Novacap to sell hosting provider iWeb to Internap for $145 mln

Montréal-based iWeb Inc, a global provider of Internet hosting solutions and IT infrastructure, has agreed to be bought by Atlanta, Georgia-based Internap Network Services Corp (NASDAQ: INAP) for approximately US$145 million. According to Internap, the deal is expected to close in December 2013. Founded in 1996, iWeb currently serves 10,000 SMB customers in over 100 countries. The company was taken private for $47 million in June 2011 by Novacap Technologies, a private equity fund managed by Longueuil, Québec-based Novacap, with the participation of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and an investment vehicle affiliated with Bank Street Capital Partners.

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Novacap Sells Montreal-based Hosting Provider iWeb to Internap

MONTREAL, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – Novacap, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Atlanta-based IT infrastructure service provider Internap for the sale of the hosting and cloud provider, iWeb. Evaluated at $145M, this transaction will allow both Internap and iWeb to grow their market shares and their services portfolio to offer a complete range of IaaS to companies at every stage, from start-ups to multinationals.

iWeb’s leading position as an international cloud hosting company combined with proven online sales channel and multi-lingual capabilities will enable Internap to provide a broader range of infrastructure capabilities with additional price points and configurations to the global SMB segment.

“We are very happy to have reached an agreement with Internap. This transaction will allow iWeb to benefit from access to Internap’s data centers, hybrid IT infrastructure capabilities, automated provisioning and its high-performance network. The Internap-iWeb combination will give iWeb and its employees new strategic opportunities in a very fast-growing market,” declared Christian Primeau, president and chief operating officer at iWeb.

Novacap has been working with entrepreneurs specialized in data centers and cloud computing for over 15 years now. The private equity firm joined forces with iWeb in 2011, “When I founded iWeb in 1996, cloud computing was far from being a reality. Novacap’s commitment and vision enabled us to grow and reach new heights with iWeb. Today the beginning of a new chapter for many of us, and I am very proud of everything our team has achieved,” said Eric Chouinard, co-founder of iWeb.

“We acquired iWeb because we saw the potential of the company and of its people. Today, iWeb is an international cloud hosting company serving over 10,000 SMB customers worldwide. iWeb is a perfect example of how Novacap can support a company in its expansion strategy and help it reach the highest standards within its industry,” concluded Stéphane Tremblay, partner at Novacap.

The Bank Street Group LLC served as financial advisor for iWeb.

The transaction is subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Exchange.

About Novacap

Novacap is one of Canada’s leading private equity firms. Since 1981, its distinct partnership approach based on operational expertise has helped companies accelerate their growth and maximize their value. Novacap ranks among the top private equity firms in North America. For more information, please consult: www.novacap.ca.

About iWeb

iWeb provides the on-demand server and cloud infrastructure that allows over 10,000 customers worldwide to deliver today’s Internet-based technologies and to create tomorrow’s online innovations. Since 1996, Montreal-based iWeb has been rated among the world’s top web infrastructure providers based on performance and reliability and among Canada’s fastest growing companies. For more information, visit http://www.iweb.com.

About Internap

Internap helps people build and manage the world’s best performing IT infrastructure. Our global footprint of data centers, patented network technology and hybrid approach to hosting solutions that blends virtual and bare-metal cloud computing, managed hosting and colocation delivers a seamless end-user experience with the lowest latency every time. With a 100% uptime guarantee and award-winning customer support, Internap has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies. For more information, visit www.internap.com.

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NOVACAP
Pascal Tremblay, MBA
President and Managing Partner
450.651.5000
ptremblay@novacap.ca

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