Apax Partners said Jan. 16 that it invested $200 million for a minority stake in Fractal Analytics, which provides AI to Fortune 500 companies. In 2016, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia, invested $100 million in Fractal, PitchBook said.
Funds advised by Apax Partners invest USD 200 million in Fractal Analytics
Investment will accelerate Fractal’s path to a $1 billion-revenue company in the AI space
New York, London & Mumbai, January 16, 2019: Funds advised by Apax Partners (the “Apax Funds”) have today announced a definitive agreement to invest USD 200m for a significant minority stake in Fractal Analytics, a global provider of AI to Fortune 500 clients. The transaction, which consists of a secondary stake acquired from existing shareholders and a primary investment into the business, is expected to close by February 2019.
Founded in 2000 with the vision of powering every human decision in the enterprise, Fractal Analytics is a strategic analytics & AI partner to the most admired Fortune 500 companies globally. The company will use the investment by the Apax Funds to accelerate growth, both organically and through M&A, and to invest further in AI products and research.
Srikanth Velamakanni, Co-founder, Group Chief Executive and Executive Vice-Chairman of Fractal Analytics, said: “We are making progress on our goal to build a $1 billion-revenue company in the AI space thanks to our relentless focus on serving Fortune 500 companies globally in enabling an AI-led digital transformation in their businesses. We have been fortunate to have the backing of supportive investors in Khazanah Nasional, TA Associates and Mr. Gulu Mirchandani in this journey. We are excited about our new partnership with Apax Partners, who have an enviable track record of building scaled new-age tech services companies.”
Pranay Agrawal, Co-founder and CEO of Fractal Analytics, said: “The demand for AI is surging across the enterprise. Our AI solutions and globally-recognized team of experts empower these organizations to realize and maximize their full potential. The investment from the Apax Funds will accelerate our ability to scale and meet this rising demand globally. It also establishes Fractal Analytics as one of the world’s most well-funded AI providers.”
Rohan Haldea, Partner at Apax Partners, said: “The data and analytics sector is attractive and growing rapidly as companies increasingly see it as a core strategic function of their business. We are delighted to partner with Fractal Analytics who are extremely well-regarded in this space due to their cutting-edge advanced analytics and AI capabilities which help their blue-chip client base solve complex problems. Srikanth and Pranay have done an excellent job building a differentiated company with a clear vision. We look forward to working with them to scale the business further.”
Shashank Singh, Partner at Apax Partners, said: “We are keen to partner with successful companies, like Fractal Analytics, that have become global leaders. Fractal’s strong culture, which fosters employee engagement and innovation, has played a significant role in driving its success. Notably, its ability to attract high-quality data science and engineering talent has allowed the company to stay at the forefront of the rapidly-evolving analytics space.”
Chinta Bhagat, Head of Khazanah in India and chairman of Fractal, said “Khazanah is proud to have been Fractal’s largest shareholder during a period in which it scaled up rapidly into a leading global analytics player. In addition to providing growth capital, Khazanah worked closely with Fractal on streamlining the board, supporting product innovations, and bringing Fractal’s capabilities to Khazanah’s portfolio companies. We wish everyone at Fractal the very best as it embarks on its next stage of growth, and look forward to being supportive partners over the coming years”.
The Apax Funds investment in Fractal Analytics will be its 12th in the Tech Services space globally. Apax has significant experience in partnering with and growing technology services business, such as ThoughtWorks, GlobalLogic, Zensar and EVRY, and will leverage this expertise to help Fractal scale further.
About Fractal Analytics
Founded in 2000, Fractal Analytics is a strategic analytics partner to the most admired Fortune 500 companies globally and helps them power every human decision in the enterprise by bringing analytics & AI to the decision-making process.
Fractal has built several cutting-edge AI product startups within its ecosystem across industries, including:
● Qure.ai to transform how radiologists make diagnostics’ decisions. Qure’s qXR solution is the first AI-based Chest X-Ray interpretation tool to receive CE certification. Qure’s recently-launched qER solution for interpreting head CT scans has been proven to have more than 95% accuracy in identifying abnormalities.
● Cuddle.ai to transform how executives make tactical and operational decisions. Cuddle automatically alerts users on what they need to know about their business and allows them to ask questions about their business in natural language.
● Trial Run to improve strategic and operational decisions. Trial Run is a cloud-based experimentation platform that enables companies across verticals to test, measure and refine strategies before rollout.
Fractal has more than 1,200 consultants spread across 15 global locations including the United States, UK and India. Fractal has been featured as a leader in the Customer Analytics Service Providers Wave™ 2017 by Forrester Research, a Great Place to Work by The Economic Times in partnership with the Great Place to Work® Institute and recognized as a ‘Cool Vendor’ and a ‘Vendor to Watch’ by Gartner. For more information:www.fractalanalytics.com
About Apax Partners
Apax Partners is a leading global private equity advisory firm. Over its more than 35-year history, Apax Partners has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of over $50 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of Tech & Telco, Services, Healthcare and Consumer. These funds provide long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. For more information see: www.apax.com.