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    [EN] Plesk Sold to Oakley Capital for $105 Million

    Nicole Henderson
    May 5 2017



    Oakley Capital has acquired Plesk in a deal valued at $105 million, making Plesk a completely independent company from Parallels.

    According to a statement by Plesk on Friday, it plans to move beyond traditional web hosting into the hyperscale cloud – offering support for WordPress management, Docker and microservices, as well as simplified cloud management.

    Plesk, headquartered in Switzerland, is used by cloud service providers to manage applications, websites, and cloud businesses. As an independent company, Plesk expects to be able to make acquisitions and investments in engineering.

    “The growing dominance of hyperscale cloud providers has the world’s 20 million cloud developers looking for access to faster, more secure and efficient infrastructures,” Jan Löffler, Chief Technology Officer at Plesk said in a statement. “Our main investment focus will be to develop a WordPress management tool that enables scalability, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and security that can be deployed from anywhere to everywhere.”

    Oakley Capital has acquired stakes in web hosting providers in the past, including German web host intergenia AG (which it later sold). Other Oakley Capital investments include online dating service Parship, IT services provider Daisy, and Host Europe (which is now owned by GoDaddy).

    “With Oakley’s investment, we are now in a position to expand our existing channel of more than 2,500 strategic partners and accelerate deployments and go-to-market innovations. We will deliver simplified hyperscale cloud platforms for all businesses related to and dependent on hosting services,” said Nils Hueneke, Chief Executive Officer of Plesk.

    According to Plesk, more than 50 percent of the top 100 global cloud service providers are its partners, and it currently runs more than 350,000 servers, automates more than 10 million websites and over 18 million mailboxes.

    Earlier this year, Plesk signed a partnership with Automattic to co-develop a Plesk WordPress Toolkit, which “tool integrates and manages the growing number of key technologies used to run, build, and secure websites and applications in the cloud,” Plesk says.

    “We are delighted to be investing in Plesk, which is a widely used software platform with significant growth potential in a sector we know well. We are excited to be partnering with a strong management team and we believe that our combined experience will support the business as it moves into the next phase of its development,” Peter Dubens, Director of Oakley Capital said.

    http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-n...or-105-million

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    Peter Dubens firm Oakley Capital snaps up software firm Plesk in $105m deal

    Oliver Gill
    2 May 2017

    Started in 1999, Plesk was launched in the US after being designed in Russia. It was bought by Washington-based firm Parallels in 2003.

    Today's deal sees Oakley Capital carve out certain assets and operations of Plesk from the Parallels group. The enterprise value represents a 7.5 times multiple on its 2016 full-year earnings.

    The founder of Oakley Capital Peter Dubens said: "We are delighted to be investing in Plesk, which is a widely used software platform with significant growth potential in a sector we know well.

    "We are excited to be partnering with a strong management team and we believe that our combined experience will support the business as it moves into the next phase of its development."

    Oakley raised net proceeds of £59m from the Time Out initial public offering (IPO) last June.

    A successful entrepreneur, Dubens is renowned for keeping a low profile.

    Through the 1990s he made his money through setting up successful clothing distribution businesses to the likes of M&S and Philip Green's Arcadia. He also helped bring brands such as Vans trainers and Eastpak bags to the UK market through his distribution channels.

    He set up Oakley Capital in 2002 and still occupies a board position at Time Out. His private investments are managed by Andrew Wolfson, the brother of Next boss Lord Wolfson.

    http://www.cityam.com/263899/peter-d...-software-firm

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    Oakley to Buy Controlling Stake in Web Management Firm Plesk

    Ed Ballard
    02 May 2017

    Mid-market private-equity firm Oakley Capital has invested $27.4 million from its third fund in Plesk, ​a provider of web management services, for a 51% controlling stake.

    http://www.penews.com/today/index/co...222/restricted


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    Oakley snags Plesk control for $27.4M

    Oakley Capital has acquired a 51% stake in Parallels subsidiary Plesk for $27.4 million, representing an enterprise value of $105 million. The provider of a web-server management platform generated revenues of $28 million and EBITDA of roughly $14 million in 2016.

    Andrew Schonberg
    02 May, 2017


    Oakley Capital Investments Ltd has completed a deal to acquire the assets and operations of Plesk via Oakley Capital Private Equity III (Fund III).

    The deal was at an enterprise value of $105m, as a carve out from the Parallels Group.

    Fund III had invested $27.4m for a 51% controlling stake in the business.

    The company's indirect contribution through its interest in Fund III was about £10.0m.

    The investment in Plesk represented another primary, proprietary deal in one of Oakley's core sectors, originating from long-standing relationships within the hosting industry.

    Plesk was one of the most widely used control panels and software platforms for simplifying the lives of Web Professionals.

    It generated revenues of $28m and EBITDA of about $14m for the year to 31 December 2016.

    https://www.digitallook.com/news/new...--2649104.html

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    Enterprise value is calculated as the market capitalization plus debt, minority interest and preferred shares, minus total cash and cash equivalents.

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    Oakley Capital Investments’ Oakley Capital Private Equity III (Fund III) has completed a deal to acquire the assets and operations of Plesk, at an enterprise value of USD105 million, as a carve out from the Parallels Group.

    02/05/2017

    Fund III has invested USD27.4 million for a 51 per cent controlling stake in the business. The company’s indirect contribution through its interest in Fund III is approximately GBP10 million.

    First released in 1999, Plesk is one of the most widely used control panels and software platforms for simplifying the lives of Web Professionals. Plesk’s web-server management tools secure and automate server and website administration as well as operations. Key features include the automation and management of domain names, email accounts, web applications, programming languages, databases and infrastructure tasks to provide a ready-to-code environment and strong security across all layers and operating systems. The Plesk software platform operates on more than 350,000 servers globally, supporting the operations of more than 10 million websites and 18 million email boxes. Plesk is available in 32 languages globally and many of the top cloud and hosting service providers partner with Plesk.

    Plesk generated revenues of USD28 million and EBITDA of approximately USD14 million for the year ended 31 December 2016. The business is expected to drive growth through a number of revenue and operational initiatives, made possible by focussed management following its separation from the Parallels Group.

    Peter Dubens, director of OCL, says: “We are delighted to be investing in Plesk, which is a widely used software platform with significant growth potential in a sector we know well. We are excited to be partnering with a strong management team and we believe that our combined experience will support the business as it moves into the next phase of its development.”

    http://www.privateequitywire.co.uk/2...acquires-plesk

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