EQT Private Equity makes a majority investment in Storable

  • Storable is the leading provider of software, payments, insurance, and marketplace solutions to the self-storage industry in the US
  • EQT Private Equity will support Storable’s continued growth and innovation of its best-in-class product offerings
  • Storable will benefit from EQT’s demonstrated track record of advancing industry leading technology companies and vast expertise in accelerating digital transformation, leveraging its in-house resources and global EQT advisory network

EQT is pleased to announce that EQT Private Equity has made a majority investment in Storable (“the Company”), a leading provider of software and technology to the self-storage industry. Under the terms of the agreement Cove Hill Partners and management will retain a minority stake in the Company.

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Storable offers an end-to-end integrated suite of technology solutions to empower self-storage operators to enhance efficiency and optimize occupancy. Storable’s offering includes a market leading software platform with embedded payment and insurance solutions and the leading online marketplace for self-storage operators. Storable is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has approximately 440 employees.

The end-market for self-storage is highly fragmented, has experienced consistent growth over the last few years and is undergoing significant digital transformation. EQT will support Storable’s continued scaling through investments in product innovation and commercial excellence, with a focus on sustainability. EQT has a long track record of advancing strong technology businesses through its collaborative governance approach with management, in-house digital team and global network of EQT advisors.

Arvindh Kumar, Partner at EQT Partners, said: „EQT is excited to invest in Storable and looks forward to partnering with Chuck Gordon and the entire team towards becoming the leading self-storage technology company in the world, doing so in a sustainable and future-proofed manner. The highly fragmented end-market for self-storage has experienced strong growth over the last several years and is undergoing significant digital transformation, for which EQT can provide global expertise. This investment demonstrates EQT’s strong interest in partnering with best-in-class technology companies supported by secular growth trends, exemplified by the self-storage industry.”

Chuck Gordon, CEO of Storable, added: “The entire Storable team is excited to partner with EQT to continue doing what we do best – helping our self-storage owners run better businesses with technology. EQT’s expertise will enable us to further enhance our existing products and launch new technology tools to help our storage clients increase their bottom line. Our clients should expect the same high standards of innovation, data privacy and support going forward.

Dan May, Managing Director of Cove Hill Partners and member of the Storable Board of Directors, added: “Cove Hill is thrilled to be continuing its strong partnership with Chuck and the Storable team as it enters its next chapter of growth. We look forward to welcoming EQT as a strategic partner, as Storable finds new ways to innovate its product offering and provide exceptional value to its dedicated customer base.”

The transaction is expected to close in Q2 2021, subject to customary conditions and approvals.

Evercore acted as financial advisor to EQT, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provided legal counsel and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP provided insurance counsel. William Blair & Company acted as financial advisors to Cove Hill Partners, and Ropes & Gray LLP provided legal counsel.

With this transaction, EQT IX is expected to be 30-35 percent invested (including closed and/or signed investments, announced public offers, if applicable, and less any expected syndication) based on its target fund size, and subject to customary regulatory approvals.

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