Clearlake Capital Group LP has completed its acquisition of Cornerstone OnDemand Inc. (NASDAQ: CSOD) a provider of talent management software. Under the terms of the agreement, Clearlake has acquired the outstanding shares of Cornerstone common stock for $57.50 per share in cash.
“Clearlake’s investment in Cornerstone is an exciting and important step for our company and our customers,” said Phil Saunders, CEO, Cornerstone. “Clearlake has shown immense confidence in our talented team and the direction we are headed. With their financial sponsorship to invest behind growth, we will have even greater opportunity to accelerate innovation and advance our customers’ efforts to ensure their organizations – and people – are future-ready.”
“Cornerstone has done a tremendous job providing best-in-class software solutions to a large base of global customers,” said Behdad Eghbali, co-founder and managing partner, and Prashant Mehrotra, partner, of Clearlake. “We are thrilled to partner with the company’s talented employees and believe that Cornerstone is well positioned to continue building on its strong leadership position for talent management SaaS solutions, both organically and through accelerated add-on acquisition activity.”
“We are proud to partner with Clearlake and the Cornerstone management team in the next stage of the company’s growth,” said David Fishman, managing director and head of private equity, and Andy Fishman, managing director at Vector Capital. “During our ownership of Saba Software, we developed tremendous respect for Cornerstone, and we believe the company’s innovative products and people will extend Cornerstone’s leadership position for years to come.”
Qatalyst Partners and Centerview Partners LLC served as financial advisors to Cornerstone, and Cooley LLP served as legal counsel. Morgan Stanley, Rothschild & Co., J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BoA Securities, Barclays, Jefferies and William Blair served as financial advisors to Clearlake. Sidley Austin LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as legal counsel to Clearlake in the connection with the acquisition and debt financing. J.P. Morgan, BoA Securities, Ares, Golub, Antares, Barclays, Blue Owl, BMO Capital Markets, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Jefferies provided debt financing for the transaction.