Centerbridge to Acquire Syncsort and Vision Solutions for $1.26 Billion

Centerbridge Partners, L.P., a private investment firm, is acquiring enterprise software providers Syncsort and Vision Solutions from Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.

 Upon completion of the $1.26 billion transaction, Syncsort and Vision will be combined, creating what Centerbridge calls a “big iron to big data” platform investment controlled by Centerbridge.

Clearlake, which acquired Syncsort in 2015 and Vision in 2016, is retaining a minority ownership stake.

The combined company, led by Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers and operating under the Syncsort name, will be headquartered in Pearl River, NY. Each business is expected to benefit from the increase in global presence, as well as expanded product offerings, afforded by the combination. Vision CEO Nicolaas Vlok is anticipated to transition to become an advisor to the combined entity.

Syncsort is focused on strategies for optimizing existing data infrastructure while enabling critical data assets to be shared in next-generation analytic environments. Its software delivers critical enterprise data assets for big data analytics, on premise or in the cloud. With its acquisition of Trillium Software in late 2016, Syncsort is also now home to independent data quality software and expertise.

Vision is a provider of business resilience solutions, with a record of technological innovation on the IBM i and AIX Power Systems platforms. Its software solutions are designed to protect data, minimize downtime and maximize resources for the modern data center as enterprises transform their operations with business resilience, migration and security solutions. According to Centerbridge, Vision is well-positioned to capitalize on investments being made across the industry in tuning Power Systems to serve next-generation machine learning use cases, both on premise and in the cloud.

As the move to the cloud accelerates, organizations are increasingly recognizing the power of enterprise-grade solutions delivered as part of more economically flexible, easier to manage packages. This represents another significant growth opportunity for the combined company, specifically around the Vision, Syncsort Big Data and Trillium data quality cloud offerings.

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