Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Carlyle teams up with Ramesh Vangal to acquire Cambridge Solutions

Private equity giant Carlyle along with serial entrepreneur Ramesh Vangal are said to be the frontrunners in acquiring Cambridge Solutions, one of the largest listed BPO companies. Carlyle may purchase 42% of the other promoters’ stake for sale at $170 mn. The joint bid would control around 60% stake, valued at around $250 mn, in the acquired company, thus valuing the company at an EV of $400 mn. Other firms in the fray include bidders like global IT major EDS, PE firm Apollo and Indian IT company HCL.

The Cambridge acquisition will be Carlyle’s largest investment in India till date. The PE major is joining hands with Mr. Vangal, a co-founder and the largest individual shareholder in Cambridge with 18% stake, is assisting Carlyle in effecting a buyout.

Carlyle’s move to buy is seen in the context of Cambridge, which has substantial revenues locked up in the insurance processing domain that could unleash synergies given its rather large exposure to the insurance sector in the US. Almost two-thirds of Cambridge’s Rs. 1200 crore-revenue comes from high-end BPO operations spread across the US, India and Europe. It has a strong presence in the lucrative insurance processing domain, with around 2000 of its total 4500 employees located in the US.

Read more in The Economic Times article.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Orange Country business investment banks use league tables to rank who has the highest dollar volume of deals in debt, equity, syndicated loans and M&A activity. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you are sick of hearing about league tables) there really hasn't been a ranking system to evaluate the private equity industry