3i Infotech sells its software products business to Apax Partners for $136 mn

Information technology major 3i Infotech Limited on Monday announced the sale of its software products business to funds advised by Apax Partners, for a total consideration of Rs1,000 crore (about $136 million).

As per the agreement, 31 Inotech will sell its software products business to a newly formed company named Azentio Software, wholly owned by the Apax Funds. 
Azentio Software, which has been carved out of 3i Infotech, provides critical, vertical-specific software products for customers in banking, financial services.
The transaction, subject to shareholder approval and relevant regulatory approvals, is expected to close in early 2021.
Since its incorporation in 1993, 3i Infotech has been providing a range of IT services and software products to over 1,200 customers across multiple industry verticals in over 50 countries. The company operates through two business segments - services and software products. The services segment, under the brand `Altiray’, provides consulting services, business optimisation services and an extensive expertise in mobility, data analytics, big data, testing and application development. The software products business comprises a comprehensive set of core software products for customers in banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) verticals and includes key products such as `Kastle’ (universal banking platform), `Amlock’ (financial crime detection and compliance software suite), `Premia Astra’ (core insurance software), `MFund Plus. (asset management platform) and `Orion’ (enterprise resource planning software).
Following the transaction, 3i Infotech will continue to pursue strategic growth initiatives in the IT services business, supported by a stronger balance sheet. The transaction will revitalise growth and accelerate value creation for all stakeholders of 3i Infotech, including customers, employees and shareholders. The newly formed Azentio Software will be supported by Apax Funds, with increased investments in R&D and sales and marketing. Azentio Software will focus on investing in its current product portfolio, launching new products and providing best in class service levels to all customers. 
The Apax Funds will also use Azentio as a platform to do M&A across the BFSI software space in the region.
“Today’s announcement is transformative and value accretive for all stakeholders of 3i Infotech. I foresee a very exciting future for both the IT services and the software products business. Both businesses will have the resources to capitalise on market opportunities and build long term value for employees, customers and shareholders. I want to thank the entire 3i Infotech team for their commitment and contribution towards the successful journey of the company and I am sure that the teams will be infused with renewed vigour going forward,” Padmanabhan Iyer, managing director and global CEO, 3i Infotech, said.
“Increasing technology spend on core software systems across the BFSI industry and ERP space is driving rapid growth in the enterprise software market in the region. The newly formed company, Azentio, has a strong portfolio of feature rich products that run the core operations for customers. We are excited to unlock Azentio’s potential and help transform the business into a true regional leader in the software space,” Shashank Singh, partner and head of the India office at Apax Partners, said.
“ERP, core banking and insurance software are key areas of focus for the Apax Funds, with numerous successful investments to date. Azentio provides critical, vertical-specific software that allows its customers to stay competitive. We look forward to partnering with the Azentio management team in driving continued innovation and creating a software leader for the MEA and APAC regions,” Umang Kajaria, partner at Apax Partners, added.
Apax Partners is a leading global private equity advisory firm. Over its more than 40-year history, Apax Partners has raised and advised funds with aggregate commitments of approximately $50 billion. The Apax Funds invest in companies across four global sectors of tech & telco, services, healthcare and consumer. 
Headquartered in Mumbai, 3i Infotech has over 5500 employees in 32 offices across 12 countries and over 1200 customers in more than 50 countries across 4 continents. The company has a very strong foothold and customer base in geographies like North America, India, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, South Asia and Europe.