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Thoma Bravo to buy in $6.6b take-private transaction

Thoma's agreed upon purchase price translates to a 71 percent premium over the shipping e-commerce software company's three-month volume-weighted average closing share price.

Thoma Bravo has a agreed to acquire in a take-private deal valuing the provider of e-commerce shipping software at approximately $6.6 billion. stockholders will receive $330 per share in cash, representing a 67 premium over its closing share price on Thursday. J.P. Morgan Securities is providing financial advice to Debt financing for the transaction is being provided by Blackstone Credit, credit funds managed by Ares Management Corporation, PSP Investments Credit II USA LLC and Thoma Bravo Credit.


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–® (NASDAQ: STMP) (the “Company”), a leading provider of e-commerce shipping solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm, in an all-cash transaction that values at approximately $6.6 billion.

Under the terms of the agreement, stockholders will receive $330.00 per share in cash representing a premium of 67 percent over the Company’s closing share price on July 8, 2021, the last full trading day prior to the transaction announcement. The premium is 71 percent over the Company’s three-month volume-weighted average closing share price through July 8, 2021. Upon completion of the transaction, will become a private company with the flexibility and resources to continue to provide best-in-class global e-commerce technology solutions. Additionally, will benefit from the operating capabilities, capital support and deep sector expertise of Thoma Bravo – one of the most experienced and successful software and technology investors in the world.

“Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in the history of and will provide us with a new and exciting platform from which we can continue to execute our global strategy driven by best-in-class software and technology solutions,” said Ken McBride,’s Chairman and CEO. “With the financial and operational support of Thoma Bravo, can continue to innovate and pursue growth opportunities to capture the expanding e-commerce shipping market and extend our position as the leading global multi-carrier e-commerce shipping software company. This transaction is a testament to the excellence and hard work of all of our employees and their relentless dedication to our customers and partners throughout the world.”

“As the first company to introduce online postage and an early innovator in e-commerce shipping software, has established itself as a key technology solution in worldwide e-commerce,” said Holden Spaht, a Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo. “With a highly-seasoned management team that has driven impressive growth for more than twenty years, an innovative suite of market-leading software solutions, and a large and growing customer base, is well positioned to capitalize on the strong secular tailwinds in e-commerce and we are excited to support the Company in its next chapter of growth.”

“We’ve been tracking the impressive growth of for many years and are excited to partner with the team to support the Company in continuing to drive cutting edge product innovation, expansion into new markets, and delivery of an even greater level of service and support to its impressive customer base,” said Brian Jaffee, a Principal at Thoma Bravo. “The e-commerce landscape is rapidly evolving and we look forward to partnering with the team to continue building on the Company’s leading position in e-commerce shipping solutions.”

Transaction Details’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) has unanimously approved the agreement with Thoma Bravo and recommends that stockholders vote in favor of the transaction at the Special Meeting of Stockholders to be called in connection with the transaction.

The agreement includes a 40-day “go-shop” period expiring August 18, 2021 which allows the Board and its advisors to actively initiate, solicit and consider alternative acquisition proposals from third parties. The Board will have the right to terminate the merger agreement to enter into a superior proposal subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement. There can be no assurance that this “go-shop” will result in a superior proposal, and does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until it determines such disclosure is appropriate or otherwise required.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by stockholders and receipt of regulatory approvals. Upon closing of the transaction, the Company’s common stock will no longer be listed on any public market. The Company will continue to be headquartered in El Segundo, California.


J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to and Proskauer Rose LLP is acting as its legal counsel. Debt financing for the transaction is being provided by Blackstone Credit, credit funds managed by Ares Management Corporation, PSP Investments Credit II USA LLC and Thoma Bravo Credit. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor for Thoma Bravo.

About (NASDAQ: STMP) is the leading provider of e-commerce shipping software solutions to customers including consumers, small businesses, e-commerce shippers, enterprises, and high volume shippers. offers solutions that help businesses run their shipping operations more smoothly and function more successfully under the brand names, Endicia®, ShipStation®, ShipEngine®, ShippingEasy®, ShipWorks®, GlobalPost and Metapack™.’s family of brands provides seamless access to mailing and shipping services through integrations with more than 500 unique partner applications.

About Thoma Bravo

Thoma Bravo is one of the largest private equity firms in the world, with more than $78 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2021. The firm invests in growth-oriented, innovative companies operating in the software and technology sectors. Leveraging the firm’s deep sector expertise and proven strategic and operational capabilities, Thoma Bravo collaborates with its portfolio companies to implement operating best practices, drive growth initiatives and make accretive acquisitions intended to accelerate revenue and earnings. Over the past 20 years, the firm has acquired more than 300 companies representing over $85 billion in enterprise value. The firm has offices in Chicago, Miami and San Francisco. For more information, visit