Vulcan Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Vulcan Capital has invested in 1 company.

Vulcan Capital’s most common sectors for investment are life science (18%) and financial services (9%). The Firm’s most common investment types include venture (45%) and secondary buyout (18%). In total, Vulcan Capital has invested in 11 US states and 4 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Laureate Education for $3.8B.

In the last 3 years, Vulcan Capital has exited 6 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (43%). Vulcan Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2018 when it sold Flipkart Internet Pvt. for $16.0B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity55
    • M&A Buy Activity34
    • M&A Sell Activity21
  • Total Sectors Invested 21
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 25
  • M&A Advisors 4

Vulcan Capital

505 5th Ave S Ste 900,
Seattle, Washington 98104
United States
(206) 342-2000
capital.vulcan.com
vulcancapital@vulcan.com

Vulcan Capital is the private investment group of Vulcan Inc., the organization founded by Paul G. Allen to manage his personal and professional endeavors. Vulcan Capital looks to invest at all company stages and will consider opportunities across an array of industries. Sectors of interest include business services, consumer products, distribution and logistics, energy and natural resources, financial services and insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, media, technology, and telecom. The Firm's target investment size is $10 to $100 million. In addition to direct investing, Vulcan Capital also makes fund investments as well as invests in public securities. Vulcan Inc. was formed in 1986 and has offices in Seattle, Washington and Palo Alto, California.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Distribution, Education, Energy Services and Equipment, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Life Science, Manufacturing, Media, Metals/Mining, Oil/Gas Exploration, Publishing, Renewable Energy, Software, Technology Hardware

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Divestiture, Going Private, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Special Situations/Distressed, Venture

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 10 100
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 33 - - 1 - - 34
vol $4.4B $4.4B
Sell (1.6/yr) # 13 2 2 3 - 1 21
vol $1.7B $250M $1.0B $16.0B $18.9B
  55

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
4INFO, Inc. 2020-01-02 - Add-on Acquisition
San Jose, California · www.4info.com
TowerCo. LLC 2018-12-14 - Secondary Buyout
Cary, North Carolina · www.towerco.com
Epic Games, Inc. 2018-10-26 - Growth Capital
Cary, North Carolina · www.epicgames.com
Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd. 2018-05-09 16.0B USD Add-on Acquisition
Bangalore, India · www.flipkart.com
Zuora, Inc. 2018-04-12 - IPO
Foster City, California · www.zuora.com
Redfin Corp. 2017-07-28 - IPO
Seattle, Washington · www.redfin.com
Water Pik, Inc. 2017-07-17 1.0B USD Add-on Acquisition
Fort Collins, Colorado · www.waterpik.com
Ascentium Capital LLC 2016-10-04 - Secondary Buyout
Kingwood, Texas · www.ascentiumcapital.com
GILT Groupe Holdings, Inc. 2016-01-07 250M USD Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.gilt.com
Driven Brands, Inc. 2015-04-17 - Secondary Buyout
Charlotte, North Carolina · www.drivenbrands.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Laureate Education, Inc. 2007-08-17 Laureate Education, Inc. - Brazilian Operations 2020-09-13 7
Baltimore, Maryland · www.laureate.net , Brazil
Laureate Education, Inc. 2007-08-17 Walden University 2020-09-11 6
Baltimore, Maryland · www.laureate.net Minneapolis, Minnesota · waldenu.edu
Laureate Education, Inc. 2007-08-17 Laureate Education, Inc. - Australia and New Zealand Academic Operations 2020-07-29 5
Baltimore, Maryland · www.laureate.net , Australia
Laureate Education, Inc. 2007-08-17 Laureate Education, Inc. - 5 Educational Institutions 2018-12-12 4
Baltimore, Maryland · www.laureate.net , Spain
Laureate Education, Inc. 2007-08-17 Laureate International Universities France SAS 2016-04-19 3
Baltimore, Maryland · www.laureate.net Paris, France
Laureate Education, Inc. 2007-08-17 Glion Institute of Higher Education 2016-03-15 2
Baltimore, Maryland · www.laureate.net , Switzerland · www.gliononline.com
Laureate Education, Inc. 2007-08-17 Les Roches International School of Hotel Management 2016-03-15 1
Baltimore, Maryland · www.laureate.net , Switzerland · www.lesroches.edu
Silvercrest Asset Management Group LLC 2007-05-01 Jamison, Eaton & Wood, Inc. 2015-06-30 1
New York, New York · www.silvercrestgroup.com Bedminster, New Jersey · www.jamisonfirst.com
Laureate Education, Inc. 2007-08-17 Think Education Group Pty Ltd. 2013-11-07 1
Baltimore, Maryland · www.laureate.net Sydney, Australia · www.think.edu.au

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Life Science 3 (18%) 30M (1%) 6 (18%) 30M (1%)
Financial Services 2 (12%) 15M (< 1%) 3 (9%) 15M (< 1%)
E-Commerce - - 2 (6%) 43M (1%)
Software 2 (12%) 40M (1%) 2 (6%) 40M (1%)
Internet Software and Services - - 2 (6%) 30M (1%)
Business Services 2 (12%) - 2 (6%) -
Information Technology 1 (6%) - 2 (6%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (12%) - 2 (6%) -
Education 1 (6%) 3.8B (87%) 1 (3%) 3.8B (86%)
Oil/Gas Exploration 1 (6%) 460M (11%) 1 (3%) 460M (10%)
Communications - - 1 (3%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (3%) -
Consumer Services - - 1 (3%) -
Digital Media 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Electrical Equipment 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Energy Services and Equipment - - 1 (3%) -
Franchising - - 1 (3%) -
Infrastructure - - 1 (3%) -
Insurance 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Marketing - - 1 (3%) -
Media - - 1 (3%) -
Total 17 $4.3B 34 $4.4B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 15 (88%) 4.3B (99%) 31 (91%) 4.3B (99%)
  California 4 (24%) 30M (1%) 10 (29%) 30M (1%)
  New York 2 (12%) 15M (< 1%) 4 (12%) 58M (1%)
  Washington 2 (12%) - 3 (9%) -
  Texas 1 (6%) 460M (11%) 3 (9%) 460M (10%)
  North Carolina 1 (6%) - 3 (9%) -
  Massachusetts 2 (12%) - 2 (6%) -
  Colorado 1 (6%) - 2 (6%) -
  Maryland 1 (6%) 3.8B (87%) 1 (3%) 3.8B (87%)
  Florida 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (3%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (3%) -
Spain 1 (6%) 40M (1%) 1 (3%) 40M (1%)
United Kingdom 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
India - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 15 (88%) 4.3B (99%) 31 (91%) 4.3B (99%)
Cross-border 2 (12%) 40M (1%) 3 (9%) 40M (1%)
Total 17 $4.3B 34 $4.4B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Venture 6 (35%) 30M (1%) 15 (44%) 73M (2%)
Secondary Buyout 2 (12%) 460M (11%) 6 (18%) 460M (10%)
Growth Capital 3 (18%) 55M (1%) 5 (15%) 85M (2%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (18%) - 5 (15%) -
Going Private 1 (6%) 3.8B (87%) 1 (3%) 3.8B (86%)
Divestiture 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
PIPE 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 17 $4.3B 34 $4.4B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 8 (38%) 18.9B (100%)
IPO 7 (33%) -
Secondary Sale 3 (14%) -
Trade Sale 2 (10%) -
Spin Off 1 (5%) -
Total 21 $18.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Citigroup Investment Banking
1
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
1
Legal Deals
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
1
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $3.8B
$100M to $1B 1 $460M
< $100M 5 $158M
TOTAL $4.4B
Largest Laureate Education, Inc.
$3.8B (2007-08-17)
sell # Total
> $1B 2 $17.0B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.9B
< $100M 1 $72M
TOTAL $18.9B
Largest Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd.
$16.0B (2018-05-09)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
9 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
25%
3 25%
Strategic(s)
75%
9 75%

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