OMERS Private Equity (OPE) has agreed to acquire Inmar Inc, a Winston-Salem, North Carolina operator of intelligent commerce networks. No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, which will see OPE buy a majority interest in Inmar from U.S. private equity firm ABRY Partners, the company’s backer since 2014. With the acquisition’s close, expected in the second quarter, ABRY will remain an Inmar shareholder. Founded in 1980, Inmar connects offline and online transactions for retailers, manufacturers and trading partners in multiple industries. OPE said it will support the company’s continued growth both organically and through acquisitions.
OMERS Private Equity acquires Inmar
NEW YORK, April 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OMERS Private Equity (“OPE”), the private equity arm of OMERS, the pension plan for municipal employees in Ontario, together with management, has agreed to acquire Inmar (“Inmar” or the “Company”) from ABRY Partners (“ABRY”). ABRY will continue to be a significant shareholder in the Company.
Founded in 1980 and headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Inmar operates intelligent commerce networks, connecting offline and online transactions in real time for the world’s largest retailers, manufacturers and trading partners across multiple industries. Inmar’s customers rely on the Company to securely manage billions of dollars in transactions across its promotions, supply chain, and healthcare platforms. In addition, Inmar’s platforms generate meaningful data and enable the Company to provide clients with actionable analytics and insights to meet the evolving needs of shoppers, patients and businesses.
David Mounts, Chairman and CEO of Inmar, said, “We are excited to partner with OPE at this stage in Inmar’s evolution and equally excited to be continuing the strong relationship we have with ABRY who I have come to respect and appreciate deeply for their collaboration and knowledge.” Mr. Mounts continued, “OPE brings significant financial resources and experience in partnering with growing companies like Inmar. With OPE and ABRY behind us we will increase investment in technology and expand into new and emerging markets. Our partnership will position us to capitalize on our platform and set in motion the next phase of substantial growth.”
“We look forward to partnering with David and the entire management team to support the Company’s next phase of growth. Inmar is an excellent addition to our growing business services portfolio,” said Eric Haley, Managing Director at OPE. “Inmar’s focus on being a trusted intermediary for its customers has continued to impress us, and we believe the Company will continue to be a leader in the markets it serves.”
“The investment in Inmar is consistent with OPE’s strategy of acquiring industry leading companies with world class management. The Company has steadily grown beyond commerce and into analytics and engagement solutions, which is an area where we see great opportunity. Unlike traditional PE firms, OPE can hold investments for longer durations, and Inmar, like recent investments in DTI/Epiq and Forefront Dermatology, matches up well with our strategy of choosing assets that have excellent long-term fundamentals,” said Michael Graham, OPE Senior Managing Director and Head of North America.
OPE will support management to continue its impressive track record of profitable growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions.
This transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP is acting as legal counsel for OMERS Private Equity. Kirkland & Ellis is acting as legal counsel for ABRY Partners and Inmar. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC is acting as financial advisor to Inmar. Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are serving as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners for the credit facilities in support of the transaction.
Anyone who has redeemed a coupon, filled a prescription or returned a product, has touched Inmar. Inmar applies technology and data science to improve outcomes for consumers and those who serve them. As a trusted intermediary for over 35 years, the Company has unmatched access to billions of consumer and business transactions in real time. Inmar’s analytics, platforms and services enable engagement with shoppers and patients, and optimize results. To learn more about Inmar’s service offerings visit www.inmar.com.
About OMERS Private Markets and OMERS Private Equity Inc.
OMERS Private Markets [OMERS Private Equity and Borealis Infrastructure] invests globally in private equity and infrastructure assets on behalf of OMERS, the pension plan for municipal employees in Ontario. OPE’s investment strategy includes active ownership of a portfolio of industry-leading businesses across North America and Europe. Investments are aimed at steady returns to help deliver strong and sustainable pensions to OMERS members. OPM has offices in Toronto, New York, London and Sydney. For more information, please visit www.omersprivatemarkets.com.
Founded in 1962, OMERS is one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, with more than CAD$85 billion in net assets, as at December 31, 2016. It invests and administers pensions for more than 470,000 members from municipalities, school boards, emergency services and local agencies across Ontario. OMERS has employees in Toronto and other major cities across North America, the U.K., Europe and Australia – originating and managing a diversified portfolio of investments in public markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate. For more information, please visit www.omers.com.
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