Q3 I QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS
Insights to help you capture value before and beyond the transaction
Given the current uncertain environment and downbeat economic outlook, with inflation and geopolitical instability among the main concerns, it’s understandable that the global M&A market is slowing. However, this change of pace gives business owners the chance to reflect, study trends and deal drivers and engage in thorough diligence. Getting the fundamentals right and capturing value are crucial in the face of today’s market conditions. These two factors will ensure your transaction helps you mitigate headwinds like rising commodity and energy prices, increasing labor costs, etc. in the best possible way.
Geographical expansion is still high on the list of M&A drivers, and when looking across borders, local market knowledge is essential for investigating and evaluating the risks. Such knowledge will result in better opportunities and healthier returns.
If you’re a business owner or CEO looking for support, we have the professional resources to help you review your strategic priorities and position your company for sustainable growth.
Today, we want to share how we have collaborated closely — across borders, teams, industries and markets — with entrepreneurs and companies, allowing them to get a grip on the current situation and reach their full potential.
Global insight publications and articles
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING SERVICES I Building value with green construction
BUILDING MATERIAL SPOT ON: ‘Green construction’ is thriving and was the subject of a recent Oaklins webinar, featuring both in-house and external experts. We cover the highlights of the webinar in our report, including how companies can approach current climate challenges, the need for more expert labor, and M&A strategy and deal prices in the sector. Read more.
TMT I Prediction markets — a key to understanding the future
INTERVIEW: Attempts to predict the future are as old as civilization itself. Discover how companies like Google are using prediction markets to improve their forecasts and understanding of important trends in this interview with Andrew Eaddy, an associate at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips in New York and a co-founder of baserate.io. Read more.
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I Energy transition-related TIC market set to consolidate
TIC SPOT ON: We explore the latest trends within the industry, including its appeal to private equity investors, the reasons behind the decrease in the valuations of listed TIC companies earlier this year, and why opportunities for consolidation look set to continue thanks to the growing interest in sustainability and energy transition-related TIC services. Read more.
Global deal highlights
TMT I Strengthening wireless communication offerings
Celfinet has been acquired by the Indian listed multinational Cyient. Oaklins played a crucial role in helping Celfinet reach the finish line of a very complex cross-border transaction.
Oaklins’ team in Portugal acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of Celfinet. The team was involved throughout the preparation of the sale process and supported all aspects of the negotiation phase until closing. Read more.
TMT I Leading shift scheduling solutions company finds home in POS platform
Sling Inc., a market-leading SaaS-based employee scheduling, communication and management solutions company, has been sold to Toast Inc. Oaklins’ strategic industry insights and exceptional execution capabilities delivered an outstanding result.
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips’ TMT team in New York acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Sling Inc. The team built a case to support a bid for the company that exceeded the price/ARR multiple of the buyer by 2.5x, and successfully closed the transaction in an accelerated time frame. Oaklins coordinated and managed over 25 discrete due diligence workstreams with counsel and accounting advisors in the USA, Iceland and Poland. Read more.
INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY & COMPONENTS I Strategic positioning aligned with industry mega trends
The acquisition of Frezigest, SGPS further enhances Sandvik’s and Walter’s position as leading global suppliers of cutting tools. Oaklins played a key role in facilitating this deal.
Oaklins’ Swedish and Portuguese teams acted as financial advisors to Sandvik and Walter throughout the acquisition process. Since 2018, Oaklins has executed five international transactions on behalf of Sandvik, which demonstrates its seamless execution of cross-border deals. Read more.
TMT I A flagship transaction in the digital signatures market
DigitalSign and Logalty join forces to create one of the largest electronic signature businesses in Europe. Oaklins played a key role in this transaction and assisted in finding the right partner.
Oaklins’ team in Portugal acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of DigitalSign. The team was involved throughout the preparation of the sale, and supported the entire negotiation phase until closing. Read more.
PRIVATE EQUITY I TMT I Leading Belgian end-to-end IT services provider joins forces with PE partner
Capital A has acquired a majority stake in ESC, a leading Belgium-based IT services provider. Oaklins’ team in Belgium, in collaboration with the team in the Netherlands, acted as exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of ESC. By leveraging its knowledge of the IT services sector, the team positioned ESC as a cloud frontrunner with significant up- and cross-sell opportunities. Read more.
CONSUMER & RETAIL I A shift in dynamics in the technical textile industry
Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.) has sold one of its major Chinese subsidiaries, Beaulieu Technical Textiles (Weihai) Co. Limited (Beaulieu Weihai), to Yangzhou Haizhong Fabric Co., Ltd. (Yangzhou Haizhong). Oaklins played a key role in facilitating this transaction.
Oaklins’ team in Shanghai assisted B.I.G. in completing this divestiture through a global bidding process, and led vendor due diligence, buyer identification and valuation guidance, as well as different stages of the negotiations and closing. Oaklins’ teams in other countries also assisted the transaction by identifying potential buyers. Read more.
TMT I Premier global event platform accelerates growth
The owners of Advertising Week were determined to find the best partner to help them expand their business. They did so with flying colors by aligning with Emerald Holding, Inc., one of the world’s premier events companies. Oaklins supported this transaction.
LOGISTICS I Riveting growth for metals processing and distribution center
The acquisition of Klein Steel Service will enable Alro to continue its growth strategy in northeastern USA, and allow it to expand to a wider range of products and processing capabilities. Oaklins’ logistics and distribution expertise provided first-class advice and guidance.
Oaklins Heritage in Jacksonville and Savannah acted as the lead advisor to the seller and management of Klein Steel Service in the preparation of the sale process and due diligence, as well as the approach and parallel negotiations with potential buyers, and assisted them until closing. Read more.
FINANCIAL SERVICES I Landmark transaction enables wealth manager to plan for next stage of growth
The Freedman family has sold a majority stake in London & Capital Group Limited to Lovell Minnick Partners. As part of the transaction, London & Capital’s management team will continue to run the business and retain a significant minority stake.
Oaklins Cavendish, based in the UK, advised the Freedman family, the largest shareholders in London & Capital, on their majority stake sale. Read more.
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES I PRIVATE EQUITY I Life sciences GxP specialist joins forces with TICC player
Thanks to its sale to Dutch counterparty Normec, a rapidly growing player in western Europe in the field of testing, inspection, certification and compliance (TICC), Advipro is ready for the next step in its growth trajectory. Oaklins assisted in finding the right partner.
Oaklins’ team in Belgium acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders of Advipro, including the majority shareholder Pentahold, an independent Belgian private equity firm, and its founders. Oaklins members abroad contacted potential candidates and the business support services team in the Netherlands introduced the final buyer. Leveraging its deep expertise, a comprehensive preparation stage enabled the Oaklins team to position Advipro as a trusted, specialized GxP engineering and consulting services provider with highly differentiated customer propositions. Read more.
CONSUMER & RETAIL I PRIVATE EQUITY I Accelerating growth in the global PET packaging market
Quvadec has acquired Resilux through a cash tender offer and delisting. Oaklins’ financial expertise was instrumental in facilitating this transaction.
Oaklins’ team in Belgium acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the bidder Quvadec in the context of its public takeover bid to acquire Resilux, a leading producer and recycler of PET preforms and bottles, headquartered in Wetteren, Belgium. Read more.