Chicago and Richardson, Texas — Chicago-based private equity firm Thoma Bravo has acquired RealPage (NASDAQ: RP), the Richardson, Texas-based provider of property management software, in a deal valued at $10.2 billion. The price tag includes the assumption of the debt of RealPage, which was founded in 1998 and serves owners worldwide that have more than 19 million apartments in their combined portfolios.
Under the terms of the agreement, RealPage stockholders will receive $88.75 in cash per share of RealPage common stock upon closing of the transaction. The purchase price represents a premium of 30.8 percent over RealPage’s closing stock price of $67.83 on Dec. 18, 2020. The stock price of RealPage opened at $87.65 per share on Tuesday, Dec. 22, up from $53.65 a year ago.
According to The Wall Street Journal, software providers have performed well during the pandemic as more companies have pivoted to digital marketing of goods and services. As a technology specialist within the private equity space, Thoma Bravo was drawn to this operational trend.
RealPage CEO Steve Winn echoed this notion in an interview with the Journal, saying, “we were able to do quite well during the pandemic because there was a rush by our industry to go virtual, and we were one of the platforms that did that.”