FTV is a private equity firm that partners with proven management teams at fast-growing companies to accelerate that growth and drive market leadership.
Our approach to growth
We invest only where our deep domain expertise and our Global Partner Network can deliver transformative advantages for successful entrepreneurs and their companies. This disciplined approach has enabled us to create more than $3.6 billion in total investment value and more than $2.3 billion in realized returns since raising our first fund in 1998.
We value long-term themes over fads
Focusing on enterprise technology & services, financial services, and payments & transaction processing, we pursue a theme-based strategy that identifies and capitalizes on emerging structural changes in markets, as opposed to short-term fads. This allows us to leverage the knowledge and networks built from our prior investments in each domain to help create breakout opportunities for emerging companies and accelerate rapid growth. In 2015, the portfolio companies in our recent funds averaged over 35% revenue growth.
We value substance over hype
FTV targets companies competing in complex, high-growth markets where our deep domain expertise can help further accelerate growth and is complementary to achieving ambitious long term goals. These companies are already building robust customer bases. They are growing quickly – with a compelling value proposition for their customers – and are poised to expand through sustainable high operating leverage. Most often, these companies’ risks are executional in nature, and our experience growing and scaling companies provides the necessary guidance to overcome challenges. Typically, we invest between $10 million to $85 million with a focus on fueling internal growth, making strategic acquisitions, expanding geographic reach and meeting shareholder liquidity needs. Investment criteria include:
- $10 million – $100 million annualized revenue
- 20%+ historical and near term revenue growth
- Blue chip customer relationships that often generate recurring revenue
- Clear forward revenue visibility
We value custom-tailored transaction terms over cookie-cutter proposals
FTV recognizes that every company operates under unique circumstances and with its own specific capital needs. That’s why we create flexible, custom transaction structures that help meet the needs of management teams seeking a long-term partner – ensuring that incentives for all parties are aligned. Whether management teams need primary capital for growth, financing for an acquisition or secondary capital to provide shareholder liquidity, FTV has a wide range of structures and approaches to align shareholder interests and maximize the likelihood of a win-win investment structure.
We Value Partnership and Collaboration
FTV builds strong, long-term relationships with our portfolio companies. Our investment professionals share the challenges and objectives of our management teams and actively participate at the board level, but leave day-to-day operations to company management teams, who have already built impressive businesses. In addition, our dedicated business development team creates custom outreach plans and provides introductions to our Global Partner Network for accelerating sales efforts, and taps our extensive professional network for executive recruitment and board-building. Our professional team collectively has over 200 years of experience with strategic business and operational support including:
- Sales force development and marketing support
- Business development and strategic partnerships
- M&A guidance for acquisitions
- Merger, sale and IPO support
- Budgeting and financial functions
- Compensation and equity incentive plans
- Technology and infrastructure scaling
- Expansion strategy
- Operations consulting
- Additional capital procurement