Aptean Attracts Strategic Growth Capital to Accelerate Innovation and Global Expansion

Aptean, a global provider of mission-critical, industry-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain solutions, has announced that funds affiliated with Charlesbank Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm focused on middle-market companies, has signed a definitive agreement to make a strategic growth investment in the company. Charlesbank will join existing investors TA Associates and Vista Equity Partners as institutional shareholders in Aptean. As part of the transaction, TA Associates will also make a further investment in Aptean. The funding provides additional capital that will enable Aptean to increase its investment in innovation and accelerate its global growth. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020, pending customary regulatory approval.

TVN Reddy, CEO of Aptean, stated, “Charlesbank is an experienced and successful investor in middle-market growth companies. The firm’s investment in Aptean reflects confidence in our growth plans and our ongoing expansion, even amid today’s turbulent market forces. We believe that our ability to meet the mission-critical needs of specific industries with cloud-hosted, purpose-built ERP and supply chain software is unmatched in our sector. These added investments by Charlesbank and TA Associates will enable us to accelerate the development of our next-generation cloud solutions, as well as our organic and inorganic growth initiatives.”

Aptean has more than 4,100 enterprise clients in over 20 industries across more than 50 countries who rely on its mission-critical ERP, supply chain and compliance applications to run their daily operations. Key industries for Aptean include both process and discrete manufacturing, as well as distribution. Charlesbank is investing in Aptean during a rapid growth phase for the software company. Over the past 15 months, through significant investment in organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions, Aptean’s total revenues have almost doubled and its international footprint now represents almost half of the total company. Equally important, Aptean has grown its talented employee base to more than 1,700 individuals across the globe. Further, significant investments have been made at the leadership level, recruiting several experienced, world-class executives to the management team to help support Aptean’s rapid global expansion.

Hythem T. El-Nazer, a Managing Director at TA Associates, said, “Since making our investment in Aptean in April of 2019, the business has accelerated its growth through continued innovation in new applications and strategic acquisitions. Aptean’s significant investment in cloud applications has led to an almost 100% growth in SaaS bookings over the last 36 months, providing significant tailwinds for the future. We are thrilled to welcome Charlesbank as a new investment partner, and are excited to make a further growth capital investment in Aptean, solidifying our commitment to its future.”

Marc Teillon, Co-Head of the Foundation Fund and a Senior Managing Director at Vista, stated, “We could not be more excited to continue our nearly decade-long support of Aptean as the company expands both its innovation roadmap and geographic footprint. Aptean is poised to add next-generation cloud solutions that complement its existing offerings and is well-positioned to further expand its global reach. Vista looks forward to continuing to work with the executive management team and TA Associates, and we are pleased to have Charlesbank join us, as we build on Aptean’s strengths in serving the ERP and supply chain software markets globally.”

Hiren Mankodi, Managing Director at Charlesbank, commented, “Now is the perfect time to invest in Aptean, joining TA Associates and Vista Equity Partners to accelerate the company’s growth. Aptean’s strong brand, rapid expansion, industry-specific solutions and forward-looking strategy have made it a clear success story in enterprise software over the past several years.” Fellow Charlesbank Managing Director Ryan Carroll added, “Aptean perfectly exemplifies the type of investment we look for at Charlesbank: a strong-performing company with an experienced management team and a well-defined area of focus. We are excited to be backing TVN Reddy and the Aptean management team on the next phase of their journey.”

Charlesbank Capital Partners, TA Associates and Vista Equity Partners will have equal representation on the Aptean Board of Directors. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal advisors to Aptean, Vista Equity Partners and TA Associates. Ropes & Gray LLP is acting as legal advisor to Charlesbank Capital Partners.

 

 

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