Vista Equity Partners

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Vista Equity Partners
Industry Private equity
Founded 2000; 17 years ago (2000)
Headquarters Austin, Texas, United States
Number of locations
Key people
Robert F. Smith, Founder
Brian Sheth, Co-founder [1]
Number of employees

Vista Equity Partners (Vista) is an American private equity and venture capital firm focused on financing and forwarding software and technology-enabled startup businesses, as well as passive equity investments.[2][3] The firm was founded in 2000 by American businessman and investor Robert F. Smith, and has offices in Austin, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and San Francisco, California.[4] Vista operates with around $10 billion in their 2016 VI fund.[5]


In January 2001, Vista made an investment in BigMachines,[6] a provider of ERP and CRM integration software. Vista made additional investments in the company through 2012,[7] and sold the company to Oracle Corporation in October 2013.[8][9]

In January 2007, Vista completed acquisition of Indus International at a value of $240 million, combining it with MDSI Mobile Data Solutions to form Ventyx, Inc., later purchased by ABB_Group[10][11]

In May 2009, Vista agreed to acquire Sumtotal Systems for about $160 million, and closed on the transaction in July 2009.[12][13]

In July 2009, Vista acquired MicroEdge, a provider of financial services software, from Advent Software for $30 million.[14][15]

In June 2012, Vista acquired Bullhorn, Inc., a provider of CRM Software for the recruitment industry, for a reported price of several hundred million dollars.[16][17]

In May 2013, Vista announced it would acquire Websense for an estimated $906 million for approximately $1 billion.[18] The transaction closed in June 2013.[19][20]

In September 2013, Vista announced a new round of funding[21] and a bid of over $1 billion to acquire Active Network, Inc, a provider of online event registration services.[22][23] Vista has since acquired Lanyon, Inc., a software company based out of Dallas, Texas, with whom they merged a portion of Active Network's Business Solutions Group (BSG).[24]

In September 2014, Vista announced its sale of Microedge to Blackbaud, Inc. for $160 million.[25]

In September 2014, Vista announced that it would acquire TIBCO Software for $4.3 billion.[26]

In June 2015, Vista acquired the assets of Student Information System from Pearson PLC (which included PowerSchool), a provider of K-12 student information systems used by 15 million students in 73 countries.[27]

In June 2015, Vista acquired Mediaocean, a software provider for the advertising industry.[28]

In September 2015, Vista announced an agreement to acquire Solera Holdings, a provider of data and software for the automotive and insurance industries, for approximately $6.5 billion.[29] In March 2016, Vista announced its completion of this acquisition.

In June 2016, Vista announced an agreement to acquire Marketo, a marketing automation software company, for approximately $1.79 billion.[30] It also announced an agreement to acquire Ping Identity, a single-sign on digital security company, for an undisclosed amount.[31]

In September 2016, Vista announced an agreement to acquire technology company Infoblox, for approximately $1.6 billion in cash.[32][33]

In September 2016, Vista acquired Regulatory DataCorp, a provider of counterparty risk and financial regulatory compliance data and software.[34]

In November 2016, the company acquired event management software company Cvent for $USD1.65 billion.[35]

In May 2017, Vista acquired Xactly Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based incentive solutions.[36]

In April 2017, Vista announced they were acquiring MarketTrack LLC, a provider of advertising, e-commerce, brand protection, and other information to retailers, brands, manufacturers, and others, from Los Angeles-based private equity investor Aurora Capital Group.[37]

Vista occasionally makes passive, public equity investments, in addition to investments in debt securities through its Vista Credit Opportunities platform.


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  25. ^ "MicroEdge Enters into Agreement of Sale with Blackbaud, Inc". Microedge. September 2, 2014. 
  26. ^ Vista Equity to buy TIBCO Software for $4.3 billion. Reuters, 29 September 2014
  27. ^ "Pearson to sell PowerSchool to Vista Equity Partners". 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2015-06-23. 
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  29. ^ Lance Murray (September 14, 2015). "Vista Equity Partners to acquire Solera Holdings in $6.5B deal". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Marketo Enters into Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $1.79 Billion". 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  31. ^ "Vista Equity Partners to Acquire Ping Identity". Ping Identity. Retrieved 2017-09-21. 
  32. ^ "Hedge Funds Starboard Value And Hound Partners Score In Vista Equity's Infoblox Buyout". 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  33. ^ "Infoblox Announces Agreement To Be Acquired By Vista Equity Partners For $26.50 Per Share In Cash". Press release. Infoblox. September 19, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
  34. ^ "Vista Equity Partners to acquire RDC". Press release. Yahoo Finance. September 6, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  35. ^ "After months of government scrutiny, $1.65B Cvent acquisition is finalized". 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  36. ^ "Xactly Enters Into Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners". Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
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