Applied Systems, a provider of insurance software and a portfolio company of Bain Capital, has signed an agreement to be acquired by Hellman & Friedman in a transaction valued at approximately $1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed in early 2014.
JMI Equity will be investing alongside Hellman & Friedman. Members of Applied Systems’ senior management will continue to maintain a significant ownership position in the company. Bain Capital first invested in Applied Systems in 2006.
Applied Systems develops, sells, and supports insurance agency and broker management systems and provides services for accounting, customer, policy, claims management, and all related agent and broker functions. The company has a customer base of over 12,000 agencies and brokerages and 350 insurers across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Applied Systems was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in University Park, IL (www.appliedsystems.com).
“All of us at Applied are pleased to be partnering with Hellman & Friedman and JMI Equity as they share our commitment to revolutionize the global business of insurance by investing behind the company’s unique product vision for the benefit of our customers,” said Reid French, CEO of Applied Systems. “This is an exciting time in the 30-year history of Applied Systems. Our senior management team and I are extremely appreciative of Bain Capital’s unwavering support in executing our growth mission over these past seven years. This acquisition represents an endorsement of Applied Systems’ talented employee base, strategic plan and product vision that have made the growth of our company possible.”
Bain Capital manages several pools of capital, including private equity, venture capital, and public equity and leveraged debt assets. The firm has more than $66 billion in assets under management. Since its inception in 1984, Bain Capital has made private equity investments and add-on acquisitions in more than 300 companies in a variety of industries around the world. The firm has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Munich, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Mumbai, with over 800 employees worldwide (www.baincapital.com).
“We believe Applied Systems is a uniquely positioned company in the global insurance software market,” said David Tunnell, managing director of Hellman & Friedman. “It combines the largest user base in the industry with Applied Epic, the fastest growing new agency management system, to be the market leader in insurance technology for deployments both on premise and in the cloud.”
Hellman & Friedman invests from $200 million to $750 million in companies across a range of industries including energy & industrials, software, business & marketing services, internet & digital media, financial services, insurance, media, and healthcare. Founded in 1984, the firm has raised and managed over $25 billion of committed capital and invested in over 60 companies. The firm is currently investing its sixth fund, with $8.4 billion of capital commitments. Hellman & Friedman is based in San Francisco with additional offices in London and New York (www.hf.com).
JMI Equity is a growth equity firm that invests in software and technology-enabled services companies. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in 110 businesses and has over $2.1 billion of committed capital under management. The firm has offices in San Diego and Baltimore (www.jmi.com).
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