Investcorp, the Bahrain based investment firm in the Middle East, announced that its technology fund has agreed to acquire an equity stake in CSIdentity, the Austin Texas-based technology firm in identity theft and fraud protection services for $35 million. The percentage of stake is not disclosed.
The investment is the biggest private equity placement in an Austin startup since HomeAway raised $160 million in 2006 - according to Austin American-Statesman. In 2007, CSIdentity reported that it had raised $2.5 million from a group of 25 individual investors and had 18 employees. It now has 60 employees.
Investcorp is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code OR30.
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Investcorp Technology Partners, the technology private equity arm of alternative investment manager Investcorp, announced that its Fund III has agreed to acquire an equity stake in CSIdentity, the Austin, Texas-based technology leader in identity theft and fraud protection services.
CSIdentity was started by entrepreneur and co-founder Bill Morrow. The Fund has made an initial investment of $35m in the company.
CSIdentity provides proprietary software solutions and datasets for the $2.8bn identity theft protection market in the United States. The market is expected to grow over 20% per year for the foreseeable future, driven by the mass-market adoption of the Internet, e-commerce, online banking and other forms of e-payments. An estimated 285 million records of personal information held by government and private sector data banks have been breached since 2008, largely at the hands of computer hackers.
"Our market leading technology solutions are protecting multi-billion dollar corporations, government agencies, small businesses and consumers from identity theft across every U.S. state. Our partnership with Investcorp not only validates our position as the technology leader, but fuels our growth trajectory as we further penetrate the U.S. market and expand globally, leveraging Investcorp's presence and relationships around the world." CSIdentity CEO Bill Morrow said.
"Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the world, having claimed more than 10 million victims in the U.S. alone in 2008," said Alex Guira, co-head of Investcorp's technology investment business, who will join the CSIdentity board along with London-based Investcorp colleague Dirk Schmücking. "With its technology leadership, blue-chip client base and superb management, CSIdentity is well positioned to combat this growing pandemic, not just in the U.S. but in Europe and the Middle East as well. CSIdentity is a perfect addition to our existing top-notch portfolio of security software and data analytics companies."
Approximately 34 million subscribers in the U.S. currently use some form of credit monitoring or advanced identity theft protection services and this is expected to increase over the next few years. CSIdentity leads the industry with advanced Internet surveillance techniques, unrivaled product architecture and the most comprehensive security protection products, including CyberAgent online black market screening in addition to monitoring of payday loans, public and court records, credit reports and even sex offender reports. CSIdentity's offerings go beyond the simple collation of public data, instead using sophisticated technology to identify potential fraudulent behavior.
CSIdentity's solutions are used by Fortune 100 financial institutions, public pension funds, telecommunications companies and businesses that offer direct-to-consumer identity theft protection services. CSIdentity's technologies are used to protect more than 2 million U.S. citizens, both as individuals and businesses, through a suite of business and personal security solutions targeting all aspects of identity theft protection, including identity validation, comprehensive background screenings, identity theft protection for employees and customers, voice biometric identity verification and data breach management.
"CSIdentity is a potentially huge growth story with an ambitious product roadmap," Guira said. "In addition to expanding its global footprint, we plan to grow its research and development program to ensure we retain our technological superiority."
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