Partners Group Backs Softonic

Partners Group has invested in Softonic. The business is a multiplatform software guide which allows users to explore, download and manage software applications on multiple devices in more than ten different languages.

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Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, announces that it has invested in Softonic on behalf of its clients. Softonic is a global multiplatform software guide which allows users to explore, download and manage software applications on multiple devices in more than ten different languages. Through a catalogue of more than 160’000 software titles for desktop and mobile operating systems, the company connects more than 140 million monthly users with a diverse portfolio of software and apps distributors.

Through a strong focus on content and usability, the company has developed into a global top 40 internet business over the past 15 years and it is the clear market leader in its segment today. Besides launching the site in new languages, over the coming years Softonic will focus on increasing its presence in the markets in which it operates, particularly in the US, China and Japan, and also on creating new products and services to help users discover and enjoy software for any platform or device.

Tomas Diago, Softonic’s Founder and President comments “We are excited to welcome Partners Group to our shareholder structure because we share the same values, and we believe that their expertise and knowledge will play a key role in our global expansion, the broadening of our service offering and our continued growth as a company.”

Christian Unger, Managing Director and responsible for Partners Group’s TMT practice, comments “Softonic is a world market leader in an online segment which we believe will see strong growth in the future driven by an ever increasing demand for software applications on multiple consumer devices.” Stephan Seissl, Vice President in Partners Group’s private equity team in Europe, adds “We are looking forward to being an active shareholder and supporting Softonic’s management team in their global growth strategy, which includes the launch of a number of exciting new product and service offerings.”

About Partners Group
Partners Group is a global private markets investment management firm with over EUR 28 billion in investment programs under management in private equity, private real estate, private infrastructure and private debt. The firm manages a broad range of customized portfolios for an international clientele of institutional investors. Partners Group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and has offices in San Francisco, New York, São Paulo, London, Guernsey, Paris, Luxembourg, Munich, Dubai, Singapore, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney. The firm employs over 600 people, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (symbol: PGHN) with a market capitalization of over CHF 5.5 billion and a major ownership by its partners and employees.

About Softonic
Softonic is a world leading online software guide and the best place to find the most complete and comprehensive information about programs, apps, games, and web applications. Founded in Barcelona in 1997, the company now employs a staff of more than 350 employees and has offices in Barcelona, Madrid, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Softonic offers the most complete selection of software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and other popular operating systems. This wide variety of software is categorized and analyzed by an independent editorial team, which generates content in more than 10 languages. Softonic also offers its users several ways to access its content and services: web, a desktop application or Smartphone. The company offers developers tailor-made solution packages that allow them to publish, manage, distribute, and advertise their programs. Softonic is one of the leading European companies when it comes to internet global audience. A solid company endorsed by more than 140 million unique users a month, who generate over 5 million daily downloads.

Investor relations contact
Philip Sauer
Phone: +41 41 784 66 60
E-mail: philip.sauer@partnersgroup.com

Media relations contact
Dr. Anna Hollmann
Phone: +41 41 784 63 72
E-mail: anna.hollmann@partnersgroup.com