Providence Strategic Growth Invests in Validity

Providence

Validity Receives Strategic Investment from Providence Strategic Growth and Silversmith Capital Partners, Completes Acquisition of Return Path

New infusion of capital to fund continued acquisitions, new product innovation and go-to-market capactiy

BOSTON, May 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Validity, the most trusted name in customer data quality, today announced a new investment led by Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners. Silversmith Capital Partners, founding investor in Validity, also participated in the investment. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The new funding will accelerate Validity’s go-to-market expansion, support the development of new solutions, and fuel both organic and inorganic growth.

The company also announced the completion of its acquisition of Return Path, the global leader in email deliverability. The combination of Return Path and Validity provides organizations with the most comprehensive technology solutions to target, contact, engage, and retain customers effectively.

“We’re pleased to welcome Providence as a new investment partner to Validity. This deal is a key milestone for Validity and a clear validation of our strategy and business model,” said Mark Briggs, CEO of Validity. “Since we started Validity a little over a year ago, we’ve charted an ambitious course to bring together leading companies that have solved some of the most complex challenges around customer data. Providence’s investment and deep commitment to our mission will help us drive more innovation, expand our commercial footprint, and welcome even more innovative companies into the Validity family.”

Since Validity was formed in early 2018, the company has made three significant acquisitions:

— CRMfusion, the leading application for enterprise CRM data quality
— BriteVerify, the most trusted platform for email verification, and
— Return Path, the global leader in email deliverability and optimization

Validity has also made significant investments in the in-house development of new products to drive growth and enter new markets. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the company released DemandTools for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and recently launched an all-new Trust Assessments platform that demonstrates how businesses can quantify the state of Salesforce data quality on the business functions that drive growth.

“We are thrilled to welcome Validity to the Providence portfolio,” said Tom Reardon, Managing Director, Providence Strategic Growth. “Customer data is the lifeblood of any business, and Validity’s unique approach of aggressively pulling together the leading solutions in the market was something we simply had to be part of. We look forward to partnering with Mark and the leadership team to accelerate the company’s vision and growth.”

“This announcement is just the latest milestone for Validity, capped by growth in sales and profit, the successful integration of CRMfusion and BriteVerify, and now the closing of the acquisition of Return Path,” said Jim Quagliaroli, Managing Partner of Silversmith Capital Partners. “We’re excited to increase our existing investment and help drive the next phase of Validity’s growth.”

Tom Reardon and Mark Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of PSG, will join the Validity Board of Directors, which includes Mark Briggs from Validity, Jim Quagliaroli and Sri Rao from Silversmith Capital Partners, and Mike Volpe, CEO of Lola.com and former Chief Marketing Officer of HubSpot.

About Validity
Businesses run better and grow faster with trustworthy data. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on Validity solutions – including DemandTools, BriteVerify, Trust Assessments, and Return Path – to target, contact, engage, and retain customers effectively. Marketing, sales, and customer success teams worldwide trust Validity solutions to help them create smarter campaigns, generate leads, drive response, and increase revenue. For more information visit, validity.com and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners LLC
Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”) is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”). Established in 2014, PSG focuses on growth equity investments in lower middle market software and technology-enabled service companies, primarily in North America. Providence is a premier global asset management firm that pioneered a sector-focused approach to private equity investing with the vision that a dedicated team of industry experts could build exceptional companies of enduring value. Since the firm’s inception in 1989, Providence has invested in more than 180 companies and is a leading equity investment firm focused on the media, communications, education and information industries. Providence is headquartered in Providence, RI, and also has offices in New York and London. For more information on PSG, please visit https://www.provequity.com/private-equity/psg, and for more information on Providence, please visit https://www.provequity.com.

About Silversmith Capital Partners
Founded in 2015, Silversmith Capital Partners is a Boston-based growth equity firm with $1.1 billion of capital under management. Silversmith’s mission is to partner with and support the best entrepreneurs in growing profitable technology and healthcare companies. The firm seeks to invest $15 million to $75 million per company. Representative investments include ActiveCampaign, Centauri Health Solutions, Digital Map Products, Impact, LifeStance Health, MediQuant, Nordic Consulting Partners, and Validity. The partners have over six decades of collective investing experience and have served on the boards of numerous successful growth companies including Ability Network, Dealer.com, Liazon, Liberty Dialysis, MedHOK, Net Health, Passport Health, SurveyMonkey, and Yapstone. For more information, visit https://www.silversmithcapital.com.

Media Contacts

For Validity:
Validity Media Relations
pr@validity.com

For PSG:
Kelsey Markovich / Kate Gorgi
Sard Verbinnen & Co
212-687-8080
Prov-SVC@sardverb.com

For Silversmith Capital Partners:
Susan Sugg-Nuccio
River Communications
914-686-5521
ssugg-nuccio@riverinc.com

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Axon Partners Group acquires the restaurants of Le Pain Quotidien in Spain

Axon

May 2019. Axon Partners Group has completed the first investment of its industrial investment strategy in “Premium Brands”, with the acquisition of restaurants “Le Pain Quotidien” (LPQ) in Spain as well as the Master Franchise for Spain and Portugal. Currently, LPQ operates four restaurants in Madrid and one in Barcelona.

Le Pain Quotidien was founded in Brussels in 1990 and now has nearly 300 restaurants in 21 countries. LPQ offers a wide variety of organic bakery items and plant-inspired healthy dishes available from breakfast to dinner based on its strong conviction that delivering delicious options that are good for guests and the planet is the now and the future (www. lpq.es).

To complete the investment, Axon has partnered with International Group Services, bringing extensive knowledge of the restaurant and franchise sector. This group operates more than 500 restaurants in Latin America through 19 different brands, including KFC, Juan Valdez, Baskin Robins and Wendy’s, among others.

The investment strategy includes an expansion plan with openings in the main cities of Spain and Portugal with the target of reaching at least the 50 restaurants in the next 10 years. These targets are based on the known growth of this sector and the increased representation of restaurant brands at the expense of independents in this region.

Francisco Velázquez, President of Axon Partners Group comments: “This is Axon’s first investment in the branded restaurant business and we consider it an excellent opportunity as it is a brand of recognized prestige in the world and that still has a long way to go, hoping to position the brand as one of the reference restaurants in its segment in Spain and Portugal. “

Juan Carlos Serrano, President of International Group Services, comments: “We are very happy to have made our first investment in the restaurant sector in Europe where we wanted to have presence after analyzing different opportunities in the Spanish market. It is a sector that we know well and where we hope to provide all our know-how to achieve a rapid and orderly growth of the brand in Spain and Portugal”.

Jerry Gamez, CEO from Le Pain Quotidien comments: “We believe that Healthy Food Ventures (a joint venture between Axon Partners Group and Juan Carlos Serrano) is the ideal partner to develop the brand in Spain and Portugal. We are confident that Healthy Food Ventures, with their shared values as well as their 30 years of experience & track record of growth developing restaurant brands, will deliver our ambitious plans for the region.”

For further information please contact with the Marketing Departmert:
marketing@axonpartnersgroup.com
T. +34 913102894

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Indeed acquires staffing app Syft

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Job site Indeed has agreed to acquire hospitality recruitment platform Syft.

The staffing platform was founded in 2015 by Jack Beaman and Novo Abakare, who had raised funding from investors including Creandum, PROfounders Capital, and David Haye. Both will continue with the business.

Syft provides a recruitment solution and shift management tool for part-time and flexible work, connecting vetted jobseekers with shifts through its app.

Indeed chief executive Chris Hyams said: “At Indeed our mission is to help people get jobs. Syft’s simple and transparent approach to shift-work hiring is an innovative solution to the growing demand for part-time and flexible work. We look forward to supporting the Syft team as they continue to improve the hiring experience.”

Beaman added: “Syft’s vision to build the future of work aligns with Indeed’s core mission. At Syft, we set out to create a win-win platform to better serve jobseekers and employers, underpinned by values of fairness and transparency. Demand for flexible work continues to surge as both jobseekers and employers look for greater control and choice. We are excited to grow with Indeed.”

Thoma Bravo completes acquisition of Autodata Solutions

Thomas Bravo

SAN FRANCISCO, May 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Thoma Bravo, LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Autodata Solutions Group, a provider of data and software solutions that power the automotive ecosystem. Financial details were not disclosed.

Autodata Solutions provides SaaS and software solutions that range from back-end automation systems that enable dealer-to-original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicle ordering to data-driven consumer-focused interactive marketing initiatives. Its solutions increase the effectiveness of the automotive sales chain.

“We are excited to be partnering with Thoma Bravo to accelerate product innovation on behalf of our prestigious OEM, dealer and dealer service provider customers,” said Craig Jennings, President of Autodata Solutions. “We are aligned in our commitment to bring high-quality data and software solutions to an industry undergoing significant technological adoption, with an increasing focus on leveraging digital channels.”

“Autodata Solutions’ steady growth and delivery of valued solutions over the last three decades has positioned it as a leader in the automotive data and software ecosystem,” said Scott Crabill, a Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo. “We look forward to leveraging Thoma Bravo’s expertise investing in leading software and technology companies to help drive the company’s next phase of growth.”

Kirkland & Ellis served as the legal advisor to Thoma Bravo. Financing for the transaction was provided by RBC Capital Markets and KKR Capital Markets LLC.

About Autodata Solutions

The Autodata Solutions Group serves the global automotive industry with versatile data, technology and marketing solutions. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada and has offices in Troy Michigan, Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Autodata Solutions, along with its Chrome Data and UnityWorks brands, serves the automotive industry with software and SaaS solutions that increase the effectiveness of the automotive sales chain. For more information, visit www.autodata.net.

About Thoma Bravo, LLC

Thoma Bravo is a leading private equity firm focused on the software and technology-enabled services sectors. With a series of funds representing more than $30 billion in capital commitments, Thoma Bravo partners with a company’s management team to implement operating best practices, invest in growth initiatives and make accretive acquisitions intended to accelerate revenue and earnings, with the goal of increasing the value of the business. Representative past and present portfolio companies include industry leaders such as ABC Financial, Blue Coat Systems, Deltek, Digital Insight, Frontline Education, Global Healthcare Exchange, Hyland Software, Imprivata, iPipeline, PowerPlan, Qlik, Riverbed, SailPoint, SolarWinds, SonicWall, Sparta Systems, TravelClick and Veracode. The firm has offices in San Francisco and Chicago. For more information, visit www.thomabravo.com.

Media Contact:

Matthew Gorton, Hiltzik Strategies
212-776-1161
mgorton@hstrategies.com

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CORA Physical Therapy Expands Into Missouri; Acquires Additional Clinics in Florida and South Carolina

Gryphon Investors

Company Now Operates Over 200 Clinics

San Francisco, CA – May 30, 2019 —CORA Health Services, Inc., doing business as CORA Physical Therapy (“CORA” or “the Company”), a top-10 national operator of outpatient physical therapy services, announced today that it has expanded into Missouri with the acquisition of Elite Physical Therapy of St. Louis (“Elite PT” or “Elite”). The Company also announced its recent acquisition of Advanced Physical Therapy (“Advanced PT” or “Advanced”) of Central Florida. With Elite’s five clinics and Advanced’s six clinics, CORA now operates over 200 clinics in nine states.

Elite PT was founded in 2010 by Shane Lawler and Scott Schuessler with locations in Ballwin and Arnold, MO. The company has since added Missouri clinics in South County, Creve Coeur, and O’Fallon. The group offers a wide variety of services, including general physical therapy, spine, sport, vestibular and pre- and post-operative rehab, orthopedics, orthotics, workers’ compensation solutions, women’s health, and golf therapy.

Advanced PT was started in 2011, when founder Lester “Trey” Hammond, PT opened the first Advanced clinic in The Villages, FL, near OcalaTrey and Cara Hammond, CEO of Advanced PT, have since expanded into West OcalaBelleviewEast Ocala, and additional sections of The Villages. Along with general orthopedic rehabilitation, Advanced has specialized programs for Parkinson’s, fall prevention, osteoporosis, lymphedema, heart health, stroke, and TMJ treatment.

CORA also announced the acquisition of two additional clinics in South Carolina: Coastal Physical Therapy and Coastal Hand Therapy, a single location in Beaufort, and Dynamic Physical Therapy of Florence, a single location in Florence.

Dennis Smith, CEO and President of CORA Physical Therapy, said, “We are excited to expand into the Midwest and pleased to broaden the team in Florida and South Carolina. These clinic groups share CORA’s operating philosophy, and we’re delighted to be a part of the communities they serve. We’ll provide the resources needed for continued growth as we deliver personalized care with respect and consideration for our patients’ needs.”

CORA is a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, a leading middle-market private equity firm based in San Francisco. Terms of these transactions were not disclosed.

About CORA
CORA Health Services, Inc./CORA Physical Therapy (www.coraphysicaltherapy.com) is an outpatient rehabilitation company that uses proven clinical practices and cost effective treatment protocols to return patients to their jobs and lifestyles as soon as possible. Their clinics offer a complete range of treatment, including outpatient physical therapy and general rehabilitation, worker’s compensation therapy, sports and auto injury rehabilitation, and rehabilitation for seniors. CORA operates more than 200 clinics in FloridaGeorgiaNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaVirginiaTennesseeKentuckyIllinois, and Missouri.

About Gryphon Investors
Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors (www.gryphoninvestors.com) is a leading private equity firm focused on profitably growing and competitively enhancing middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management teams. The firm has managed over $4.8 billion of equity investments and capital since 1997. Gryphon targets making equity investments of $50 million to $200 million in portfolio companies with sales ranging from approximately $100 million to $500 million. Gryphon prioritizes investment opportunities where it can form strong partnerships with owners and executives to build leading companies, utilizing Gryphon’s capital, specialized professional resources, and operational expertise.

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Travelport Worldwide Limited announces completion of acquisition by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC and Evergreen Coast Capital Corp.

Siris

Langley, U.K., May 30, 2019: Travelport Worldwide Limited (“Travelport” or the “Company”), a leading travel technology company, announced today the completion of its acquisition by affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC (“Siris”) and Evergreen Coast Capital Corp. (“Evergreen”) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.4 billion.

The transaction, which was originally announced on December 10, 2018, was approved by Travelport’s shareholders on March 15, 2019. In connection with the closing of the transaction, the Company, which will continue to operate as Travelport Worldwide Limited, will be wholly owned by affiliates of Siris and Evergreen, and Travelport’s common shares will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

The Board of Directors of the new Travelport operating company will be led by Executive Chairman John Swainson, a Siris executive partner and a former executive at IBM Corporation, CA, Inc. (formerly Computer Associates) and the Dell Software group.

Commenting on the transaction closing, John Swainson said: “Through its best-in-class distribution capabilities, technology services, innovative payment solutions, and other value-additive digital tools for the global travel industry, Travelport is well positioned to deploy its global scale and local expertise to deliver key solutions for travel suppliers and agencies. With the combined support of Siris and Evergreen, I look forward to partnering with management to drive new opportunities for innovation and growth.”

Gordon Wilson, President and CEO of Travelport, commented: “We have commenced building a great relationship with the Siris and Evergreen teams. We now look forward to working closely alongside them as we continue to develop and invest in our platform to serve the evolving needs of our customers. We are confident that Siris’ and Evergreen’s support will enable Travelport to execute on its strategy in an exciting new phase of innovation and industry leadership.”

About Travelport (www.travelport.com)

Travelport is the technology company which makes the experience of buying and managing travel continually better. It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform.

Travelport has a leading position in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B payment solutions. The company also provides IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions. With net revenue of over $2.5 billion in 2018, Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K., has over 3,700 employees and is represented in approximately 180 countries and territories.

About Siris

Siris is a leading private equity firm that invests primarily in mature technology and telecommunications companies with mission-critical products and services, facing industry changes or other significant transitions.  Siris’ development of proprietary research to identify opportunities and its extensive collaboration with its executive partners are integral to its approach.  Siris’ executive partners are experienced senior operating executives that actively participate in key aspects of the transaction lifecycle to help identify opportunities and drive strategic and operational value.  Siris is based in New York and Silicon Valley and has raised nearly $6 billion in cumulative capital commitments. www.siris.com

About Elliott and Evergreen

Elliott Management Corporation manages two multi-strategy investment funds which combined have more than $34 billion of assets under management. Its flagship fund, Elliott Associates, L.P., was founded in 1977, making it one of the oldest funds of its kind under continuous management. The Elliott funds’ investors include pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, funds-of-funds, high net worth individuals and families, and employees of the firm. This investment has been led by Evergreen Coast Capital, Elliott’s Menlo Park affiliate, which focuses on technology investing.

Travelport Media Contact:

Julian Eccles
VP PR and Communications
Tel: +44 (0)7720 409374
julian.eccles@travelport.com

Travelport Investor Relations contact:

Peter Russell
Head of Treasury and Investor Relations
Tel: +44 (0)1753 288 248
peter.russell@travelport.com

Siris:

Dana Gorman
Managing Director, Abernathy MacGregor
Tel: +1 212 371 5999
dtg@abmac.com

Blair Hennessy
Senior Vice President, Abernathy MacGregor
Tel: +1 212 371 5999
bth@abmac.com

Elliott/Evergreen:

Stephen Spruiell
Tel: +1 212 478 2017
sspruiell@elliottmgmt.com


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Genstar Capital Acquires Prometheus Group for Over $1 Billion

Franciso Partners

Partnership with Management to Continue Strong Growth Trajectory

SAN FRANCISCO — Genstar Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on investments in targeted segments of the software, industrial technology, healthcare, and financial services industries, announced today the acquisition of Prometheus Group from Francisco Partners for over $1 billion. Eric Huang, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Prometheus, will remain a significant shareholder in the company, and Francisco Partners will retain a minority investment.

Prometheus is an industry leading provider of comprehensive and intuitive plant maintenance operations and optimization software. Its solutions utilize data analytics to deliver a uniform experience across the platform and are trusted by the largest asset-intensive companies in the world operating in the oil & gas, chemical, pulp & paper, mining & metals, and utilities industries. Founded in 1998 and based in Raleigh, NC, the company has a global operating footprint and customer base and has over 300 employees.

Eli Weiss, Managing Director of Genstar, said, “We have invested extensively in software solutions providers similar to Prometheus, and their reputation as a leader in the plant maintenance technology sector is well deserved. Eric and his team have built an integrated easy-to-use platform, and their solutions help transform plant maintenance operations. Prometheus aligns well with our previous investments, and we are excited to work with Eric and his team to help further expand the solutions portfolio and target acquisitions that will broaden the company’s suite of services.”

“We have an unwavering focus on integrating all aspects of plant maintenance and operations and delivering hard dollar ROI for our customers,” remarked Eric Huang, founder and CEO of Prometheus Group. “With Francisco Partners’ support and shared vision, we scaled the business significantly and expanded our platform to solve an even broader set of our customers’ critical pain points. We are very excited to continue that journey with Genstar leveraging their industrial technology expertise.”

“We are proud to have partnered with the Prometheus team in building out a unified platform for operational excellence through both organic growth and M&A,” said Petri Oksanen, Partner at Francisco Partners. “We look forward to continuing the relationship and seeing Prometheus further build on its heritage of innovation.”

Lazard served as financial advisor to Prometheus Group. Genstar Capital was advised by Irell & Manella LLP, Francisco Partners was advised by Paul Hastings, and Eric Huang was advised by Holland & Knight.

About Prometheus Group

Prometheus Group is a leading global provider of comprehensive and intuitive plant maintenance operations and optimization software, with a broad platform of solutions addressing the unique idiosyncrasies and requirements of heavy asset operators. Prometheus’ interconnected platform allows changes to be communicated in real-time across an organization, improving manpower efficiency and driving production uptime. For more information on Prometheus Group, please visit: www.prometheusgroup.com.

About Francisco Partners

Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm that specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch over 19 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised over $14 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 200 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in opportunities where its deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information on Francisco Partners, please visit: www.franciscopartners.com.

About Genstar Capital

Genstar Capital is a leading private equity firm that has been actively investing in high quality companies for over 30 years. Based in San Francisco, Genstar works in partnership with its management teams and its network of strategic advisors to transform its portfolio companies into industry-leading businesses. Genstar currently has approximately $17 billion of assets under management and targets investments focused on targeted segments of the software, industrial technology, healthcare, and financial services industries. For more information on Genstar, please visit: www.gencap.com.

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Ampersand Capital Partners to Acquire Vibalogics GmbH

Vibalogics will expand capabilities to meet rapidly growing demand for development and manufacturing of complex viral products

CUXHAVEN, GERMANY and WELLESLEY, MA – May 29, 2019 – Vibalogics GmbH, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) focused on complex live biological products, is being acquired by Ampersand Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in growth equity investments in the healthcare sector. Ampersand’s growth investment will be used to expand Vibalogics’ capabilities to meet rapidly growing industry demand for the development and manufacturing of complex viral products.

Vibalogics offers process development, manufacturing and fill & finish of products for biopharmaceutical companies involved in the development of oncolytic viral therapies, gene therapies, and vaccines. With a specific focus on viruses, live bacteria, and aseptic processing, the company’s 50 employees work in full compliance with international GMP standards in a BSL-2 classified state of the art, 27,000 sq. ft. (2,500 m2) facility in Cuxhaven, Germany.

Stefan Beyer, Ph.D., CEO of Vibalogics commented, “With the benefit of Ampersand as our partner, Vibalogics will now strengthen and expand its position in the US and European markets while further investing in additional process development and GMP manufacturing capabilities. The partnership solidifies Vibalogics’ existing presence in the biologics manufacturing space and will allow the company to continue to exceed our customers’ expectations by facilitating the development of innovative therapeutic approaches that significantly improve the treatment of patients suffering from cancer and genetic disorders. We are very pleased to have Ampersand on board as we take Vibalogics through to its next phase of growth.”

David Anderson, General Partner at Ampersand said, “Vibalogics is a leading company in its field. Given the exciting developments within the complex virus market this is an excellent time for an investor with deep experience in the viral vector contract manufacturing sector to partner with the company. We are looking forward to working with the team at Vibalogics to accelerate and continue its success in delivering cutting edge therapies to patients in need.”



About Vibalogics GmbH

Vibalogics is a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with facilities in Cuxhaven, Germany, providing process development and GMP manufacturing services. Founded in 2002, the company is recognized as a leading service provider within the live biologics development and manufacturing industry. For more information, please visit www.vibalogics.com.

About Ampersand Capital Partners

Founded in 1988, Ampersand is a middle market private equity firm dedicated to growth-oriented investments in the healthcare sector. With offices in Boston, MA and Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ampersand leverages a unique blend of private equity and operating experience to build value and drive superior long-term performance alongside its portfolio company management teams. Ampersand has helped build numerous market-leading companies across each of its core healthcare sectors, including Avista Pharma Solutions, Brammer Bio, Confluent Medical, Genewiz, Genoptix, Talecris Biotherapeutics, and Viracor-IBT Laboratories. Additional information about Ampersand is available at www.ampersandcapital.com.

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Black Mountain Systems Announces Acquisition by Vista Equity Partners

Vista Equity

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Black Mountain Systems, LLC (“Black Mountain”), the leading provider of innovative workflow software solutions to credit investors and alternative asset managers, announced today that it is being acquired by Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”), a leading investment firm focused on enterprise software, data and technology-enabled businesses.

“Black Mountain has long been the standard-bearer for process management and portfolio monitoring solutions in its field”

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Vista’s investment in Black Mountain will help drive the software company’s continued growth domestically and internationally, while also providing new capital to invest in the development of Black Mountain’s state of the art platform and tailored solutions for data aggregation, process management, and business reporting.

“We’re thrilled to become a part of the Vista family and look forward to the myriad of ways that their investment will help us grow our company, better serve our customers, and expand our team,” said Black Mountain founder and co-CEO Kevin MacDonald. “We look forward to working with them as we enter this next chapter.”

“This investment is a significant milestone for our company, our employees, and our customers,” said Black Mountain co-CEO Andy Horwitz. “We’ve already established ourselves as the market leader in workflow software for credit, structured credit, and alternative asset managers and now we have a partner in Vista who will help us leverage and build upon that leadership position with financial and intellectual capital to accelerate our growth.”

Black Mountain’s software and data aggregation capabilities provide mission critical solutions and valuable insights to a customer base that includes 50 of the top 100 Collateralized Loan Obligation managers, leading private debt funds, commercial banks and alternative asset managers, representing more than two trillion dollars in total assets under management.

“Black Mountain has long been the standard-bearer for process management and portfolio monitoring solutions in its field,” said Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. “We’re looking forward to working with this talented and innovative company to push it even further ahead of the competition, unlocking new value for both customers and stakeholders.”

Black Mountain’s current investor, Stone Point Capital LLC (“Stone Point”), acquired the software company in 2015. Stone Point will exit its partnership with Black Mountain upon its sale to Vista, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

“We thank Andy Horwitz, Kevin MacDonald and the Black Mountain team for an outstanding partnership,” said Chuck Davis, CEO of Stone Point. “Black Mountain has achieved significant growth in revenue and profitability since our investment in 2015, and we wish the company much continued success under Vista’s ownership.”

Jefferies LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to Black Mountain, and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP was the company’s legal advisor. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey acted as financial advisor to Vista, and Kirkland & Ellis served as Vista’s legal advisor.

About Black Mountain Systems

Black Mountain is a software company that offers highly configurable solutions including portfolio management, trade order management, compliance, research management, investment accounting, performance attribution, customer relationship management, investor reporting, enterprise data management and data warehousing. Clients consist of many of the world’s leading investment managers, credit funds, hedge funds, private equity, direct lenders and banks who use the company’s platform to manage all varieties of loans, fixed income, alternatives, derivatives, equities, and FX. Black Mountain’s software can be configured to model any business process, store any data, integrate with any system, and provide transparency for all of the above in any format. For more information about Black Mountain visit: www.blackmountainsystems.com

About Vista Equity Partners

Vista Equity Partners is a U.S.-based investment firm with offices in Austin, Chicago, New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco and more than $46 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Vista exclusively invests in enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled organizations led by world-class management teams. As a value-added investor with a long-term perspective, Vista contributes professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies to realize their full experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity. For more information, please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.

About Stone Point Capital

Stone Point Capital LLC is a financial services-focused private equity firm based in Greenwich, CT. The firm has raised and managed seven private equity funds – the Trident Funds – with aggregate committed capital of approximately $19 billion. Stone Point targets investments in companies in the global financial services industry, including asset and wealth management; advisory, broker-dealers and merchant trading; banking institutions; HR benefits and employer services; insurance underwriting; insurance distribution and services; managed care and healthcare services; outsourcing and technology; real estate finance and services; and specialty finance and non-bank lending. For more information, please visit www.stonepoint.com.

Contacts

For Black Mountain Systems:
Liz Speier
lspeier@blkmtn.com

For Vista Equity Partners:
Alan Fleischmann
vista@laurelstrategies.com
202-776-7776

Aurelius subsidiary GHOTEL Hotel & Living opens Hotel in OSNABRÜCK

Aurelius Capital

  • GHOTEL will operate the hotel under the Holiday Inn brand name
  • 30th Holiday Inn in Germany

Munich, May 29, 2019 – Hotel operator GHOTEL hotel & living (www.ghotel.de), a subsidiary of AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE000A0JK2A8), has opened a modern 4-star Holiday Inn hotel in Osnabrück, Germany. The hotel is operated under franchise for the InterContinental Hotels Group under the Holiday Inn brand, and is the 30th Holiday Inn in Germany. The new hotel is centrally located, close to the Osnabrück main railway station and just 33 kilometers from the Münster/Osnabrück airport. This four-star property has 158 modern guest rooms, three professionally fitted-out conference rooms and a spa area.

Mario Maxeiner, Managing Director Northern Europe, said: “Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are strong brands in the midscale segment that are tremendous growth drivers for us, not just here in Germany, but Europe-wide. The two brands are so successful because we continually work to make them ever more attractive, for guests as well as owners. With the GHOTEL Group we are delighted to have another strong partner who is as committed to the Holiday Inn brand as we are.”

Jens Lehmann, CEO of the GHOTEL Group, added: “The Osnabrück Holiday Inn fits perfectly in our portfolio. With this property we are continuing our growth course and strengthening our partnership with IHG.”

 

ABOUT GHOTEL

GHOTEL hotel & living is an expanding hotel and apartment building chain with 14 properties in several cities in Germany including Kiel, Hanover, Göttingen, Koblenz, Munich, Würzburg, Essen, Ludwigsburg and Neckarsulm. These business hotels with modern conference rooms are marketed under the GHOTEL hotel & living and nestor Hotels brands, and the franchise brands Accor and InterContinental Hotels Group. Under the GHOTEL living brand, GHOTEL hotel & living also operates “temporary residence” apartment buildings in Bonn and Munich. GHOTEL hotel & living is headquartered in Bonn, and since December 2006 has belonged to the AURELIUS Group.

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