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[July 28, 2014]

Thoma Bravo Completes Acquisition of Sparta Systems

SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--

Thoma Bravo, LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, has completed its acquisition of Sparta Systems, Inc., a global leader in enterprise quality management solutions, from current investors Summit Partners and Altaris Capital Partners. Financial details were not disclosed.

"Sparta is an established leader in the enterprise quality management solutions space, and we look forward to working with the company's management team to identify and pursue future growth opportunities," said Scott Crabill, a managing partner at Thoma Bravo. "We expect to help management further accelerate Sparta's growth and expand the company's geographical and sector reach."

"We are excited to partner with Thoma Bravo, which has a proven track record of growing technology companies through organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions," said Eileen Martinson, CEO of Sparta Systems. "The investment will enable us to further strengthen our product offerings and accelerate our growth initiatives."

Founded in 1994, Sparta Systems currently has over 650,000 users in more than 30 countries. The company maintains an extensive customer base in many highly regulated industries, which includes the top 30 pharmaceutical companies, 12 of the top 15 medical device companies, and many leading consumer products and discrete manufacturing companies.

The company offers a platform - based on its lagship product TrackWise® - that enables manufacturers to deliver products to market safely and efficiently. Sparta's solutions provide powerful visibility and traceability across its customers' quality management activities, allowing organizations to address a multitude of escalating challenges, including mounting regulatory oversight, increased public scrutiny, growing supply chain and business process complexity, and increased pressure to deliver greater profits. In addition, the company recently released Stratas™, a revolutionary cloud-based solution that extends TrackWise beyond a corporation's four walls to external suppliers and manufacturers.


"Sparta Systems fits well into the Thoma Bravo buy-and-build investment strategy as a true market leader in a consolidating industry with mission critical product offerings and an experienced management team," said Arvindh Kumar, vice president at Thoma Bravo. "The company's new solutions position the company to expand its market share and enhance the safety, efficiency and reliability of its customers' quality management processes."

Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, served as legal adviser to Thoma Bravo. Lazard acted as financial adviser and Proskauer as legal adviser to Sparta Systems.

About Sparta Systems

Sparta Systems, an industry pioneer and global leading provider of enterprise quality management solutions (EQMS), enables businesses to safely and efficiently deliver their products to market. Its TrackWise EQMS, a trusted standard among highly regulated industries, is used by quality, manufacturing and regulatory affairs professionals to manage compliance, reduce risk and improve safety across the global enterprise. Headquartered in Hamilton, N.J. and with locations across Europe and Asia, Sparta Systems maintains an extensive install base in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, medical device, electronics manufacturing and consumer products markets. Read more about Sparta Systems and TrackWise software on the corporate website www.spartasystems.com or blog blog.spartasystems.com.

About Thoma Bravo, LLC

Thoma Bravo is a leading private equity investment firm building on a 30+ year history of providing equity and strategic support to experienced management teams and growing companies. The firm seeks to create value by collaborating with company management to improve business operations and provide capital to support growth initiatives. Thoma Bravo invests with a particular focus on application and infrastructure software and technology enabled services. The firm currently manages a series of private equity funds representing more than $7.5 billion of equity commitments. For more information, visit www.thomabravo.com.


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