New York, July 16, 2012 – Spire Capital Partners, a leading lower
middle market focused private equity firm specializing in investments in the
business services, information services, education, media and communications
sectors, announced the sale of Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc.
(“Velocity”), a leading cloud-based application hosting company, to Silver Lake
Sumeru Fund LP (“Silver Lake”) and Velocity management, a global leader in
middle-market technology investing.
Founded in 2003, Velocity serves hundreds of enterprise customers
in North America across a variety of industries. The Company provides a highly reliable and
scalable cloud-based hosting platform that allows customers to focus on the
strategic requirements of their businesses without the complexity, cost and
resource demands associated with managing and supporting mission-critical ERP
applications. Velocity’s extensive
knowledge base in ERP application functionality provides highly responsive
support for all customer needs while helping enterprises realize the full
potential of their ERP solutions.
“Velocity has established itself as the leader in fully managed
hosting of enterprise software with deep product expertise and services
capabilities,” said Sean White, a partner at Spire Capital. “The management team,
led by founder Tom Bruno, did an excellent job of creating the largest independent
ERP application hosting company as evidenced by Velocity’s extensive blue chip
list of customers with long-standing relationships. The platform management has
built is positioned for significant growth as cloud-based application hosting
continues to grow rapidly.”
“We are extremely proud of the results we achieved during our
partnership with Spire Capital,” Bruno said. “The partners and executives at Spire
Capital were very involved in growing Velocity and we appreciate their strategic
direction and guidance.” Tom Bruno will continue to lead the company along with
the other members of the executive team.
Silver Lake Sumeru and an investor group which includes management
have signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the issued and
outstanding shares of Velocity. The transaction is expected to close during the
third quarter of 2012. Stifel Nicolaus
was the financial advisor and SNR Denton provided legal counsel to the Company
on the transaction. In addition to Spire Capital, Tudor Ventures and EisnerAmper
were selling shareholders in Velocity.
About Spire Capital Partners
Spire Capital Partners, L.P. is a private equity firm founded in
2000, and has more than $575 million of capital under management. Spire Capital
partners with exceptional management teams to invest in lower middle market buyouts,
recapitalizations, industry consolidations and growth equity investments in the
business services, information services and communications industries. Spire
Capital typically invests between $10 million and $40 million in companies with
enterprise values from $25 million to $400 million. Spire Capital and its
predecessor funds have made investments in more than 25 portfolio companies.
The firm is headquartered in New York.
For more information, visit www.spirecapital.com.
Velocity, the “ERP in the cloud company,” provides managed hosting
services for ERP applications. The
Company is reinventing the process of enterprise software acquisition, hosting
and management—providing customers with much greater availability, security,
and control over their in-house IT systems—and ultimately, their business. Velocity serves hundreds of customers with
the great depth of application expertise on which the organization was founded.
The company is strong and profitable with an eye toward continuing investment
in its future—extending support to additional application suites, innovating
application environment tools that provide transparency and control over
software in the cloud, building the application social network that enhances
the ERP customer experience and creating a highly-flexible application
environment that enables customers to outperform peers in the marketplace. For more information, visit www.velocity.cc.
About Stifel Nicolaus
Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a full-service brokerage and
investment banking firm, established in 1890 and based in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Company provides securities brokerage, investment banking, trading,
investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors,
professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Nicolaus
Weisel (SNW), the Investment Banking arm of Stifel Nicolaus, is principally
focused on the middle-market. SNW manages public offerings of equity and debt
securities, raises debt and equity in the private markets, and advises on
mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. SNW boasts thirteen industry focused
investment banking groups together with specialty groups providing coordinated
financial sponsors coverage and private placement expertise.
About SNR Denton
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