EngageSmart's go-shop period ends with no new offers, Vista acquisition proceeds

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EngageSmart's go-shop period ends with no new offers, Vista acquisition proceeds

EngageSmart, a provider of SaaS solutions, concluded its "go-shop" period today without receiving any competing acquisition proposals. The company had entered a definitive merger agreement with Vista Equity Partners through Icefall Parent, LLC and Icefall Merger Sub, Inc. The agreed purchase price is set at $23 per share in cash.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. Once completed, EngageSmart will transition from a public company to a privately held entity under the majority control of Vista Equity Partners, which manages over $101 billion in enterprise software assets.

During the go-shop phase, Evercore served as the financial advisor to EngageSmart's Special Committee, while Skadden provided legal counsel. Goldman Sachs was appointed as the exclusive financial advisor for EngageSmart. BofA Securities and J.P. Morgan advised Vista on the deal, with Kirkland & Ellis offering legal advice. Additionally, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison counseled General Atlantic, which holds $77 billion in assets and focuses on growth enterprises.

EngageSmart's diverse client base includes over 119,600 customers across various sectors as of the end of September. The company offers solutions like SimplePractice that cater to industries including Health & Wellness.

The merger is advancing as planned based on an agreement dated October, with necessary documentation such as a preliminary proxy statement already filed with the SEC in anticipation of an upcoming shareholder meeting. Following the acquisition, EngageSmart is set to continue its mission under new ownership.

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