Despite the recession, some managed service providers continue to attract investment dollars. One example: Zayo Group, which specializes in fiber-based network services and managed services, says it has raised $128 million in Series B funding. Here's a bit more about the company's financial performance, along with some tips on how you can track where IT investment dollars are flowing.
Within the Zayo press release, the Louisville, Colo.-based company reveals some key company metrics:
- Zayo’s revenue is approximately $200 million and its EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) is approximately $60 million.
- Zayo is net income positive and, beginning in 2Q09, is expected to be free cash flow positive.
- Key investors include Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, Charlesbank Capital Partners, Battery Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Columbia Capital, M/C Venture Partners and Oak Investment Partners.
Despite Zayo's new funding, the overall IT investment market remains soft. CompTIA (the Computing Technology Industry Association) recently noted that IPOs (initial public offerings) and merger and acquisition activity dropped sharply in 2008 compared to 2007.
To track ongoing financial and M&A trends, check out:
- Private Equity Hub, a great web site that can help you to see where investors are placing their financial invests. That's where I first spotted the Zayo news.
- Our own MSPmentor M&A Tracker, which documents mergers and acquisitions across the managed services sector.
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