Blackstone to acquire additional stake in Mphasis
- Transaction Value: $1.1B
- Enterprise Value / Revenue: 3.2x
- Enterprise Value/EBITDA: 17.4x
- On April 26, 2021, Blackstone announced its offer to acquire an additional 26% stake in Mphasis for $1.1 billion.
- This acquisition followed an earlier investment in 2016 wherein Blackstone acquired a 60.5% equity interest in Mphasis from Hewlett Packard to capitalize on the high growth potential of the IT services industry.
- Mphasis offers IT outsourcing services to global companies, including cloud computing services and digital processes for business.
TBP’s analysis of Blackstone doubling down on its five-year investment
- Blackstone Capital Partners (BCP) recognition for technology-driven solutions and the increased needs for outsourced services amidst the COVID-19 pandemic influenced them to grow their investment in Mphasis.
- In 2016, BCP acquired a 60.5% stake in Mphasis, as companies shifted to high-profit margin digital services, a category in which Mphasis showed to be a strong player. This acquisition marked BCP’s biggest investment the company has ever made in India.
- Two years later, in 2018, BCP sold an 8% stake to create liquidity and bring in additional high-quality investors. In 2020, BCP again acquired an additional 4% stake to continue being the long-term majority shareholder.
- BCP recently committed $2.8 billion to buy up to 75% of the company and will be joined by its limited partners, sovereign funds, and marquee US endowments.
- Mphasis has been a notable investment for BCP, which has tripled to $4.5 billion in market cap 5 years after its acquisition.
- According to Bloomberg, Blackstone is confident to take Mphasis from the current $4.5 billion to $10 billion in the next 4 years based on the current technological demands.
Private Equity’s appetite for IT services firms remains robust in 2021
- Private Equity/Venture Capital firms have invested $51.05 million on average for 223 deals in IT services that happened in India, Europe, and North America in the first four months of 2021.
- The average value of an investment in 2021 was 27% lower than the immediate previous quarter, which saw an average of $70 million being invested across 160 deals.
- In April 2021, KKR acquired Ensono, a company providing a comprehensive suite of services that helps enterprises manage, optimize and modernize their IT systems across mainframe, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure.
- In March 2021, Apax Partners acquired Lutech, an Italian IT services and software company specializing in digital customer engagement and next-generation IT infrastructure.
Investment activity in IT services
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