QAD to be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $2 bn

QAD said on Monday private equity firm Thoma Bravo will buy the enterprise software maker for about $2 billion, the latest go-private deal by the software investor.
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QAD shareholders will get $87.50 per share in cash, a premium of about 20 percent to the company’s last close.

Following the completion of the deal, expected in the fourth quarter of 2021, QAD founder and President Pamela Lopker will retain a significant ownership interest in the company and continue to serve on the board.

QAD provides cloud-based planning and resources solutions software to manufacturing companies.

Thoma Bravo is one the largest software-focused private equity firms with over $78 billion in assets under management. Its portfolio companies include information technology services provider SolarWinds and cybersecurity firm McAfee.

It has announced deals to take security software vendor Proofpoint and data solution provider Talend to private earlier this year.

Morgan Stanley served as financial adviser to QAD’s special committee, and Moelis & Company advised Lopker. Barclays served as financial adviser to Thoma Bravo.