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 5 others.

YFM Equity Partners’ most common sectors for investment aresoftware (15%) and communications (8%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (41%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (38%). 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 6 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 Activity122
    • M&A Buy Activity81
    • M&A Sell Activity41
  • Total Sectors Invested 32
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 44
  • 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 ≤ '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 T
Buy (3.2/yr) # 65 8 4 3 1 - 81
vol $126M $26M $152M
Sell (1.6/yr) # 33 2 1 3 2 - 41
vol $643M $643M
  122

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Plandek Ltd. 2022-10-18 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.plandek.com
Springboard Research Ltd. 2022-10-03 - Add-on Acquisition
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom · www.spring-board.info
Ferrabyrne Ltd. 2022-06-17 - Add-on Acquisition
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 - Add-on Acquisition
Malvern, United Kingdom · www.deep-secure.com
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
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 6 (17%) - 12 (15%) 22M (14%)
Communications - - 6 (7%) 2M (1%)
Business Services 4 (11%) 21M (40%) 5 (6%) 21M (14%)
Healthcare Services - - 5 (6%) 9M (6%)
Information Technology 2 (6%) - 5 (6%) 5M (4%)
Manufacturing 1 (3%) 6M (11%) 4 (5%) 18M (12%)
Internet Software and Services 3 (9%) - 4 (5%) -
Media 4 (11%) - 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 (49%) 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 35 $54M 81 $152M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 35 (100%) 54M (100%) 80 (99%) 128M (96%)
United States - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
Domestic 35 (100%) 54M (100%) 80 (99%) 128M (96%)
Cross-border - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
Total 35 $54M 81 $133M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 18 (51%) - 33 (41%) 2M (1%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 12 (34%) 54M (100%) 30 (37%) 131M (86%)
Venture 4 (11%) - 12 (15%) -
Divestiture 1 (3%) - 5 (6%) 9M (6%)
Consolidation - - 1 (1%) 9M (6%)
Total 35 $54M 81 $152M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 18 (44%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 11 (27%) 577M (90%)
Secondary Sale 7 (17%) 66M (10%)
Sold to Management 2 (5%) -
IPO 1 (2%) -
Merger 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 41 $643M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
WK Corporate Finance LLP
2
RPL Mergers
2
Knight Corporate Finance Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
Gateley Plc
5
Osborne Clarke LLP
4
Irwin Mitchell LLP
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
Strategic(s)
6%
5 (6%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
15%
6 (15%)
Strategic(s)
73%
30 (73%)

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