Francisco Partners, based in San Francisco, has completed its acquisition of the the London-based supply chain logistics company Kewill in a take-private deal that valued the company at 89.5 million pounds ($145.17 million). Francisco Partners announced its intention to buy Kewill in early May. The deal is Francisco Partners’ sixth take-private transaction in Europe since the beginning of 2009.
Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kewill, a global trade and logistics software provider. This deal represents Francisco Partners’ sixth take-private transaction in Europe since the beginning of 2009.
“We see a significant opportunity for Kewill as long-term growth and increasing complexity in the trade and transportation of goods drives the need for comprehensive software solutions,” said Deep Shah, a partner for Francisco Partners. “Kewill has a robust product portfolio and an impressive client list of 7,000 customers around the world, including some of the world’s leading multinational companies such as Bayer, Black & Decker, Damco, DHL, Hitachi, Ingersoll Rand, Mothercare, UPS and TNT. We look forward to helping the company achieve its ambitious growth plans and will seek other opportunities to help Kewill expand its offering.”
Founded in 1972, Kewill has offices in eight countries. The company’s software is designed to drive revenue growth and measurable cost savings for its customers through accelerated customs and forwarding, transportation, logistics, e-commerce, and business-to-business integration solutions.
“Francisco Partners brings extensive experience in supporting software companies and the financial and operational flexibility to help Kewill execute upon its long-term strategy,” said Paul Nichols, CEO of Kewill.
HSBC acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to Francisco Partners. Investec served as the sole financial advisor to Kewill, and Osborn Clark provided legal counsel to the company.
About Francisco Partners
Francisco Partners is a global private equity firm that specializes in investments in technology companies. Since its launch over a decade ago, FP has raised approximately $7 billion and invested in more than 100 technology companies, making it one of the most active investors in the industry. The firm invests in transaction values ranging from $50 million to over $2 billion, where the firm’s deep sub-sector knowledge and operational expertise can help a company realize its full potential. For further information, please visit: www.franciscopartners.com .
Kewill was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Guildford, United Kingdom. It has offices in 8 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore and the People’s Republic of China. Kewill delivers solutions that accelerate global trade and logistics. Kewill’s software enables customers to accelerate their customs and forwarding, transportation & logistics, and eCommerce & B2B integration and thus drive revenue growth and measurable cost savings. Kewill has delivered global trade and logistics solutions to some of the most sophisticated companies in the world. Over 7,000 businesses use Kewill solutions including Ingersoll Rand, DHL, UPS, TNT, Hankyu Hanshin, Scott’s & Co., Hitachi, WaverleyTBS, Mothercare, Black & Decker and Damco.