Companies

Case Study:

SafeBoot

“When Summit invested in our business, we were immediately perceived as a more substantial company. Customers, vendors, potential partners, and acquisition candidates all viewed us more positively, simply because a firm of Summit’s caliber had confidence in us.”

Gerhard Watzinger, Former CEO

Location:
Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
Leadership:

Gerhard Watzinger

Founded in:
1991
invested in:
2005
Status:

Acquired by McAfee 2007

Summit Team:
Scott Collins
Case Study:

SafeBoot

Nearly doubled EBITDA in 2 years of Summit's investment

Expanded user base from 2 million to 5 million

Grew customer base to more than 4,200 corporate customers

Acquired by McAfee for $350 million

SafeBoot was launched to address the growing demand from corporations for encryption software and management systems on laptops and other mobile data security applications. By 2005, the company had grown to serve an extensive list of Fortune 1000 clients, and its management team saw tremendous potential for further growth as information security had become a top corporate priority.

How Summit helped:

  • Led a majority recapitalization to retire early investors
  • Worked closely with the CEO to build-out the sales force, which resulted in a meaningful increase in the already high organic growth rate of the business
  • Worked with management to help upgrade systems and reporting to public company levels
  • Recruited former CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency to the board
  • Assisted in preparing company for an IPO, and supported negotiations with strategic acquirer McAfee

By 2007, SafeBoot had become a leading mobile data security provider with 5 million users in more than 75 countries, and the company began preparing for an IPO. While paperwork was being filed, McAfee offered to acquire SafeBoot for $350 million. In November of that year, the acquisition was completed and SafeBoot became the cornerstone of McAfee’s Data Protection Product Business Unit delivering continued strong growth.

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