January 16, 2018
Private equity investor Waterland has purchased Swyx Solutions, a provider of unified communications solutions to mid-sized companies throughout Europe. This acquisition enables Waterland to strengthen the software and IT sections of its portfolio.
Swyx is a leading unified communications software solutions provider and developer. The company offers leading edge communications and collaboration solutions to SMEs. Swyx integrates and connects all communication channels such as voice, instant messaging, video and email with company-relevant process applications. Solutions can be run directly via the client’s existing infrastructure on premises, via a partner cloud service or based on the cloud service provided by Swyx.
As one of the market leaders in Europe, Swyx has a two-tier go-to-market approach with more than 1,200 authorized specialist trading partners at the local level. The Dortmund-based company, with locations in the United Kingdom and France, also sells complementary equipment to accompany its software solutions.
Swyx focuses its solutions particularly on mid-sized companies. The company’s solutions are currently being used by nearly one million users throughout Europe. The international share of sales is around 10 percent. “Swyx has a great deal of growth potential, particularly outside Germany,” commented Dr. Ralf Ebbinghaus, CEO and co-founder of Swyx. “Together with Waterland, we will now be able to exploit this potential.”
Q Advisors, a global TMT investment banking boutique, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Swyx in connection with the transaction.
Read the full announcement here.
About Swyx Solutions
Swyx Solutions is a developer of software-based communications solutions specially tailored to meet the demands of mid-sized companies. Appropriate telephones and end devices to accompany the software solutions complete the product portfolio. With Swyx, users benefit from all the advantages of perfectly integrated communication: Accessibility can be increased, processes can be improved and, ultimately, a higher level of productivity can be reached. Founded in 1999 as a pioneer in the field of IP communications, the company is now European market leader in this segment. With a two-tier go-to-market approach with distributors and more than 1,200 authorized specialist trading partners, Swyx is active in 24 countries worldwide. The award-winning specialist for unified communications is located in Dortmund, Germany, with further locations in Great Britain and France. Together with its partners, Swyx offers in-house communications solutions, as well as cloud-based versions. In total, Swyx solutions are used by nearly one million people. More than 150 employees are currently working to make sure that Swyx remains one of the technology and innovation leaders on the market for IP communications.
Waterland is an independent private equity investment group that supports companies in realizing their growth ambitions. With substantial financial resources and committed industry expertise, Waterland enables its portfolio companies to achieve accelerated growth both organically and through acquisitions. Waterland has offices in the Netherlands (Bussum), Belgium (Antwerp), Germany (Munich, Hamburg), Poland (Warsaw), United Kingdom (Manchester) and Denmark (Copenhagen) and currently manages 6 billion euros of investor commitments. Alongside Swyx Solutions, Waterland has invested in other companies in the IT sector and has substantial experience there. The focus of the Waterland strategy is on “Buy & Build” growth. Since its founding in 1999, Waterland has consistently achieved a high, above-average performance with its investments and has regularly been among the top 3 of the world's leading private equity firms in the past HEC/Dow Jones Private Equity Performance Rankings compiled by Prof. Gottschalg of the HEC Paris Business School. In the current ranking from December 2017 Waterland occupies second place. In addition, Waterland has also been among the top 3 most consistent buyout fund managers worldwide in the "Preqin Consistent Performers in Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report" in recent years.