Appgate, a Leading Cybersecurity Company Founded on Zero Trust Principles, Closes Merger with Newtown Lane Marketing
Appgate also announced that Magnetar Financial LLC (“Magnetar”) made an investment of $25 million in convertible notes, which is in addition to Magnetar’s investment in February 2021 of $50 million in convertible notes. Magnetar’s total investment implies a $1 billion post-money valuation.
“We’re thrilled to begin this new chapter for Appgate and believe we are positioned for tremendous growth as a leader in Zero Trust security,” said Barry Field, Appgate’s CEO. “The legacy methods of security, such as VPNs and firewalls, are no longer effective in keeping companies and networks secure. Today’s threat landscape is forcing executives to rethink how they secure their businesses, their data and their users. Grounded in the principles of Zero Trust, Appgate’s industry-recognized solutions are replacing outdated, easily compromised traditional network security. Appgate is a partner of choice for enterprises, financial institutions and federal customers seeking to adopt a Zero Trust strategy and take actions designed to prevent today’s catastrophic attacks.”
Serving over 600 customers, Appgate enables rapid, effective and scalable Zero Trust cybersecurity for private enterprises, financial institutions and government entities. Its secure access solutions include software-defined perimeter (SDP), risk-based authentication and digital threat protection, as well as threat advisory services. Appgate offers best-in-class security solutions, being named a Leader in The Forrester New Wave™ Zero Trust Network Access, Q3 2021 and The Forrester Wave™ Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem, Q3 2020. Appgate’s software-defined perimeter solution, Appgate SDP, is also recognized as a top performer by customers, receiving 4.7 out of 5 stars from customer reviews on Gartner Peer Insights.
“We believe that Appgate is disrupting the cybersecurity industry and we are excited to complete the merger to bring the Company to the public markets,” said Jon Ledecky, former President and controlling shareholder of Newtown. “Despite billions of dollars of investments in cybersecurity tools and technologies, breaches are more prevalent and costlier than ever. Newtown spent years searching for businesses that were truly innovative with a unique technology that could solve problems on a mass scale. We found an exceptional partner in Appgate, which is led by a world-class management team, including an incredibly successful and innovative technology entrepreneur in Manny Medina and backed by premier global investment firm and strategic partner, BC Partners.”
“There is a heightened sense of urgency for organizations to modernize their security with a Zero Trust strategy given recent recommendations from the U.S. federal government and high-profile breaches of critical infrastructure and the supply chain,” said Manuel D. Medina, Appgate’s Executive Chairman and Founder of Medina Capital. “Today’s announcement is the next step in Appgate’s evolution in its effort to become the go-to provider of Zero Trust solutions. As a public company, we believe that we can fuel our growth and innovation plans and provide organizations with the best-of-breed options for securing their environments.”
“We have been long-time supporters of Appgate and its world-class management team and we are excited to retain our entire ownership interest in the Company following the Merger,” said Fahim Ahmed, Appgate director and Partner and Chief Administrative Officer at BC Partners. “We believe that Appgate is poised to be the winner in the burgeoning Zero Trust cybersecurity landscape and this transaction is intended to accelerate the Company’s efforts to help organizations protect themselves from today’s rapidly changing threat environment.”
Additional information about the merger and Magnetar funding will be available in a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by Appgate with the Securities and Exchange Commission and which will be available at www.sec.gov.