Franklin Square backs Audax portfolio company Rogue Wave Software

Franklin Square Capital Partners’ FSIC funds, which are sub-advised by Blackstone’s GSO Capital Partners, has provided undisclosed financing to Rogue Wave Software. A portfolio company of Audax Group, Rogue Wave is a provider of cross-platform software development tools and libraries. The loan will be used to pay down Rogue Wave’s debt and for it to acquire Zend Technologies, a web and mobile application development for the PHP web language.


PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 26, 2015 — Franklin Square Capital Partners, the largest manager of business development companies (BDCs), announced the origination of a new senior secured loan to Rogue Wave Software, a leading provider of cross-platform software development tools and libraries. The loan facilitated the refinancing of Rogue Wave’s existing debt and acquisition of Zend Technologies, the leader in end-to-end web and mobile application development for the PHP web language.

Rogue Wave is a portfolio company of Audax Group (Audax), a Boston, MA based investment firm focused on the middle market. The financing was provided by FS Investment Corporation (NYSE: FSIC), FS Investment Corporation II (FSIC II) and FS Investment Corporation III (FSIC III), BDCs managed by affiliates of Franklin Square and sub-advised by GSO / Blackstone Debt Funds Management LLC (GDFM), an affiliate of GSO Capital Partners LP (GSO).

“We are pleased to provide a timely financing solution to a software industry leader like Rogue Wave,” said Michael C. Forman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FSIC, FSIC II and FSIC III. “The transaction is another example of our ability to draw upon the collective capital base across the FSIC fund franchise to provide customized credit solutions to strong middle market companies.”

“Rogue Wave holds a significant market position in the software industry, and with its strong customer base, track record of growth and quality of earnings, we believe the company is poised for continued success,” said Brad Marshall, Senior Managing Director at GSO.

Specific terms of the financing were not disclosed.

About Franklin Square
Franklin Square is a leading manager of alternative investment funds designed to enhance investors’ portfolios by providing access to asset classes, strategies and asset managers that typically have been available to only the largest institutional investors. The firm’s funds offer “endowment-style” investment strategies that help construct diversified portfolios and manage risk. Franklin Squarestrives not only to maximize investment returns but also to set the industry standard for best practices by focusing on transparency, investor protection and education for investment professionals and their clients.

Founded in Philadelphia in 2007, Franklin Square quickly established itself as a leader in the world of alternative investments by introducing innovative credit-based income funds, including the industry’s first non-traded BDC. As of June 30, 2015, the firm managed approximately $16.8 billion in total assets, including $15.4 billion in BDC assets, making it the largest manager of BDCs. For more information, please visit

About Blackstone and GSO
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our asset management businesses, with over $300 billion in assets under management, include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available at Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone.
GSO Capital Partners LP is the global credit and distressed investment platform of Blackstone. With approximately $80.8 billion of assets under management (as of September 30, 2015), GSO is one of the largest alternative managers in the world focused on the leveraged-finance, or non-investment grade related, marketplace. GSO seeks to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns in its business by investing in a broad array of strategies including mezzanine debt, distressed investing, leveraged loans and other special-situation strategies. Its funds are major providers of credit for small and middle-market companies and they also advance rescue financing to help distressed companies.

About Rogue Wave Software
Rogue Wave is one of the largest independent providers of cross-platform software development tools and embedded components in the world. The Rogue Wave portfolio of complementary, cross-platform tools helps developers quickly build applications for strategic software initiatives. Through decades of solving the most complex problems across financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, government, academia, and other industries, Rogue Wave tools, libraries, and services enable developers to write better code, faster. For more information, please visit

About Zend Technologies
Zend, the PHP company, was founded by the co-authors of the web development language PHP and continues as a dominant entity behind PHP. With 50 percent of the web workload running on PHP, Zend products drive PHP in the enterprise, from code creation through production deployment. Zend enables its clients to focus on innovation rather than using cycles to manage data structures and troubleshoot issues. For more information, please visit

About Audax Group
Audax Group is an alternative asset management firm specializing in investments in middle market companies. With offices in Boston, New York, and Menlo Park, Audax has over $6 billion in assets under management across its Private Equity, Mezzanine, and Senior Debt businesses. Audax Private Equity invests in control acquisitions of lower-middle market companies across a select group of industries, and pursues a Buy & Build strategy that transforms smaller companies into strategic assets. For more information, please visit