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Siemens Is Planning To Buy Brightly Software From Clearlake Capital

By ET Bureau - June 28, 2022 4 mins read

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with certain of its affiliates, “Clearlake“) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Brightly Software, Inc. (“Brightly Software”, “Brightly” or the “Company”) to Siemens AG (“Siemens”) (FRA: SIE) for $1.575 billion of upfront cash consideration, along with $300 million in cash earn-out payments, for a total of $1.875 billion. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Brightly is a leading software-as-a-service (“SaaS”) provider of cloud-based enterprise asset management and facility operations management. Clearlake acquired Brightly, formerly known as “Dude Solutions,” in June 2019 and subsequently executed on its O.P.S.® strategy by partnering with management to support the Company through multiple organic and inorganic strategic initiatives.

“We are thrilled by the progress made by Kevin and the Brightly team as the Company has expanded to become a leading provider of enterprise asset management SaaS solutions across a broad range of applications, end-markets, and geographies,” said Behdad Eghbali, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, and Prashant Mehrotra, Partner and Managing Director, at Clearlake. “Over the past three years, we have transformed the operating expense structure of the business to enable efficient growth and significant profitability, while improving the quality of the Company’s revenue streams. We are particularly pleased with Brightly’s progress leveraging the best practices from the Clearlake software portfolio to become a high performing SaaS platform, and we believe the foundation Kevin and the management team have established positions the Company for continued growth under Siemens’ ownership.”

Kevin Kemmerer, Chief Executive Officer at Brightly Software, said, “This is a very exciting day for Brightly as it represents an important milestone in the Company’s history after going through a strategic transformation over the past few years under Clearlake’s guidance. Siemens’ acquisition of Brightly represents confidence in our ongoing plans to scale across end-markets and geographies, our ability to accelerate our market leadership position in enterprise asset management, and our goal to help our clients create more sustainable communities. We are proud and grateful to Clearlake of the work we have done together.”

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Over the course of Clearlake’s investment, Brightly expanded into new end-markets and additional geographies, while enhancing its product suite in existing markets by developing and investing in new product offerings, including solutions with a focus on ESG and sustainability management. Leveraging Clearlake’s best practices from its software investment portfolio, Brightly reconfigured its go-to-market motion and transitioned many customers to a longer-term partnership model, all while maintaining the platform innovation that has differentiated Brightly in the past. These efforts were supplemented by executing on four strategic acquisitions, including Assetic, Confirm, Energy Profiles, and Facility Health.

These initiatives under Clearlake’s three-year ownership resulted in an approximately 100% increase in annual recurring revenue and a significant expansion in the Company’s EBITDA margins. Today, Brightly has a global customer base with over 12,000 clients across Education, Public Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Commercial Real Estate, and other end-markets, and was recently recognized as a “Leader in Enterprise Asset Management Software” from Verdantix, an award-winning independent research firm.

“Brightly will enable us to leapfrog to the next level of performance for buildings. With seamless data exchange between our offerings, our customers can expect enhanced efficiency, lower downtimes and maintenance costs, shorter lifecycles, better data-driven decisions and more satisfied tenants,” added Matthias Rebellius, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens and CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “The acquisition will speed up our target of becoming a leading software company also in infrastructure and support our vision of creating fully autonomous buildings that continuously learn from and adapt to the needs of their tenants.”

William Blair & Company LLC and SVB Securities LLC acted as financial advisors to Brightly. Sidley Austin LLP provided legal counsel to Brightly and Clearlake.

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