WestView Capital invests in ALKU

WestView Capital Partners has acquired a minority stake in Andover, Massachusetts-based ALKU, a specialized consulting services firm. No financial terms were disclosed. Fairmount Partners served as investment banking advisor to ALKU on the transaction while Abacus Finance Group and Crescent Direct Lending led the senior debt financing.

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Andover, MA,. January 4, 2016- ALKU, a highly specialized consulting services firm, today announced it has secured a minority equity investment from WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on middle market growth companies.

Founded in 2008, ALKU ranks as one of the fastest growing firms within its industry. Maintaining a historical compound annual growth rate of over 55%, ALKU achieved over $80 million in revenue in just its seventh year in operations. Since inception, ALKU has consistently received national recognition for its industry-leading growth, company culture and success.

Operating under its three divisions: ALKU Technologies, ALKU Quality and ALKU Government Solutions, ALKU focuses on deploying specialized, highly skilled consulting resources on a contract basis nationwide. The Company’s ability to provide subject matter expertise and unique, specific skill sets for its clients combined with its disciplined approach to operations has driven the Company’s superior performance.

“Since the beginning ALKU has been focused on growth because it creates more opportunity for our candidates, clients and internal employees. It’s that opportunity that keeps people excited about working with and for us,” said Mark Eldridge, CEO of ALKU. “WestView emerged as the perfect partner because they immediately understood our culture and supported our goals for continued growth and opportunity creation.”

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with ALKU,” said Jonathan Hunnicutt, a General Partner at WestView. “Given ALKU’s impressive growth and performance, we are very excited to support the ALKU management team and help build upon their strong position in the industry.”

Fairmount Partners served as ALKU’s exclusive Investment Banking advisor on the transaction, while Blank Rome provided legal counsel. WestView was advised by Latham & Watkins. Senior debt financing was led by Abacus Finance Group, and Crescent Direct Lending.

About ALKU:
ALKU is a specialized consulting services firm based in Andover, Massachusetts, focused on deploying highly skilled consulting resources through three niche-focused divisions: ALKU Technologies, ALKU Quality and ALKU Government Solutions. ALKU Technologies assists clients with ERP implementations specifically within the areas of SAP, PeopleSoft, and Workday. ALKU Quality provides clients with FDA remediation, validation, and compliance services. ALKU Government Solutions provides cleared consulting resources that support high level IT infrastructure for a variety of Governmental agencies. To learn more about ALKU visit www.alku.com.

About WestView Capital Partners:
WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused exclusively on middle market growth companies, manages approximately $1 billion in capital across three funds. WestView partners with existing management teams to sponsor majority and minority recapitalizations, growth, and consolidation transactions in industries such as business services, software and IT services, consumer, healthcare technology and outsourcing and growth industrial. WestView invests in companies with operating profits between $3 million and $20 million with investment sizes ranging from $10 million to $50 million. For more information, please visit www.wvcapital.com.