Hg Capital Trust: Pirum Systems secures new investor Hg

10th December 2021 | Hg Capital Trust PLC

Hg, the Manager of HgCapital Trust plc (“HGT”), today announces an investment in Pirum Systems, a leading provider of post-trade automation and collateral management technology for the global securities finance industry.

The terms of the transaction are not disclosed and the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.

HgCapital Trust plc will invest approximately £9.4 million in Pirum Systems, with other institutional clients of Hg investing alongside HGT through the Hg Mercury 3 Fund.

HGT, whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange, gives private and institutional investors the opportunity to participate in all Hg’s investments.

Note that these figures only relate to HGTs share of Hg’s overall investment in Pirum Systems.

HGT’s liquid resources available for future deployment (including all announced transactions, and equity raised via tap issuance) are estimated to be £311 million (17% of the pro-forma 30 September 2021 NAV of £1.9 billion).

The investment will reduce HGT’s outstanding commitments to invest in Hg transactions to approximately £418 million (22% of the pro-forma 30 September 2021 NAV).

Pirum Systems secures new investor to accelerate its global growth strategy

Pirum Systems (“Pirum”), a leading provider of post-trade automation and collateral management technology for the global securities finance industry, today announces that Hg, a leading software and services investor, will become a significant shareholder in the company.

Hg will share joint control with Pirum’s current backers Bowmark Capital, the technology and services investor, which invested in the company in 2019. The Pirum management team will also retain a significant stake in the business.

Pirum was founded in 2000 to provide advanced, centralised and secure reconciliation services for financial market participants. Pirum’s software provides a secure processing hub which seamlessly links industry participants, allowing them to process and verify key transaction details electronically. This delivers significant trade and collateral efficiency, lowers costs and enhances regulatory compliance for its network of clients. Pirum’s products assist 90 of the most prestigious global financial institutions to process over $3 trillion of transactions daily.

Under the stewardship of Bowmark and Pirum’s executive team, the business has successfully rolled-out a leading regulatory reporting offering, while building a suite of new products automating collateral management, repo, and front office activities. Hg’s financial services technology credentials and international footprint will enable Pirum to further drive workflow automation, address regulatory requirements, and enhance innovation across the sector.

Philip Morgan, Chief Executive Officer at Pirum, said: “This is a significant milestone in our journey, and is welcome news for everyone at Pirum. Together with Bowmark, Hg will actively support Pirum’s global expansion and investment in additional innovations, helping us to deliver further efficiency and productivity gains for our customers and the broader industry eco-system.”

Sebastien Briens, Partner at Hg, said: “Hg invests in businesses that are champions in their field, with compelling long-term growth prospects underpinned by strong technological foundations and talented leadership teams. Pirum has all of these qualities and is a business we have tracked for many years through our capital markets technology focus. We look forward to backing Phil and his team, and to partnering with Bowmark to further scale what is already a great platform, driving continued automation of post-trade workflows.”

Julian Masters, Managing Partner at Bowmark Capital, commented: “We have known Pirum and its team for over a decade, and the business has achieved uninterrupted revenue and profit growth during this period. Pirum has a strong track record of product innovation and best-in-class client services, which continuously enhance its propositions for collateralised markets. We are delighted to welcome a new partner in Hg, whilst continuing to work closely with the management team.”

The terms of the transaction are not disclosed and the transaction is subject to regulatory approval. The Hg team was led by Sebastien Briens and Steve Burn-Murdoch, and was advised by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (legal) and Linklaters (debt legal). Julian Masters and Antonia Cheong led the Bowmark Capital team. Jefferies International Limited served as financial adviser, and Stephenson Harwood LLP served as legal counsel, to Bowmark Capital and Pirum. The management team of Pirum were advised by Jamieson Corporate Finance LLP and Ashurst LLP.

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