Equistone acquired the stake in Computerlinks in 2008 via its EPEF III fund, partnering with the management team. During Equistone´s investment period, the company increased revenue from approximately €540m in FY 2008 to approximately €940m in FY 2012 – or, from approximately $500m to $800m, respectively, on a US GAAP basis. For 2013 the company budgets revenues of €1.1bn, or $950m, on a US GAAP basis.
In 2009 Equistone delisted the Munich-based IT security, network performance and internet technology supplier from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
“Together with Computerlinks´ management team and the company founder Stephan Link we have successfully managed to build upon the outstanding position Computerlinks occupies in the IT-security market. We completely retired the acquisition loan during our investment period,” said Michael Bork, senior partner at Equistone Partners Europe.
Equistone Partners is owned and managed by the former executives of Barclays Private Equity. In January 2013, it completed the final closing of Equistone Partners Europe Fund IV with total capital commitments of €1.5bn.
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