Keste acquired by Trinity Hunt Partners
7 Mile Advisors acted as the exclusive sellside advisor to Keste in their majority recapitalization by Trinity Hunt Partners
7 Mile Advisors Announces Keste Has Been Acquired By Trinity Hunt Partners
Keste, a Dallas, TX-based leading provider of B2B digital transformation services, has received a majority recapitalization investment from Trinity Hunt Partners (Trinity Hunt), a growth-oriented middle market private equity firm. This acquisition represents Trinity Hunt’s third platform investment in IT Services, previous investments include Improving, a custom software and application development services company, and Dataprise, an IT managed services firm. 7 Mile Advisors, a boutique investment bank based in Charlotte, NC, served as the exclusive sellside advisor to Keste throughout the transaction.
“Trinity Hunt’s recapitalization of Keste represents a strong move to partner with a best-in-class cloud technology consulting, development, and migration services provider. We know that Keste’s future is bright and we’re proud to have helped the company navigate through the uncertainty brought by COVID-19 while finalizing, and ultimately closing, a strategic partnership with Trinity Hunt Partners,” said Ben Lunka, Managing Director at 7 Mile Advisors.
Keste was founded in 2004 by Howard Moore, CEO, and Sri Ayyeppen, President, and serves enterprise clients by spearheading end-to-end complex digital transformation initiatives, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ), Public Cloud, and Business Intelligence initiatives. Trinity Hunt is partnering with Moore and Ayyeppen, who will remain significant shareholders and managers of Keste, to accelerate the company’s growth trajectory through strategic acquisitions.
“We chose Trinity Hunt as our partner due to their experience in IT services, focus on preserving strong cultures and their track record of growth through acquisition strategies,” said Howard Moore. Sri Ayyeppen added, “We believe this partnership will fuel our company’s growth and strengthen our capabilities for our customers and our employees.”
This acquisition marks 7 Mile Advisors 43rd successful transaction in the Digital Transformation ecosystem – recent 7MA digital services transactions also include the sale of Kalypso to Rockwell Automation and the sale of Belatrix Software to Globant. For additional 7MA content on this market landscape, please view recent Sectorwatch research reports or Deal Us In podcast episodes.
About 7 Mile Advisors
7 Mile Advisors provides Investment Banking & Advisory Services to the Business Services and Technology Industries globally. 7 Mile Advisors advises on M&A and private capital transactions, as well as provides market assessments and benchmarking. As a close-knit team with a long history together and a laser focus on our target markets, 7 Mile Advisors helps its clients sell companies, raise capital, grow through acquisitions, and evaluate new markets. All securities transactions are executed by 7M Securities, LLC, member FINRA / SIPC. For more information, including research on the M&A markets, visit www.7mileadvisors.com.
Keste is an award-winning B2B digital business solutions and development company headquartered in Plano, Texas. Recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the nation’s fastest-growing businesses, Keste is focused on the execution, delivery and support of integrated monetization solutions for industries including financial services, retail, industrial manufacturing, communications, and technology. For more information visit www.keste.com.
About Trinity Hunt Partners
Founded in 1993, Trinity Hunt Partners is a private equity firm based in Dallas, Texas, focused on partnering with owner-operator businesses to accelerate their growth and achieve their full potential. With over $775 million of committed investor capital, Trinity Hunt has invested in more than 65 platform companies over the past 25 years. For each of its portfolio companies, the firm brings a world-class toolkit of operating resources, customized to each functional area. Through both internal and external resources, Trinity Hunt provides the strategic, operational and financial expertise to help take entrepreneurial businesses to the next level. For more information visit www.trinityhunt.com.