Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Trafi, the Vilnius and London based multi-modal urban transport platform, on its financing round led by Sumitomo Corporation and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance. The two Japanese corporates were joined by existing investors Octopus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Founded in 2007, Trafi is a technology platform for mobility. Their holistic technology suite enables partners to offer multi-modal transit services and systematically optimize cities., Trafi works with cities such as Berlin, Zurich and Munich, and with leading companies like Lyft, Google, Apple, Gojek and the Volkswagen Group.
David Ford, Managing Director at Silverpeak, said, “Trafi clearly is a leader in multi-modal mobility and its technology is chosen by the most demanding clients. Martynas and the Trafi team continued to execute on their plan even in the current environment, which provided the comfort to the investors to get the transaction done.”
Silverpeak was appointed due to its expertise in the Mobility sector, to advise the company on its financing strategy, aimed at capturing the growth in demand for multi-modal enabling technologies. We approached a range of financial and strategic counterparties who have strong interest in Mobility investment and then managed the transaction to closing.
Pietro Strada, a Managing Partner at Silverpeak, said, “It’s been a pleasure working with Martynas and helping them on this next step in their journey. They’ve built an amazing platform and we’re excited to follow their progress over the coming years.”
This is Silverpeak’s fourth deal in the Mobility sector in the last two years.
Cross-border M&A activity plummets in Q2 but strategic deals complete
Although Q2 transaction numbers collapsed, as many transactions were initially frozen or terminated entirely, Silverpeak has seen activity in the market begin to rebound with a number of highly strategic transactions announced in June. The SITS market, in particular, has been seen as robust and a beneficiary of any long-term impact of COVID-19, as reflected by the share prices of SITS businesses recovering strongly in the public markets and already returning to pre-COVID-19 levels.
Strategic M&A transactions remain resilient
Despite the fall in M&A activity, completed transactions in Q2 appear to be those with strong underlying strategic rationale. Perhaps the most notable transaction in UK SITS was the acquisition of London-based Eggplant, by NYSE-listed Keysight Technologies, in a deal valued at $330m. Keysight is seeking to build out a testing software portfolio of high-quality recurring revenue, to complement its existing testing hardware business. The transaction is rumoured to have taken place at a valuation of c. 10x Eggplant’s 2019 revenues.
IPOs surprisingly robust
Despite a fairly poor volume of European IPOs in 2019, there has since been an uptick in the first half of 2020. The highlight in the European SITS market was the $200m+ IPO of Pexip, a video conferencing service and Zoom competitor that could only be described as a “COVID-19 beneficiary”. While the remainder of 2020 remains uncertain, with the highly unpleasant combination of winter flu and COVID-19 resurgence on the horizon, there continues to be a stream of announcements of major upcoming SITS IPOs – especially in the US.
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