Baar-Zug, 28 February 2013
Partners Group invests in Softonic, the leading multiplatform software guide
Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, announces that it has invested in Softonic on behalf of its clients. Softonic is a global multiplatform software guide which allows users to explore, download and manage software applications on multiple devices in more than ten different languages. Through a catalogue of more than 160’000 software titles for desktop and mobile operating systems, the company connects more than 140 million monthly users with a diverse portfolio of software and apps distributors.
Through a strong focus on content and usability, the company has developed into a global top 40 internet business over the past 15 years and it is the clear market leader in its segment today. Besides launching the site in new languages, over the coming years Softonic will focus on increasing its presence in the markets in which it operates, particularly in the US, China and Japan, and also on creating new products and services to help users discover and enjoy software for any platform or device.
Tomas Diago, Softonic’s Founder and President comments "We are excited to welcome Partners Group to our shareholder structure because we share the same values, and we believe that their expertise and knowledge will play a key role in our global expansion, the broadening of our service offering and our continued growth as a company."
Christian Unger, Managing Director and responsible for Partners Group’s TMT practice, comments "Softonic is a world market leader in an online segment which we believe will see strong growth in the future driven by an ever increasing demand for software applications on multiple consumer devices." Stephan Seissl, Vice President in Partners Group’s private equity team in Europe, adds "We are looking forward to being an active shareholder and supporting Softonic’s management team in their global growth strategy, which includes the launch of a number of exciting new product and service offerings."