Warburg Pincus Agrees to Acquire Ascentium Capital
NEW YORK and KINGWOOD, Texas – October 4, 2016 – Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing, today announced that funds affiliated with the firm have agreed to acquire Ascentium Capital, the third largest private-independent equipment finance company in the U.S. by origination volume, with assets over $1.1 billion. Tom Depping, CEO of Ascentium Capital, has agreed to roll over his entire equity ownership stake in the business and continue to lead the Company.
Ascentium Capital offers a suite of financial products that cater to the capital needs of small businesses. The Company is a leading provider of vendor financing where it partners with manufacturers, distributors, resellers, and franchise organizations to finance the equipment and technology purchases of their small business customers. The Company also has a growing direct to end-customer business where it directly finances small businesses. Since its founding in 2011, Ascentium Capital has provided over $2 billion in financing and since 2012, the Company’s originations have grown at a 51 percent annualized growth rate.
“We are pleased by the endorsement of our business model and growth prospects demonstrated by Warburg Pincus’ acquisition. We continue to be laser focused on better serving our vendor partners and small business customers with ongoing innovation to our financial products and service solutions,” commented Tom Depping, Chief Executive Officer of Ascentium Capital. “The increased access to capital combined with the expertise Warburg Pincus has in the specialty finance sector will benefit our equipment vendors, small business customers and our employees.”
“We plan to continue expanding on the investments the Company has made in building an industry-leading financing platform to drive their differentiated approach from traditional small business lending through their unique combination of technology, excellent customer service, speed and flexibility,” said Michael Martin, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus.
“We see a compelling market opportunity to continue to build Ascentium to become a multi-product capital provider to small businesses through both organic growth and complementary acquisitions,” said Arjun Thimmaya, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus.
Ascentium Capital was advised by Goldman Sachs as financial advisor and Vinson & Elkins LLP as legal counsel. Warburg Pincus was advised by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a Stifel Company, as financial advisor and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as legal counsel.
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Leasing News obtained an Internal Memo sent to all employees from Tom Depping:
“Congratulations to everyone for contributing to Ascentium’s record year so far in every measurable aspect; including credit quality, net income, and origination volume.
“As a result of our assets exceeding $1 billion, we are preparing ourselves to capitalize upon future growth opportunities. In an effort to support this growth, our Board has retained Goldman Sachs. Their objective is to explore additional sources of capital from private equity firms and/or a future IPO. Since this process is in its early stages, we do not have any additional information for you at this time but will be sure to keep you posted.
“Any decision to proceed will place employees, vendors, and customers first. The retention of Goldman Sachs is about preparing for continued growth as the Ascent continues!”