TestPlant, the maker of the eggPlant range of software quality tools, today announced that The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) has acquired a majority shareholding in the company. Carlyle is investing in partnership with the existing management team, which will continue to build and support the innovative test solutions that have led to the company increasing its revenues ten-fold over the past five years.
The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $188 billion of assets under management. TestPlant was founded in 2008 by CEO George Mackintosh and Chairman Jon Richards, with support from Seraphim Capital, a London-based venture capital firm. With Carlyle's investment, Seraphim makes a successful exit from the business.
Michael Wand, Managing Director at The Carlyle Group and Fund Head for Carlyle Europe Technology Partners said: "TestPlant is an exciting business that has experienced very strong growth and emerged as a leading software supplier among a new breed of innovative software testing tools providers. We look forward to working alongside the dedicated, talented management team to build on their historic success and to continue driving substantial future growth and expansion of the business."
TestPlant's eggPlant product range provides a suite of easy-to-use software test automation tools that helps companies deliver high quality enterprise and mobile applications quickly and consistently. eggPlant's patented, image-based approach to functional testing allows its customers to test their applications non-intrusively and from a true user perspective, and its powerful performance testing and network emulation products allow developers to easily test applications under a range of conditions.
TestPlant is headquartered in London with development centers in the USA and UK, and sales and support centers in the USA, UK, Germany, China, India and Japan, as well as an extensive network of business partners. The company has more than 350 customers in over 40 countries across sectors including financial services, aerospace and defense, TMT, retail and healthcare.
George Mackintosh, CEO of TestPlant said: "We are delighted to welcome The Carlyle Group as our new investment partner � its global presence and wealth of experience supporting high-growth software companies are a great match to our ambitions. We are very grateful to the Seraphim Capital team, in particular to David Harrison, for their hands-on support and advice, which has enabled TestPlant to become a leading force in the software testing industry. Everyone at TestPlant is excited about scaling up our business, and we are hugely appreciative of the support we have received from the eggPlant user community and our partners. We continue to be committed to making eggPlant products a productivity success story for every customer."