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TPG Capital acquires CollabNet as part of enterprise strategy

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TPG Capital, the private equity platform of Fort Worth and San Francisco-based TPG, announced Sept. 4 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CollabNet VersionOne, a leading platform provider for Agile planning, DevOps, and Value Stream Management (VSM), from Vector Capital. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The investment marks the first step in a broader strategy in which TPG Capital will commit up to $500 million of equity capital to build a leading, integrated, enterprise-focused DevOps platform company, according to a news release from TPG Capital. TPG Capital and CollabNet management will work together to accelerate the growth of the company’s existing portfolio, as well as aggressively pursue acquisitions in strategic adjacencies that complement Agile planning and delivery, as well as testing, release management, and the emerging market for VSM.

“We have studied the software delivery and DevOps space for several years. The space is highly fragmented with several smaller vendors addressing the low end of the market,” said Nehal Raj and Art Heidrich of TPG in the news release. “As large companies across industries continue to prioritize in-house software development and digital transformation initiatives, we see a compelling opportunity to build an integrated DevOps company focused on larger enterprises. CollabNet’s strong product footprint and commitment to enterprise customers make the company the right starting point from which to build and consolidate. We look forward to working together with management to create a leading, enterprise-focused DevOps platform.”

“We are grateful for Vector’s partnership over the past five years and look forward to continuing to expand the CollabNet platform with the resources and growth vision of TPG. This commitment will rapidly build on our success through organic innovation and outside acquisition,” said Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet. “We have served large global customers with an integrated, enterprise-scale software planning and delivery offering since our inception, along with some of the largest government accounts in the industry. Together with TPG we will continue to lead in Agile, DevOps, and VSM.”

CollabNet, a recognized leader in enterprise Agile planning and VSM by leading analyst firms Gartner and Forrester, focuses on enabling enterprises to develop and deliver high-quality software that drives business outcomes. CollabNet’s core products include VersionOne for enterprise Agile planning and management, VS for connected workflows and visibility throughout the entire delivery value stream, and TeamForge for enterprise-scale source code management and application lifecycle management. CollabNet also recently introduced Ossum, a SaaS DevOps offering that integrates and streamlines software development from idea to release.

“Under Vector’s ownership, through a combination of accelerated organic development and strategic M&A, we successfully transformed CollabNet from a point provider of developer tools to a leading enterprise-grade DevOps platform,” said Rob Amen, Managing Director at Vector Capital. “We are proud of the outcome we achieved for our investors and wish the management team and TPG continued success during the company’s next chapter.”

Barclays and RBC Capital Markets acted as financial advisors to TPG Capital, and Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel. KeyBank Capital Markets, Inc. served as financial advisor to CollabNet, and Sidley Austin LLP served as legal counsel to CollabNet and Vector Capital.

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