HOUSTON, TEXAS- July 18, 2022- Meriplex, a leader in managed cybersecurity, IT and SD-WAN solutions for SMB and mid-market enterprises in the United States, is pleased to announce the completion of a transaction in which Vitruvian Partners acquired a majority interest in Meriplex. Meriplex's existing shareholder Clairvest Group Inc. (TSX: CVG) (“Clairvest”) is retaining meaningful equity in Meriplex and will remain as a minority shareholder alongside the Meriplex management team led by Founder & CEO David Henley, who will continue to run the business.
Meriplex has a strong track record of industry-leading organic growth, financial performance and since 2018 has completed 13 acquisitions, expanding its reach to become a nationwide leader. EBITDA in 2022 is expected to be 10x of that achieved in 2017.
“Vitruvian Partners will help further accelerate our rapid growth, enabling us to continue to expand our nationwide footprint and capabilities to serve our customers better every day. We are excited about partnering with them and to continue our partnership with Clairvest” says David Henley, Founder & CEO of Meriplex. “I am very proud of what Meriplex has achieved over the last few years and am excited to continue growing Meriplex and our customer relationships alongside Vitruvian as our new private equity partner.”
David Nahama, Senior Partner at Vitruvian Partners, says: “We have been very impressed with the track record of growth at Meriplex and have seen the company consistently outperform, including executing multiple strategic acquisitions. Meriplex has established a nationwide leadership position in the highly attractive managed cybersecurity, IT and SD-WAN solutions markets, allowing it to deliver compelling and differentiated solutions to its customers, and underpin its attractiveness from an investment perspective. We approached David late last year and are delighted to be partnering with him, the broader Meriplex team and Clairvest on the next significant chapter of expansion and success for Meriplex.”
Luuk Remmen, Partner at Vitruvian Partners, adds: “Vitruvian Partner’s investment in Meriplex builds on our longstanding track-record and experience in cybersecurity, enterprise networking and managed services. Together with Clairvest, we believe we have significant capital and capabilities to support the growth and acquisition aspirations of Meriplex.”
“We are incredibly proud of the Meriplex team. They successfully executed an aggressive growth plan and matured the business into a national player,” says Mitch Green, Managing Director at Clairvest. “David and his team have been relentless in their pursuit of opportunities to grow and strengthen the business. We are thrilled to reinvest a meaningful equity stake into the transaction along with our management partners and welcome Vitruvian, whom we believe will be a great partner for this next stage of growth.”
Q Advisors acted as exclusive financial advisor to Meriplex in connection with the transaction.
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We are very excited about our recent transaction with Vitruvian Partners in which Q Advisors represented Meriplex from origination to completion. From our first successful recapitalization with Clairvest in 2018 to Vitruvian Partners today, the Q Advisors team has demonstrated a remarkable level of both of service and skill to help us navigate through these different phases of growth. We could not have asked for a better partner to support us in our goal of becoming the leading Managed Services Provider in the nation.David Henley, CEO & Founder, Meriplex