ECI announces sale of CPOMS

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We are delighted to announce the sale of CPOMS, the leading provider of SaaS safeguarding software to schools, to Raptor Technologies, the leading US provider of school safety software. The acquisition was made following strategic investments in Raptor by Thoma Bravo and existing investor JMI Equity. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

CPOMS’s pioneering safeguarding platform enables primary and secondary school staff to log concerns relating to student wellbeing, while the CPOMS StaffSafe product strengthens governance relating to staff members and the CPOMS Engage module ensures alignment between schools and local authorities.

The company has experienced significant organic growth following our investment in 2018, increasing its client base from 6,000 schools to more than 14,000 schools, and has significantly grown its international presence, now selling into 34 countries. In 2020 the business was also awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, an accolade which demonstrates the value the company delivers to UK schools.

Raptor is trusted by over 35,000 US schools, through its management system for visitors and volunteers, as well as emergency preparation, response and recovery. The company plans to use the acquisition of CPOMS to accelerate growth in the UK and harness the CPOMS capabilities to bolster its offering in the US.

“Raptor was the perfect fit for CPOMS. Both companies have dedicated themselves to keeping schools and students safe and share very similar cultures. We at CPOMS are excited about joining the Raptor organisation and look forward to the enhanced growth opportunities ahead.

“We would like to thank ECI for what has been a transformational partnership over the last three years. Their support in devising our growth strategies and international expansion has been invaluable in getting us to this next stage of our journey.”>

John Wild

Managing Director, CPOMS

“It has been a pleasure to be able to play even a small part in the important work that CPOMS does in protecting pupils and teachers through its SaaS platform. I’d like to thank John and the whole management team for the exceptional job they have done growing CPOMS, and I wish them every success with Raptor Technologies in the future.”

John Hayhurst 

Partner, ECI

“We are excited to add CPOMS best-in-class wellbeing products to Raptor’s market-leading school safety product suite and to welcome the CPOMS team into the Raptor family. Combining CPOMS software and domain expertise with Raptor further advances our mission to protect every child, every school, every day. We are eager to bring the proven capabilities of CPOMS to the US market and continue advancing CPOMS leadership position in the UK.”

Gray Hall 

CEO, Raptor

Adrian Reed, Paul Lines, Matthew Furness and Rupert Sadler from GCA Altium provided sell-side financial advisory, while Addleshaw Goddard provided legal advice.

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