Calera Capital (“Calera”), a leading middle-market private equity firm, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell its interest in Transaction Services Group (“TSG”), a global payment solutions provider, to Advent International. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
During Calera’s investment period, TSG grew its annualized payment processing volume to $4 billion, serving more than five million end customers. Company revenue doubled over this period through both strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
“TSG represented a terrific opportunity to invest behind a market-leading business with numerous opportunities for growth,” stated Paul Walsh, a Senior Managing Director of Calera Capital. “Through our strong operating orientation, and a terrific partnership with management, we were able to help develop and refine TSG’s target operating model to unlock this growth potential. The business has now established itself as the clear global leader in its core verticals, with an unmatched ability to successfully enter new markets and geographies.”
TSG founder Murray Bolton said, “This transaction represents the successful culmination of a seven-year relationship with Calera. They have contributed significantly to all aspects of the business, which has resulted in the substantial growth we have achieved.”
“Investing behind strong founders and management teams to help drive the performance of their business is a hallmark of our approach,” stated Jim Farrell, Managing Partner of Calera Capital. “Our partnership with Murray Bolton and the TSG management team was core to the success of our investment. We are confident they will enjoy continued success with the business and wish them well with their new partners.”
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