HIG Capital acquires assets of Xtera Communications

Created March 7, 2017
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HIG Capital, a global private equity investment firm with over €20 billion of equity capital under management, has acquired substantially all the assets of Xtera Communications, a provider of innovative and bespoke sub-sea fibre optic solutions. HIG previously provided debtor-in-possession financing to the Xtera debtors in connection with the Chapter 11 case.

Established in 1998 and based in the UK (Harold Wood, Essex) and the US (Allen, Texas), Xtera supplies un-repeatered and repeatered sub-sea systems, using high performance optical amplifiers to carry data. Under HIG’s ownership, Xtera’s management and technical team will remain at the helm of the business, to execute key existing customer contracts and expand the business in the rapidly-growing markets it serves with plans for new product launches.

Carl Harring, Managing Director at HIG commented, “We believe Xtera has considerable growth potential as an independent, well-funded business with a new ownership structure. Its world-class IP protected technology is not only differentiated and superior to that of its competitors, but it is delivered to an impressive range of global clients at a cost-effective price point.

“Our immediate focus will be to work with them to deliver and build on existing contracts and over the long-term, provide the financial support to enable the company to fully capitalise on its technology with a broader base of customers.”

Stuart Barnes, Founder of Xtera, added, “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with HIG, which has previously invested in the fibre-optics sector and has a proven understanding of how to grow specialist industrial suppliers into market-leading players. We share the same vision of strengthening Xtera’s footprint in the future.”

This investment follows HIG’s recent successful sale of Fibrecore, a UK-based designer and manufacturer of specialty optical fibre. Under HIG’s ownership, Fibrecore grew from a niche producer into a leading provider of optical fibre to a range of high-tech industries. HIG acquired Fibrecore from Cisco, in a carve-out transaction back in 2011.

More information at www.higcapital.com

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.