M&A Deal Summary

Clearlake Capital Group and Vector Capital Acquire Cornerstone

On August 5, 2021, private equity firms Clearlake Capital Group and Vector Capital acquired internet software and services company Cornerstone for 5.2B USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Clearlake Capital Group’s 14th and Vector Capital’s 10th transaction in the Internet Software and Services sector.
  • This is Clearlake Capital Group’s 2nd and Vector Capital’s largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Clearlake Capital Group’s 69th and Vector Capital’s 34th transaction in the United States.
  • This is Clearlake Capital Group’s 12th and Vector Capital’s 12th transaction in California.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2021-08-05
Target Cornerstone
Sector Internet Software and Services
Buyer(s) Clearlake Capital Group
Vector Capital
Deal Type Going Private
Deal Value 5.2B USD
Advisor(s) Qatalyst Partners LP
Centerview Partners LLC (Financial)
Cooley LLP (Legal)

Target

Cornerstone

Santa Monica, California, United States
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Cornerstone is a provider of cloud based comprehensive learning and talent management software solutions. Cornerstone was formed in 1999 and is based in Santa Monica, California.

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Buyer(S) 2

Buyer

Clearlake Capital Group

Santa Monica, California, United States

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2006
PE ASSETS 72.0B USD
Size Mega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Clearlake Capital Group is a private equity firm that focuses on corporate divestitures, recapitalizations, buyouts, restructurings, rescue financing, growth capital, turnarounds, and other equity investments. Clearlake seeks to partner with strong management teams by providing long-term capital and operational expertise. Areas of interest include technology, industrials, and consumer. Clearlake Capital Group was formed in 2006 and is based in Santa Monica, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 72 of 84
Sector (Internet Software and Services) 14 of 14
Type (Going Private) 5 of 6
State (California) 12 of 14
Country (United States) 69 of 79
Year (2021) 7 of 10
Size (of disclosed) 2 of 13
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-07-28 Springs Window Fashions

Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States

Springs Window Fashions is a manufacturer and marketer of custom and stock window coverings and drapery hardware to retail and commercial customers, as well as independent designers, franchisors, and decorators. Springs Window Fashions was founded in 1939 and is based in Montgomery, Pennsylvania.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-08-12 Archer

Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Archer is a provider of governance, risk, and compliance (“GRC”) software solutions. Archer helps organizations of all sizes manage risk in the digital era on one configurable and integrated software platform, enabling the quick implementation of risk management processes based on industry standards and best practices. Archer is based in Overland Park, Kansas.

Buy -
Buyer

Vector Capital

San Francisco, California, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1997
PE ASSETS 4.0B USD
Size Large
Type Sector Focused
DESCRIPTION

Vector Capital is a private equity firm specializing in spinouts, buyouts and recapitalizations of established technology businesses. Vector targets both public and private company investments. Prospective businesses typically have strong customer bases, high gross margins, and at least $30 million in sales. Vector Capital was formed in 1997, after spinning out from Ziff Brothers Investments. The Firm is based in San Francisco, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 42 of 45
Sector (Internet Software and Services) 10 of 10
Type (Going Private) 15 of 15
State (California) 12 of 14
Country (United States) 34 of 37
Year (2021) 2 of 3
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 17
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-06-15 McGraw Hill Education

New York, New York, United States

McGraw Hill Education is a provider of high-quality educational material and learning solutions for students, instructors, and institutions around the world. McGraw Hill Education was founded in 1888 and is based in New York City.

Buy $4.5B
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-11-23 MarkLogic

Redwood City, California, United States

MarkLogic is a provider of enterprise data integration and data management solutions. MarkLogic’s technology simplifies the integration of enterprise data across silos to provide immediate business value. MarkLogic Data Hub Service is a fully managed cloud data platform that is able to reliably assemble raw data, index it in real-time for powerful semantic search, and provide the ability to securely run operational and analytical applications at scale. MarkLogic was founded in 2001 and is based in Redwood City, California.

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