Buyers Edge Platform Announces $425M Investment Led by General Atlantic, Alongside Blackstone and Morgan Stanley

Waltham, MA and New York, NY – April 8, 2024 – Buyers Edge Platform (the “Company”), a leader in digital procurement solutions for the foodservice industry, today announced a $425M preferred equity investment from a consortium led by General Atlantic Credit’s (“GA Credit”) Atlantic Park fund, alongside funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities (“Blackstone”) and investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Tactical Value (“MS Tactical Value”). Buyers Edge Platform intends to leverage the new funds and partnership with GA Credit, Blackstone, and MS Tactical Value to support the execution of its continued growth initiatives, including platform innovation, strategic M&A, and European expansion. As part of the transaction, Bregal Sagemount, Buyers Edge Platform’s first institutional investor, will exit its minority stake in the business, and John Davie, Founder and CEO of Buyers Edge Platform, will increase his majority stake.

Buyers Edge Platform was founded in 1998 with the mission of revolutionizing the foodservice industry through technology, purchasing power, and partnership. Buyers Edge Platform partners with stakeholders across the industry value chain, including operators, distributors, and manufacturers, providing data visibility and purchasing transparency. Underpinned by over $60B of aggregated spend volume, the Company empowers stakeholders to reduce their costs, streamline supply chains, and utilize technology to run their businesses more efficiently and profitably. Buyers Edge Platform’s portfolio of brands delivers integrated solutions across four business units – spanning Digital Procurement Network, Fresh Solutions, Supply Chain Management, and Software – which, combined with over 25 years of operating experience, unlock value for its diversified network of more than 200,000 restaurant operator locations.

John Davie, Founder and CEO of Buyers Edge Platform, said, “Buyers Edge Platform has always been focused on driving better economic outcomes for foodservice stakeholders through technology. Our new partnership with GA Credit, Blackstone, and Morgan Stanley Tactical Value will enable us to fund key strategic initiatives and provide us with access to these firms’ global platforms and operational resources. Their support will allow us to continue on our mission of delivering even greater efficiency, connectivity, and value to the foodservice ecosystem. We also want to thank the team at Bregal Sagemount for helping to enable our significant expansion over the last five years. Together, we have grown our revenue and profits by ~300% since Bregal Sagemount’s initial investment in 2019. We pursued a highly value-accretive M&A strategy by integrating 21 acquisitions, while driving strong organic growth.”

Matthew Bonanno, Managing Director at GA Credit, commented, “Buyers Edge Platform is bringing digital innovation to a traditionally underserved market. The Company is deeply ingrained in the industry value chain, leveraging long-term relationships with manufacturers and distributors to deliver meaningful cost savings to restaurant operators, as well as data and technology to drive market-wide efficiencies. We have strong conviction in Buyers Edge Platform’s differentiated model and believe the Company has considerable runway ahead to continue scaling both domestically and internationally. We look forward to partnering with John and the management team to support the Company’s M&A pipeline and organic growth ambitions.”

As part of the transaction, Matthew Bonanno will join the Buyers Edge Platform Board of Directors.

Shary Moalemzadeh, Senior Managing Director at Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, said, “We are excited to back John and his talented team to further accelerate the Company’s growth. They have built an impressive platform to drive savings for their customers, and we look forward to supporting their continued expansion moving forward.”

John Davie and his immediate family will further increase their ownership to a significant majority and remain committed to running a high-growth, tech-focused company, while preserving its entrepreneurial spirit. “We are immensely proud of the major milestones that Buyers Edge Platform has realized, including 25 years in business, more than 1,000 employees, and a partnership with a group of investors that deeply aligns with our vision and culture. These achievements reflect the contributions of every member of our dynamic team,” John Davie added.

Additional financial terms were not disclosed.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and William Blair & Company, LLC served as placement agents to Buyers Edge Platform.