YFM Equity Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, YFM Equity Partners has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 15 others.

YFM Equity Partners’ most common sectors for investment are software (15%) and communications (8%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (40%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (36%). In total, YFM Equity Partners has invested in 1 US state and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2016 when it acquired Indigo Telecom Group for $18M.

In the last 3 years, YFM Equity Partners has exited 10 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (70%). 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 Activity111
    • M&A Buy Activity75
    • M&A Sell Activity36
  • Total Sectors Invested 31
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 39
  • 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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (5.2/yr) # 49 6 3 7 8 2 75
vol $126M $18M $144M
Sell (2.6/yr) # 23 2 2 6 2 1 36
vol $448M $173M $22M $643M
  111

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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
S & T Audio Ltd. 2019-10-30 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom · www.pmtonline.co.uk
Sharpcloud Software Ltd. 2019-10-16 - Venture
London, United Kingdom · www.sharpcloud.com
Hutchinson Networks Ltd. 2019-06-19 - Add-on Acquisition
Edinburgh, United Kingdom · www.hutchinsonnetworks.com
Tonkotsu 2019-06-11 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.tonkotsu.co.uk
Wooshii Ltd. 2019-06-10 - Growth Capital
London, United Kingdom · www.wooshii.com
Class Delta Ltd. 2019-06-07 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Runcorn, United Kingdom · www.theproteinworks.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Macroart Ltd. 2014-06-23 Aluvista Ltd. 2017-02-01 1
St Neots, United Kingdom · www.macroart.co.uk St Neots, United Kingdom · www.aluvista.co.uk

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 5 (15%) 5M (13%) 11 (15%) 27M (19%)
Communications 1 (3%) - 6 (8%) 21M (14%)
Information Technology 2 (6%) - 5 (7%) 9M (6%)
Internet Software and Services 4 (12%) - 5 (7%) -
Business Services 3 (9%) 21M (51%) 4 (5%) 21M (15%)
Manufacturing 2 (6%) 6M (15%) 4 (5%) 18M (13%)
Healthcare Services - - 4 (5%) -
Engineering 1 (3%) - 3 (4%) 9M (6%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (3%) - 3 (4%) -
Restaurants 2 (6%) - 3 (4%) -
Leisure - - 2 (3%) 5M (3%)
Electrical Equipment 1 (3%) - 2 (3%) -
Media 2 (6%) - 2 (3%) -
Medical Products - - 2 (3%) -
Retail 1 (3%) - 2 (3%) -
Safety/Security 2 (6%) - 2 (3%) -
Construction - - 1 (1%) 13M (9%)
Information Services 1 (3%) 9M (22%) 1 (1%) 9M (6%)
Building Materials - - 1 (1%) 7M (5%)
Furniture - - 1 (1%) 5M (4%)
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%) -
Marketing - - 1 (1%) -
Staffing - - 1 (1%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 34 $42M 75 $144M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United Kingdom 34 (100%) 42M (100%) 74 (99%) 102M (95%)
United States - - 1 (1%) 5M (5%)
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) 5M (5%)
Domestic 34 (100%) 42M (100%) 74 (99%) 102M (95%)
Cross-border - - 1 (1%) 5M (5%)
Total 34 $42M 75 $107M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 17 (50%) - 30 (40%) 2M (1%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 12 (35%) 42M (100%) 27 (36%) 105M (73%)
Venture 4 (12%) - 12 (16%) -
Divestiture 1 (3%) - 5 (7%) 28M (19%)
Consolidation - - 1 (1%) 9M (6%)
Total 34 $42M 75 $144M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 14 (39%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 11 (31%) 577M (90%)
Secondary Sale 6 (17%) 66M (10%)
Sold to Management 2 (6%) -
IPO 1 (3%) -
Merger 1 (3%) -
Unknown 1 (3%) -
Total 36 $643M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
WK Corporate Finance LLP
2
HMT LLP
1
Knight Corporate Finance Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
Osborne Clarke LLP
4
Gateley Plc
3
Irwin Mitchell LLP
3

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 16 $144M
TOTAL $144M
Largest Indigo Telecom Group Ltd.
$18M (2016-07-14)
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)
100%
5 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
16%
5 16%
Strategic(s)
84%
26 84%

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