Blackstone in deal to buy majority stake in Mphasis

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on April 26, 2021

PE Fund to invest up to $2.8 billion to pick up 26 per cent more through rights issues

Blackstone on Monday said that the private equity funds managed by it have entered into definitive agreements to acquire a majority stake in Mphasis Ltd.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), UC Investments and other long-term investors will co-invest along with Blackstone. Mphasis is one of the leading providers of information technology services, specialising in cloud and digital solutions. It has deep domain expertise in banking, financial services and insurance sectors (BFSI) and serves 35 of the top 50 US BFSI firms. Mphasis also has long-term relationships with multiple marquee global customers.

A press statement from Mphasis said the company is witnessing strong momentum on new business wins and has delivered its highest‐ever quarterly Total Contract Value (TCV) wins in each of the last three quarters: Direct TCV wins have increased 64 per cent y-o-y for the nine-month period ending December 31, 2020.

Creating long-term value

Amit Dixit, Co-Head of Asia Acquisitions and Head of India for Blackstone Private Equity, said: “Information technology and software services have been strong sectors for value creation for the last two decades. Mphasis is backed by strong secular tailwinds as global enterprises increasingly migrate to the cloud. The company is exceptionally well-positioned given a terrific management team, strong order backlog, long-term strategic customer base, deep domain expertise in financial services, and a world-class suite of cloud and digital offerings. This investment enables us to continue creating value for the long term with continuity in the management team and the board, and provide additional resources to further accelerate the company’s growth momentum. We are grateful to Mphasis’ customers, investors, employees and board for their continued support.”

Mphasis sees more traction from Blackstone portfolio

Nitin Rakesh, CEO and Executive Director of Mphasis, said: “We are gratified to continue our partnership with Blackstone, both as a leading investor as well as our client. We believe Blackstone’s sustained strategic partnership will help the company accelerate its growth and scale new heights. Sovereign and pension funds co-investing is a testimony of long-term commitment and a vote of confidence of a marquee set of shareholders.”

‘Business-building approach’

Satish Swamy, Senior Managing Director Asia and Global Rates, UC Investments (The Regents of the University of California), said: “Blackstone has an exceptional team and franchise in India. An ownership mindset with a business-building approach has led to many successful investments, including its flagship investment in Mphasis. We have known the company and the management team for a few years and are delighted to now become investors. At UC Investments, we invest as partners with a long-term mindset in companies with secular tailwinds — Mphasis perfectly fits that bill.”

Four firms in the fray to pick up Blackstone’s stake in Mphasis

This transaction will trigger a mandatory open offer for the purchase of up to 26 per cent additional shares of the company from the public shareholders and the acquiring entity has released a public announcement to the stock exchanges. Based on the open offer subscription, the blended purchase price will vary between ₹1,452 and ₹1,497 per share (12 per cent-16 per cent premium to 12-month average price and 3 per cent - 6 per cent discount to 6-month average price) and the purchase consideration will vary between ₹15,200 crore and ₹21,000 crore (or, approximately $2 billion to $2.8 billion).

A different fund managed by Blackstone had acquired a controlling stake in Mphasis from Hewlett Packard Enterprise in September 2016. The sale is expected to complete in the coming months, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Published on April 26, 2021

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