The Attachmate Group, Inc.
A 2004 investment by Thoma Bravo and two other private equity firms in a relatively small provider of software for accessing and integrating legacy computing applications was the first step in the creation, through a multi-year series of strategic acquisitions, of The Attachmate Group, the world’s largest independent provider of access and integration software for legacy systems. In 2014, Attachmate merged with Micro Focus International plc, a multinational, UK-based software and information technology business that provides software and consultancy services for clients updating legacy systems. As a result of the merger, Thoma Bravo and the other private equity firms became owners of about 40% of the outstanding stock of Micro Focus, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The stock was sold over the following two years and proceeds from the sales and earlier refinancing distributions from Attachmate provided the participating Thoma Bravo funds with a gross return of about 15.8% and 3.9 times their investments.