EQT acquires idealista – the leading online real estate classifieds platform in Southern Europe

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  • EQT IX to acquire idealista, the leading online real estate classifieds platform in Southern Europe, present in Spain, Italy, and Portugal
  • idealista’s underlying market is supported by favorable secular megatrends, such as the increasing shift from offline to online marketing spend, as well as significant network effects driven by the platform’s strong brand recognition
  • EQT will, together with idealista’s founders and management team, support idealista’s continued growth momentum and further penetration of existing markets, by leveraging EQT’s strong digital and sector expertise, “local with locals” approach, and extensive advisory network

The EQT IX fund (“EQT IX”) has agreed to acquire idealista (“the Company”) at a transaction price of EUR 1.3 billion from funds advised by Apax Partners and management. Management will re-invest significantly into the Company while EQT IX will have majority ownership. idealista’s management team, including founder and CEO Jesús Encinar, will continue to lead the Company, building on its strong track record of growth and innovation.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Madrid, Spain, idealista supports approximately 40,000 real estate agents and 38 million unique monthly visitors across Southern Europe by providing an online real estate classifieds marketplace for home buyers and sellers. The Company’s online platform and diversified portfolio of digital services, such as CRM tools, data analytics, and online mortgage brokerage, help enable efficient real estate transactions, making it a key destination for prospective homeowners and sellers in Spain, Italy, and Portugal.

EQT IX will support idealista’s growth and continued pursuit of commercial excellence by investing in the Company’s online platform and further developing its portfolio of value-add services for real estate agents. Moreover, the Company is expected to leverage EQT’s inhouse digital and tech expertise, global presence, and network of advisors. Together with its founders and management, EQT will support idealista’s plans to further penetrate its core markets and strengthen its position as the market leading and go-to platform for online real estate classifieds in Southern Europe.

Bert Janssens, Partner and Global Co-Head TMT at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT IX, said: “idealista represents a truly thematic investment, within one of EQT’s core sub-sectors. This investment fits strongly with EQT’s focus of investing in high growth companies and partnering with world class management teams. We are impressed by the market leading position idealista has built over the past 20 years and EQT is excited to support idealista and its entrepreneurial management team in this next stage of growth.”

Carlos Santana, Managing Director and Head of EQT Private Equity in Spain at EQT Partners, and Investment Advisor to EQT IX, concluded: “EQT believes that idealista has the potential to grow at an accelerated pace. Together with Jesús and the management team, EQT will support further expansion within idealista’s core markets and consolidate its leadership position in Southern Europe. The investment in idealista further demonstrates EQT’s commitment to pursue investment opportunities in the region.”

Jesús Encinar, CEO at idealista, said: “We are very excited to partner with EQT and look forward to working together during the coming years. EQT’s online classifieds and real estate expertise, local presence in Spain and Italy, and extensive network of advisors will be of great value for us and key to our future success. idealista and EQT share a similar culture and passion for growth, a key decision factor for me and my team to partner with them.”

In line with the commitment to invest in sustainable businesses, EQT will accelerate idealista’s growth as it supports local and industry technological innovation by leveraging its role as a key intermediary in the real estate transactions value chain. By supporting real estate agents’ transition from offline to online and enabling efficient transaction between prospective homeowners and sellers, idealista contributes primarily to the Sustainable Development Goal 11.

The transaction is expected to close subject to customary approvals in December 2020. PwC, Allen & Overy, and Freshfields served as advisors to EQT, while Evercore served as advisor to Apax and idealista.

With this transaction, EQT IX is expected to be 10-15 percent invested, based on its target fund size.

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Bert Janssens, Partner and Global Co-Head TMT at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT IX, +31 652 523 675
EQT Press Office, press@eqtpartners.com, +46 8 506 55 334

About EQT

EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management across 19 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America with total sales of more than EUR 27 billion and approximately 159,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

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About idealista
idealista supports approximately 40,000 real estate agents and 38 million unique monthly visitors across Southern Europe, by providing an online real estate classifieds marketplace for home buyers and sellers.

More info: www.idealista.com/en

BGF leads investment round into e-commerce platform Moteefe

BGF

Moteefe, the e-commerce platform providing infrastructure, customisation and global fulfilment for retailers of all sizes, has successfully completed an $11M funding round. New investor BGF led the round with participation from existing investors including Gresham House Ventures and Force Over Mass Capital.

More than 5,000 retailers, from indie entrepreneurs to high street brands, use Moteefe’s platform to manage the sale, on demand production and fulfilment of new products. The fully flexible end-to-end e-commerce platform enables anyone to set up an online store or offer customised products on their own site in minutes. Products are produced immediately following a customer order.

“We were impressed with how Moteefe’s unique platform capabilities have allowed it to continue on its fast growth trajectory during the first part of 2020 despite the Covid 19 pandemic. This performance has underlined the demand in the market for their technology as the global retail landscape undergoes a massive transformation” said Daina Spedding, investor for BGF who led the deal. “What Moteefe represents is truly visionary – bringing together the entire ecosystem from store to just-in-time production and delivery – to solve the challenges retailers are facing getting to grips with the new speed, quality, choice and sustainability expectations of consumers. Those retailers don’t have the time to piece individual technologies together.”

 

Large retailers are turning to Moteefe to offer customised products for their customers. They are also working with the platform to efficiently test new product styles and categories at both small and large scale, which their often outdated systems and supply chains are ill-equipped to handle.

With no minimum production run, Moteefe’s platform removes the risk, wastage and upfront cost normally associated with testing ideas, geographies and markets, enabling the rapid scale up and production of successful products to meet demand. It also improves supply chain efficiency and sustainability by working with local fulfilment partners to minimise shipping distances.

Retailers of all sizes have total flexibility: they can use the Moteefe platform either as a fully integrated end to end service, or just pick and choose the parts they need. And as Moteefe is white labelled, the retailer owns the customer relationship and can use the data to drive repeat sales.

“At a time when global retail has been suffering and supply chains have virtually ground to a halt, we have seen a doubling in users and strong customer demand for our retailers’ products. This increased demand enabled us to grow our team and increase our production throughput, benefitting our entire network and creating high quality jobs internationally,” said Mathijs Eefting, CEO of Moteefe. “We have moved beyond our original goal to help anyone set up a store and sell globally. We now are able to support innovative retailers of all sizes to respond to entirely new e-commerce demands and opportunities as customers continue to walk away from old fashioned brick and mortar sales store environments.”

Growth and momentum

Since the start of 2020, Moteefe has made significant leaps. It has expanded with 40 new hires and three new executives whose experience will support the company’s expansion and enterprise proposition: Head of Product Nir Ehrlich; People Director Abbas Jeraj and senior innovation leader Peter Dingle. Moteefe now boasts a network of 20 production and fulfilment partners across Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Brazil, enabling retailers and entrepreneurs from around the world to easily tap international demand.

Showing 150% growth in H1 2020, other outputs since the start of the year include:

  • Thousands of new merchants launched stores and started selling worldwide on the Moteefe platform which now supports 5,000 merchants
  • Products have been sold and shipped into 166 countries
  • Supply chain capacity has doubled as a result of integrating several new third-party manufacturers into the network to support tens of thousands orders per day

Eefting has recently been joined by Charlie Cannell, previously Digital Director at Inflexion, who has joined Moteefe as Chairman.

 

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Hg announces KKR investment in The Citation Group

HG Capital

Hg, a leading European investor in software and tech-enabled services businesses, today announces the sale of The Citation Group (“Citation”), a leading provider of subscription-based HR and Employment law, Health & Safety, and ISO services to SMEs, to KKR, a leading global investment firm. The terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

Citation provides tech-enabled compliance and quality related subscription services to over 40,000 SMEs across the UK. Citation helps these SMEs to comply with relevant regulations and ensure certain levels of quality and standards are met, in areas such as Health & Safety, HR/Employment Law, ISO and industry specific rules and standards by providing a combination of expert advice, software tools and audits / assessments, mostly on a long-term subscription basis.

KKR’s investment is being made through its European private equity fund, European Fund V, and through its Global Impact Fund.

“Citation has thrived together with Hg, undergoing a transformation program which has included significant investment in R&D, an ambitious M&A strategy and innovation into new areas of technology.  These initiatives have helped drive continuous strong growth over the last 4 years, during which time we’ve more than doubled our core customer base.   We look forward to working with KKR, whose scale will help us continue to develop the platform as a truly trusted partner for our SME customers.”

Chris Morris, Group CEO of The Citation Group.

“Hg and Citation have shown valuable collaboration over the last four years. Together we have helped to invest and reinforce Citation’s products and services, executed on eight accretive transactions creating access to new verticals and new products for Citation’s customers and driven a cloud data and artificial intelligence program. We wish Chris and the team well as they partner with KKR on their next phase of growth.”

Joris Van Gool, Partner at Hg.

“We are excited to invest in Citation as the company provides essential, tech-enabled services to a large universe of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, a vital component of the UK economy. Citation is already a strong player with an impressive track record of performance and is well-positioned to seize significant further growth opportunities, expanding its customer base and range of services. We look forward to working closely with Chris and his team.”

Tim Franks, Partner and Head of UK, and Joerg Metzner, Director and Co-Head of EMEA Business and Consumer Services at KKR.

“Citation’s mission of helping SMEs look after the health, safety and well-being of their staff is fully aligned with our strategy for the impact fund. We are looking forward to supporting the company in further extending the environmental, social and governance (ESG) service offer to its client base.”

Stanislas de Joussineau, Director and Head of Global Impact in EMEA at KKR.

Jefferies International Limited, Deloitte, OC&C, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Addleshaw Goddard LLP advised Citation and Hg.

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PropertyGuru raises S$300M to accelerate growth in Southeast Asia

KKR

September 2, 2020

Long-standing shareholders TPG and KKR strengthen investment and confidence in the Group’s leadership, strategy and performance.

 

SINGAPORE, 2 September 2020 – PropertyGuru Group (‘PropertyGuru’ or ‘the Group’), Southeast Asia’s leading property technology (“PropTech”) company, today announced that it has received an additional investment of S$300 million (approx.) [US$220 million] in recent funding rounds by leading global investment firms TPG and KKR (via KKR Asian Fund III).

This investment comes at an extraordinary time for PropertyGuru: With 24% y-o-y revenue growth, PropertyGuru beat 2019 forecasts and continues to lead in Southeast Asia with 57% market share* (4x nearest player). PropertyGuru is the PropTech leader across all five markets in the region with its No. 1 marketplaces: PropertyGuru in Singapore and MalaysiaBatdongsan.com.vn in Vietnam DDproperty.com in Thailand, and Rumah.com and RumahDijual.com in Indonesia. Over the past year, business momentum and financial performance has been very strong across multiple key markets.

The funding will accelerate PropertyGuru’s growth strategy across all key markets as the Group ramps up its investment to meet the rapidly evolving needs in the property ecosystem. The continued support of TPG (over the past five years) and KKR (over the past two years) will see PropertyGuru further invest in identified strategic areas of growth, including its mortgage marketplace launched this year- PropertyGuru Finance, an end-to-end sales enablement solution for property developers- PropertyGuru FastKey and data capabilities to empower property seekers across Southeast Asia to ‘Find.Finance.Own’ their homes.

Olivier Lim, Chairman of the Board, PropertyGuru Group, said, “Since its founding in 2007, PropertyGuru has secured its leadership by continuing to provide increasing value to all its customers and users. We have scaled rapidly across Southeast Asia by anticipating and addressing consumer needs with a data-driven strategy, underpinned by a talented team of ‘Gurus’. This year, amidst the changing business realities, the demonstrable strength of our platforms has solidified our relative market leadership and provides new opportunities to accelerate both organic and inorganic growth with new investments. This increased support from TPG and KKR to accelerate growth is a great validation of the Group’s successful performance, its leadership team and their strategy to unlock the opportunities that will achieve the Group’s ambitions in the region.”

Hari V. Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, PropertyGuru Group, said, “Our strong financial performance over the last few years has enabled us to invest aggressively and smartly, to build what is today an integrated and differentiated technology platform that caters to the unique opportunities in Southeast Asian markets.

The additional investments from TPG and KKR will enable us to continue building Southeast Asia’s property trust platform and accelerate our momentum in key markets like Malaysia and Vietnam. We help property seekers ‘Find.Finance.Own’ their home and these new investments will accelerate the growth plans we have identified as more consumers and customers move towards digital solutions for  property buying and selling. Over the last thirteen years we helped create the PropTech industry in this region, and as the market leader we look forward to providing further innovations to digitize the property sector.”

Upgrades and new offerings so far in 2020

PropertyGuru’s belief in technology as a connector and solution to resolve home-seekers’ pain-points has seen it relentlessly invest and expand its service offerings in data and digital tools to improve transparency in the property ecosystem for consumers, developers, and agent partners across Southeast Asia.

This year, PropertyGuru expanded into home finance with the launch of a mortgage marketplace in Singapore, ‘PropertyGuru Finance’, as well as a major upgrade to the property seeker experience in Vietnam. The Group enhanced offerings to provide data-driven insights as well as additional sources of income for agent partners. For property developers, significant enhancements were made to PropertyGuru FastKey with the launch of PropertyGuru FastKey – StoryTeller– a digital product that allows 360-degree immersive walkthroughs of a project, its units and the surrounding cityscape, to showcase and explore properties with real-time availability, straight to the screens of property seekers who explore properties from the convenience and safety of homes. This solution enables property developers to start marketing their projects much earlier, even before constructing the sales gallery or show flat.

As behaviours adopted during the pandemic reshape consumer habits and preferences in a new normal, digital transformation is accelerated across sectors. Per the latest report by Bain & Company and Facebook, nearly 70% of Southeast Asians are expected to be digital consumers by the end of 2020. The dynamic landscape is thus revealing new growth opportunities in PropertyGuru’s existing markets to enhance and expand offerings to consumers, property agents and developers.

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*Market share Source: SimilarWeb data – Engagement market share, last six month average as at July 2020

 

About PropertyGuru Group

Group is Southeast Asia’s leading property technology company and the preferred destination for 24.5 million property seekers to find their dream home, every month.  PropertyGuru and its group companies empower property seekers with the widest option of more than 2.7 million homes, in-depth insights and solutions that enable them to make confident property decision across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

 

PropertyGuru.com.sg was launched in 2007 and revolutionised the Singapore property market by taking it online and made property search transparent for the property seeker. Over the decade, the group has grown from a regional property media powerhouse to a high-growth technology company with a robust portfolio of No.1 property portals across its core markets; award-winning mobile apps; best-in-class developer sales enablement platform, FastKey; mortgage marketplace PropertyGuru Finance; and a host of industry-leading property offerings including Awards, events and publications across Asia.

 

For more information, please visit www.PropertyGuruGroup.com ; https://www.linkedin.com/company/propertyguru

 

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Sheena Chopra Anushka Shrivastava / Jamie Tan
PropertyGuru Archetype Singapore
+65 92475651 +65 83678767 / +65 94880992
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CD&R to Acquire Epicor Software Corporation from KKR

Clayton Dubilier Rice

Transaction Valued At $4.7 Billion

Investment Leverages CD&R’s Operational Expertise and Industrial End-Market Experience

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Monday, August 31, 2020
New York, NY and Austin, TX

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, KKR, and Epicor Software Corporation today announced a definitive agreement whereby CD&R funds will acquire Epicor, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to industrial-focused sectors, from leading global investment firm KKR.

The transaction represents an important milestone for Epicor, a leading enterprise software vendor delivering cloud-enabled services to more than 20,000 customers globally. Epicor’s flagship products are curated to support complex, vertical-specific workflows and provide mission-critical support to customers seeking to drive growth and profitability in their own businesses. Epicor is an acknowledged leader in the industrial end markets it serves, including manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services categories.

Over the past four years under KKR’s ownership, Epicor’s executive team, led by CEO Steve Murphy, has driven growth through a combination of organic investments and strategic acquisitions. A series of new product releases has led to a revenue mix comprising 73 percent recurring revenue, which includes an industry-leading SaaS business growth rate of 60 percent year-to-date. Epicor is well positioned for its exciting next chapter under CD&R ownership.

“This is an exciting day for the entire Epicor family – employees, customers, and partners alike – and validates the company’s leadership position across markets we serve,” said Epicor CEO Steve Murphy. “We welcome this new partnership with CD&R, which shares our vision for growing the company, and I thank KKR for a highly successful partnership these past few years. We are excited to work with CD&R to increase investment in our market-leading product portfolio and to enhance our ability to support an ever-increasing range of customer needs.”

“Epicor’s reputation for quality and performance, and its impressive portfolio of next-generation cloud products, position the company well to accelerate growth in the coming years,” said Jeff Hawn, CD&R Operating Partner. “We look forward to partnering with the Epicor management team to further expand Epicor’s product portfolio as well as make strategic acquisitions to meet customers’ evolving digital transformation needs.”

“We are excited to partner with Epicor and its talented management team to drive the business into a new phase of growth and profitability,” said Rick Schnall, CD&R Co-President. “Our long-standing industrial end-market experience and growing enterprise software expertise aligns well with Epicor’s value creation plan.”

“Four years ago, we embarked on an ambitious product modernization journey together with Epicor and are incredibly proud of the successes that the company has achieved to date, particularly with its recent cloud releases,” remarked John Park, Chairman of the Epicor Board and Head of Americas Technology Private Equity at KKR. “We are confident that CD&R will provide valuable support as the company continues these product- and customer- centric investments to accelerate growth in the cloud.”

CD&R Operating Partner Jeff Hawn will serve as Chairman of the Epicor Board upon close of the transaction, expected later this year. Mr. Hawn has more than 20 years’ experience across a range of senior executive roles in software and technology-related businesses, including serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quest Software, Vertafore, and Attachmate.

UBS Investment Bank is acting as financial advisor and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as legal advisor to CD&R. Barclays is acting as lead financial advisor, BofA Securities and Jefferies LLC as financial advisors, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as legal advisor to KKR and Epicor.

About Epicor Software Corporation
For almost 50 years, Epicor Software Corporation has specialized in helping their customers grow their businesses, expand their capabilities, increase their productivity, and improve efficiencies. A leader in Enterprise Resource Planning for medium-sized businesses, Epicor serves as a trusted partner for thousands of companies worldwide across key industries such as manufacturing, distribution, and retail. Through its innovative services and unparalleled vertical knowledge, Epicor is creating a world of better business for their customers, building in their unique business processes and operational requirements into every one of their solutions―in the cloud or on premises. For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.

About Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is a private investment firm with a strategy predicated on enhancing the value of the businesses it acquires by supporting long-term growth, productivity, capital efficiency, and related strategic measures. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of more than $30 billion in 93 companies with an aggregate transaction value of more than $140 billion. The Firm has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.cdr-inc.com.

About KKR
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, credit and real assets, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to Acquire Epicor Software Corporation from KKR

KKR

August 31, 2020

NEW YORK and AUSTIN, TexasAug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, KKR, and Epicor Software Corporation today announced a definitive agreement whereby CD&R funds will acquire Epicor, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to industrial-focused sectors, from leading global investment firm KKR

The transaction represents an important milestone for Epicor, a leading enterprise software vendor delivering cloud-enabled services to more than 20,000 customers globally. Epicor’s flagship products are curated to support complex, vertical-specific workflows and provide mission-critical support to customers seeking to drive growth and profitability in their own businesses.  Epicor is an acknowledged leader in the industrial end markets it serves, including manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services categories.

Over the past four years under KKR’s ownership, Epicor’s executive team, led by CEO Steve Murphy, has driven growth through a combination of organic investments and strategic acquisitions.  A series of new product releases has led to a revenue mix comprising 73 percent recurring revenue, which includes an industry-leading SaaS business growth rate of 60 percent year-to-date. Epicor is well positioned for its exciting next chapter under CD&R ownership.

“This is an exciting day for the entire Epicor family—employees, customers, and partners alike – and validates the company’s leadership position across markets we serve,” said Epicor CEO Steve Murphy. “We welcome this new partnership with CD&R, which shares our vision for growing the company, and I thank KKR for a highly successful partnership these past few years. We are excited to work with CD&R to increase investment in our market-leading product portfolio and to enhance our ability to support an ever-increasing range of customer needs.”

“Epicor’s reputation for quality and performance, and its impressive portfolio of next-generation cloud products, position the company well to accelerate growth in the coming years,” said Jeff Hawn, CD&R Operating Partner.  “We look forward to partnering with the Epicor management team to further expand Epicor’s product portfolio as well as make strategic acquisitions to meet customers’ evolving digital transformation needs.”

“We are excited to partner with Epicor and its talented management team to drive the business into a new phase of growth and profitability,” said Rick Schnall, CD&R Co-President. “Our long-standing industrial end-market experience and growing enterprise software expertise aligns well with Epicor’s value creation plan.”

“Four years ago, we embarked on an ambitious product modernization journey together with Epicor and are incredibly proud of the successes that the company has achieved to date, particularly with its recent cloud releases,” remarked John Park, Chairman of the Epicor Board and Head of Americas Technology Private Equity at KKR. “We are confident that CD&R will provide valuable support as the company continues these product- and customer- centric investments to accelerate growth in the cloud.”

CD&R Operating Partner Jeff Hawn will serve as Chairman of the Epicor Board upon close of the transaction, expected later this year. Mr. Hawn has more than 20 years’ experience across a range of senior executive roles in software and technology-related businesses, including serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quest Software, Vertafore, and Attachmate.

UBS Investment Bank is acting as financial advisor and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as legal advisor to CD&R. Barclays is acting as lead financial advisor, BofA Securities and Jefferies LLC as financial advisors, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as legal advisor to KKR and Epicor.

About Epicor Software Corporation
For almost 50 years, Epicor Software Corporation has specialized in helping their customers grow their businesses, expand their capabilities, increase their productivity, and improve efficiencies.  A leader in Enterprise Resource Planning for medium-sized businesses, Epicor serves as a trusted partner for thousands of companies worldwide across key industries such as manufacturing, distribution, and retail.  Through its innovative services and unparalleled vertical knowledge, Epicor is creating a world of better business for their customers, building in their unique business processes and operational requirements into every one of their solutions―in the cloud or on premises. For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.

About Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is a private investment firm with a strategy predicated on enhancing the value of the businesses it acquires by supporting long-term growth, productivity, capital efficiency, and related strategic measures. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of more than $30 billion in 93 companies with an aggregate transaction value of more than $140 billion. The Firm has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.cdr-inc.com.

About KKR
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, credit and real assets, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR), please visit KKR’s website at www.kkr.com and on Twitter @KKR_Co.

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Montagu fully exits stake in Visma

Montagu

Montagu Private Equity (“Montagu”), a leading European private equity firm, announced today that it has agreed to a full exit of its stake in Visma, a leading provider of business-critical software to private and public enterprises in the Nordic, Benelux and Central & Eastern European regions, to a consortium of new and existing investors.

The transaction is part of a further investment from existing shareholders Hg, GIC and CPPIB, as well as from new shareholders TPG and Warburg Pincus, that will place an enterprise value on Visma of NOK 110 billion (US$ 12.2 billion), making this the largest ever software buyout globally.

Montagu has been an investor in Visma since 2010, reinvesting in 2014 and again in 2017. During that period Visma has grown to become the leading provider of SaaS productivity solutions to businesses across the Nordics, Benelux and Central & Eastern European regions. Since Montagu’s initial investment, the company has completed over 150 add-on acquisitions and achieved annualised revenue growth of over 20%, expanding geographically and developing Visma’s technology offerings in the process.

Visma is the largest provider of cloud-delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products to European businesses, having strategically invested in SaaS technology for more than a decade. Today Visma has over 11,000 employees, including 4,000 software developers who serve over 1 million business customers.

Ed Shuckburgh, Director at Montagu, commented: “We are proud to have joined and supported Visma’s management team over the past decade in their impressive growth journey. Since our initial investment, the company has expanded to become one of the most successful software businesses in Europe. We wish the team and everyone at Visma well as they embark on this next stage of their journey.”

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Hg leads further majority investment in Visma valued at US$12.2 billion in the world’s largest ever software buyout

HG Capital

  • Hg Saturn 2 will put forward the majority of the new invested capital to acquire a further stake in Visma from a group of current investors including Montagu, who will fully exit the business.
  • New investors, Warburg Pincus and TPG will also invest in the business for the first time, acquiring minority stakes.  Existing investor CPPIB will also acquire an additional stake;
  • The investment will value Visma at an Enterprise Value of NOK 110 billion (US$12.2 billion), making this the largest ever software buyout globally;
  • Visma’s strategy is to improve society through greater productivity.  It does this by providing world-class, mission-critical, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to over one million businesses in areas such as accounting, resource planning, payroll, HR and commerce applications;
  • Hg will continue to support this proven strategy, alongside a group of world-class technology investors.

London, UK and Oslo, Norway. 21 August 2020. Hg, Europe’s leading software investor, today announces that the Hg Saturn team and its investors have agreed to a further investment in Visma, a leading provider of business-critical software to private and public enterprises in the Nordic, Benelux and Baltic regions.  Hg will put forward the majority of the new invested capital in a transaction valuing the business at an Enterprise Value of NOK 110 billion (US$12.2 billion), making this the largest ever software buyout globally.

The Hg Saturn 2 Fund will purchase the stake from Montagu, a leading European private equity firm which has been an investor in the business since 2010, and other investors including Hg’s Genesis 7 Fund which will reduce its holding in Visma. Warburg Pincus and TPG will invest in the company for the first time, acquiring minority stakes. Existing investor CPPIB will increase its stake, alongside other current co-investors in the business, including General Atlantic who invested earlier in the year.  Following completion of the transaction, Hg will continue to own a majority (c.54%) stake in Visma, with co-investors GIC, ICG, CPPIB, Warburg Pincus, TPG, General Atlantic and management.

Hg led the original delisting of Visma from the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2006 and has been the lead or co-lead investor in Visma for the last 14 years. During this period Visma has grown to become a leading provider of SaaS productivity solutions to businesses across Northern Europe – the Nordics, Benelux and Central & Eastern European regions.

Visma is a true Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) champion and the largest provider of cloud-delivered SaaS to European businesses. This is the result of an early decision by Visma and Hg to invest in cloud and SaaS technology in 2008.  This early investment has given Visma a leading suite of SaaS products across a number of sectors.  Today Visma has over 11,000 employees, including 4,000 software developers who serve over one million business customers. The success in SaaS has resulted in uninterrupted, year-on-year, revenue and EBITDA growth over the last 15 years of (19% and 23% CAGR respectively).

“For almost 15 years now, Visma has benefited from a supportive and highly knowledgeable private equity investor base, led by Hg. This guidance and know-how in the software sector has enabled us to consistently and significantly expand both our product offering and geographic footprint. This includes a significant investment in SaaS which has strengthened our recurring revenue model.  We continue to invest in world-class technology including new areas of innovation, such as AI and machine learning. We warmly welcome this further support from Hg, General Atlantic and new investors Warburg Pincus and TPG and look forward to continuing Visma’s journey to create a fully online ecosystem for SMBs across Europe.”

Merete Hverven, CEO of Visma.

“Visma is Europe’s biggest success story in cloud software for businesses. This is a result of consistent investment in SaaS technology by Øystein Moan, Merete Hverven and their world-class team.  Today we’re as excited as we’ve ever been about the future prospects of the business. Most recently, Covid19 has demonstrated the power of Visma’s cloud solutions – empowering businesses to stay connected and continue working through the crisis.  We’re also delighted to welcome new investors, who join the other strategic investors already supporting Visma from across the globe.”

Nic Humphries, Senior Partner and Head of the Hg Saturn team.

Advising on the transaction were: on the buy side, Arma Partners (financial adviser), Jefferies (financial adviser), Carnegie Investment Bank (financial adviser), Skadden (M&A legal), Kirkland & Ellis (financing legal), Deloitte (structuring), EY (financial and tax DD), Alvarez & Marsal (operational DD) and OC&C (top-up commercial support). On the sell side, advisors were Goldman Sachs (financial adviser), BofA Securities (financial adviser), ABG Sundal Collier (financial adviser), Linklaters (legal), Wiersholm (Norway legal), Deloitte (financial DD), Crosslake (tech DD) and OC&C (commercial DD).

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Sovos to gain new investment

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Sovos to Gain New Investment by Hg Saturn and TA Associates, Fueling Continued Growth as Digital Transformation of Tax Accelerates Worldwide

Global tax software provider Sovos today announced that Hg — a leading global software investor, partner and supporter of the expansion of Sovos for more than four years — will lead a further, majority investment in the company through the Hg Saturn 2 Fund. TA Associates, a leading global private equity firm with more than four decades of software investing experience, will also join as a significant minority investor to support the next wave of Sovos’ growth. Following this new investment, Sovos is poised to continue its geographic expansion, deepen its partner ecosystem, and respond rapidly to emerging tax and regulatory changes around the world.

Sovos has grown substantially since Hg first invested in the company in 2016. Since then, Sovos has acquired more than 10 companies across North America, Latin America and Europe; more than doubled its customer base to 8,000-plus, including half of the Fortune 500 companies; and added more than 1,000 employees working across 10 countries. With the continuity of support from Hg and the added resources and experience from TA Associates, Sovos will advance its initiatives in adjacent segments, as well as the overall growth strategy integral to its mission to Solve Tax for Good everywhere its customers do business.

“Hg’s new investment in Sovos is a sign of their confidence in our market, our position and our unique ability to deliver a complete solution for modern tax, including tax determination, continuous transaction control compliance and tax reporting. With the renewed support from Hg and the additional backing of TA Associates, Sovos is ready for the next stage of growth at a crucial time, as the digital transformation of government, technology and business converge.”

Andy Hovancik, CEO, Sovos

“In 2016, Hg invested in the Sovos vision to put tax compliance software where it belongs — in the modern, digital financial core. Since then, Sovos’ team has executed perfectly on a formidable strategy. In addition to strong organic growth generated from a robust recurring revenue model, Sovos has also executed on its targeted acquisition strategy, bringing new entrepreneurial founders into the business. As we move further into a world of digitized tax and regulation, Sovos is a trusted, future-ready solution for its multi-national customers.”

Jonathan Boyes, partner at Hg

“Sovos leads a large, acyclical, global sector driven by increasingly complex tax regimes. Without a global solution, the rise of digital taxation has the potential to disrupt supply chain and finance transformation efforts. Sovos recognized that, and its leadership team has built the regulatory expertise, product innovation and business strategy to address it. We believe Sovos is ready to execute globally, and TA Associates is ready to support the company as it enters this next stage of growth.”

Hythem El-Nazer, managing director at TA Associates

“Sovos has been a cornerstone partnership for Hg as we’ve expanded into the U.S. over the years. The new Hg investment marks a new stage for the business, with Sovos offering an increasingly valuable proposition for customers with complex multinational operations.  We’re absolutely delighted to continue our support for the Sovos team.”

Gero Wittemann, partner and co-lead of Hg’s New York team

The terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the second half of 2020 pending regulatory approvals and closing conditions, were not disclosed. William Blair and Jefferies served as financial advisors to Sovos. Hg (as manager of Saturn 2) was advised by Goldman Sachs and Shea & Company, and TA Associates was advised by Barclays. Skadden and Kirkland and Ellis provided legal counsel and accounting and tax advice was provided by Ernst & Young and Deloitte.

Upon closing of the transaction, Gero Wittemann of Hg and Hythem El-Nazer and Morgan Seigler of TA Associates will be appointed to the Sovos Board of Directors.

EQT Infrastructure to acquire leading global data center provider EdgeConneX

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  • EQT Infrastructure has agreed to acquire EdgeConneX, a leading global data center provider serving the fast growing Hyperscale and Edge ecosystems
  • EdgeConneX has a global footprint, operating and developing over 40 facilities in 33 markets across North America, Europe and South America
  • EQT Infrastructure is committed to actively support EdgeConneX’s accelerated growth via new market entries and material expansions of existing locations
  • EQT is acquiring EdgeConneX from an investor group led by Providence Equity Partners

EQT Infrastructure today announced that the EQT Infrastructure IV fund (“EQT Infrastructure”) has agreed to acquire EdgeConneX, Inc. (“EdgeConneX” or the “Company”) from an investor group led by Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”).

EdgeConneX builds and operates data centers for cloud, content, network and other service providers requiring both larger purpose-built facilities as well as edge facilities located closer to consumer and enterprise users to support latency-sensitive applications cost effectively. The Company’s broad footprint and relentless customer-focused business strategy have proven ideally suited to support these sophisticated customers’ strategic data center demands, from the Hyperscale to the Edge. As customers rapidly expand their critical infrastructure around the globe, they look to EdgeConneX as a trusted partner to enable their growth needs in an environmentally friendly manner.

EQT Infrastructure will support the continued development of EdgeConneX and actively assist the Company in its pursuit of new opportunities to grow in existing and new markets globally. EdgeConneX is uniquely positioned to benefit from the secular tailwinds driving increased data center usage. As the need for data grows ever larger, not only because of cloud and content but also driven by new innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G Networks, Autonomous Vehicles, Virtual Reality, Cloud Gaming and the Internet-of-Things, there will continue to be substantial opportunities for EdgeConneX to continue to develop critical infrastructure to support its customers’ needs.

Jan Vesely, Partner at EQT Partners, said, “EQT has followed EdgeConneX’s journey from its early years to its growth into a top data center industry player. We are deeply impressed by EdgeConneX’s management team and the success they have had in creating a key contributor to the global cloud infrastructure. This partnership represents an exciting opportunity for EQT in a sector and geographies where we have significant experience. EQT looks forward to working with the team in continuing to grow the business and identify new expansion opportunities”.

Randy Brouckman, CEO of EdgeConneX, said, “EQT brings significant financial resources and digital infrastructure industry experience which EdgeConneX will use to accelerate growth and invest in new data centers around the world. I look forward to continuing to lead EdgeConneX and we are very pleased to have EQT as our new owner and partner in this exciting growth phase. On behalf of EdgeConneX, I thank our outstanding customers and partners, dedicated employees and long-term shareholders that gave us the latitude to succeed and create lasting value”.

Chris Ragona, Managing Director at Providence, said, “We have enjoyed working with Randy and team over the past five years and are pleased to have helped the company grow significantly, especially overseas. We fully expect EdgeConneX will continue its momentum and success as the company enters this next chapter. On behalf of our entire investor group, we wish them well”.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020. With this transaction, EQT Infrastructure IV is expected to be 80-85% invested.

Evercore acted as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as legal counsel to EdgeConneX. Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as lead legal counsel to EQT Infrastructure.

About EQT
EQT is a differentiated global investment organization with more than EUR 62 billion in raised capital and around EUR 40 billion in assets under management across 19 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America with total sales of more than EUR 27 billion and approximately 159,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

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About EdgeConneX
EdgeConneX provides a full range of data center solutions worldwide, from Hyperlocal to Hyperscale, from purpose-built to build-to-order, working closely with our customers to offer choice in location, scale, and type of facility. Delivering flexibility, connectivity, proximity, and value, EdgeConneX is a global leader in anytime, anywhere, any scale data center services for a diverse portfolio of industries including Content, Cloud, Networks, Gaming, Automotive, SaaS, IoT, HPC, Security, and more.

More info: www.edgeconnex.com
Press contact: jsa_edgeconnex@jsa.net, +1-866-695-3629 ext 13

About Providence Equity Partners
Providence is a premier global asset management firm with over $49 billion in aggregate capital commitments. Providence 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 200 companies and has become 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.

More info: www.provequity.com
Press contact: Andrew Cole and Hayley Cook, Sard Verbinnen & Co, prov-svc@sardverb.com

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