Applied AI Leadership Dinner – 26 November 2019

On the evening of 26th November, Silverpeak hosted a Leadership Dinner for Applied AI businesses in association with Spectrum, the retained executive search and HR consulting firm for the technology sector, and Wiggin, the technology law firm.

We brought together 19 peers from artificial intelligence organisations, at founder, CEO and Chairman level, for a ‘Chatham House rule’ discussion on the rapidly evolving developing AI landscape during a private dinner in central London.

This dinner was the second AI themed dinner we’ve co-hosted. The previous dinner took place 2 years previously, and it was interesting to see how AI thinking has matured during that time.

In particular, the core discussion theme has moved on from AI acceptance then, to ‘safe’ (ethically sound) AI today.

The conversation also explored how safe AI could be demonstrated and proven, and, conversely, also explored how properly adopted AI eliminates the conscious or unconscious bias in systems and processes that currently exist.

The discussion began with a brief talk from Pietro Strada from Silverpeak, which served to highlight the availability of capital for European growth companies, but also the predominance of the US and of China in AI funding, and included breakdown of the companies between ‘light’, ‘medium’ and ‘heavy’ in AI intensity.

Seminar: Optimising Exits for European Technology companies

Silverpeak, in association with international law firm Bird & Bird, today hosted a joint seminar Optimising exits for European Technology companies.

Terry Walby, Thoughtonomy CEO spoke about his recent exit experience and Tom Wrenn, ECI Partners, gave a viewpoint from the Private Equity Industry in the final panel session.

Presentations from the event are now available to download.

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Tech Tour Mobility Summit 2019: Investment in European mobility companies is accelerating in 2019

Silverpeak were delighted to sponsor the inaugural Tech Tour Mobility Summit 2019 in Munich last week.

With 70+investors and corporates and 30 pre-selected Scale-ups in six Mobility tech tracks, the event enabled attendees to deep dive into the future of Mobility.

Pietro Strada, Silverpeak Managing Partner, spoke on the financing environment for growth capital (B and C rounds) where data shows that the investment in European mobility companies is accelerating in 2019 in terms of both number of deals and invested amount.

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“There are many different players who want to be at the forefront of mobility the sector: some are entirely new entrants, some have to complement their traditional revenues as they come under threat. We expect to see significant investment activity and consolidation over the next few years” said Pietro, “We know this space very well having recently advised Oxbotica, the autonomous vehicle software company, and Ticketer, the public bus ticketing and fleet management company.”

David Ford, Director, who moderated the ‘Smart Mobility’ session, said, “The urban transport sector is on the cusp of great change, thanks to a confluence of new technologies. From self-driving cars, to Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), to shared mobility and convenience apps – the potential is truly extraordinary.”

Last month Silverpeak updated its research report “The Future of Urban Transport”.

Autonomous vehicles, shared mobility, and Mobility as a Service – the future of the urban transport market is already here.

 

Silverpeak advises Virtual Clarity on strategic acquisition by DXC Technology Company

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Virtual Clarity, the leading cloud transformation consultancy, on its sale to DXC Technology Company (NYSE: DXC). This follows DXC’s strategic investment in Virtual Clarity in 2017 on which Silverpeak was also lead adviser.

Virtual Clarity is Silverpeak’s 7th transaction in the last 6 months.

Founded in 2008, Virtual Clarity is based largely in the U.K. and U.S. The company is comprised of a blend of enterprise IT insiders and hands-on experts with deep knowledge of modern tools, techniques and key industries – including Financial Services, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Telecommunications.

The acquisition of Virtual Clarity aims to further position DXC as a leading provider of IT Modernization services for applications and infrastructure. This builds on DXC’s acquisition earlier this year of Luxoft as clients increasingly are seeking industry-specific application development and innovation as part of their IT modernization approach.

Silverpeak worked with the Virtual Clarity board as adviser on their journey to a strategic realisation. We approached global strategic buyers and PE growth investors. Having secured multiple Tier 1 offers, we managed the process to a tight completion timetable.

Paddy MccGwire, Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the deal added “We are delighted to have advised Steve on this fourth transaction. Steve and his team at Virtual Clarity have built a great business and will be able to accelerate its impact to leave a footprint in the sand, reporting directly to the DXC CEO.”

Steve Peskin, CEO and founder of Virtual Clarity said, “This is my fourth transaction with Paddy and his team, starting 20 years ago. He has always outperformed but this time Paddy, Matteo and their team absolutely nailed it. From first offer to completion in 50 days, and from LOI in only 19 business days, was always going to be a monumental task but they pulled it off masterfully with calming humour, great expertise and advice and nerves of steel. Bravo! ”

Tech Tour Deep Tech Summit 2019: Fundraising booming to record highs

Silverpeak were delighted to sponsor the Tech Tour Deep Tech Summit in London, which saw the convergence of 150+ participants including corporates, fund investors, investment bankers, thought-leaders and over 35 CEOs/Founders.

This year’s Summit covered a range of breakthrough technologies including autonomous systems, robotics, AI, IoT, cyber-security, big-data, blockchain, 3D printing, space, hardware and electronics, and other IP-driven solutions enabling digital transformation across multiple industries.

Paddy MccGwire, Managing Partner, Silverpeak gave a keynote to investors  on “The Deep Tech Investment Landscape.”

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Pietro Strada, Managing Partner, Silverpeak and Shawn Atkinson, Partner, Orrick, spoke at the CEO workshops on “Later Stage Fundraising and Deal-Making for Deep-Tech Companies.”

US EBITDA multiples reach record highs but revenue multiples down across the board

Welcome to the latest edition of the Silverpeak Benchmark report – Application Software Sector, a review of key company valuation metrics in the US, UK and European application software sectors. By reviewing sector median averages, our aim is to provide a set of software industry benchmarks against which individual company performance can be measured.

Report highlights

  • US SaaS revenue multiples have been peaking since March 2019 but are showing signs of a potential downturn occurring in Q4 2019, supported by their 7% drop in multiples since Q2. However, their median EBITDA margin has been outperforming the other categories, rising 1.4% versus their average 2% decline.
  • US Horizontal revenue multiples took a nose dive, falling 11% from last quarter; effectively ending the period, from Q3 2018, in which it was consistently above US Vertical.
  • UK Small & Mid revenue multiples have been stagnant since 2015 and their EBITDA multiples have been slowly falling; not recovering from their 7x plunge in Q4 2018.
  • European companies did not experience a decline themselves, instead growing 0.6%, despite the bear-ish market, where there was an average fall of 7% in revenue multiples across the other 4 categories.

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Deep Tech Summit – October 2019

We are delighted to be sponsoring TechTour’s Deep Tech Summit 2019 in London on 15-16 October.

Europe’s most promising growth companies and “wow-factor start-ups” have been chosen by the DTS Selection Committee will be presenting following an opening keynote by Ron Black, CEO, Imagination Technologies.

This year’s Summit covers range of breakthrough technologies including autonomous systems, robotics, AI, IoT, cyber-security, big-data, blockchain, 3D printing, space, hardware and electronics, and other IP-driven solutions enabling digital transformation across multiple industries.

Pietro Strada and Paddy MccGwire, Managing Partners at Silverpeak, will be presenting at the Summit.

For more information please contact Jane Martin – jm@silverpeakib.com

 

SpaceTech Leadership Dinner – 18 September 2019

Ahead of the UK Space Conference 2019 next week, we co-hosted an enlightening SpaceTech Leadership Dinner with Seraphim Capital and Gillamor Stephens last night with over 25 attendees across start-ups, corporates and agencies from the space ecosystem.  Carissa Christensen, founder of Bryce Space and Technology opened the discussion.

SEMINAR – Optimising exits for European technology companies – 21 November 2019

Silverpeak, in association with international law firm Bird & Bird, is hosting this seminar on Thursday 21 November 2019.

This briefing will provide practical guidelines and best practice for those seeking to sell or make a partial realisation in the current environment. You will hear real-life stories from an entrepreneur’s recent exit experience together with a viewpoint from the Private Equity industry.

Who should attend
This seminar is relevant to CEOs, Chairmen, FDs/CFOs, Non-executive Directors, shareholders and VC/PE investors with a stake in technology companies.

Programme
08.00 Registration
08.30 Introduction
08.35 M&A trends & valuation metrics
08.45 Trends & Risk in M&A Transactions
08.55 My Exit Experience
09.15 Achieving a strategic value
09.30 Panel discussion – Lessons for an optimum exit
09.45 Q&A to Panel
10.00 Networking
11.00 Close

 

Venue
Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP
Nearest stations: Chancery Lane, Blackfriars and Farringdon

 

REGISTER HERE

Silverpeak advises ICS Cybersecurity specialist Sentryo on acquisition by Cisco

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Sentryo, a France-based company that provides asset visibility and cybersecurity solutions for industrial control systems (ICS), on its acquisition by Cisco.

Sentryo is the pioneer in solutions dedicated to managing the cyber risk of M2M networks and industrial control systems. Sentryo’s ICS CyberVision empowers control engineers as the front line of defence to ensure integrity, continuity and security of their industrial processes. It leverages unique AI algorithms to give them comprehensive visibility on their industrial assets, so they can easily identify vulnerabilities, detect anomalies in real-time and work with IT to fight cyber-attacks. Sentryo’s ICS CyberVision is used every day by large corporations in the energy, manufacturing and transportation markets.

Silverpeak originally worked with Sentryo on a fundraising round during which time we assisted management in developing a comprehensive long term strategic growth plan to become the de facto leader in Europe and enter the US market. Shortly thereafter Sentryo were approached by a strategic buyer and again as lead adviser, Silverpeak were appointed to map the marketplace, identify and contact potential buyers and negotiate a transaction through to final completion.

Thierry Rouquet, CEO of Sentryo said, “Silverpeak have been the long-term corporate finance advisers to Sentryo, and helped engineer the previous round of financing based on an ambitious international drive. When Sentryo was approached unexpectedly they were once again ready to help and conducted a rapid scan of interested parties before helping us negotiate the win-win deal with Cisco. During this whole process, Silverpeak always acted speedily and professionally. We especially appreciated their international reach as well as the local support. To be honest, at many junctures, they helped us to convince our shareholders of the considerable potential of Sentryo, resulting in a price which, in many ways, went beyond our expectations.”

As a serial entrepreneur, Thierry knew the ropes and had a clear objective of building a world leader in the cybersecurity sector applied to industry. From starting the business to reaching a leadership position in Europe and to joining forces with the world leader in networking (and the inventor of the Internet of Everything moniker) took just 5 years, which is a credit to the team and its backers. Along the way, Silverpeak helped keep the ambition alive through funding first and then the Cisco transaction, which proved to be a fantastic exit for the financial shareholders, as well as great recognition for the team and the resources of a large firm to continue with their vision.

Throughout the journey, Silverpeak delivered steadfast support maintaining the level of ambition required in the face of startup competitors who were raising up to 10x more funds than Sentryo who, in the end, proved to be the most capital efficient of all. The Cisco transaction demonstrates we were right in supporting Sentryo and its backers, and shows, once again, the value of Silverpeak’s technology specialisation as well as its efficient delivery across Europe.

This is the fifth transaction that Silverpeak has completed in the last three months.

For more information please contact Pietro Strada: ps@silverpeakib.com