YFM Equity Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, YFM Equity Partners has acquired 6 companies. It has also invested in 15 others.

YFM Equity Partners’ most common sectors for investment are software (14%) and communications (8%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (41%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (37%). In total, YFM Equity Partners has invested in 1 US state and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2020 when it acquired The Graham High Group for $26M.

In the last 3 years, YFM Equity Partners has exited 11 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (69%). YFM Equity Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2016 when it sold GO Outdoors for $173M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity117
    • M&A Buy Activity79
    • M&A Sell Activity38
  • Total Sectors Invested 32
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 40
  • M&A Advisors 19

YFM Equity Partners

5 Floor, Valiant Building, 14 South Parade,
Leeds, LS1 5QS
United Kingdom
+44 113 244 1000
www.yfmep.com
info@yfmep.com

YFM Equity Partners is a private equity firm focused on growth oriented investments in UK-based companies. The Firm looks to invest up to £10 million to support a variety of established, growing, and profitable businesses. YFM Equity Partners was formed in 1982 and is based in Leeds, England.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Business Services, Communications, Construction, Distribution, Engineering, Food, Healthcare Services, Leisure, Life Science, Machinery, Manufacturing, Retail, Safety/Security, Software, Staffing, Technology Hardware

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Secondary Buyout, Venture

Geographic Preferences: United Kingdom

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 2 10
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of GBP

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (4.8/yr) # 55 3 7 8 4 2 79
vol $144M $26M $170M
Sell (2.6/yr) # 25 2 6 2 1 2 38
vol $621M $22M $643M
  117

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
4net Technologies Ltd. 2021-06-10 - Secondary Buyout
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.fournet.co.uk
RGE Services Ltd. 2021-04-20 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Chigwell, United Kingdom · www.rgeservices.co.uk
Outpost VFX Ltd. 2021-02-15 - Growth Capital
Bournemouth, United Kingdom · www.outpost-vfx.com
Collaborative Project Management Services Ltd. 2021-02-10 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.cpmsgroup.com
Force24 Ltd. 2020-11-23 - Growth Capital
Leeds, United Kingdom · www.force24.co.uk
The Graham High Group (GHG) Ltd. 2020-07-13 26M GBP Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Eastleigh, United Kingdom · www.highgroup.co.uk
Innovative Safety Systems Ltd. 2020-03-16 - Growth Capital
Pershore, United Kingdom · www.iss-international.co.uk
Business Collaborator Ltd. 2020-03-11 - Add-on Acquisition
Berkshire, United Kingdom · www.groupbc.com
Unbiased Ltd. 2020-01-20 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.unbiased.co.uk
Panintelligence 2019-11-26 - Venture
Leeds, United Kingdom · www.panintelligence.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 5 (14%) 5M (8%) 11 (14%) 27M (16%)
Communications - - 6 (8%) 21M (12%)
Business Services 4 (11%) 21M (31%) 5 (6%) 21M (13%)
Information Technology 2 (6%) - 5 (6%) 9M (5%)
Internet Software and Services 4 (11%) - 5 (6%) -
Manufacturing 2 (6%) 6M (9%) 4 (5%) 18M (11%)
Healthcare Services - - 4 (5%) -
Engineering - - 3 (4%) 9M (5%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (3%) - 3 (4%) -
Media 3 (8%) - 3 (4%) -
Restaurants 2 (6%) - 3 (4%) -
Leisure - - 2 (3%) 5M (3%)
Electrical Equipment 1 (3%) - 2 (3%) -
Marketing 1 (3%) - 2 (3%) -
Medical Products - - 2 (3%) -
Retail 1 (3%) - 2 (3%) -
Safety/Security 2 (6%) - 2 (3%) -
Insurance 1 (3%) 26M (38%) 1 (1%) 26M (15%)
Construction - - 1 (1%) 13M (7%)
Information Services 1 (3%) 9M (14%) 1 (1%) 9M (5%)
Building Materials - - 1 (1%) 7M (4%)
Furniture - - 1 (1%) 5M (3%)
Aerospace 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Automotive 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Distribution - - 1 (1%) -
Education 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Food 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Life Science - - 1 (1%) -
Machinery - - 1 (1%) -
Staffing - - 1 (1%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 36 $68M 79 $170M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 36 (100%) 68M (100%) 78 (99%) 128M (96%)
United States - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
Domestic 36 (100%) 68M (100%) 78 (99%) 128M (96%)
Cross-border - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
Total 36 $68M 79 $133M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 17 (47%) - 32 (41%) 2M (1%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 14 (39%) 68M (100%) 29 (37%) 131M (77%)
Venture 4 (11%) - 12 (15%) -
Divestiture 1 (3%) - 5 (6%) 28M (16%)
Consolidation - - 1 (1%) 9M (5%)
Total 36 $68M 79 $170M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 15 (39%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 11 (29%) 577M (90%)
Secondary Sale 7 (18%) 66M (10%)
Sold to Management 2 (5%) -
IPO 1 (3%) -
Merger 1 (3%) -
Unknown 1 (3%) -
Total 38 $643M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
WK Corporate Finance LLP
2
RPL Mergers
2
HMT LLP
1
Legal Deals
Gateley Plc
5
Osborne Clarke LLP
4
Irwin Mitchell LLP
3

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 17 $170M
TOTAL $170M
Largest The Graham High Group (GHG) Ltd.
$26M (2020-07-13)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 3 $446M
< $100M 7 $197M
TOTAL $643M
Largest GO Outdoors Ltd.
$173M (2016-11-28)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Strategic(s)
6%
5 (6%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
16%
6 (16%)
Strategic(s)
71%
27 (71%)

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