General Atlantic is a leading global growth investor and is rated as one of the top 20 Private Equity investment companies in the world. Edelweiss is the exclusive financial advisor to IBS in this transaction.
Founded in 1997, IBS is a leading provider of new-generation software products and services for the Travel, Transportation and Logistics industry sectors serving 70+ customers world-wide. They include the world’s top airlines, busiest airports, top cruise lines and top oil & gas companies, which use IBS solutions for their mission-critical operations. IBS employs about 1,700 employees globally with two development centers in India.
On the occasion VK Mathews, Chairman & Managing Director, IBS Group said, “We are very excited about this partnership which will enable us to leverage the strengths of our respective organizations. Being a global growth investor in the technology sector, General Atlantic will be able to provide IBS with strategic assistance to propel IBS to the next phase of its aggressive growth strategy.”
“IBS is perhaps the only IT Company in the world to have invested over 2,000 man-years developing new generation products for the Travel, Transportation and Logistics sector. GA’s investment will be used to further accelerate the organization’s growth through global mergers & acquisitions, and ramping up our sales, business consulting capability and infrastructure,” he added.
Abhay Havaldar, Managing Director of General Atlantic, will join the IBS’ board of directors and will assist the company in evaluating growth opportunities globally. Commenting on General Atlantic’s commitment to IBS, Mr. Havaldar said, “IBS is one of the leading software product companies in India and with its deep technical expertise, high quality client base and strong management team, IBS is extremely well-positioned for continued growth and expansion. We look forward to working closely with the IBS management team as an active long-term investor and strategic partner, with the goal of building IBS into a global market leader.”
The IBS Group (IBS) is a leading global provider of new-generation IT solutions to the Travel, Transportation and Logistics industries. A specialist in the domain, IBS (ibsplc.com) offers a range of products and services that manage mission-critical operations in the areas of Airline Passenger Services, Airline & Airport Operations, Airline Cargo & Logistics, Travel & Cruise Management and Oil & Gas Logistics. SEI CMMI Level 5 and PCMM Level 5 assessed, ISO 9001:2000, TickIT and ISO 27001:2005 certified, IBS operates two software development centers in India. With some of the world’s leading corporations as customers, IBS has business operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. IBS has been rated as one among the top eight technology start-ups from India by Red Herring Inc. and as one of the top ten Indian software product companies by Business Today.
About General Atlantic, LLC
General Atlantic, LLC (generalatlantic.com) is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. GA combines a collaborative global approach, sector-specific expertise, and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great management and build exceptional businesses worldwide. Founded in 1980, GA manages approximately $15 billion in capital and has more than 70 investment professionals based in Greenwich, New York, Palo Alto, London, Düsseldorf, Hong Kong and Mumbai.