YFM Equity Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

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

YFM Equity Partners’ most common sectors for investment aresoftware (15%) and information technology (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 GHG Solutions for $26M.

In the last 3 years, YFM Equity Partners has exited 8 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (71%). 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 Activity126
    • M&A Buy Activity82
    • M&A Sell Activity44
  • Total Sectors Invested 32
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 47
  • 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 ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (1.8/yr) # 73 4 3 1 1 - 82
vol $126M $26M $152M
Sell (1.8/yr) # 35 1 3 2 2 1 44
vol $643M $643M
  126

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Displayplan Ltd. 2024-02-13 - Trade Sale
Baldock, United Kingdom · www.displayplan.com
Antser Group 2023-11-23 - Secondary Buyout
Birmingham, United Kingdom · www.antser.com
Macroart Ltd. 2023-11-17 - Trade Sale
St Neots, United Kingdom · www.macroart.co.uk
Data Service Provider Global Ltd. 2023-09-26 - Secondary Sale
London, United Kingdom · www.dsp.co.uk
Plandek Ltd. 2022-10-18 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.plandek.com
Springboard Research Ltd. 2022-10-03 - Trade Sale
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom · www.spring-board.info
Ferrabyrne Ltd. 2022-06-17 - Trade Sale
Littlehampton, United Kingdom · www.ferrabyrne.co.uk
Cooper Software 2021-11-25 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Dalgety Bay, United Kingdom · www.coopersoftware.com
Deep-Secure Ltd. 2021-06-15 - Trade Sale
Malvern, United Kingdom · www.deep-secure.com
4net Technologies Ltd. 2021-06-10 - Secondary Sale
Manchester, United Kingdom · www.fournet.co.uk
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 6 (18%) - 12 (15%) 22M (14%)
Information Technology 2 (6%) - 6 (7%) 5M (4%)
Communications - - 6 (7%) 2M (1%)
Business Services 2 (6%) 15M (32%) 5 (6%) 21M (14%)
Healthcare Services - - 5 (6%) 9M (6%)
Manufacturing 1 (3%) 6M (13%) 4 (5%) 18M (12%)
Internet Software and Services 3 (9%) - 4 (5%) -
Media 4 (12%) - 4 (5%) -
Engineering - - 3 (4%) 9M (6%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (3%) - 3 (4%) -
Restaurants 2 (6%) - 3 (4%) -
Leisure - - 2 (2%) 5M (3%)
Electrical Equipment 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Marketing 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Medical Products - - 2 (2%) -
Retail 1 (3%) - 2 (2%) -
Technology Hardware 2 (6%) - 2 (2%) -
Insurance 1 (3%) 26M (55%) 1 (1%) 26M (17%)
Construction - - 1 (1%) 13M (8%)
Information Services - - 1 (1%) 9M (6%)
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%) -
Safety/Security 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Staffing - - 1 (1%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 33 $48M 82 $152M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 33 (100%) 48M (100%) 81 (99%) 128M (96%)
United States - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
Domestic 33 (100%) 48M (100%) 81 (99%) 128M (96%)
Cross-border - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
Total 33 $48M 82 $133M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 18 (55%) - 33 (40%) 2M (1%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 10 (30%) 48M (100%) 30 (37%) 131M (86%)
Venture 4 (12%) - 12 (15%) -
Divestiture - - 5 (6%) 9M (6%)
Consolidation - - 1 (1%) 9M (6%)
Secondary Buyout 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 33 $48M 82 $152M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 20 (45%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 11 (25%) 577M (90%)
Secondary Sale 8 (18%) 66M (10%)
Sold to Management 2 (5%) -
IPO 1 (2%) -
Merger 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 44 $643M

Top M&A Advisors

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2
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2
Knight Corporate Finance Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
Gateley Plc
5
Osborne Clarke
4
Irwin Mitchell
3

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 16 $152M
TOTAL $152M
Largest GHG Solutions 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
Investor(s)
1%
1 (1%)
Strategic(s)
6%
5 (6%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
16%
7 (16%)
Strategic(s)
73%
32 (73%)

FAQ

When was YFM Equity Partners founded?

YFM Equity Partners was founded in 1982.

What type of investor is YFM Equity Partners?

YFM Equity Partners is a private equity firm.

Where is YFM Equity Partners headquartered?

YFM Equity Partners is headquartered in Leeds, United Kingdom.

How much capital does YFM Equity Partners have under management?

YFM Equity Partners has 300M GBP under management.

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