April 15th, 2019 / Insight posted in Articles

Spotlight – Kingston Smith Corporate Finance

Welcome to the spring 2019 edition of Spotlight, our update on the latest news from our corporate finance team. It’s been another busy period for us and here are some of our highlights from the last six months including our deals, awards and events. We look forward to the next six months with many exciting projects and opportunities in the pipeline.

Recent projects 
We advised on the successful sale of a majority stake in Toddler Fun Learning (TFL) to private equity-backed media vehicle Moonbug. TFL delivers children’s content via YouTube and an app and aims to transform learning and storytelling for children worldwide. This is the second sale of a YouTube channel our team has assisted with, having previously advised on the sale of children’s channel Little Baby Bum last year. We also assisted Triumph Research Intelligence, a company dedicated to risk-based monitoring in clinical trials, in securing growth capital funding to accelerate the development of its technology and expand its international presence. In addition we advised on the sale of two B2B marketing agencies, Direction Group, which we introduced to strategic acquirer Unlimited Group, and JJ Marketing, providing transaction support on its sale to Gravity Global.

Awards
We are delighted to have been named ‘Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year’ in England in the 2019 Corporate INTL Global Awards and ‘Most Outstanding Corporate Advisory Firm 2019 – UK’ in the Acquisition International Global Excellence Awards. Kingston Smith was also recognised again for innovation at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards, winning ‘Most Innovative Business Process’.

Keeping you informed
Our Growth Capital Updates give an overview of industry hot topics and trends. Our latest edition revealed that 2018 had eclipsed 2017 to cement a new record for UK growth equity. Similarly, our review of M&A activity in the marketing and media sectors showed that 2018 was a year of relative resilience for mergers and acquisitions. And, our Deal Tracker continues to be a great source of information on recent marketing and media sector deals.

Looking ahead 
In the face of increasing uncertainty, it will be ever more important for businesses to focus on their long-term objectives by ensuring they have a robust strategic plan to achieve them. Our strategic advisory services help owners prioritise key value drivers within their business and identify how to proactively take steps to improve them. These services focus on increasing both the profitability of our clients’ businesses and the valuation multiple they can achieve on exit. To read more about how we can help, please click here.

We’ll be hosting seminars over the next 12 months on how owners can realise the true value of their business. Further details will be available soon.

Please get in touch for more information on any of the above, or to discuss future opportunities.