BILLERICA, MA - October 9, 2013 - Thoma Bravo announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Empirix Inc., the recognized leader in end-to-end network testing, monitoring and analytics solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Empirix helps service providers, mobile operators and enterprises master complexities within their networks and optimize business performance with real-time intelligence to reduce operational costs, maximize customer retention and grow top-line revenues.

The Empirix customer base consists of top communication service providers, mobile operators, banks, insurance and healthcare companies. The company has achieved significant growth over the past five years, reporting 22 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2012, partially driven by a significant increase in bookings from global Tier 1 mobile operators.

“Empirix is a clear leader in the field of service assurance and network management,” said Robert Sayle, principal, Thoma Bravo. “We are very excited about this partnership.”

“The company offers a unique ability to analyze customer behaviors by application in real time,” added Seth Boro, managing partner, Thoma Bravo. “Its products, strategy and leadership have positioned it for success, and we look forward to accelerating that success through organic growth and strategic acquisition opportunities.”

Thoma Bravo has deep experience in the service assurance and network management markets. Recent investments include Network Instruments, InfoVista, Blue Coat Systems, nCircle, SonicWALL, Mentum, Solera Networks, Netronome, and more recently Keynote Systems.  

“Empirix has experienced significant growth in the past several years as companies strive to better manage and transform complex communications systems and the business objectives they support,” said John D’Anna, the company’s chief executive officer. “The resources of Thoma Bravo will strengthen our position to meet our customer’s glaring need for next-gen technology,  while we rapidly complete our plan to bridge applications and network monitoring for both the enterprise and service provider markets.”

The transaction is expected to be finalized by early November.

BMO Capital Markets acted as financial advisor to Empirix on this transaction.

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