Insight Strategy Advisors joins Precision Value & Health
Ducker Worldwide joins Frontier Strategy Group
Axentel joins Park Place Technologies
8works joins Oliver Wyman
We have had a strong start to 2018 across regions, advising a variety of knowledge economy clients on their equity growth and closing a number of high-profile transactions. Here we highlight our advisory work with clients which resulted in M&A deal closures during the first quarter.
Notable deals included Capgemini’s acquisition of LiquidHub, Veritas Capital’s acquisition of PwC US’s government consulting business, Valtech’s acquisition of True Clarity and Livingbridge-backed Catalyst Development’s acquisition of Knadel.
Equiteq advised Ducker Worldwide on its sale to Frontier Strategy Group and Axentel Technologies on its sale to Park Place Technologies.
The Equiteq Consulting Share Price Indexfluctuated over the month and ended the period broadly flat.
Capgemini acquires digital customer experience firm LiquidHub
Target: LiquidHub is a US-headquartered global customer engagement company that help companies improve customer experience and drive growth.
Buyer: Capgemini is a France-headquartered global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation.
Deal Value: EUR400m (1.8x FY17 Revenue)
Deal Insight: In October of last year, The Times of India reported that Cognizant and Apax Partners were among shortlisted suitors for a potential acquisition of LiquidHub for as much as $600m. At the beginning of February, Capgemini announced that it would acquire the business for almost two times its revenue.
LiquidHub was founded in 2000 and raised $52.54m of Series B venture funding from ChrysCapital in 2014. The investment put the company’s pre-money valuation at $116.67m and enabled it to make investments in its growth including completing a number of acquisitions over 2016 and 2017. The company’s shareholder includes key management and investor ChrysCapital.