Aerial imagery company Nearmap said it agreed to an $729m takeover offer from Thoma Bravo, becoming the latest technology firm that the U.S. private equity firm has bet on in recent months.

The A$2.10-per-share offer received last month represented a premium of nearly 39% to the stock’s closing price on Aug. 12, a day before the offer was disclosed.

Shares of Nearmap jumped 5.9% to A$2.08, hitting their highest level since November, 2021.

“The Board believes the proposed all-cash offer represents attractive value and provides an immediate opportunity for shareholders to realise certain value at a significant premium to the market,” Nearmap Chairman Peter James said.

Thoma Bravo did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Nearmap’s shares have lost more than half their value since hitting a peak in 2019, making the firm an attractive target for U.S.-based PE firms that have lately shown increased interest in discounted purchases Down Under.

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Thoma Bravo, whose assets under management total more than $114bn, has been on a shopping spree for cyber-security firms, with its acquisitions including Sophos, Proofpoint and Sailpoint Technologies.

Earlier this month, it signed a $2.4bn deal for Ping Identity, yet another software company whose formerly high-flying valuation has tumbled in the last couple of years.

Britain’s Darktrace confirmed last week that it was in the early stages of discussions with Thoma Bravo regarding a possible cash offer.

Nearmap, whose offerings are used in surveillance, conducts aerial surveys that capture wide-scale urban areas in Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada.

The company is currently involved in a patent infringement litigation with U.S.-based rival EagleView.

Nearmap’s board unanimously recommended that its shareholders vote in favour of the deal at a scheme meeting expected to be held in November.

Source: Reuters

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