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LogPoint – Private Placement of 10 mUSD from Evolution Equity Partners

Tofte & Company – Cybersecurity platform LogPoint secures $10 million in funding led by Evolution Equity Partners

It is with pleasure that we can announce that LogPoint, the next generation security information and event management (SIEM) and big data analytics platform, has secured $10 million in Series B funding from cybersecurity specialist Evolution Equity Partners.

LogPoint, headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, introduced its SIEM solution to the market in 2008 and has since experienced continuous growth. In 2012 Series A funding was provided by Danish ICT specialist investor DICO, who will remain as an investor. LogPoint is the only European SIEM vendor and it achieved an EAL 3+ certification in 2015 in partnership with Boeing Defense, Space & Security. This certification facilitates partnerships with NATO, intelligence agencies, military and police entities and critical infrastructure in general. The Company today serves more than 300 customers globally with a significant customer base in Europe, whether it be government authorities, organizations and private enterprises. The clients are served through a network of infrastructure and security specialists partners such as CGI, Securelink, NNIT, KMD and Cygate. The Company has grown from 30 to 100+ employees with offices in Germany, United Kingdom, France and Sweden in addition to HQ in Denmark.

The large cybersecurity market is in high growth and according to Gartner Research “worldwide spending on information security is expected to reach $90 billion in 2017, an increase of 7.6 per cent over 2016, and to top $113 billion by 2020.”

The recent funding will enable LogPoint to enter the next phase of growth; fueling expansion in new markets and providing for continuous enhancement of the LogPoint Enterprise SIEM platform.

“We are very content with the process run by Tofte & Company,” says Jesper Zerlang, CEO of LogPoint. “We have secured the capital needed to take LogPoint to the next level and Tofte & Company managed to find the perfect value adding partner in Evolution Equity Partners as they have an extensive network and solid experience and deep sector knowledge within our sector. The process was run very professionally and the deal execution skills got us the right deal.”

“Jesper and Søren (Laustrup – founder of LogPoint) have built an amazing company with a huge potential. Their product is truly innovative and in a sector where newcomers have difficulties entering, they have taken a strong market position because of a unique product offering. I very much look forward to follow the journey of LogPoint following the receipt of necessary growth capital and high expertise from Evolution Equity Partners,” says Thomas Tofte, Managing Partner of Tofte & Company.

About LogPoint:
LogPoint is a cybersecurity pioneer founded in Denmark, having introduced its SIEM product to the market in 2008. Today, over 300 clients experience the LogPoint difference. LogPoint is the most flexible platform available for collecting, analyzing, and monitoring all data – whether generated by applications, databases, or infrastructure, or by sensitive assets, manufacturing systems, or security systems. The big data scale-as-you-grow architecture allows for quick and easy analysis and visualization with only a few resources – no matter how vast the IT landscape, no matter how dense the data. Sales and support offices are located throughout Europe with partnerships across the globe.

About Evolution Equity Partners:
Evolution Equity Partners, based in New York City and Zurich, Switzerland, invests in fast growing technology companies in the United States, Europe and Israel helping exceptional entrepreneurs develop market leading companies. The firm has a focus on cybersecurity and enterprise software and its partners have been involved as founders, investors and as senior operating executives in leading software companies around the world. Current and past cybersecurity portfolio companies include: AVG Technologies (AVG: NYSE), Cognitive Security (CSCO: NASDAQ), OpenDNS (CSCO: NASDAQ), Carbon Black, Onapsis, Security Scorecard, DFLabs, Fortscale among others.

Ageras – Private Placement from Investcorp Technology Parthers

Tofte & Company – Investcorp to acquire majority stake in
European online marketplace Ageras

We are proud and happy to announce that Ageras, the European leader within matchmaking services to the accounting and legal industry, has received funding from Investcorp Technology Partners.

Investcorp Technology Partners, which focuses on tech-enabled investments in the European lower middle-market as part of the Investcorp Group (“Investcorp”), today announces that it has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Ageras A/S (“Ageras” or the “Company”), a fast growing online marketplace matching Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (“SMEs”) and micro-businesses with professional services providers such as accountants and lawyers.

Despite receiving no external investment until now, Ageras grew its revenues by approximately 60% over the last financial year and, in 2016, connected ~16,600 customers successfully. Ageras operates in five markets, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland and Germany from its Copenhagen headquarters. The Company has delivered consistent growth by reinvesting cash generated back into the business.

The investment by Investcorp is expected to underpin Ageras’ high standards of service delivered to its customers and partners, and will help to drive continued growth in the Scandinavian market, as well as the Company’s broader international footprint. It will also allow for expansion into new geographies, leveraging Ageras’ strong brand, reputation for dependability and their insights into the professional service market.

In a market estimated to be worth up to 22 billion euros annually, Ageras has risen to the top so quickly because of relentless focus on customer satisfaction on both client and professional service providers’ side. By using technology and a deep understanding of its market Ageras has created a superior platform expanding rapidly.

“It has been a pleasure collaborating with Tofte & Company,” says Rico Andersen, CEO of Ageras. “We looked at different advisors within the segment but thought that the strong technology expertise and sector specific extensive deal making skills would give us the best process. Our platform is all about the match and we were after the right match for us in terms of an investor that understood our business at a level where they could provide extensive value-add as well as financial power to provide continuous support during our growth path. We clearly found that match in Investcorp and I am excited about the journey lying ahead.”

“I was at the outset very impressed with the Company that Rico and Martin (co-founder) has build on a bootstrap basis but during the process I got even more impressed by the skill set of this young management team. I very rarely see a company being driven so professionally and KPI-based and I cannot wait to follow the journey as Ageras continues to grow fueled by an amazing management team and a tier-one investor group behind them. Investcorp proved a deep understanding of the business from the beginning and their extensive experience in working with fast-growing, founder-owned businesses in the technology space as well as their very analytic approach will make them a valuable partner to Ageras,” says Thomas Tofte, Managing Partner of Tofte & Company.

“Ageras’ unique combination of customized service and high automation positions it perfectly to address the market for connecting SMEs with accountants and lawyers. Its best-in-class levels of customer satisfaction coupled with recurring sales into its partner base have allowed it to secure a leading market position in Europe. These fundamental business strengths, coupled with an outstanding management team, make it an ideal candidate for Investcorp to partner with,” says Gilbert Kamieniecky, Managing Director of Investcorp’s technology investments in Europe. “It has also been a pleasure working with Tofte & Company that impressed us with the sector knowledge and substantive deal making skills creating a good deal for everyone involved.”

About Ageras:
Ageras is a Copenhagen-based technology company with a vision to create transparency in the accounting and legal industry. As an online marketplace, Ageras facilitates the right solution for a growing user base of 100,000 SME’s and individuals. Ageras has already expanded to 5 European markets and a 60% revenue growth last year without previous external equity funding.

About Investcorp:
Investcorp is a leading global provider and manager of alternative investments, offering such investments to its high-net-worth private and institutional clients on a global basis. Led by a new vision, Investcorp has embarked on an ambitious growth strategy to double assets under management (“AUM”) in the medium term. The Firm continues to focus on generating investor and shareholder value through a disciplined investment approach in three lines of business: corporate investment, real estate and alternative investment solutions (formerly known as hedge funds), together with the recently added credit management business.

As at December 31, 2016, the Investcorp Group had $10.4 billion in total AUM, including assets managed by third party managers and assets subject to a non-discretionary advisory mandate where Investcorp receives fees calculated on the basis of AUM.

Since its inception in 1982, the Investcorp Group has made over 170 corporate investments in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region, including Turkey, across a range of sectors including retail and consumer products, technology, business services and industrials, and more than 400 commercial and residential real estate investments in the US, for in excess of $53 billion in transaction value.

The Investcorp Group employs approximately 390 people across its offices in Bahrain, New York, London, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Doha, and Singapore. It is publicly traded on the Bahrain Stock Exchange.

CardLab – Series A Financing of 5.5 mEUR from Scentan Ventures

We are proud and happy to announce that CardLab, the world-leading supplier of technology for powered smart cards, has raised 5.5 mEUR in its series A funding from Singapore based Scentan Ventures – a team of internet entrepreneurs, digital and finance veterans.

The financing will help CardLab accelerate its growth via investment in production capabilities to harvest on the massive inbound opportunities the company has experienced. The funding will also accelerate efforts in Japan, where the new partnership with Scentan Ventures will bring local expertise and network to bring the products of CardLab to the market.

“The collaboration with Tofte & Company has been very satisfactory and a position is now reached where CardLab can sign binding delivery contracts with more customers for development projects and larger production orders,” says Frank Sandeløv, CEO of CardLab.

“With the investment from Scentan we not only managed to secure funds for further growth but also important knowledge and network for our Asian expansion. It has been a pleasure working with Tofte & Company who have continuously impressed me with their ability to understand our business as well as persistent support in our efforts and their impressive deal making skills to secure the funding.”

“I am very impressed by the traction and positioning CardLab has obtained with their unique technology for producing convenient and secure smart cards,” says Thomas Tofte. “I have never experienced a company with such a massive inbound interest before and can not wait to follow the journey as CardLab continues to harvest on this pipeline with the expanded opportunities following the funding”.

About CardLab:

CardLab is a Danish company specialized in making ultrathin electronics for powered smart cards and thereby develop highly advanced plastic cards containing a full computer in the card. CardLab has created particularly strong security features to plastic cards basically eliminating credit card fraud by use of its unique technology within biometric fingerprint scan, dynamic magnetic stripes, Snap Switch, Jammer Switch etc. CardLab is selling both complete solutions and OEM solutions adapted to the customers’ needs.

CardLab plans to hire further employees during 2016 to be able to cope with the rising demand on CardLab products. Please see more on www.cardlab.com.