We have some M&A to report from the managed services side of things, with assets changing hands between two familiar private equity players. Berkshire Partners has entered into an agreement to buy Masergy from ABRY Partners.
Masergy supplies managed networking, security, and UC to the enterprise marketplace. They have been actively incorporating SDN and NFV technologies into their infrastructure, and have lately been making a move into SD-WAN. In 2012 they acquired BroadCore, which helped advance their UC ambitions.
The purchase price is said by various reports to be above $900M including debt. They have been owned by ABRY Partners since being acquired for an undisclosed price in 2011 after finding the IPO marketplace to be too chilly. Five years is about right for ABRY, and if that $900M price tag is correct, they probably did pretty well on the deal.
Now Berkshire will take the helm, and we will just have to see what changes they make to Masergy’s direction – if any.
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