Silverpeak advises CloudTrade on sale to Advanced

This is Silverpeak’s third software transaction in the last two weeks, reinforcing our expertise and experience advising software companies in Europe on both funding and M&A.

CloudTrade was founded in 2010 to offer a fresh approach to electronic document processing. Their unique, patented technology, enables companies to evolve past their reliance on paper or labour-intensive manual processing and transact digitally with their trading partners, irrespective of size or technical maturity. CloudTrade’s core product suite focuses on e-invoicing, including Universal Capture to automate all volumes and document types, Invoice Fraud Protection, as well as Intelligent Ordering Processing.

Silverpeak worked with the CloudTrade board to navigate multiple inbound approaches from global strategic buyers and generate competitive tension. This delivered multiple offers valuing the business at a strategic price, thus negating the need for a broader process. After engaging in a thorough preparation phase, the Silverpeak team worked to a tight timetable to quickly qualify the inbound approaches, negotiate the transaction and manage the process through to completion.

David Cocks, CloudTrade CEO, said, “Silverpeak spent the time to understand the goals of the shareholders and created an excellent Company overview with detailed numerical analysis. This gave us a firm foundation, and contingency should our first choice of purchaser fail. The team at Silverpeak took control of the whole process and without their diligence, tenacity and attention to detail I have doubts whether it would have actually happened. It was really encouraging and exciting to have an experienced team working on our side, fully aligned with our objectives.”

Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Partner leading the transaction said, ”This is a great outcome for David and his team at CloudTrade, demonstrating significant leverage to the investment round he received just over 3 years ago. Many transactions have a hurdle that appears during the process that needs to be overcome. This was no different. Silverpeak’s imaginative solution, working with the buyer, ensured we kept on track. Advanced is a very suitable strategic home for the business where the technology and platform can be fully exploited.”

Silverpeak advises Safran software solutions on its acquisition by JDM technology group

SILVERPEAK ADVISES SAFRAN SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS, A LEADING VENDOR OF RISK AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE, ON ITS ACQUISITION BY JDM TECHNOLOGY GROUP

Silverpeak, the financial advisor to growth technology companies, acted as the exclusive advisor to Safran Software Solutions AS. This is Silverpeak’s fourth deal advising SaaS and software clients in the last six months.

Safran’s world class software enables businesses to precisely plan and execute large projects across industries including oil and gas, engineering and construction, aerospace and defence, utilities, and the public sector.

Since 1997, Safran has worked closely with its customers to understand the complex requirements of planning and project controls. Risk management has been a key part of Safran’s value-add and is a strong differentiator, and a new SaaS product was launched in early 2021 to further extend the range of the Risk portfolio.

Safran has offices in New York, London, and Oslo, with an international sales team and a network of partners and resellers.

The Silverpeak team worked as the exclusive financial advisor to Safran and its shareholders, performing detailed valuation analysis, identifying strategic investors and acquirers, and negotiating the cross-border transaction through to a successful completion with JDM Technology Group.

JDM is a global group of leading software providers for the architecture, engineering, construction, maintenance and operations industries. The deal highlights the strategic fit between JDM and Safran.

Per Arne Jensen, Chairman Safran Software Solutions: “Through the process we were very pleased with Silverpeak’s work quality and ethics with regards to materiel production, buyer universe definition, negotiations and process management.”

Pietro Strada, the Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the process added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Richard Wood and Progressus (Per Arne Jensen and Rune Jensen). Safran Software is a world leader for risk analysis and management software, and this was recognised during the process, which led to the strategic acquisition by JDM Technology Group. The Silverpeak team led by Chris White and myself is delighted to have advised Safran in this strategic deal.”

Silverpeak advises Login VSI on significant growth investment from Wavecrest Growth Partners

Today’s modern enterprises need a continuous understanding of the application experience delivered to their corporate users, a need that has grown given the increase in remote work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Business-critical applications are being deployed in enterprise data centres (on-premises) and the cloud, further increasing performance variability and driving the need for multi-environment digital workspace testing. Login VSI’s flagship product, Login Enterprise, is an automated testing platform that assures business continuity and application performance while reducing risk. It tests the desktop and business applications from pre-production to production, thereby eliminating poor performance and downtime, increasing user productivity, and directly saving enterprises money.

The shareholders of Login VSI engaged Silverpeak to explore their options due to its deep expertise in enterprise software. As part of the process, Silverpeak approached an international audience of PE growth investors in the US, Europe and Asia, running a competitive selection process from which Wavecrest Growth Partners was chosen as management’s preferred partner with a strong understanding of enterprise infrastructure software.

The Silverpeak team played a critical role in negotiating a transaction structure, involving both primary and secondary, that ensured all shareholder objectives were met. As a result, the majority investment will provide full liquidity to existing investors, partial de-risking for management, as well as primary capital to enable the business to accelerate growth.

Eric-Jan van Leeuwen, Login VSI CEO, said, “Silverpeak engaged with us in a process that was highly collaborative. They helped us find the right investment partner for Login VSI at this stage of our growth. Their team and process were transparent and insightful.”

Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Partner leading the transaction said, “It has been a pleasure to work with Eric-Jan, Gerhard and the Login team, helping them bring in the right partner for the next chapter of their journey. The majority of new business is already in the US, and this investment will enable them to fully exploit the opportunity.”

For more information please contact
Paddy MccGwire: pm@silverpeakib.com
Kieran Hall: kh@silverpeakib.com

Origami

Origami is a technology company on a mission to build a green energy world, powered by smart technology. As ambitious climate targets drive a transition to renewables, energy systems are becoming more distributed, complex, and volatile. We cannot turn the wind and sun on or off to meet supply and demand in the same way that we have done previously with power stations. Smart digital solutions are required to better manage our power grid as more and more renewable assets are added. Powerful real-time solutions are critical to coordinate networks of renewables, flexible demand and energy storage, to build a green energy system that is efficient, profitable, and sustainable for the long term.

Origami’s trading and automation software provides power traders with real-time data and machine-learning decision support tools to reduce risk, improve visibility and capture valuable opportunities within new and rapidly evolving energy markets. This new investment enables Origami to enhance its products, serve a growing customer base and scale up for international markets. The success of this funding round also highlights the increasing investor appetite to back leading tech companies pursuing the reduction of global carbon emissions.

Silverpeak was engaged due to its expertise in SaaS / Software and fund raising to advise Origami on its Series C financing, positioning the company as a future global software leader in the energy sector. As part of the process, Silverpeak approached an international range of financial investors (VC & mega infrastructure funds looking to fund enabling technologies) as well as strategic counterparties with a strong interest in renewable energy and ESG focused software investments.

Silverpeak assisted the Origami team in developing a clear and compelling equity story, prepared an in-depth international expansion fuelled business plan, actively supported management during their interaction with investors, and negotiated management friendly terms, resulting in a successful investment round with a Tier 1 ESG focused Financial Institution.

Peter Bance, Origami CEO, said, “Origami’s recent fund raise will help us become the leading independent technology platform for the energy sector, and accelerate the global transition to net zero. Silverpeak really understands technology companies, and they helped us ‘translate’ our equity story into a language that investors would easily understand.”

Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Partner leading the transaction said, “Origami’s evolving SaaS platform is a game changer for the energy sector globally as it addresses the opportunities and liabilities of increasing volatility caused by renewable energy on the grid. We are very pleased to have advised the Origami team and sourced this Series C investment led by Barclay’s Sustainable Impact Capital with follow on from existing investors.”

Silverpeak advises Armilar Venture Partners on Continuation Fund transaction

Armilar Venture Partners, the largest venture capital firm in Portugal, is an investor in several leading software companies, having started to invest more than a decade ago. Since then, their stakes have grown enormously in value, as the companies went from strength to strength and some became widely regarded as the market leaders in their sector.

Armilar Venture Partners wanted to offer its limited partners a liquidity option through a Continuation Fund.

Silverpeak was appointed due to its track record with enterprise software/SaaS growth companies, deep relationships with late-stage technology investors, and excellence in execution of complex transactions. The deal team designed an accelerated process, targeting a selection of knowledgeable investors who could confidently invest with a limited due diligence process. Silverpeak advised Armilar Venture Partners on structuring the transaction and managed the process from start to finish.

Joaquim Sérvulo Rodrigues, Partner at Armilar Venture Partners said: “Silverpeak provided exemplary support throughout this complex transaction. The strength of their relationships with investors enabled us to solicit indicative offers within a few weeks of their engagement. Their team then skilfully negotiated the right structure to accommodate the requirements of all parties. We were able to rely on their advice throughout the entire process.”

Pietro Strada, a Managing Partner at Silverpeak added: “We thoroughly enjoyed working with Duarte, Joaquim and the Armilar Venture Partners team in establishing their new Continuation Fund. They have an impressive track record with great tech companies. This new vehicle will facilitate additional value creation over the next few years for their limited partners and the new investor.”

Sentryo

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 a 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.

Thoughtonomy

The acquisition will see Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform distributed and supported as a turnkey SaaS offering, helping accelerate the deployment of digital workers across market verticals and into mid-tier enterprises worldwide. Silverpeak acted as exclusive Lead Adviser to Thoughtonomy.

Thoughtonomy’s secure, award-winning enterprise grade SaaS solution, leveraging Microsoft Azure, enables an on-demand Virtual Workforce and full Intelligent Automation platform. This acquisition joins the power of Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform with Thoughtonomy’s software, allowing customers to quickly and more easily drive improved productivity and customer experiences, without needing to set up a dedicated infrastructure to support their program.

It gives enterprises a way to access and leverage embedded and fully integrated AI technologies such as computer vision, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning to address a complete range of use cases from back office to front office. Additional features, including ready-to-use channel interfaces such as chatbots and web-forms coupled with Thoughtonomy’s integrated AI-enabled digital workforce manager, IADA®, helps companies scale their automation strategy at speed.

“The acquisition of Thoughtonomy will support a broader strategy to strengthen our portfolio with cloud offerings that deliver value and enhance customer experience,” says Alastair Bathgate, Co-founder and CEO, Blue Prism. “Thoughtonomy brings valuable knowledge and experience in the development and implementation of cloud-based intelligent digital workers, with a successful track record of delivering its solutions to mid-tier enterprises in a number of industry verticals complementary to the areas of the market Blue Prism has served.”

Thoughtonomy’s intellectual property and embedded Marketplace will also extend Blue Prism’s Digital Exchange DX capabilities – an intelligent automation marketplace comprising customers, technology and channel partners – while enhancing the company’s overall push to deliver RPA services with leading cloud services providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google and IBM.

“We’ve been working with Blue Prism since our foundation in 2013, and we’ve built out our unique SaaS and intelligent automation capabilities to leverage their best in class RPA software,” says Terry Walby, CEO & Founder of Thoughtonomy. “Together as leaders, we plan to broaden and simplify access to the most advanced digital workforce capabilities on the planet.”

This combination of capabilities will provide enterprises with even greater flexibility for their automation projects offering them the ability to choose between SaaS or dedicated infrastructure. Together both companies will continue to build out the strongest partner network in the industry aimed at driving up customer adoption in key market verticals including financial services, telecoms, insurance, retail, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, professional services, energy, utilities, public sector and outsourcing providers. This also includes commitments to support partner enablement, sales, pre-sales and implementation on a global scale.

Thoughtonomy has delivered year on year growth of over more than 250 per cent over the past three years and has customers spread across four continents. In 2018, the company was ranked fourth in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and 11th in the Deloitte 2018 UK Technology Fast 50, cementing its position as one of the fastest growing UK-headquartered technology companies and one of the brightest stars in global AI.

Silverpeak worked with Thoughtonomy as lead adviser examining both private equity investment and strategic acquirers globally culminating in the agreed acquisition of Thoughtonomy by Blue Prism.

Paddy MccGwire, the Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the process added, “Terry and the team at Thoughtonomy have developed a great business in the six years since founding, developing the market leading intelligent automation SaaS RPA platform. Blue Prism will provide a great strategic and cultural fit to continue to exploit the market opportunity.”

For more information please contact Paddy MccGwire: pm@silverpeakib.com

Other advisers to Thoughtonomy were: Taylor Wessing, lawyers; Smith & Williamson, tax.

Oxbotica

We also advised Oxbotica on their successful £14m funding in their first institutional investment round in 2018. The additional investment coincides with the appointment of Ozgur Tohumcu as CEO joining from Tantalum and previously Ericsson, who will lead the business on its next chapter of development.

Oxbotica, whose mantra is “any vehicle, any environment, any time” customers include: driverless shuttle trials at Gatwick airport; driverless cargo pods at Heathrow airport; partnering with Addison Lee to bring self-driving taxis to London; and other sectors in every hemisphere.

Paddy MccGwire, Managing Partner at Silverpeak said “ This is our sixth transaction announced in eight weeks. It is great to see this iconic British HQ deep technology global business demonstrating the confidence of its investors so quickly. And I’d like to congratulate Co-Founder CTO Paul Newman, who also is the Director of the Oxford Robotics Institute, on being awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal.

Choice

Maxxton is a software as a service (SaaS) solution to simplify the operational and reservation processes for hospitality managers. Its enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform caters specifically to the needs of the short & medium-term accommodation rental sector. Maxxton automates time-consuming manual work, improves efficiency, increases bookings and reduces staffing costs for hospitality organisations.

Silverpeak worked as lead adviser to map the marketplace, identify and contact potential buyers and negotiate a transaction through to final completion. We approached both strategic & financial buyers globally and closed the transaction with Fortino to continue building the business with the CEO.

Justin Stebbins, Director, added “This transaction represents the most logical next step for all parties involved and Fortino will strategically assist management during its next stage of growth.”

Paddy MccGwire, the Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the process added “We are delighted to have advised on this transaction – further strengthening our position in hospitality software.”