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Partners Group to acquire ownership stake in GlobalLogic from Apax Fund

Funds advised by private equity advisory firm Apax Partners have agreed to sell their ownership stake in GlobalLogic Inc to Partners Group, a private markets investment manager, which is acting on behalf of its clients in the acquisition.

The transaction values GlobalLogic, a leader in digital product engineering services, at over two billion dollars. Following the acquisition, Partners Group becomes an equal shareholder with existing investor Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
 
With over USD500 million in revenue, and a 20 per cent-plus organic growth rate, GlobalLogic has more than doubled in revenue and EBITDA since the Apax Funds first invested in the company in 2013. The company has been an innovator in the digital product engineering services space, with 12,000 employees worldwide working at design studios and engineering centres across the globe. GlobalLogic helps clients build innovative digital products that enhance customer engagement, and create new revenue streams. Its clients represent well-known global brands across multiple industry verticals.
 
Demand for digital product engineering services has grown rapidly, and GlobalLogic has been instrumental in helping organisations navigate the digital transformation arena. Next-generation cloud platforms, mobile and web applications, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other digital experiences have amplified the urgent need for brands to stay inventive and be able to offer customers a personalised and coherent service experience. GlobalLogic helps its customers build these innovative products and accelerates their journey in becoming the digital businesses of tomorrow. With Partners Group on board, the company can leverage the firm’s relationships, as it looks to continue to grow the business, especially in Europe.
 
“Partners Group has a long and successful track record of working with high growth companies and we are very pleased to have an investor that understands our business and shares our vision of building an even stronger company,” says Shashank Samant, CEO, GlobalLogic. “We are thankful to Apax Partners for their strong partnership and strategic support for the past four and a half years, and we look forward to our next chapter of growth as we expand into new markets and geographies with our new investment partner.”
 
“GlobalLogic is a market out-performer with strong momentum and a talented management team,” said Todd Miller, Managing Director, Private Equity Americas, at Partners Group in Denver. “Digital says throughout the economy is driving demand for next-generation product engineering services, a long-term trend we expect to continue for many years. GlobalLogic’s world-class network of software engineers assists clients to deploy cutting-edge software products that propel their businesses forward. We are excited to work with CPPIB as well as Shashank and his team to further strengthen the company’s competitive position and prospects for sustainable, long-term growth and enduring profitability.”
 
Rohan Haldea, Partner at Apax Partners, says: “We would like to thank Shashank and his team for all they have achieved over the past four and a half years. By investing in both its people and technical capabilities, GlobalLogic has cemented its position as a global leader in digital product engineering services. By delivering excellent customer outcomes the business has seen impressive growth. We wish the team all the best for the future.”
 
“We have benefited from a collaborative partnership with Apax over the past year and we are grateful for their contributions to GlobalLogic’s unique digital innovation growth story. CPPIB plans to continue to invest in GlobalLogic through its journey as the partner of choice to Fortune 500 companies for digital transformation and core software product development,” says Ryan Selwood, Managing Director, Head of Direct Private Equity, CPPIB. “We look forward to working alongside another world-class investor in Partners Group to support Shashank’s vision for the next stage of GlobalLogic’s rapid evolution.”
 
In April 2017, the Apax Funds sold 48 per cent of its equity stake in GlobalLogic to CPPIB.

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