Baird's Investment Banking Group is pleased to announce the following transaction:

Date:
September 2018
Company:
Acuant Inc.
Description:
Sale to Audax Private Equity
Sector(s):
Technology & Services
Baird served as exclusive financial advisor to Acuant Inc. on this transaction

Acuant Inc. (“Acuant” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Insight Venture Partners (“Insight”), Lightview Capital (“Lightview”) and Egis Capital Partners (“Egis”), was recently acquired by Audax Private Equity (“Audax”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Acuant is a leading, globally recognized, provider of identity capture and authentication solutions. Acuant offers a range of products, including ID authentication, ID capture and auto-fill software, biometric facial recognition, facial image matching, CHIP/RFID reading, and e-Passport solutions. The Company is based in Los Angeles, California.

Insight is a leading venture capital and private equity firm specializing in growth capital investments in software companies led by visionary CEOs. Insight focuses on accelerating revenue and profit of software companies and recognizing industry patterns, emerging tech markets and software trends. Insight has raised $23 billion of capital, invested in more than 300 companies, and completed more than 200 M&A transactions for its portfolio companies. Insight is based in New York City, New York.

Lightview is a leading private equity firm that invests in lower middle market companies in the business services industry across North America. Lightview is focused on providing its portfolio companies deep industry knowledge, insightful experience, and active resources to unlock growth and drive value. Lightview has successfully led direct investments of over $180 million in more than 20 growth companies, including add-ons. Lightview is based in Summit, New Jersey.

Egis is a leading private equity firm that makes control-oriented buyout and growth investments in technology-driven businesses in the Security and Protection industry. Egis is focused on partnering with companies that can benefit from its industry knowledge, operational and financial expertise, C-level relationships, and a proactive ownership model. Egis is based in Summit, New Jersey.

Audax is a leading private equity firm that is focused on building leading middle market companies since its founding in 1999. Audax has invested $5 billion in 116 platform and 698 add-on companies. Through its disciplined Buy & Build approach, Audax seeks to help platform companies execute add-on acquisitions that fuel revenue growth, optimize operations, and significantly increase equity value. Audax is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

For additional information about this transaction, please contact:

Andrew Rippy +1-503-273-4988
Craig Rogowski +1-650-947-6815
Trish Renner +1-303-270-6347
John Sun +44-20-7667-8224
John Moriarty +1-650-947-6811