Chicago, IL — SDI Presence LLC (“SDI” or the “Company”), an IT consultancy and managed services provider (“MSP”), has secured a minority investment from Abry Partners, LLC (“Abry”), a Boston-based sector-focused private equity firm. FocalPoint served as exclusive financial advisor to the Company.
Founded in 1996 and reacquired under the SDI Presence name in 2016, SDI is the trusted technology partner for large, complex IT systems environments including those at the City of Chicago, Exelon, WE Energies, State of Illinois, multiple California cities, and national Category X airports. As a minority-owned business, SDI actively incorporates diversity throughout its operations, including through minority workforce internships and apprentice programs, and manages its own minority partner network.
Abry’s investment follows a period of significant growth as the Company continued to strengthen a dominant position in the Chicagoland area, while beginning to expand to new geographies and end markets. The partnership will accelerate SDI’s continued growth in government, utility, and private sector technology markets through acquisitions and organic expansion of its footprint nationally.
“This investment acknowledges both SDI’s business model and Abry’s unique appreciation of the immense potential of minority firms of scale in today’s business climate. We are thrilled to be a part of the Abry portfolio of companies, and we look forward to working with Abry as we capitalize on the significant growth opportunities ahead,” said David Gupta, CEO & Founder of SDI. “FocalPoint delivered an impressive and thoughtful set of possible investors, helped us thoroughly vet the potential of each partnership, and guided the process to a successful close with a group we felt was unrivaled in both experience and support.”
“In SDI, we see an outstanding IT services business that is answering the call for greater diversity in critical IT service providers,” said Brian St. Jean, an Abry partner. “We are excited to support the SDI Presence team in accelerating their efforts to replicate their service model and build out their MBE network in the public and private sectors nationwide. With their tremendous reputation, experienced management team, and powerful culture, SDI is the right platform for our strategic support in its next phase of growth in the IT infrastructure and managed services space.”
“This closing represents an outstanding outcome for both the Company and its new partner, while highlighting the continued success of FocalPoint’s Technology Group,” added Muizz Kheraj, Managing Director at FocalPoint. “We thoroughly enjoyed working with the SDI and Abry teams and look forward to watching them capitalize on the significant expansion opportunities at hand.”
About SDI Presence
SDI Presence LLC is an IT consultancy and managed services provider (MSP) that leverages its strong team presence to advance clients to a secure digital enterprise. With a 25-year corporate resume, SDI delivers strategic managed services, IT consulting, and hybrid infrastructure solutions to optimize clients’ technology environments. SDI is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (“MBE”). To learn more, visit www.sdipresence.com.
About Abry Partners
Abry is one of the most experienced and successful sector-focused private equity investment firms in North America. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has completed over $90 billion of leveraged transactions and other private equity or preferred equity placements. Currently, the firm manages over $5 billion of capital across its active funds. For more information, please visit www.abry.com.
About FocalPoint Partners
FocalPoint is an independent investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private placements, financial restructurings, and special situation transactions. With offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Shanghai, the firm serves middle market clients throughout the United States. During the past 19 years, FocalPoint has executed transactions with an aggregate value of more than $13 billion. Visit focalpointllc.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.