TEMPLE, TEXAS – August 27, 2017 — PDI, leading global provider of enterprise-class software solutions to the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum and logistics industries, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Genstar Capital (www.gencap.com), a leading private equity firm based in San Francisco. TA Associates (www.ta.com), which invested in PDI in 2016, will continue as a significant shareholder.
A strategic partnership with Genstar and TA Associates is expected to accelerate PDI’s transformation into a global leader in the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum and logistics industries. This partnership builds on PDI’s 30-year heritage and its mission to put customers first and provide them with leading software solutions, technologies and services to help them thrive in the digital economy.
“Genstar is an experienced software investor with a long-term perspective that will help PDI continue to deliver for our customers, innovate our software portfolio, provide world-class global service, and focus on new untapped markets,” said Jimmy Frangis, chief executive officer, PDI. “We believe that our strategic partnership with Genstar and TA Associates supports and builds on our mission to be a trusted partner and advisor for our customers, addressing their ongoing and evolving enterprise software and services needs. This investment is a strong vote of confidence in PDI’s long-term strategy and future growth potential, and we look forward to working with our partners to continue to strengthen and broaden our market footprint.”
“Genstar focuses on identifying market leaders in the software sector and we believe that PDI has established an unmatched presence in the market for more than 30 years,” said Eli Weiss, managing director, Genstar Capital. “We are confident that the breadth of PDI’s current portfolio along with the potential for expanding its existing services and software offerings will bring a new level of experience to the industries and the customers it serves. Our added capital and resources in partnership with TA Associates will provide PDI with the means to further develop their technology and allow for strategic add-on acquisitions that we believe will meet the needs of a rapidly changing market. We look forward to working with the PDI management team and TA to help accelerate the company’s growth.”
“Since beginning our partnership with the PDI management team in May 2016, PDI has successfully executed against its growth strategy, rapidly accelerating topline revenue growth, delivering significant levels of product innovation and deepening its presence in international markets,” said Hythem T. El-Nazer, managing director, TA Associates. “We are delighted to partner with Genstar to continue to build upon the strong foundation that we believe exists at PDI to deliver superior service, support and innovation to customers and the marketplace. PDI has accomplished a great deal in the last 15 months, and we believe that its future is bright.”
Added Mr. Frangis, “PDI has helped customers thrive in today’s digital economy with innovative software so they can run their business better. Our customers trust our people and our company because of our deep knowledge of the industry and of their business. PDI’s customers are truly the cornerstone of our success, and we look forward to the support of our strategic investors in helping us continue to serve our customers and to provide them with unprecedented value.”
Lazard served as exclusive financial advisor to PDI. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
About Genstar Capital
Genstar Capital (www.gencap.com) is a leading private equity firm that has been actively investing in high quality companies for more than 25 years. Based in San Francisco, Genstar works in partnership with its management teams and its network of strategic advisors to transform its portfolio companies into industry-leading businesses. Genstar manages funds with total capital commitments of approximately $9 billion and targets investments focused on targeted segments of the financial services, software, industrial technology, and healthcare industries.
About TA Associates
TA Associates (www.ta.com) is one of the largest and most experienced global growth private equity firms. Focused on five target industries – technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer and business services – TA invests in profitable, growing companies with opportunities for sustained growth, and has invested in nearly 500 companies around the world. Comfortable as either a majority or minority investor, TA employs a long-term investing approach, utilizing its strategic resources to help management teams build lasting value in growth companies. TA has raised $24 billion in capital and is investing out of current funds of $7.25 billion. The firm’s more than 85 investment professionals are based in Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong.
About PDI Technologies, Inc.
Professional Datasolutions, Inc. is now PDI Technologies, Inc.
With 40 years of industry leadership, PDI Technologies, Inc. resides at the intersection of productivity and sales growth, delivering powerful solutions that serve as the backbone of the convenience retail and petroleum wholesale ecosystem. By “Connecting Convenience” across the globe, we empower businesses to increase productivity, make informed decisions, and engage faster with their customers. From large-scale ERP and logistics operations to loyalty programs and cybersecurity, we’re simplifying the industry supply chain for whatever comes next. Today, we serve over 200,000 locations worldwide with solutions like the Fuel Rewards® program and GasBuddy, two popular brands representing 15 million monthly users. pditechnologies.com
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