Carlyle Strikes Software Deal with EQT

Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein. Photo by Fred Prouser, Reuters
(Reuters) – The Carlyle Group is to sell UC4 Software, the world’s largest independent IT process automation software vendor, to Swedish private-equity firm EQT Partners for an enterprise value of 220 million euros ($271.73 million).

EQT VI will acquire 100 percent of UC4 from Carlyle Europe Technology Partners and founder Franz Beranek, EQT said in a separate statement.

Carlyle Europe Technology Partners had bought UC4 in March 2006 as a platform for industry consolidation in the IT process automation sector.

UC4 has a client base of more than 2,000 customers and generated revenue of about 62 million euros ($76.58 million) in the year ended April 2012.

Further details of the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, were not disclosed.

Carlyle Group shares were up 2 percent at $24.17 in afternoon trade on Monday on the Nasdaq.

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(Reporting by Aman Shah in Bangalore; Editing by Supriya Kurane)

Image Credit: Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein. Photo by Fred Prouser, Reuters