Bain Capital, Crosspoint Capital buy ExtraHop in $900 million transaction

The acquisition will help the leading cloud-native cybersecurity company extend its leadership position in the emerging network detection and response category.

Bain Capital and Crosspoint Capital Partners have agreed to acquire ExtraHop, a provider of cloud-native network detection and response solutions. The deal is valued at $900 million. Management, led by ExtraHop CEO Arif Kareem, will remain in place, continuing on as significant minority shareholders. Qatalyst Partners is advising ExtraHop, while Morgan Stanley is working with the two PE firms.

PRESS RELEASE

SEATTLE – June 8, 2021 – ExtraHop (the “Company”), the leader in cloud-native network detection and response, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity (“Bain Capital”) and Crosspoint Capital Partners (“Crosspoint Capital”) in a strategic transaction valued at $900 million. Bain Capital is a leading investor in technology companies and one of the world’s top multi-asset alternative investment firms. Crosspoint Capital is a private equity firm focused on cybersecurity, privacy, and infrastructure software sectors.

ExtraHop CEO Arif Kareem and co-founders Jesse Rothstein, Chief Technology Officer, and Raja Mukerji, Chief Customer Officer, will continue in their respective roles. Rothstein and Mukerji will also remain significant investors in the Company.

According to research from IDC, ExtraHop is among the top three players in network detection and response (NDR), the second fastest growing segment of the cybersecurity market. The Company’s growth has far exceeded that of the segment, and it has extended the power of its flagship platform to consolidate adjacent markets like intrusion detection, network forensics, and IoT security.

“Organizations today face an array of incredibly sophisticated cyber attacks with diverse motivations that run the gamut from theft of sensitive personal and business data to illicit profit. Attackers have long had the advantage, and we’re on a mission to change that,” said Kareem. “By combining our exceptional team, market need, and technology with the deep domain expertise and resources of Bain Capital and Crosspoint Capital, ExtraHop has the opportunity to grow faster and accelerate our innovation to help our customers defend their operations from even the most advanced threats.”

“As the events of the last few weeks make crystal clear, cybersecurity is now a mission-critical requirement in the strategy and operations of every organization on the planet, with enormous implications for financial and reputational well-being. We believe that network detection and response is the next major cybersecurity segment and that ExtraHop has the best enterprise technology in the space,” said David Humphrey, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity.

“The Company’s approach is uniquely positioned to help enterprises defend against the most advanced cyber threats and address the security challenges of multi-cloud environments, enterprise IoT, and hybrid workforces. We are thrilled to join the talented team at ExtraHop, in partnership with Crosspoint Capital, to help accelerate the growth of the business and continue advancements in the art of cyber defense,” added Max de Groen, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity. ExtraHop is the first dedicated investment made from Bain Capital Fund XIII, the firm’s latest flagship $11.8 billion private equity fund.

“After many years of building and delivering network visibility into the cyber industry, I was very impressed with the capabilities of ExtraHop in their ability to protect the evolving network as workloads shift to the cloud and networks expand beyond what corporations control,” said Greg Clark, Managing Partner at Crosspoint Capital. “When you’re under attack, deep visibility into east-west traffic is vital for modern defense and ExtraHop has set itself apart in this emerging category with powerful AI and behavior-based analytics.”

Ian Loring, Managing Partner at Crosspoint Capital, added “ExtraHop brings a unique level of visibility into networks and delivers sophisticated real-time detection, investigation, and response capabilities to organizations around the world. We are excited to partner with the ExtraHop team and Bain Capital to support the Company in the next chapter of its growth.”

ExtraHop is among the first investments in Crosspoint Capital Fund I, a $1.3 billion private equity fund focused on the cybersecurity, privacy, and infrastructure software sectors.

The transaction is expected to close in the summer of 2021 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.

Qatalyst Partners is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to ExtraHop, and Wilson Sonsini is serving as legal counsel. Morgan Stanley & CO. LLC is serving as the financial advisor to Bain Capital and Crosspoint Capital, and Ropes & Gray LLP is serving as legal counsel. PwC is serving as the accounting advisor to Bain Capital.

About ExtraHop

ExtraHop is on a mission to arm security teams to confront active threats and stop breaches. Our Reveal(x) 360 platform, powered by cloud-scale AI, covertly decrypts and analyzes all cloud and network traffic in real time to eliminate blind spots and detect threats that other tools miss. Sophisticated machine learning models are applied to petabytes of telemetry collected continuously, helping ExtraHop customers to identify suspicious behavior and secure over 15 million IT assets, 2 million POS systems, and 50 million patient records. ExtraHop is a market share leader in network detection and response with 30 recent industry awards including Forbes AI 50, Cybercrime Ransomware 25, and SC Media Security Innovator.

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About Bain Capital Private Equity 

Bain Capital Private Equity (www.baincapitalprivateequity.com) has partnered closely with management teams to provide the strategic resources that build great companies and help them thrive since its founding in 1984. Bain Capital Private Equity’s global team of approximately 550 professionals create value for its portfolio companies through its global platform and depth of expertise in key vertical industries including healthcare, consumer/retail, financial and business services, industrials, and technology, media and telecommunications. Bain Capital has 22 offices on four continents. The firm has made primary or add-on investments in more than 1,000 companies since its inception, including supporting the growth of such cybersecurity and technology businesses as Symantec, Blue Coat, Nutanix, BioCatch, Awake, Armis, and BMC. In addition to private equity, Bain Capital invests across asset classes including credit, real estate, public equity and venture capital, managing more than $130 billion in total and leveraging the firm’s shared platform to capture opportunities in strategic areas of focus.

About Crosspoint Capital Partners

Crosspoint Capital Partners is a private equity investment firm focused on the cybersecurity, privacy and infrastructure software markets.  Crosspoint has assembled a group of highly successful operators, investors and sector experts to partner with foundational technology companies and drive differentiated returns.  Crosspoint has offices in Menlo Park, CA and Boston, MA. For more information visit: www.crosspointcapital.com.

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