56
vol $5.5B $250M $5.7B
  148

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Acrisure LLC 2022-06-01 - Stake Purchase
Caledonia, Michigan · www.acrisure.com
Caravan Health, Inc. 2022-02-10 250M USD Add-on Acquisition
Kansas City, Missouri · www.caravanhealth.com
GLOBO Language Solutions 2022-01-11 - Growth Capital
Wyncote, Pennsylvania · www.helloglobo.com
The HFW Companies 2021-11-09 - Consolidation
St. Louis, Missouri · www.hfwcompanies.com
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
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
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
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 Media LLC 2009-06-16 Media Properties Holdings, Inc. (dba MPH) 2016-02-04 2
Burlington, Wisconsin · www.cannellamedia.com New York, New York · www.mph.tv
Cannella Media LLC 2009-06-16 Media Properties Holdings 2016-01-28 1
Burlington, Wisconsin · www.cannellamedia.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 2 (10%) - 19 (21%) 1.1B (72%)
Business Services 4 (20%) - 19 (21%) 185M (12%)
Publishing - - 9 (10%) -
Internet Software and Services 3 (15%) - 6 (7%) -
Software - - 6 (7%) -
Information Technology 1 (5%) - 5 (5%) -
Communications - - 4 (4%) -
Education 2 (10%) - 4 (4%) -
Healthcare Services 3 (15%) - 4 (4%) -
Marketing 1 (5%) - 3 (3%) 227M (14%)
Information Services - - 3 (3%) -
Digital Media 1 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
Consumer Services 1 (5%) 30M (100%) 1 (1%) 30M (2%)
Aerospace - - 1 (1%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (1%) -
Engineering 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (1%) -
Insurance - - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Staffing - - 1 (1%) -
Total 20 $30M 92 $1.6B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 18 (90%) 30M (100%) 73 (79%) 1.4B (88%)
  New York 3 (15%) - 12 (13%) 42M (3%)
  Texas 3 (15%) - 6 (7%) -
  Missouri 2 (10%) - 6 (7%) -
  California 1 (5%) - 6 (7%) 1.1B (72%)
  Illinois 1 (5%) - 6 (7%) -
  Georgia 1 (5%) - 4 (4%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (5%) - 4 (4%) -
  Utah 1 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
  Michigan 1 (5%) - 3 (3%) -
  Florida - - 3 (3%) -
  Maryland 1 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
  Delaware - - 2 (2%) -
  Connecticut - - 2 (2%) -
  Louisiana 1 (5%) 30M (100%) 1 (1%) 30M (2%)
  Wisconsin 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
  Kansas 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (1%) 185M (12%)
  District of Columbia - - 1 (1%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) -
  Alabama - - 1 (1%) -
  Washington - - 1 (1%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (1%) -
  Nebraska - - 1 (1%) -
  Minnesota - - 1 (1%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (1%) -
  Kentucky - - 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 18 (90%) 30M (100%) 73 (79%) 1.4B (88%)
Cross-border 2 (10%) - 19 (21%) 185M (12%)
Total 20 $30M 92 $1.6B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 5 (25%) 30M (100%) 50 (54%) 72M (5%)
Growth Capital 10 (50%) - 20 (22%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (5%) - 12 (13%) 1.5B (95%)
Consolidation 2 (10%) - 4 (4%) -
Recapitalization 1 (5%) - 2 (2%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (1%) -
PIPE - - 1 (1%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (5%) - 1 (1%) -
Venture - - 1 (1%) -
Total 20 $30M 92 $1.6B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 21 (38%) 3.4B (60%)
Trade Sale 20 (36%) 154M (3%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 10 (18%) 2.2B (38%)
IPO 1 (2%) -
Merger 1 (2%) -
Shut Down 1 (2%) -
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Stake Sale 1 (2%) -
Total 56 $5.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jefferies LLC
1
Morgan Stanley
1
Legal Deals
Proskauer Rose LLP
3
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 9 $3.9B
TOTAL $5.7B
Largest Yellow Brick Road Group Pty Ltd.
$1.8B (2005-07-01)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
13%
12 (13%)
Strategic(s)
1%
1 (1%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
38%
21 (38%)
Strategic(s)
39%
22 (39%)

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