Francisco Partners invests in ShoreGroup

Francisco Partners has made a growth equity investment in ShoreGroup Inc. Financial terms weren’t announced. New York-based ShoreGroup provides software and networking management service solutions to major enterprises, cloud and hosted solution providers, and government agencies. Moelis & Co. advised ShoreGroup while Evercore provided financial advice to Francisco Partners.


SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK – June 4, 2015 – ShoreGroup, Inc., a leading provider of software and managed services to support network infrastructure, announced today that it has entered into an agreement securing a growth equity investment from Francisco Partners, a global technology-focused private equity firm. The funding, expected to close within 60 days, will support the next phase of ShoreGroup’s growth in partnership with the company’s current leadership team.

“Francisco Partners has an extensive track record of investing in and growing technology companies and brings particular expertise in communications and infrastructure hardware and software as well as technology-enabled services,” said Robert Veghte Kennedy, ShoreGroup’s President and CEO. “Our mission is to help IT leaders address the continuous pressure to deliver mission-critical services while reducing costs. We believe this new partnership with Francisco Partners will allow us to accelerate our growth and realize our customers’ and company’s full potential.”

ShoreGroup provides software and networking management service solutions to major enterprises, cloud and hosted solution providers, and government agencies. It helps organizations reduce IT operating costs and increase their systems availability while optimizing their unified communications, contact center, virtualized data center and network assets.

“Over 15 years of investment, ShoreGroup has built a unique technology solution in its CaseSentry software platform and ShorePatrol managed servicing offering,” said Andrew Kowal, a partner with Francisco Partners. “ShoreGroup has differentiated domain expertise in an attractive and growing end-market, as evidenced by their longstanding and deep relationships with their blue-chip customer base. ShoreGroup’s patented technology can be applied to a broad range of industries that face challenges associated with secure data collection, analysis, automation and operational optimization. We look forward to partnering with ShoreGroup’s leadership team and employees to build on its existing capabilities, further strengthen its customer relationships, and capitalize on this market opportunity.”

ShoreGroup was advised by Moelis & Co. and Locke Lord. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Evercore advised Francisco Partners.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About ShoreGroup
ShoreGroup is the globally recognized managed services company helping customers achieve their strategic goals by empowering IT operations. Our service approach enables customers to leverage ShoreGroup’s expert knowledge and comprehensive patented management technology to create and ensure the optimal success of their vital unified communications, collaboration, contact center, virtualized data center and network assets.

About Francisco Partners
Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm, which specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses. Since its launch over 15 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised approximately $10 billion in capital and invested in more than 150 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in transaction values ranging from $50 million to over $2 billion, where the firm’s deep sectorial knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential.