Sale to Kibo Software, Inc.

Technology & Services
Sale to Kibo Software, Inc.


Baird served as exclusive financial advisor to Certona Corporation on this transaction


Certona Corporation (“Certona” or the “Company”), a company owned by Primus Capital (“Primus”) and other investors and co-founders Meyar Sheik and Geoffrey Hueter, recently announced its sale to Kibo Software, Inc. (“Kibo”), a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Certona is the leading provider of real-time, omnichannel SaaS personalization solutions for prominent eCommerce providers. For over fourteen years, Certona has been pioneering AI-driven individualized shopping experiences and powers over 100 billion unique shopping experiences each month. Trusted by more than 500 brands and retailers in over 70 countries, Certona’s patented technology leverages machine learning and predictive analytics to deliver a fully-orchestrated experience with optimized content and messaging to increase engagement and conversions across all customer touchpoints. Certona is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Founded in 1984, Primus is a growth-oriented private equity firm focused on investing in leading healthcare, software, and technology-enabled services companies. Primus is based in Cleveland, Ohio and also has offices in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kibo provides industry leading eCommerce, distributed order management, and mobile point-of-sale solutions to retailers and branded manufacturers with over 800 customers fulfilling orders in 75 countries. Kibo’s cloud-based commerce suite enables customers to meet consumer demands anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Kibo is headquartered in Dallas, Texas with offices in California and London.

Vista Equity Partners is a private equity firm that exclusively invests in software, data, and technology-enabled organizations led by world-class management teams. Vista has $46 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Vista’s typical transaction sizes range from $20 million to more than $500 million. As a value-added investor with a long-term perspective, Vista contributes professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies to realize their full potential. Vista Equity Partners is United States-based and has offices in Austin, Chicago, New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco.
Technology & Services
Sale to Kibo Software, Inc.
February 2019
Certona Corporation
Technology & Services
Target Geography
North America
Acquiror Geography
North America