Thoma Bravo Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Thoma Bravo has acquired 28 companies. It has also invested in 11 others.

Thoma Bravo’s most common sectors for investment aresoftware (44%) and information technology (26%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include going private (29%) and secondary buyout (23%). In total, Thoma Bravo has invested in 27 US states and 9 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2021 when it acquired Proofpoint for $12.3B.

In the last 3 years, Thoma Bravo has exited 22 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (46%). Thoma Bravo’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2020 when it sold Ellie Mae for $11.0B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity212
    • M&A Buy Activity137
    • M&A Sell Activity75
  • Total Sectors Invested 15
  • Total Countries Invested 9
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 81
  • M&A Advisors 35

Thoma Bravo

Thoma Bravo, L.P.

110 N. Wacker Drive,
Chicago, Illinois 60606
United States
(312) 254-3300
www.thomabravo.com

Thoma Bravo is a private equity firm that primarily invests in or acquires US-based middle-market businesses. While Thoma Bravo will consider a variety of transaction situations, including take-privates, buyouts, carve-outs, recapitalizations, and growth equity financings, the Firm has a special interest in tech consolidation opportunities. Target companies generally have a history of profitability with EBITDA of at least $20 million. The Firm's equity commitment size range is $100 to $750 million. Sectors of interest include enterprise and infrastructure software, education, distribution, financial services and consumer goods/services. The Firm will not invest in new inventions or technologies, developmental products or services, start-ups, biotech, motion pictures, distressed businesses, oil/gas, or real estate. Thoma Bravo was formerly known as Thoma Cressey Bravo and before that Golder Thoma & Co. The Firm was originally formed in 1980 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Distribution, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Insurance, Internet Software and Services, Marketing, Media, Safety/Security, Software, Technology Hardware

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Divestiture, Going Private, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Stake Purchase

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, United Kingdom, Western Europe

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 20 -
Investment Size 100 750
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (10.0/yr) # 87 11 19 12 6 2 137
vol $35.9B $13.6B $32.3B $33.2B $3.6B $6.5B $125.1B
Sell (5.6/yr) # 47 6 9 6 6 1 75
vol $14.5B $12.7B $2.3B $6.2B $15.4B $1.5B $52.5B
  212

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Venafi, Inc. 2024-05-20 1.5B USD Trade Sale
Salt Lake City, Utah · www.venafi.com
Darktrace plc 2024-04-26 5.0B USD Going Private
Cambridge, United Kingdom · www.darktrace.com
Everbridge, Inc. 2024-02-05 1.5B USD Going Private
Burlington, Massachusetts · www.everbridge.com
BlueMatrix LLC 2023-12-14 - Growth Capital
Durham, North Carolina · www.bluematrix.com
Hypergene AB 2023-12-14 - Secondary Buyout
Malmo, Sweden · www.hypergene.se
EQS Group AG 2023-11-16 451M EUR Going Private
Munich, Germany · www.eqs.com
Exostar LLC 2023-09-26 - Secondary Sale
Herndon, Virginia · www.exostar.com
NextGen Healthcare, Inc. 2023-09-06 1.8B USD Going Private
Irvine, California · www.nextgen.com
ForgeRock, Inc. 2023-08-23 - Merger
San Francisco, California · www.forgerock.com
Syntellis Performance Solutions LLC 2023-08-08 1.3B USD Trade Sale
Chicago, Illinois · www.syntellis.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Anaplan, Inc. 2022-03-20 Fluence Technologies 2024-04-26 1
Miami, Florida · www.anaplan.com Toronto, Ontario · www.fluencetech.com
Riskonnect, Inc. 2017-06-07 Ventiv Technology, Inc. 2024-01-11 8
Kennesaw, Georgia · www.riskonnect.com Atlanta, Georgia · www.ventivtech.com
Nintex Global Ltd. 2018-02-09 Skuid, Inc. 2023-12-12 6
Bellevue, Washington · www.nintex.com Chattanooga, Tennessee · www.skuid.com
Flexera Software, Inc. 2020-12-03 Snow Software 2023-11-28 1
Itasca, Illinois · www.flexera.com Solna, Sweden · www.snowsoftware.com
Sophos Ltd. 2019-10-14 ActiveState Software, Inc. 2023-11-07 1
Abingdon, United Kingdom · www.sophos.com Vancouver, British Columbia · www.activestate.com
J.D. Power and Associates, Inc. 2019-07-30 Autovista Group 2023-09-12 8
Westlake Village, California · www.jdpower.com London, United Kingdom · www.autovistagroup.com
Ping Identity Holding Corp. 2022-08-03 ForgeRock, Inc. 2023-08-23 1
Denver, Colorado · www.pingidentity.com San Francisco, California · www.forgerock.com
QAD, Inc. 2021-06-28 RedZone Robotics, Inc. 2023-02-01 2
Santa Barbara, California · www.qad.com Warrendale, Pennsylvania · www.redzone.com
QlikTech International AB 2016-06-02 Talend SA 2023-01-05 9
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania · www.qlik.com Suresnes, France · www.talend.com
Zarya Intermediate LLC 2022-10-04 Condeco Group Ltd. 2022-10-04 3
Atlanta, Georgia · www.eptura.com London, United Kingdom · www.condecosoftware.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 26 (41%) 25.0B (26%) 59 (43%) 42.9B (34%)
Information Technology 17 (27%) 17.1B (18%) 35 (26%) 24.9B (20%)
Internet Software and Services 17 (27%) 53.0B (56%) 26 (19%) 55.3B (44%)
Financial Services - - 3 (2%) 1.0B (1%)
Business Services 1 (2%) - 3 (2%) -
Information Services 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) 930M (1%)
Staffing 1 (2%) 60M (< 1%) 1 (1%) 60M (< 1%)
Education - - 1 (1%) -
Healthcare Services - - 1 (1%) -
Marketing - - 1 (1%) -
Media - - 1 (1%) -
Medical Products 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Retail - - 1 (1%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (1%) -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (1%) -
Total 64 $95.2B 137 $125.1B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 51 (80%) 82.1B (86%) 119 (87%) 108.4B (88%)
  California 11 (17%) 31.9B (33%) 31 (23%) 47.4B (38%)
  Texas 9 (14%) 23.7B (25%) 18 (13%) 28.3B (23%)
  Massachusetts 4 (6%) 2.0B (2%) 7 (5%) 3.0B (2%)
  Pennsylvania 2 (3%) 3.0B (3%) 7 (5%) 3.0B (2%)
  Illinois 2 (3%) 2.9B (3%) 6 (4%) 3.1B (2%)
  Colorado 3 (5%) 2.8B (3%) 4 (3%) 2.8B (2%)
  Georgia 3 (5%) - 4 (3%) -
  Minnesota 2 (3%) - 4 (3%) 143M (< 1%)
  Utah 1 (2%) 2.0B (2%) 4 (3%) 2.0B (2%)
  Virginia 1 (2%) - 4 (3%) 1.1B (1%)
  New York 1 (2%) - 4 (3%) 930M (1%)
  Arizona 2 (3%) - 3 (2%) -
  New Jersey 1 (2%) 594M (1%) 3 (2%) 594M (< 1%)
  Florida 2 (3%) 10.7B (11%) 2 (1%) 10.7B (9%)
  Ohio 2 (3%) - 2 (1%) -
  North Carolina 2 (3%) - 2 (1%) -
  Washington 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
  Michigan - - 2 (1%) 2.6B (2%)
  Indiana - - 2 (1%) -
  New Hampshire 1 (2%) 2.6B (3%) 1 (1%) 2.6B (2%)
  Alabama 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Kansas - - 1 (1%) 195M (< 1%)
  Oregon - - 1 (1%) -
  Mississippi - - 1 (1%) -
  Maryland - - 1 (1%) -
  Louisiana - - 1 (1%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (1%) -
Canada 6 (9%) 2.6B (3%) 8 (6%) 2.6B (2%)
  Ontario 4 (6%) 2.6B (3%) 5 (4%) 2.6B (2%)
  Alberta 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
  British Columbia 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom 2 (3%) 8.9B (9%) 3 (2%) 8.9B (7%)
France - - 2 (1%) 2.4B (2%)
Australia 1 (2%) 751M (1%) 1 (1%) 751M (1%)
Germany 1 (2%) 451M (< 1%) 1 (1%) 451M (< 1%)
Norway 1 (2%) 383M (< 1%) 1 (1%) 383M (< 1%)
Israel 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Sweden 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 51 (80%) 82.1B (86%) 119 (87%) 108.4B (88%)
Cross-border 13 (20%) 13.0B (14%) 18 (13%) 15.4B (12%)
Total 64 $95.2B 137 $123.8B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Going Private 21 (33%) 81.9B (88%) 39 (28%) 103.8B (85%)
Secondary Buyout 11 (17%) 4.0B (4%) 31 (23%) 8.7B (7%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 9 (14%) 751M (1%) 27 (20%) 751M (1%)
Growth Capital 15 (23%) - 17 (12%) -
Divestiture 1 (2%) 60M (< 1%) 13 (9%) 2.2B (2%)
Venture 4 (6%) - 4 (3%) -
Acquisition Financing 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Consolidation 1 (2%) - 2 (1%) -
Add-on Acquisition 1 (2%) 6.4B (7%) 1 (1%) 6.4B (5%)
Recapitalization - - 1 (1%) -
Total 64 $93.2B 137 $121.8B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 22 (29%) 44.9B (85%)
Secondary Sale 21 (28%) 7.6B (15%)
Merger 12 (16%) -
Trade Sale 12 (16%) -
IPO 4 (5%) -
Sold to Management 2 (3%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (1%) -
Recapitalization 1 (1%) -
Total 75 $52.5B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jefferies
9
Goldman Sachs
8
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
6
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis
91
Goodwin Procter
9
McMillan
3

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 31 $118.4B
$100M to $1B 14 $6.6B
< $100M 2 $126M
TOTAL $125.1B
Largest Proofpoint, Inc.
$12.3B (2021-04-26)
sell # Total
> $1B 16 $49.9B
$100M to $1B 6 $2.5B
< $100M 1 $70M
TOTAL $52.5B
Largest Ellie Mae, Inc.
$11.0B (2020-08-06)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
23%
31 (23%)
Strategic(s)
9%
13 (9%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
28%
21 (28%)
Strategic(s)
57%
43 (57%)

FAQ

When was Thoma Bravo founded?

Thoma Bravo was founded in 1980.

What type of investor is Thoma Bravo?

Thoma Bravo is a private equity firm.

Where is Thoma Bravo headquartered?

Thoma Bravo is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

How much capital does Thoma Bravo have under management?

Thoma Bravo has 127.0B USD under management.

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