Please find below this week’s newsletter covering the latest M&A, company performance, fundraisings and executive moves.
Deal Details: Bain Capital Private Equity announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with CapVest to acquire Valeo Foods Group (“Valeo”).
The deal completion is subject to regulatory approval.
Valeo is a leading producer and innovator of high quality, category-defining branded and private-label food products.
Headquartered in Dublin, Valeo was founded in 2010 and employs more than 4,000 employees across Ireland, Britain, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Germany.
Bain Capital is an American private investment firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. It specializes in private equity, venture capital, credit, public equity, impact investing, life sciences, and real estate.
CapVest is a leading international private equity investor that partners with ambitious companies that supply essential goods and services.
Credit Suisse and Houlihan Lokey (financials), Weil Gotshal & Manges (legal), PWC (financial due diligence, tax and structuring service), OC&C (commercial and strategy due diligence services), and Alix Partners (operations and IT due diligence services).
CapVest and Valeo Foods management:
Goldman Sachs (financials), Willkie Farr & Gallagher (legals), KPMG (financial due diligence services), EY-Parthenon (commercial due diligence services), and PWC (tax due diligence and structuring services).
DLA acted for management, led by Corporate partners Eanna Mellet and Tim Wrigh and assisted by Steve Duggan (senior associate) and Blayre McBride (associate).
Renatus Comment: Fruitfield Foods was founded in 2002 with the Lioncourt backed MBI of Nestlé’s ambient food business in Ireland. Jacobs Biscuits was subsequently acquired from Groupe Danone in 2004, and the Jacob Fruitfield Food Group was formed.
UK-based private equity firm, Capvest, acquired and merged Batchelors and Origin Foods in 2010. They subsequently acquired Jacob Fruitfield and formed a combined group called Valeo Foods. Capvest reportedly bought out Origin’s 32% stake in the business in 2015 in a deal worth about €87m. The Company has completed 18 acquisitions since its foundation. Capvest reported that sales increased from €200m to €1.1bn since they invested.
The reported value of the transaction is over €1.7bn, based on an earnings multiple of 10 times its current reported EBITDA run rate of €170 million.
Capvest was founded in 1999 by Cavan man Seamus Fitzpatrick and his American partner Rand Shure. Valeo is an excellent case study of how an ambitious management team can build a business of scale through organic growth and a buy and built strategy with support from a private equity partner. We expect to see Valeo continue its global M&A strategy with their new partner.
Source: Bain Capital
Deal Details: United Drug Chemical Company (UDG) is to be acquired by US private equity giant Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) in a deal reportly worth £2.6bn (€3.15bn).
The takeover deal is subject to shareholder and High Court approval, as well as clearance from competition authorities in Austria, Germany, Russia and the United States.
UDG was founded in 1984 in Ballina, Co. Mayo as a co-operative controlled by a group of pharmacists to secure a reliable supply of medicines. It is now concentrated on two businesses: Ashfield and Sharp Packaging.
Based in Dublin’s Citywest, UDG employs around 9,000 people in 29 countries.
NY-based CD&R has been very active in recent years in deals across the pharmaceutical services, healthcare services and medical technologies sectors.
Advisers: UDG’s main financial advisers on the deal were Goldman Sachs and Rothschild, with Davy. Citigroup advised CD&R.
Renatus Comment: UDG listed on the Irish Stock Exchange in 1999. UDG moved its primary listing from the Irish Stock Exchange to the London Stock Exchange in 2012. In 2015, UDG sold its Irish distribution business to McKesson Corporation for €408m.
It was reported that Liam Fitzgerald advised CD&R on the proposed acquisition. Fitzgerald was at the helm of UDG for much of its evolution and major transactions between 2000 and 2016.
This transaction follows a number of other high profile take privates in the Irish market including Blackstone’s acquisition of Applegreen, Outsourcing’s acquisition of CPL, the Gallagher family taking Abbey private and Henderson Park’s acquisition of Green Reit. International buyers recognise the value of Irish companies and their ability to perform internationally. One would question what is next with companies like FBD, ICG, Origin Enterprises and others trading at reasonable valuations.
Source: Irish Times
Taxamo, founded 10 years ago, built a single platform to support indirect tax compliance, with a focus on online sales, payments, and e-invoicing. Among its customers are SurveyMonkey, Udemy, Ubisfot and Shutterstock.
Vertex provides cloud-based and on-premise solutions that can be tailored to specific industries for every major line of indirect tax, including sales and consumer use, value added and payroll.
Advisers: A Goodbody team comprising Don Harrington, Xiao Wang & Alexandra Assaf-Booth supported Taxamo with Corporate Finance advised, while Maples’ Colm Rafferty and Morgan Pierse acted on the legals.
A cross-departmental Matheson team, led by Corporate M&A partner Brian McCloskey and senior associates James O’Higgins, Robert Maloney Derham and Cíara Garahy, advised Vertex Inc.
Renatus Comment: Taxamo is led by John McCarthy. John is also an executive director of Fexco, who are in the process of selling Goodbody Stockbrokers to AIB and invested €21m in a research development and innovation facility in Kerry in 2020.
The company last year agreed a multimillion-euro deal with Deloitte for a new digital tax compliance service, in what Mr McCarthy described at the time was a “game-changer” for Taxamo
Ireland is developing a strong track record of successful fintech companies led by the Collison brother in Stripe. Other recent successes include Immedis’ recent €50m raise, EML acquisition of Prepaid Financial Services and Sentenial and Terry Clune’s TransferMate.
Deal Details: Orpea, the French nursing home group, has agreed to acquire the FirstCare collection of nursing homes from businessman Mervyn Smith in a deal reported to be worth more than €100m.
The deal is subject to regulatory approval.
The six FirstCare nursing homes located in Dublin, Co Wicklow and Co Kildare have 552 beds in total.
This deal follows Orpea’s purchase of Michael Fetherstons’ TLC Group, comprising of 5 homes and 674 beds, in March 2020 and acquisition of the remaining 50% of Brindley in April 21.
Advisers: Mason Hayes & Curran team advised Orpea, with Robert Dickson leading on the Corporate side, assisted by Eimear Lyons (Senior Associate) and Nessa McHugh (Associate); and Vanessa Byrne leading on the Real Estate side assisted by Ailbhe Cunningham (Senior Associate).
Deloitte also acted for Orpea – Shane Wallace and Nora Cosgrove on tax.
Whitney Moore team, led by Therese Rochford with Roisin Caulfield and Robert Carroll, acted for the sellers on the Corporate side.
Owen O’Sullivan advised the seller on real estate legal matters.
Renatus Comment: It was reported that 4 of the 6 properties FirstCare operate were sold to Promonial Reim in 2017 and leased back to FirstCare.
The FirstCare deal will make Orpea one of the biggest care home operators in Ireland, if the deal is approved by the CCPC.
This is the 7th nursing home deal we have covered in our newsletter so far in 2021.
Source: Irish Times
Deal Details: CWSI, a mobile and cloud security specialist, has acquired AVR International in a deal reportedly worth €5.2m.
Headquartered in Dublin, CWSI provides mobility and security solutions to enterprise and government clients both directly and through partnerships with global telecommunications providers including Telefonica, Telstra and Hutchison Whampoa (Three).
AVR, established in 2002 in Berkshire, provides a complementary range of cybersecurity, mobile device management, unified endpoint management, cloud security and professional services through its highly accredited and experienced team. AVR founder and CEO, Helen Hall, and all AVR employees, will join the CWSI Group.
Advisers: KPMG Corporate Finance team including Niall Flood and MJ Murphy advised CWSI on growth funding/acquisition of AVR.
Daragh Bohan and Eoin Lee of OBH provided legal advice to CWSI and Mary Coffey of Amoss acted for the lender.
Anna Scally and Amy O’Tooly of KPMG provided tax advice to CWSI and diligence services to the lender were provided by Gavin Sheehan and Gavin Hillery.
Renatus Comment: This is CWSI’s first acquisition and should provide additional scale in the UK market and act as an entry point into other markets across Europe using AVR’s international customer base and further strategic acquisitions.
CWSI was set up by Ronan Murphy, Philip Harrison and Conor Headon in 2010 and raised €2.3m from the Davy EIIS fund and private investors in 2019. CWSI specialises in providing solutions to companies to manage mobile devices. As most of us are working remotely, our mobiles and iPads have become increasing important in our day to day life with access to key information readily available on the move. Managing these devices and protecting information is critical for companies as cyber-attacks are becoming more frequent and expensive.
Source: CWSI Press Release
Deal Details: intive, a global digital powerhouse, has announced its acquisition of Irish tech company Ammeon. The deal consideration was not disclosed.
Ammeon, founded in Dublin in 2003, is a specialist in DevOps, cloud, automation, digital transformation and agile software development. It has built a strong record of successfully delivered solutions to the biggest Fortune 500 companies globally.
Munich-headquartered intive is a digital transformation business that works woth some of the world’s largest companies such as Audi, BASF, BMW, Credit Suisse, Discovery, Disney, Esprit, Facebook, Google, ING, ViacomCBS and Vorwerk.
Advisers: None Mentioned
Renatus Comment: Ammeon was founded in 2003 and prior to the transaction was majority owned by Joe Cunningham, Gilbert Little and Larry Quinn. Ammeon will continue to operate as a separate business unit.
As companies continue to invest in systems and software, Ammeon is well placed to assist companies deliver these projects as the need for successful digital transformation is at an all-time high.
Deal Details: Linnaeus, part of Mars Petcare, has acquired MyVet Group.
MyVet Group consists of three clinics in Firshouse, Lucan and Maynooth.
Linnaeus was acquired by Mars Petcare in 2018 and operates c. 180 sites across UK and Ireland.
Advisers: Deloitte’s M&A and tax teams advised the shareholders of MyVet Group.
Gareth Cosgrove of Grant Thornton Dublin was the financial adviser to Linnaeus.
Renatus Comment: The petcare industry has received a lot of attention from strategic and financial investors recently. The humanisation of pets is resulting in pet owners treating pets like members of their family and they are willing to spend more of their discretionary income on petcare products and services. MyVet is likely to benefit from this humanisation of pets and the increasing popularity of pet insurance.
Deal Details: OneLook Systems, an Ireland-based enterprise safety and risk management software solution provider, has been acquired by VelocityEHS for an undisclosed amount.
OneLook Systems is a world leading provider of Permit To Work and Contractor Management software.
Under the acquisition agreement, OneLook Systems will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of VelocityEHS from their current office location in Cork, Ireland.
Based in Chicago, Velocity EHS is backed by CVC Capital Partners and delivers comprehensive cloud-based environmental, health and safety (EHS) software to over 19,000 customers and 10 million users worldwide.
Advisers: Clearwater International (John Sheridan, John Curtin and John Devine) advised OneLook Systems on its sale to VelocityEHS.
ReganWall Partners Adrian Wall and Adam Griffiths, supported by Neil Nolan (Associate) and Hannah Kenny, acted as lead legal advisers on the sale of OneLook Systems.
Renatus Comment: Prior to the transaction, OneLook was majority owned by Brendan Griffin and Pat King.
It is great to see another Irish SaaS company serve a truly global market and deliver solutions for blue chip clients such as GSK, Google and Nestle. Given VelocityEHS reported 19,000 worldwide customers, there may be a strong case to roll out OneLook’s capabilities across this base in the coming years.
Source: VelocityEHS Press Release
Deal Details: Twins Mick and Ciarán Crean, have completed a partial MBO on online retailer Micksgarage, and have almost doubled their stake in the business to 75%.
Since establishing the business in 2004, the business has been backed by several high-profile corporate investors.
The MBO opportunity arose after the Harcourt Venture Fund LP (Investec Ventures), from which the brothers had raised €1.5m in 2016, reportedly informed the pair last August that it planned to sell its stake.
The Creans decided to buy it themselves and engaged corporate financier Conor Sheahan of CKS Finance to help them look at finance options. In addition to Investec, AIB Seed Capital Fund (first institutional investor alongside Dublin BIC) and Paddy Power co-founder, Stewart Kenny, chose to exit. Several high-profile investors led by former Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran will remain shareholders. Others include Patrick Kennedy, builder Michael Stanley and former Grafton chairman Michael Chadwick.
Advisers: Conor Sheahan of CKS Finance acted for Mick and Ciarán Crean.
Renatus Comment: Micksgarage has really established a dominant market position in Ireland’s B2C market and is pursuing a strategy of up-selling different goods to the same audience rather than going for mass geographic expansion in the B2C car parts market.
Micksgarage’s diversification from car parts and accessories in recent years is likely to have yielded significant award during the pandemic as outdoor furniture and leisure goods have never been in such high demand.
Source: Irish Times
Deal Details: The Chris Mee Group has announced the acquisition of Emergency Response Training from John Lynch. Support for the deal was provided by its strategic investor, Erisbeg. The deal consideration was not disclosed.
CMSE Training is a leading provider of Emergency Response Team (ERT) training for Industrial Fire Crews for over ten years.
Advisers: Adrian Wall of ReganWall acted for Chris Mee Group
Renatus Comment: The training market is highly fragmented with a large number of small operators in the space. We expect to see more consolidation.
Deal Details: Alcuin Capital Partners announced their investment in SF Engineering.
SF Engineering is a specialist engineering business that designs, installs and integrates full food processing and packaging lines for meat, fish, dairy and meat alternative food products.
Alcuin Capital Partners specialises in making growth capital investments and supporting management buy-outs in lower-middle market companies based in the UK&I.
Advisers: KPMG (David O’Kelly, Siobhan Donlevy and David O’Sullivan) provided Corporate Finance advice to SF Engineering
Gerry Halpenny in LK Shields advised on the legals
Renatus Comment: SF was founded in 1982 and is based in County Sligo (Ireland) and Cambridgeshire (UK). Prior to the transaction the business was majority owned by Seamus Farrell. The most recent accounts for Skellville Enterprises Ltd show revenue of €19.7m for the year ended 31 December 2019.
Source: Alcuin website
Deal Details: Zetland Capital, a London-based fund manager, has bought the Morrison hotel in Dublin from Elena Baturina. Zetland agreed to acquire the 145-bedroom property for close to €68 million.
Elena Baturina, bought the property from Nama for €22 million in 2012.
Advisers: None Mentioned
Renatus Comment: This is the second significant hotel deal of the year with Moxy’s sale to MHL reported last week. As the economy continues to reopen, a strong recovery in the hospitality sector is expected which should drive further M&A activity.
Source: The Sunday Times
Deal Details: Glantus announced its successful flotation and admission to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange under the ticker “GLAN”.
Glantus is an enterprise software provider specialising in automation and analytics for the accounts payable market.
The company has successfully raised £10m (€11.61m) through an oversubscribed placing of New Ordinary Shares with investors. On admission, Glantus’ market capitalization will be approximately £37m.
Advisers: Mazars acted as Reporting Accountant to Glantus on the IPO. The Mazars teams were led by Mark Mulcahy (Long-Form, Working Capital, FPPP), Lorcan Colclough (Short-Form, Technical Accounting), and Gerry Vahey (Long-Form taxation, taxation advisory), with support from Mazars teams in the UK and US.
Renatus Comment: Glantus is reportedly the first Irish Company to list on a major exchange in Ireland or the UK in over two years. This is the third business Maurice Healy has brought to the market (other two being ITG and Calyx). The listing should give Glantus the firepower to help them build and scale.
Source: Glantus and The Sunday Times
Deal Details: It was reported that American investment bank Stifel, British wealth manager Tilney Smith & Williamson and Julius Baer have entered the race alongside Bank of Ireland to acquire Davy.
The end of July is the reported deadline for selection of a preferred bidder with Rothschild running the process.
Source: The Sunday Times and The Business Post
Deal Details: The shareholders in Dublin-based aircraft leasing giant AerCap have signed off of the $25bn acquisition of rival Gecas. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval.
The combined group will have a fleet of about 2,000 owned and managed aircraft, over 900 owned and managed jet engines, more than 300 owned helicopters, and about 300 customers around the world.
Once the deal is closed, GE is expected to own approximately 46% of the combined company and will be entitled to nominate two directors to the AerCap board of directors.
Deal Details: Mainstream Renewable Power acquisition by Norwegian Aker Horizons ASA has been finalised.
Existing Mainstream shareholders have re-invested and retain 25% ownership in the company. As part of the transaction, Aker Horizons also acquired an interest in superconductor technology company SuperNode.
Advisers: A&L Goodbody team, led by M&A partner Sheena Doggett alongside corporate associates Gina Keating and Laura Kennedy, worked alongside Slaughter and May and Norwegian law firm BAHR to advise Aker Horizons.
Source: Mainstream Renewable Power
Deal Details: Jazz Pharmaceuticals has announced the completion of its acquisition of cannabis-focused drug company GW Pharmaceuticals plc. in a deal worth $7.2bn.
Source: Jazz Pharmaceuticals
EBITDA is an accounting term and is often the best indicator of profitability in non-capital intensive businesses before financing and tax are considered. In capital-intensive
Dino’s Group Limited, Trading as Dino’s Family Chip Shops, is a Cork-based chipper operating from seven different locations. The first chip shop was opened over 50 years ago by Dino Cregan.
For the period ending July FY20, revenue dropped by c. 21% to €5.3m, while EBITDA grew by c. 8% to c. €0.9m. Cash increased by c. €520k during the period to end at c. €650k. The largest drain on cash was c. €352k in loan repayments, which was partially offset by €300k of new loans drawn during the period.
In FY20, Dino’s employed an average of 98 staff at an annual cost of c. €2.1m. The business is owned by members of the Cregan family.
Fiveways Shop & Service Station Ltd operates a supermarket, petrol station and off licence and is based in Newry, Co. Down.
In FY20 the company experienced revenue growth of c. 6% to c. £25m and EBITDA growth of c. 10% to c. £2.3m. Cash decreased marginally during the period by c. £90k to end at c. £4.2m. A connected party loan of c. £1.5m was made to Colm Meehan & Co Limited, a property development company, during the period.
The business employed a total of 214 staff at an annual cost of c. £2.7m, and is owned by the various members of the Meehan family.
Who: Navitas Semiconductor, founded by Dubliner Brian Long in Silicon Valley, is to raise funds through a SPAC merger. Navitas relocated its headquarters to Dublin last year.
What: The deal will see Navitas raising about $400m (€331m) in capital. Its main backer is Atlantic Bridge; other investors in the company include Capricorn Investment Group and Malibu IQ. All current investors are reported to be rolling their equity into the new combined entity, Navitas said.
Why: Navitas said it intended to use the capital raised to accelerate product development and expansion into markets valued at $13bn.
Advisers: DLA Piper team of Maura Dineen (Tax partner), Matt Cole (Corporate Partner), Micheal Mulvey (Corporate Legal Director) acted for Navitas on their SPAC merger.
Source: Irish Times
Who: AIB raises funds through new green bond.
What: The bank has raised €750m after completing its second green bond issuance, bringing the total it has raised from green bonds to €1.75bn.
Why: The proceeds will contribute to the financing of projects with clear environmental and climate-change benefits, and will also further strengthen AIB’s regulatory capital position.
Source: Irish Times
Who: Antrim tech firm Decision Time secures government funding as part of self investment.
What: The company is investing £600,000 with economic development agency Invest NI offering $75,000.
Why: The investment will help increase the company’s headcount from 17 at the beginning of this year to 30 by the end of 2021, with further recruitment expected in 2022.
Source: Belfast Telegraph
Who: Imagine Communications agrees new cash facility.
What: The company secured a €45m loan from Dutch banks ING and NIBC. Canadian investor Brookfield Asset Management remains in place as its key investor.
Why: The additional cash facility will “accelerate” the company’s broadband rollout ability.
We in Renatus believe that more important than the deals are the people and we have teamed up with leaders in this field Korn Ferry to provide you with details of key recent executive and board level appointments.
Since we founded Renatus in 2014, we have always kept an eye on inflation, and in this time it has never had any real relevance to us. Yes, it effects Wall street – bond yields, etc., but has had limited impact on Irish SME land. 2021 is now the first time we have really felt it on Main Street. Everyone we talk to has a story of inflationary pressures coming and all our existing companies have a story from shortage of labour, to the Brexit impact, to the effects of shipping containers, and more importantly commodity price increases driving raw materials. It was reported this week that U.S. consumer prices surged 4.2% in April, marking the biggest increase since September 2008. In addition, the price of timber in US for housebuilding has risen threefold since this time last year. While some drivers of this may be temporary, a price increase is rarely temporary and it is hard not to see price rise contagion setting in. There will be inflation in 2021 based on any measure. What is unknown is if this is the start of an inflationary cycle and what effect will it have on interest rates.
The year-on-year increase in Irish residential property prices (houses and apartments) nationally in the year to March, with Dublin +2.5% and outside Dublin +4.9%, according to the @CSOIreland
The year-on-year increase in the new vehicles licensed in Ireland for April 2021 amounting to 11,960 new vehicles, according to @CSOIreland
The average mortgage interest charged by the banks in Ireland over the past 12 months. This is the highest in the euro zone which has an average interest rate of 1.26%, according to the CBI @IrishTimes
The value of the total existing stock of foreign direct investment in Ireland up to the end of 2019 which equated to 288% of Ireland’s GDP. It is worth noting that the EU average FDI is 62% of GDP, according to @CSOIreland
The year-on-year increase in the Irish consumer price index for April 2021, the most notable changes were in Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels (+3.6%) and Clothing & Footwear (-3.5%), according to @CSOIreland
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The year-on-year increase in the Irish agricultural Output and Input price indices for March 2021, according to @CSOIreland
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