Apax Funds buys $450 mn minority stake in travel tech company IBS Software

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close end of Q2 2023. Financial terms were not disclosed, the release said

Press Trust of India Thiruvananthapuram

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Global travel and logistics SaaS company IBS Software on Monday said Apax Funds will buy a minority stake in the company for USD 450 million.

Post the latest transaction, IBS Software's Founder and Executive Chairman V K Mathews will remain the majority shareholder.

"Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP (Apax) announced today that they have reached a definitive agreement to invest approximately USD 450 million to acquire a significant minority stake in IBS Software, a leading provider of modern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to the global travel and logistics industry, from Blackstone, the world's largest alternative asset manager," a company press release here said.

Founded in 1997 in Thiruvananthapuram, IBS Software provides SaaS solutions that power operations in aviation, tour and cruise, hospitality and logistics companies across the globe, with a team of 4,000 professionals.

Apax Partners LLP is a leading global private equity advisory firm, which for 50 years has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of more than USD 65 billion. Apax Funds invests in Internet/Consumer, Tech, Services, and Healthcare companies.

"This investment is an endorsement of our strategy and our commitment and contribution to the industry, and we have a shared vision with Apax for the future of the business," IBS Software Chairman Mathews said.

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Thanking Blackstone for helping them create "real value and a true partnership", Anand Krishnan, CEO, IBS Software said, "Apax has deep experience in partnering with leading SaaS providers and will be a strategic partner for IBS Software as we embark on a new phase of growth."

Speaking about the "tremendous growth potential" from the deal, Jason Wright, Partner, Apax, said, "We look forward to leveraging our software experience to help IBS Software become a world leader in travel and logistics software."

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close end of Q2 2023. Financial terms were not disclosed, the release said.

J P Morgan is acting as financial advisor to IBS Software and Blackstone, Drew & Napier LLC is acting as legal counsel to IBS Software, and Simpson Thacher& Bartlett LLP is acting as legal counsel to Blackstone.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as legal counsel and Jefferies LLC is acting as financial advisor to Apax, it added.

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First Published: May 15 2023 | 6:51 PM IST

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