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EQT Private Equity to sell Innovyze in USD1bn deal

EQT Private Equity, through the EQT Mid Market US fund, is to sell Innovyze to Autodesk for an enterprise value of USD1 billion.

Innovyze was established in 1996 to provide wet infrastructure software solutions. In 2017, Innovyze merged with XP Solutions to become the leading global provider of smart water infrastructure software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water/wastewater utilities, government agencies and engineering organisations worldwide. As the largest pure-play water-focused software provider, Innovyze offers a full suite of water-focused products that span the infrastructure lifecycle. Innovyze is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and has offices in California, Colorado, Canada, the UK and Australia.

With the support of EQT, Innovyze transformed into a standalone global leader in the smart water infrastructure software space. Innovyze and XP Solutions were separately carved out from international public engineering companies by EQT and merged to form Innovyze. Since then, significant investments were made to build out the Company’s executive team and integrate the businesses. Together with management, EQT supported Innovyze in realigning the sales organization to serve the complex technical sales process and pivot to an enterprise selling approach. Substantial investments were also made in product development to strengthen the Company’s asset management solution and to extend the product portfolio into cutting-edge real-time operational analytics and artificial intelligence offerings.

Sydney Pardey, Director and Investment Advisor to EQT Private Equity, says: “Water is our most valuable resource and Innovyze’s product portfolio enables sustainable management of that asset, benefitting our local communities and global ecosystem. It has been exciting to work with the visionary management team, led by Colby Manwaring, to transform Innovyze into a global technology leader at the forefront of water software solutions.”

Arvindh Kumar, Partner and Investment Advisor to EQT Private Equity, says: “Innovyze embodies a successful EQT investment: transforming a market leader in a thematic sub-sector, with a positive sustainability footprint, into a future-proofed platform well-positioned for continued success. We thank Colby, the management team and the advisors in the EQT Network for their strategic vision and incredible execution.”

Colby Manwaring, Chief Executive Officer at Innovyze, says: “EQT has been a great partner and played a critical role in our journey by investing with a focus on the long-term potential for the business. We look forward to working with Autodesk to continue our successful growth and further our mission to empower water professionals around the world to design, manage, operate and maintain water infrastructure.”

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