Informatica Stock: Same Same, But Different

October 29. 2021. 6 mins read

The finance industry can be as fascinating as it is boring. A prop trader in Canary Wharf will have a very different experience in the finance industry than a back-office manager in Mumbai. Peel back the layers of the finance onion and you’ll come across many innovative methods of making a living, some getting less attention than others. One lesser-known lucrative niche is that of private equity.

According to Morgan Stanley, the private capital market was valued at around $7.4 trillion at the end of 2020. Not to be confused with the venture capital market, private equity is largely made up of institutional investors who have a much lower risk tolerance than the venture capitalist who expects one of ten seed-funded companies to successfully exit. Oftentimes, a publicly traded company will be trading at bargain valuations and private equity firms will acquire it. One recent example was Blue Prism.

Taking a Public Company Private

Blue Prism is a robotic process automation company whose CEO openly bemoaned how poorly valued his company was. As the stock continued testing new lows, it finally rebounded when rumors surfaced that multiple private equity companies were making a bid for the company. When the deal finally closed, it was disclosed that Blue Prism would be acquired by Vista Equity Partners and combined with another one of their acquisitions, TIBCO. That’s the sort of match-making that only a private equity firm could manage to do.

Another stock that’s supposedly being scrutinized by private equity investors is Alteryx. These

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