Cvent Enters into Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $1.65 Billion
Tysons Corner, Va. – Cvent, Inc. (NYSE: CVT), a leading cloud-based enterprise event management company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Vista Equity Partners (Vista), a leading private equity firm focused on investments in software, data and technology-enabled businesses.
The terms of this all-cash deal provide substantial value to Cvent stockholders. Vista will acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Cvent common stock for a total value of approximately $1.65 billion. Cvent stockholders will receive $36.00 in cash per share, representing a premium of approximately 69 percent over Cvent's closing price on April 15, 2016 and a 70 percent premium to Cvent's average closing price over the past 30 trading days.
"We are pleased to announce this transaction that provides a significant premium for Cvent stockholders," said Reggie Aggarwal, founder and CEO of Cvent. "This milestone is the next chapter in our 17-year history. With Vista's financial strength to invest in Cvent now and in the future, we will be better positioned to deliver innovative solutions that transform the meetings and events industry, and to offer employees new opportunities for career growth."
"Reggie and the Cvent team have built a leading portfolio of products and are positioned for expansion in a large and underpenetrated market," said Brian Sheth, co-founder and President of Vista. "We are excited to work with the Cvent team to lead the business into this next phase. Over the last several years, Vista has developed a leading portfolio of meeting technology providers. This acquisition is our most significant investment in this space, and further solidifies our commitment to the broader industry."
Cvent will become a privately held company. Cvent's Board of Directors unanimously approved the deal and recommended that stockholders vote their shares in favor of the transaction. Cvent's headquarters will remain in Tysons Corner, VA. Closing of the deal is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of Cvent stockholders and required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2016.
Morgan Stanley is serving as financial advisor to Cvent, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation is serving as legal advisor to Cvent. Vista's legal advisor is Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider with more than 4,000 employees, 30,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. Founded in 1999, the company delivers the most comprehensive event marketing and management platform and offers a global marketplace where event professionals collaborate with venues to create unmatched experiences. Cvent is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., and has additional offices in London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Melbourne, New Delhi, and Singapore among others, to support its growing global customer base. The comprehensive Cvent event marketing and management platform offers software solutions to event organizers and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event marketing and management, onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent’s suite of products automate and simplify the entire event management process and maximize the impact of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events. Hotels and venues use Cvent’s supplier and venue solutions to win more group and corporate travel business through Cvent’s sourcing platforms and to service their customers directly, efficiently and profitably – helping them grow and own their business. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage millions of meetings and events. For more information, please visit Cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
About Vista Equity Partners
Vista, a U.S.-based private equity firm with offices in Austin, Chicago and San Francisco, with more than $20 billion in cumulative capital commitments, currently invests in software, data and technology-based organizations led by world-class management teams with long-term perspective. Vista is a value-added investor, contributing professional expertise and multi-level support towards companies realizing their full potential. Vistas investment approach is anchored by a sizable long-term capital base, experience in structuring technology-oriented transactions, and proven management techniques that yield flexibility and opportunity in private equity investing. For more information, please visit www.vistaequitypartners.com.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the transaction, Cvent intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), including a preliminary proxy statement on Schedule 14A. Promptly after filing its definitive proxy statement with the SEC, Cvent will mail the definitive proxy statement and a proxy card to each stockholder entitled to vote at the special meeting relating to the transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF CVENT ARE URGED TO READ THESE MATERIALS (INCLUDING ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO) AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION THAT CVENT WILL FILE WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CVENT AND THE TRANSACTION. The definitive proxy statement, the preliminary proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the transaction (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Cvent with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SECs website (http://www.sec.gov) or at Cvents website (http://investors.cvent.com) or by writing to Cvents Investor Relations at 1765 Greensboro Station Place, 7th Floor, Tysons Corner, Virginia 22102.
Participants in the Solicitation
Cvent and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Cvents stockholders with respect to the transaction. Information about Cvents directors and executive officers and their ownership of Cvents common stock is set forth in Cvents proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on April 10, 2015, and Cvents Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, which was filed on March 1, 2016. Information regarding the identity of the potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests in the transaction, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement and other materials to be filed with SEC in connection with the transaction.
Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release, and the documents to which Cvent refers you in this communication, contains not only historical information, but also forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements represent Cvents expectations or beliefs concerning future events, including the timing of the transaction and other information relating to the transaction. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of Cvent, the expected completion and timing of the transaction and other information relating to the transaction. Without limiting the foregoing, the words believes, anticipates, plans, expects, intends, forecasts, should, estimates, contemplate, future, goal, potential, predict, project, projection, may, will, could, should, would, assuming and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. You should read statements that contain these words carefully. They discuss Cvents future expectations or state other forward-looking information and may involve known and unknown risks over which Cvent has no control. Those risks include, (i) the risk that the transaction may not be completed in a timely manner or at all, which may adversely affect Cvents business and the price of the common stock of Cvent, (ii) the failure to satisfy of the conditions to the consummation of the transaction, including the adoption of the merger agreement by the stockholders of Cvent and the receipt of certain governmental and regulatory approvals, (iii) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (iv) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the transaction on Cvents business relationships, operating results and business generally, (v) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the transaction, (vi) risks related to diverting managements attention from Cvents ongoing business operations and (vii) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against us related to the merger agreement or the transaction. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication or the date of any document incorporated by reference in this document. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, Cvent does not undertake to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.