Daily News: January 3, 2017

Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Jefferies Others Support Clearlake Acquisition


Clearlake Capital Group signed a definitive agreement to acquire LANDESK from Thoma Bravo. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As part of the transaction, Clearlake will contribute its portfolio company HEAT Software to the new platform investment in LANDESK.

Morgan Stanley, Evercore, Barclays and Jefferies served as financial advisors to HEAT and Clearlake. Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Barclays, Jefferies, Golub Capital, Macquarie Capital and Nomura have provided fully committed financing for this transaction. UBS Investment Bank served as financial advisor to Thoma Bravo.

The combined company will be led by LANDESK CEO Steve Daly and will be headquartered in Salt Lake City. John Ferron, a Clearlake operating advisor and the current CEO of HEAT, will serve as executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. The combined company will operate under a new corporate name, which will be announced at a later date.

“This is an exciting day for LANDESK. We are thrilled to work with Clearlake in this next phase of our growth trajectory, as they bring significant endpoint security software domain expertise and cloud experience that will be critical to continue to build our platform organically and through acquisition,” said Daly. “We are grateful for the partnership with Thoma Bravo over the years and are excited about this new chapter of growth for our business, particularly the addition of HEAT to our platform. HEAT’s products align well with our mission to help our customers build modern, user-centered IT organizations and will provide additional expertise and capabilities as we accelerate our investments in the cloud.”

Clearlake Capital Group is a private investment firm founded in 2006.

LANDESK helps organizations balance rapidly-evolving user requirements with the need to secure critical assets and data.

HEAT is a provider of Cloud Service Management and Unified Endpoint Management software solutions for organizations of all sizes.