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JMI Equity Joins Hellman & Friedman Buyout of Applied Systems


Hellman & Friedman has inked an agreement to buy Applied Systems from Bain Capital for approximately $1.8 billion. JMI Equity will also be investing alongside H&F. Ropes & Gray advised Bain Capital in the sale. According to terms of the deal, Applied Systems’ senior management will continue to maintain a “significant ownership position” in the company. The transaction is expected to close in early 2014. Headquartered in University Park, Illinois, Applied Systems is a provider of insurance software.

Applied Systems is a leading provider of insurance software and a recognized pioneer of agency management systems and data exchange between agencies, brokerages, carriers and their clients. The company supports an extensive customer base of over 12,000 agencies and brokerages and 350 insurers across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Hellman & Friedman LLC is a leading private equity investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and London and is currently investing its seventh fund, which has over $8.9 billion of committed capital. H&F has extensive experience in the software and insurance industries through current and previous ownership of large scale agencies, insurance carriers and software providers.

“All of us at Applied are pleased to be partnering with H&F and JMI Equity as they share our commitment to revolutionize the global business of insurance by investing behind the company’s unique product vision for the benefit of our customers,” said Reid French, CEO of Applied Systems.

“This is an exciting time in the 30-year history of Applied Systems. Our senior management team and I are extremely appreciative of Bain Capital’s unwavering support in executing our growth mission over these past seven years. This acquisition represents an endorsement of Applied Systems’ talented employee base, strategic plan and product vision that have made the growth of our company possible.”

“We believe Applied Systems is a uniquely positioned company in the global insurance software market,” said David Tunnell, managing director of Hellman & Friedman. “It combines the largest user base in the industry with Applied Epic, the fastest growing new agency management system, to be the market leader in insurance technology for deployments both on premise and in the cloud.”

Anupam Mishra, managing director of Hellman & Friedman, added, “We are enthusiastic to support Reid and the Applied Systems employees as they extend their impressive track record of growth for years to come with mission critical products and services which are at the heart of the insurance agency and carrier businesses.”

“We have enjoyed a very productive partnership with Applied Systems, working closely with the management team to expand market share and significantly enhance the product suite,” said Andrew Balson, managing director at Bain Capital. “We wish Reid and the new ownership group great success as they continue to build the business."

The transaction is subject to customary conditions to closing and is expected to be completed in early 2014.

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