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Vertafore Announces Agreement to be Acquired by TPG Capital
Jun 10, 2010 (02:06 PM EDT)


TPG Capital to acquire Vertafore from Hellman & Friedman

BOTHELL, Wash., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Vertafore, a leading provider of software and services to the insurance industry, today announced that a definitive agreement has been reached for the company to be acquired by investment funds managed by TPG Capital ("TPG").  TPG will purchase the company from Hellman & Friedman and its co-investor JMI Equity for a total consideration of $1.4 billion.  Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Euan Menzies, President and CEO of Vertafore, said "We are extremely proud of Vertafore's market leading position, innovative products and proven ability to provide value-added services to our clients.  We have enjoyed the strong support of Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity over the past several years, and are excited to welcome our new partner, TPG."

Mr. Menzies continued, "TPG is a premier private investment firm that has an impressive track record in the technology field.  The TPG team understands our business and shares our vision for the future of the company.  We believe this will be an excellent partnership as we collaborate to build future successes and continue our strong customer focus."

"Vertafore is a world-class company that has developed essential products and services for the growing insurance industry," said John Marren, a partner at TPG.  "Vertafore has proven its ability to grow across market cycles both organically and through well-planned and successfully integrated acquisitions.  We look forward to working with the company's excellent management team and dedicated employees."

"We have had a tremendously successful partnership with Euan Menzies and the entire Vertafore team," said David Tunnell, Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman.  "We are proud of the company's performance and market leadership and are confident in a smooth ownership transition."

Barclays Capital acted as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as legal counsel to Vertafore in connection with the transaction.  Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP served as legal counsel and Deloitte served as accounting and tax advisor to TPG in connection with the transaction.  Debt financing is being provided by Credit Suisse.

About Vertafore

Vertafore is the leading provider of software and information to the insurance distribution channel including independent agents, brokers, MGAs, carriers and reinsurers. Vertafore leverages a unique industry presence to deliver meaningful solutions - powerful technology, critical information and robust insights to help organizations effectively respond to business challenges and capture new opportunities. Vertafore solutions have helped more than 17,000 customers and 500,000 users gain a competitive advantage to accelerate their business performance. For more information about Vertafore, please visit www.vertafore.com.

About TPG Capital

TPG Capital is the global buyout group of TPG, a leading private investment firm founded in 1992, with $48 billion of assets under management and offices in San Francisco, Beijing, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.  TPG Capital has extensive experience with global public and private investments executed through leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, spinouts, growth investments, joint ventures and restructurings.  TPG's technology investments have included SunGard, Fidelity National Information Services, Sabre Holdings, Alltel, Aptina, Avaya, Intergraph and Lenovo, among others.

About Hellman & Friedman

Hellman & Friedman LLC is a leading private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London. Since its founding in 1984, Hellman & Friedman has raised over $25 billion of committed capital. The Firm focuses on investing in superior business franchises and serving as a value-added partner to management in select industries including software, business & marketing services, internet & digital media, financial services, insurance, media, healthcare, and energy & industrials. Representative investments in the software and insurance sectors include Datatel Corporation, GeoVera Holdings, Inc., Intergraph Corporation, Kronos Incorporated, SSP Holdings plc, and Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. For more information on Hellman & Friedman, visit www.hf.com.

About JMI Equity

JMI Equity is a private equity firm focused on investing in growing software, internet and business services companies. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in 97 leading businesses in its target markets and has approximately $1.3 billion of committed capital under management. JMI provides capital for growth, recapitalizations, acquisitions and buyouts. Representative investments include Blackbaud, DoubleClick, Eloqua and Service-now.com. For more information on JMI, visit http://www.jmiequity.com.

Contact:




For Vertafore:

Linda Caudle


Vertafore


(425) 354-6043


lcaudle@vertafore.com



For TPG Capital:

Kristin Celauro


Owen Blicksilver Public Relations, Inc.


(732) 291-5456


kristin@blicksilverpr.com


For Hellman & Friedman:

Steven Bruce / Brendan McManus


Abernathy MacGregor Group (New York)


(212) 371-5999


sb@abmac.com / bfm@abmac.com



For JMI Equity:

Chuck Dohrenwend


Abernathy MacGregor Group (New York)


(212) 371-5999


cod@abmac.com



SOURCE Vertafore