October 4, 2021
Mergers and Acquisitions
GCA Advises CPOMS on Its Acquisition by Raptor Technologies
GCA has advised the shareholders of CPOMS, the leading provider of SaaS safeguarding software to UK schools, on its acquisition by Raptor Technologies, the US leader in school safety software, which is backed by JMI and Thoma Bravo.
CPOMS is the market-leading provider of specialty software for monitoring safeguarding, wellbeing and pastoral issues for students. CPOMS' 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. CPOMS has experienced significant organic growth following an investment by ECI Partners in March 2018, increasing its client base from 6,000 schools to more than 14,000, 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.
Founded in 2002, Raptor has partnered with over 35,000 K-12 schools in the US to provide integrated visitor, volunteer and emergency management software and services that cover the complete spectrum of school safety. Raptor 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.
John Wild, Managing Director at CPOMS, stated: "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 organization 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.”
Gray Hall, CEO at Raptor Technologies, commented: "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."