BOTHELL, Washington, June 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Vertafore, a leading provider of software and services to the insurance industry, today announced that a definitive agreement has been reached for the company to be acquired by investment funds managed by TPG Capital (TPG). TPG will purchase the company from Hellman Friedman and its co-investor JMI Equity for a total consideration of US$1.4 billion. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
Euan Menzies, President and CEO of Vertafore, said We are extremely proud of Vertafore's market leading position, innovative products and proven ability to provide value-added services to our clients. We have enjoyed the strong support of Hellman Friedman and JMI Equity over the past several years, and are excited to welcome our new partner, TPG.
Mr. Menzies continued, TPG is a premier private investment firm that has an impressive track record in the technology field. The TPG team understands our business and shares our vision for the future of the company. We believe this will be an excellent partnership as we collaborate to build future successes and continue our strong customer focus.
Vertafore is a world-class company that has developed essential products and services for the growing insurance industry, said John Marren, a partner at TPG. Vertafore has proven its ability to grow across market cycles both organically and through well-planned and successfully integrated acquisitions. We look forward to working with the company's excellent management team and dedicated employees.
We have had a tremendously successful partnership with Euan Menzies and the entire Vertafore team, said David Tunnell, Managing Director of Hellman Friedman. We are proud of the company's performance and market leadership and are confident in a smooth ownership transition.
Barclays Capital acted as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP acted as legal counsel to Vertafore in connection with the transaction. Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor, Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton LLP served as legal counsel and Deloitte served as accounting and tax advisor to TPG in connection with the transaction. Debt financing is being provided by Credit Suisse.
Vertafore is the leading provider of software and information to the insurance distribution channel including independent agents, brokers, MGAs, carriers and reinsurers. Vertafore leverages a unique industry presence to deliver meaningful solutions - powerful technology, critical information and robust insights to help organizations effectively respond to business challenges and capture new opportunities. Vertafore solutions have helped more than 17,000 customers and 500,000 users gain a competitive advantage to accelerate their business performance. For more information about Vertafore, please visit www.vertafore.com.
About TPG Capital
TPG Capital is the global buyout group of TPG, a leading private investment firm founded in 1992, with US$48 billion of assets under management and offices in San Francisco, Beijing, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. TPG Capital has extensive experience with global public and private investments executed through leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts, growth investments, joint ventures and restructurings. TPG's technology investments have included SunGard, Fidelity National Information Services, Sabre Holdings, Alltel, Aptina, Avaya, Intergraph and Lenovo, among others.
About Hellman Friedman
Hellman Friedman LLC is a leading private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London. Since its founding in 1984, Hellman Friedman has raised over US$25 billion of committed capital. The Firm focuses on investing in superior business franchises and serving as a value-added partner to management in select industries including software, business marketing services, internet digital media, financial services, insurance, media, healthcare, and energy industrials. Representative investments in the software and insurance sectors include Datatel Corporation, GeoVera Holdings, Inc., Intergraph Corporation, Kronos Incorporated, SSP Holdings plc, and Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. For more information on Hellman Friedman, visit http://www.hf.com.
About JMI Equity
JMI Equity is a private equity firm focused on investing in growing software, internet and business services companies. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in 97 leading businesses in its target markets and has approximately US$1.3 billion of committed capital under management. JMI provides capital for growth, recapitalizations, acquisitions and buyouts. Representative investments include Blackbaud, DoubleClick, Eloqua and Service-now.com. For more information on JMI, visit http://www.jmiequity.com.
Contact: For Vertafore: Linda Caudle Vertafore +1-425-354-6043 email@example.com For TPG Capital: Kristin Celauro Owen Blicksilver Public Relations, Inc. +1-732-291-5456 firstname.lastname@example.org For Hellman Friedman: Steven Bruce / Brendan McManus Abernathy MacGregor Group (New York) +1-212-371-5999 email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org For JMI Equity: Chuck Dohrenwend Abernathy MacGregor Group (New York) +1-212-371-5999 email@example.com
CONTACT: Linda Caudle of Vertafore, +1-425-354-6043,firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kristin Celauro of Owen Blicksilver PublicRelations, Inc., +1-732-291-5456, email@example.com, for TPGCapital; or Steven Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Brendan McManus, email@example.com,both of Abernathy MacGregor Group (New York), +1-212-371-5999, for Hellman Friedman; or Chuck Dohrenwend of Abernathy MacGregor Group (New York),+1-212-371-5999, firstname.lastname@example.org, for JMI Equity