Datassential / Spectrum Equity
Datassential, the leading provider of data, intelligence and market research to the foodservice industry, has received a significant growth investment from Spectrum Equity, a leading growth equity firm investing in the information economy.
Datassential, headquartered in Chicago and with offices in Los Angeles, is a leading provider of information and analysis to the food industry. The company provides a suite of subscription-based solutions and market research that help the food industry make and sell better products, including menu trends, consumer rating scores, LTO updates (limited time offer), trend analysis, food reports and sales tools. Clients utilize Datassential to inform their strategies for platform development, line extensions, customer acquisition, relationship management, equity measurement, positioning development and customer loyalty. The company’s SaaS platform is sold on a subscription basis to more than 200 foodservice companies. Datassential is in the early stages of leveraging its capabilities to enter the CPG and alcohol markets. It recently launched a new product with significant growth potential, a personalized food recommendation tool called Haiku.
Spectrum Equity is a leading growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support to innovative Internet, software and information services companies. For 25 years, the firm has partnered with high growth companies across the information economy. Spectrum Equity is currently investing the firm’s eighth fund with US$1.25 billion in capital.
Oaklins’ team in Los Angeles advised the seller in this transaction.
‘The finnCapCavendish team were great to work with, they took time to listen, properly understand our objectives and tailored the process to get a fantastic result for us. They really understood the value drivers in the ICT sector and had access to all the key buyers for our business, they were able to efficiently manage the sale process maintaining the great relationship we’d built we Adept as our preferred buyer.’
“Thank you to Jon, Steph and Chirag for their tireless efforts in recent months. Jon offered invaluable leadership and strategic advice, while Chirag and Steph provided diligent and supportive guidance throughout. They also behaved throughout as one would expect friends and confidants to act, which is very helpful in a confidential situation. We were delighted with the result and very, very pleased to have had the three of them as our team.”
“The Cavendish team of Jon, Chris, Chirag and Soben steered the process from start to finish and were instrumental in bringing this transaction to a successful conclusion with the right partner in the form of Naviga. The sale of Miles 33 to Naviga marked a successful exit for the financial investors and provides management with a larger platform to grow the business.”
“We are delighted to have secured this transformational funding. The open market does not serve everyone and the funding enables us to provide a choice to many more sellers. We would also like to thank Jon, Ben, Steph for their efforts – they provided invaluable advice and hands-on support throughout the process, providing us with a trusted advisor that saw the transaction through to completion.”
We are delighted with this transaction as Celtech is a class-leading developer of cloud-based retail and wholesale management solutions. The acquisition allows the Group to offer the very latest in RMS technologies to existing and new customers and extends the Group’s product offering into wholesaling and new geographies such as Ireland. It is expected to be earnings enhancing in its first full year of ownership.
In Thomson Reuters, we found a strategic buyer that shares our commitment to the rule of law. We have a proven track record of enabling the courts’ digital transformation of the UK. We are optimistic that with Thomson Reuters global footprint we will be able to help courts around the world to continue to operate effectively and efficiently into the future.
We’d also like to place on record a huge thank you to Jon, Sam and the Cavendish team. From identifying Pelican Capital through to providing advice and support throughout the due diligence process, Cavendish deserve a great deal of credit for delivering the fundraise in an exceptionally challenging environment.
This marks a significant opportunity for our partners, customers and people as we become part of the global Kyocera family and continue the journey we started back in 1988. When looking for an advisor we wanted someone with an international network and experience of working with buyers both here and overseas. Cavendish had the expertise to facilitate the transaction and the support they provided was invaluable. The Cavendish team, did an excellent job managing the process and ensuring the smooth closing of the transaction in a timely manner. They were always professional and aligned with our shareholder goals – many thanks to the whole team.
We made absolutely the right choice in appointing Cavendish. Michael Jewell and the team were instrumental in getting us the deal we wanted. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone thinking about a sales process.
Cavendish introduced us to GE and managed the negotiation and coordinated the transaction due diligence. Their involvement was instrumental to the deal being successful.
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