May 2017: Consulting M&A Update

By Ramone Param, Associate Director, Equiteq.

FIS sells majority stake in Capco to private equity

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice announced their acquisition of a 60% majority stake in Capco from FIS, a leader in financial services technology. Capco is the public brand for FIS’ management consulting business and specializes in business, digital and technology consulting services for the financial services industry. FIS acquired Capco for $292m in 2010 and will receive net cash proceeds of $477m from the sale, while retaining a 40% stake in the business.

New Mountain acquires OneDigital Health and Benefits

OneDigital, one of the top buyers that we identified in the HR space, announced that it has been acquired in an all-cash deal by private equity investor New Mountain Capital. New Mountain is acquiring a majority ownership in the business from Fidelity National Financial Ventures for a reported $560m. The investment will be aimed at providing strategic guidance and industry expertise, while helping drive OneDigital’s continued growth.

OneDigital is the United States’ largest provider of employee benefits services and offers employers a combination of strategic advisory, analytics, compliance support, HR capital management tools and comprehensive insurance offerings. The business serves 35,000 companies and manages c.$4 billion in premiums.

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5 things every consulting firm must know to thrive in Asia-Pacific

Equiteq’s CEO, David Jorgenson, and Jean-Louis Michelet met with Professor Kevyn Yong (Dean of ESSEC Asia-Pacific and specialist of entrepreneurship) at ESSEC Business School in Singapore to discuss the opportunities and challenges impacting M&A activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

This is the third part of their discussion: What advice would you give to consulting firm owners in one of the Asia-Pacific countries?

The consultancy landscape in Asia-Pacific has changed in the last few years. There has been a strong development in the use of consultants as the regional economies have grown and become less dependent on the primary sector, and have seen a surge in secondary and services sectors activities.

A 2016 report from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific shows the increased activity in the services sector is partly down to its role in facilitating global value chains in the manufacturing sector. It also attributes this to the growth of digital-intensive services in sectors like financial services, telecommunications and digital media and marketing.

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Readying Crossbridge for a premium sale by focusing on growth

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This week’s blog looks at how Equiteq, with a three-year growth support programme, helped Crossbridge to grow in preparation for sale. Crossbridge was transformed into a fast growing business, which later sold for a value that exceeded shareholder expectations.

Crossbridge is a specialist management consultancy which works with clients in the financial services sector to improve their operating model, internal operations and culture. Three years prior to the sale of the business, Crossbridge employed Equiteq to run an Equity Growth Accelerator (EGA) workshop with the aim of building the business’s value.

To get started, Equiteq ran a two-day workshop with the leadership team to see how they fared against other sector peers. From the outcome of the workshops we were able to map out where the company needed to be positioned, agree timescales, and lay out the actions the leadership team needed to commit to in order to achieve these objectives.

Using our ‘8 Lever model’, Crossbridge were able to chart their progress on an annual basis. During this period, our approach contributed to 66% revenue growth in two years.

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