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Ping Identity Acquired By Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo

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Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is acquiring Ping Identity for $2.8 billion and taking the enterprise identity software company private. The M&A deal is expected to close in Q4 of 2022, the companies said.

This is technology M&A deal number 697 that MSSP Alert and sister site ChannelE2E have covered so far in 2022.

Ping Identity Financial Results; Thoma Bravo Security Investments

Ping also announced Q2 2022 financial results. Total revenue was $72 million -- down from $78.9 million in Q2 of 2021. The company's net loss was $47.9 million, larger than an $11 million net loss in the corresponding quarter last year.

Meanwhile, Thoma Bravo has extensive experience in and around the cybersecurity market, and is a familiar name in the MSP software sector. The private equity firm also owns:

Now, Thoma Bravo is scooping up Ping. Vista Equity Partners, which owns nearly 10% of Ping Identity's outstanding shares, has agreed to vote its shares in favor of the deal.

Thoma Bravo Acquires Ping Identity: Executive Perspectives

In a prepared statement about the deal, Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand said:

"This compelling transaction is a testament to Ping Identity's leading enterprise identity solutions, our talented team, and our outstanding customers and partners. Identity security and frictionless user experiences have become essential in the digital-first economy and Ping Identity is better positioned than ever to capitalize on the growing demand from modern enterprises for robust security solutions. We are pleased to partner with Thoma Bravo, which has a strong track record of investing in high-growth cloud software security businesses and supporting companies with initiatives to turbocharge innovation and open new markets."

Added Seth Boro, a managing partner at Thoma Bravo:

"A tectonic shift is occurring in intelligent identity solutions for the enterprise. Ping Identity's unique capabilities and strong position in enterprise identity security make it a great platform to deliver customer outcomes, expand into new use cases and support digital transformations. We are highly impressed with the talented Ping Identity team and look forward to working collaboratively in the years to come."

Noted Chip Virnig, a partner at Thoma Bravo:

"Ping Identity is a leader in intelligent identity solutions for the enterprise and is well-positioned to capitalize on the significant opportunities in the $50 billion Enterprise Identity security solutions area. Our shared commitment to growth and innovation, combined with Thoma Bravo's significant security software investing and operational expertise, will enable Ping Identity to accelerate its cloud transformation and delivery of industry leading identity security experiences for the customers, employees and partners of large enterprises worldwide."

Concluded Michael Fosnaugh, co-head of Vista's Flagship Fund and senior managing director, and Ping Identity's chairman of the board:

"This transaction is a great outcome, and one we firmly believe maximizes value for all stakeholders. We wish Andre and the entire Ping Identity team continued success and thank them for their commitment and partnership over the last six years."

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.