Bestport Ventures sells stake in Dot Net Solutions

Bestport Ventures LLP has sold its stake in Vega Technologies Ltd, parent of Dot Net Solutions. New Signature, which is backed by Columbia Capital, is the buyer. Financial terms weren’t announced. London-based Dot Net provides a cloud-managed platform that helps businesses assess, manage and migrate workloads infrastructure. Bestport said it made 2.8x its original investment with the deal that generated an IRR of 50 percent.

PRESS RELEASE

Bestport Ventures LLP (“Bestport”), has sold its interest in Vega Technologies Limited (“Vega”), the

parent company of Dot Net Solutions (“Dot Net”) to New Signature, a US based IT services business

backed by Columbia Capital. Bestport first invested in Dot Net in July 2013 providing growth capital

to help accelerate the expansion of the business in the very exciting Microsoft Cloud IT services

sector.

 

Bestport have made 2.8x its original investment generating an IRR of 50%. This is the second

successful exit of an IT services business where the Bestport team has backed CEO Paul Cosgrave.

During this period revenues have increased three fold and staff numbers have grown fivefold. Dot

Net won the coveted Microsoft Partner of the Year in 2014 and continues to be a leading Microsoft

Gold Partner in cloud services.

 

Paul Cosgrave commented “Bestport have been a fantastic partner to work with. They provide great

advice at board meetings and have been actively involved in growing the business over the last three

years. They have been supportive of the management team at critical points on the Dot Net journey

and encouraged the business to strive for increased growth” Sharon Baylay, Chairman of Dot Net

added “Bestport have indeed been a very supportive and value added investor. Dot Net can now

accelerate its tremendous growth in the UK, building on its position of leadership as a combined

Microsoft public cloud integrator and managed services provider via a number of specific, targeted

acquisitions under its new ownership.”

 

James Stoddart, Managing Partner of Bestport concluded “It is quite rare to invest in a business with

very ambitious growth targets and exceed expectations. Dot Net has benefited from the rapid

growth in the Microsoft cloud services portfolio and Paul Cosgrave and his team have done a

fantastic job in driving Dot Net Solutions into a market leadership position in this sector in the UK”

 

About Bestport Ventures

 

Bestport Ventures focuses on investing in smaller development capital and buy-out opportunities in the UK.

Bestport Ventures takes a pro-active and supportive approach to investee companies and seeks to assist with

key strategic and operational issues on the road through to exit. Investee companies have direct access to

Bestport’s highly accomplished advisory board and extensive network of sector specialists.

 

 

About Dot Net

 

Dot Net is Microsoft’s 2014 UK Partner of the Year with a full suite of offerings across Microsoft Azure, Office

365 and EMS supported by its 24/7 managed services support team. Dot Net enables organisations to

experience the benefits of traditional managed services and outsourcing whilst leveraging the cost efficiencies

and agility of the Microsoft public cloud. Dot Net is uniquely placed with its Cloud Managed Platform to help

assess, migrate and then manage workloads and infrastructure in the cloud.