Vista Equity Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Vista Equity Partners has acquired 20 companies. It has also invested in 8 others.

Vista Equity Partners’ most common sectors for investment aresoftware (41%) and internet software and services (28%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (27%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (23%). In total, Vista Equity Partners has invested in 23 US states and 5 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2015 when it acquired Solera Holdings for $6.5B.

In the last 3 years, Vista Equity Partners has exited 26 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (47%). Vista Equity Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2020 when it sold Vertafore for $5.4B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity171
    • M&A Buy Activity113
    • M&A Sell Activity58
  • Total Sectors Invested 12
  • Total Countries Invested 5
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 72
  • M&A Advisors 28

Vista Equity Partners

401 Congress Avenue, Suite 3100,
Austin, Texas 78701
United States
(512) 730-2400
www.vistaequitypartners.com
contact@vistaequitypartners.com

Vista Equity Partners is a mega-sized private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology enabled services. Specific areas of interest include software, software-as-a-service (SaaS), technology-enabled business services, and technology-enabled information services. Vista can commit up to $700 million per transaction and will consider a variety transaction situations, including management/leveraged buyouts, growth or acquisition financings, recapitalizations or restructurings, spinouts, and take privates. Vista Equity Partners was formed in 2000 and is based in Austin, Texas with additional offices in Chicago, Illinois; Oakland, California; and San Francisco, California.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Education, Healthcare Services, Information Services, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Software

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Going Private, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Special Situations/Distressed, PIPE

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 20 700
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (8.6/yr) # 70 15 14 6 5 3 113
vol $24.8B $2.1B $3.8B $1.0B $3.5B $1.7B $36.9B
Sell (5.8/yr) # 29 3 5 2 7 12 58
vol $8.9B $1.2B $4.9B $6.5B $3.2B $24.7B
  171

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Blue Prism Group plc 2021-09-28 1.7B GBP Going Private
Warrington, United Kingdom · www.blueprism.com
Social Solutions Global, Inc. 2021-08-04 - Secondary Buyout
Austin, Texas · www.socialsolutions.com
PowerSchool Group LLC 2021-07-28 - IPO
Folsom, California · www.powerschool.com
Integral Ad Science, Inc. 2021-06-30 - IPO
New York, New York · www.integralads.com
Allocate Software plc 2021-06-28 - Add-on Acquisition
Richmond, United Kingdom · www.allocatesoftware.com
Ellucian Co. L.P. 2021-06-14 - Secondary Buyout
Reston, Virginia · www.ellucian.com
DealerSocket, Inc. 2021-05-17 - Add-on Acquisition
Irving, Texas · www.dealersocket.com
Omnitracs LLC 2021-05-17 - Add-on Acquisition
Dallas, Texas · www.omnitracs.com
Advicent Solutions 2021-05-05 - Add-on Acquisition
Milwaukee, Wisconsin · www.advicentsolutions.com
PayLease LLC 2021-05-04 925M USD Add-on Acquisition
San Diego, California · www.gozego.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Aptean, Inc. 2012-08-07 Objective International NV 2021-11-03 35
Atlanta, Georgia · www.aptean.com Wichelen, Belgium · www.objt.com
Advanced Computer Software Group Ltd. 2015-03-19 CloudTrade 2021-10-18 8
Datchet, United Kingdom · www.oneadvanced.com London, United Kingdom · www.cloud-trade.com
MindBody, Inc. 2018-12-24 ClassPass, Inc. 2021-10-13 3
San Luis Obispo, California · www.mindbodyonline.com New York, New York · www.classpass.com
Granicus, Inc. 2016-08-18 GovQA LLC 2021-08-26 8
Denver, Colorado · www.granicus.com Woodridge, Illinois · www.govqa.com
EAB Global, Inc. 2017-08-29 Seramount 2021-08-18 1
Washington, District of Columbia · www.eab.com Winter Park, Florida · www.seramount.com
Pluralsight LLC 2020-12-13 Serverless Heroes, Inc. 2021-06-02 2
Draper, Utah · www.pluralsight.com Twickenham, United Kingdom · www.acloud.guru
Solera Holdings, Inc. 2015-09-14 eDriving LLC 2021-06-02 10
Westlake, Texas · www.solera.com Cape May Court House, New Jersey · www.edriving.com
Solera Holdings, Inc. 2015-09-14 DealerSocket, Inc. 2021-05-17 9
Westlake, Texas · www.solera.com Irving, Texas · www.dealersocket.com
Solera Holdings, Inc. 2015-09-14 Omnitracs LLC 2021-05-17 8
Westlake, Texas · www.solera.com Dallas, Texas · www.omnitracs.com
LogicMonitor, Inc. 2018-04-17 Airbrake.io 2021-02-23 2
Santa Barbara, California · www.logicmonitor.com San Francisco, California · www.airbrake.io

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Software 24 (44%) 18.7B (63%) 46 (41%) 20.0B (54%)
Internet Software and Services 17 (31%) 5.7B (19%) 31 (27%) 8.6B (23%)
Information Technology 8 (15%) 3.9B (13%) 19 (17%) 4.9B (13%)
Business Services - - 4 (4%) -
Information Services 3 (5%) - 4 (4%) -
Education 2 (4%) 1.6B (5%) 3 (3%) 1.9B (5%)
Leisure - - 1 (1%) 1.0B (3%)
Medical Products - - 1 (1%) 381M (1%)
Consumer Products - - 1 (1%) 146M (< 1%)
Communications - - 1 (1%) -
Healthcare Services - - 1 (1%) -
Marketing 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Total 55 $30.0B 113 $36.9B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 50 (91%) 25.1B (84%) 103 (91%) 30.9B (84%)
  Texas 7 (13%) 6.5B (22%) 18 (16%) 7.4B (20%)
  California 6 (11%) 8.4B (28%) 13 (12%) 12.6B (34%)
  New York 5 (9%) - 10 (9%) -
  Massachusetts 7 (13%) 1.0B (3%) 9 (8%) 1.0B (3%)
  Florida 3 (5%) - 6 (5%) 160M (< 1%)
  Colorado 3 (5%) - 6 (5%) -
  Georgia 2 (4%) 644M (2%) 6 (5%) 644M (2%)
  Illinois 2 (4%) - 6 (5%) -
  Virginia 3 (5%) 1.7B (6%) 5 (4%) 1.7B (4%)
  Oregon 2 (4%) - 5 (4%) -
  Ohio 1 (2%) - 3 (3%) 128M (< 1%)
  Washington 2 (4%) 1.9B (6%) 2 (2%) 1.9B (5%)
  District of Columbia 2 (4%) 1.6B (5%) 2 (2%) 1.6B (4%)
  Utah 1 (2%) 3.5B (12%) 2 (2%) 3.5B (9%)
  Minnesota 1 (2%) - 2 (2%) -
  North Carolina 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  New Jersey 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Maryland 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) 381M (1%)
  Wisconsin - - 1 (1%) -
  Rhode Island - - 1 (1%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (1%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom 3 (5%) 4.8B (16%) 4 (4%) 4.8B (13%)
Spain 1 (2%) - 4 (4%) 1.2B (3%)
India 1 (2%) - 1 (1%) -
Canada - - 1 (1%) -
  Ontario - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 50 (91%) 25.1B (84%) 103 (91%) 30.9B (84%)
Cross-border 5 (9%) 4.8B (16%) 10 (9%) 6.0B (16%)
Total 55 $30.0B 113 $36.9B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 13 (24%) - 30 (27%) 146M (< 1%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 7 (13%) 1.0B (3%) 25 (22%) 2.4B (6%)
Going Private 12 (22%) 27.4B (91%) 18 (16%) 31.5B (85%)
Growth Capital 10 (18%) - 16 (14%) -
Divestiture 4 (7%) 1.6B (5%) 12 (11%) 2.8B (8%)
Consolidation 4 (7%) - 4 (4%) -
Stake Purchase 3 (5%) - 4 (4%) -
Venture 2 (4%) - 3 (3%) -
Recapitalization - - 1 (1%) -
Total 55 $30.0B 113 $36.9B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 16 (28%) 675M (3%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 15 (26%) 23.2B (94%)
Trade Sale 13 (22%) 845M (3%)
IPO 6 (10%) -
Merger 5 (9%) -
Recapitalization 2 (3%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 58 $24.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jefferies LLC
6
Morgan Stanley
6
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
5
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
36
Morrison & Foerster LLP
2
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
2

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 16 $33.6B
$100M to $1B 9 $3.3B
TOTAL $36.9B
Largest Solera Holdings, Inc.
$6.5B (2015-09-14)
sell # Total
> $1B 8 $20.2B
$100M to $1B 10 $4.4B
< $100M 1 $100M
TOTAL $24.7B
Largest Vertafore, Inc.
$5.4B (2020-08-13)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
26%
29 (26%)
Strategic(s)
10%
11 (10%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
29%
17 (29%)
Strategic(s)
53%
31 (53%)

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