Francisco Partners

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Francisco Partners
Type Private
Industry Private Equity
Founded 1999
Founders Benjamin Ball, Dipanjan Deb, Neil Garfinkel, Sanford R. "Sandy" Robertson, David Stanton
Headquarters Letterman Digital Arts Center
San Francisco, California, United States
Key people Keith Geeslin, David Golob, Ezra Perlman, Andrew Kowal
Total assets $7 billion
Employees 30 investment professionals
Website www.franciscopartners.com

Francisco Partners is an American private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses. Francisco Partners Management LLC was founded in August 1999 and is headquartered in San Francisco and maintains an additional office in London, United Kingdom. Since inception, the firm has raised approximately $7.0 billion in committed capital across three funds and has built an investment portfolio including over 60 companies.

Francisco Partners specializes in financing divisional buyouts, "take privates" of public companies, sponsored mergers and acquisitions, growth equity financing, recapitalizations, and restructurings. It prefers to invest in mature or maturing technology and technology-related companies. The firm seeks to invest in software, internet, healthcare technology, communications, hardware and technology services. It prefers to invest in companies with enterprise values ranging from $25 million to $2 billion. The firm makes equity investments ranging from less than $25 million to over $500 million. It typically acquires a majority or controlling stake in its portfolio companies, but will be a minority investor with board of director representation.

History[edit]

Francisco was founded in 1999 at the height of the dot-com bubble as interest in technology investments accelerated. The founders of the firm came from a group of west coast private equity firms including TPG Capital, together with the founder of technology-focused investment bank Robertson Stephens.

Investments[edit]

Francisco Partners has more than 30 active portfolio companies. Francisco has acquired former venture capital-backed companies as well as many divisions of large conglomerates and IT companies worldwide.[1]

Francisco Partners have invested in or purchased the following companies:

Company Name Status
aconex Current
ADERANT Exited
AdvancedMD Software Exited
AKQA Exited
Allston Trading Current
AMI Semiconductor Exited
API Healthcare Current
Attachmate Current
Attenti Exited
Avangate Current
Barracuda Networks Current
Blue Coat Exited
City Index Current
C-MAC MicroTechnology Exited
Corsair Current
CrossMatch Current
Cybit
Dextrys Current
EFJohnson Current
efront Current
Emailvision
Ex Libris Group Exited
Foundation 9 Entertainment Current
FrontRange Solutions Current
FX Solutions
Grass Valley Current
GXS Current
Healthland Current
Hypercom Exited
ichor systems Current
Kewill Current
Legerity Exited
Lumata Current
LYNX Medical Systems Exited
masternaut Current
Metaswitch Networks Current
Metrologic Instruments Exited
Minicom Exited
Mitel Networks Current
NexTech EMR & PM Current
NextTraq Current
NPTest Exited
Numonyx Exited
OfficeTiger Exited
paymetric Current
Plex Systems Current
Primavera Exited
Quadramed Exited
Quantros Current
RedPrairie Exited
Smart Focus Current
SMART Modular Technologies Exited
Source Photonics Current
Specific Media Current
Therapeutic Research Center Current
T-System Current
Ultra Clean Technology Exited
WatchGuard Current
webtrends Current
XcelleNet Exited

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