New Relic to Be Acquired by Francisco Partners and TPG for $6.5B
SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2023 — New Relic today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses, and TPG, a leading global alternative asset management firm, for $87.00 per share in cash. The all-cash transaction values New Relic at an equity valuation of approximately $6.5 billion.
The purchase price represents a premium of approximately 26% to New Relic’s 30-day volume-weighted average closing price ending on July 28, 2023, and approximately a 30% premium to New Relic’s last-twelve-months volume-weighted average closing price ending on July 28, 2023. Upon completion of the transaction, New Relic will become a private company with enhanced flexibility to continue investing in its leading observability platform and meeting the data and efficiency needs of its customers.
Hope Cochran, Lead Independent Director of the New Relic Board, said, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Francisco Partners and TPG, which delivers significant, immediate value to shareholders. This transaction is the result of a comprehensive process that included engagement with both financial and strategic parties, led by a transaction committee that included representatives of two of our largest public shareholders. The Board is unanimous in its belief that today’s transaction appropriately reflects the Company’s innovative and strong business while maximizing shareholder value, and I am immensely proud to have worked alongside New Relic’s outstanding management team and my fellow Directors to transform New Relic at this pivotal time.”
Lew Cirne, Founder and Executive Chairman of the New Relic Board, said, “Ever since our founding over 15 years ago, New Relic has created and delivered groundbreaking innovations, with a maniacal focus on delivering a leading observability platform to help our customers deliver better software faster. We are pleased to partner with Francisco Partners and TPG, who are committed to continuing to build upon New Relic’s strong foundation and achieve its full potential.”
Bill Staples, CEO of New Relic, said, “New Relic has made significant progress on its consumption business transition and, together with Francisco Partners and TPG, we will have the resources and flexibility to not only complete the final chapter of this transition, but also accelerate our strategy and provide customers with a standardized data-driven practice that any company can benefit from. I am proud of all that the team at New Relic has achieved, and I thank each of our employees for executing in a dynamic market and contributing to our continued success.”
“We’ve always admired New Relic’s best-in-class technology platform and New Relic’s continued commitment to provide its customers with a product that continually exceeds expectations,” said Dipanjan “DJ” Deb, co-founder & CEO of Francisco Partners.
“We continue to see tremendous opportunity for New Relic given their unique position in an evolving industry, and as a private company we believe they will achieve their full potential and optimize observability,” said Brian Decker and Evan Daar, Partners at Francisco Partners.
“As technology continues to become more feature rich and AI-enabled, the need for visibility is only increasing,” said Nehal Raj, Co-Managing Partner of TPG Capital. “New Relic is a pioneer in the observability market, providing developers and engineers with a unified platform to proactively monitor and manage mission critical applications.”
“Digital infrastructure management is a key thematic focus area for TPG, and we’re excited to partner with New Relic to grow the company’s customer relationships and continue enhancing its product capabilities,” continued TPG’s Art Heidrich. TPG will invest in New Relic through TPG Capital, the firm’s U.S. and European late-stage private equity platform.
“We have appreciated the partnership with New Relic’s directors and management team over the past few years as the company has executed its business model transformation and achieved profitable growth. We enthusiastically support this transaction, which we firmly believe represents the best outcome for shareholders,” said directors RK Mahendran, Partner at HMI Capital Management, and Kevin Galligan, Partner at JANA Partners.
About New Relic
New Relic empowers engineers with a data-driven approach to planning, building, deploying, and running great software. New Relic delivers the only unified data platform that empowers engineers to get all telemetry—metrics, events, logs, and traces—paired with powerful full stack analysis tools to help engineers do their best work with data, not opinions. Delivered through the industry’s first usage-based consumption pricing that’s intuitive and predictable, New Relic gives engineers more value for the money by helping improve planning cycle times, change failure rates, release frequency, and mean time to resolution. This helps the world’s leading brands including adidas Runtastic, American Red Cross, Australia Post, Banco Inter, Chegg, GoTo Group, Ryanair, Sainsbury’s, Signify Health, TopGolf, and World Fuel Services (WFS) improve uptime, reliability, and operational efficiency to deliver exceptional customer experiences that fuel innovation and growth.
Source: New Relic