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Gryphon Investors Completes Majority Investment in Rootstock Software

Rootstock is a leading provider of cloud-based ERP software

Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 11:00

(Gryphon Investors: San Francisco) -- Gryphon Investors, a leading middle-market private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired Rootstock Software, a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain organizations, which are increasingly seeking cloud-native, purpose-built ERP solutions to streamline business operations.

Both Salesforce Ventures and the company’s management team re-invested in the deal alongside Gryphon. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rootstock provides a market-leading, composable cloud ERP solution built on the Salesforce platform. The company’s software helps manufacturers, distributors, and other organizations run their everyday business operations by linking customers, suppliers, and employers to critical data across their organizations at any time and from anywhere. Rootstock has embedded deep industry knowledge and business logic into the design of the platform, which combines cutting-edge, enterprise-grade technology infrastructure, integrated analytics, advanced reporting, and AI / ML capabilities. Headquartered in San Ramon, California, Rootstock serves a blue-chip client base across North American and international markets.

“Global supply chain challenges over the last two years have highlighted the need for manufacturers and distributors to modernize the technology that controls their core business operations and processes,” says Jon Cheek, deal partner and head of Gryphon’s Software Group. “Rootstock’s ERP platform provides best-in-class cloud software that improves the connectivity between companies and their customers, suppliers, and employees. We’re pleased to partner with Salesforce and the Rootstock management team to address the strong and increasing market demand for the company’s solutions.”

“We are excited by the relationship that Rootstock has built with Salesforce to enable a modern, flexible product that drives efficiency for all organizations but that is uniquely differentiated by the symbiotic value it provides to users of the Salesforce ecosystem,” says Sandy McKinnon, principal of Gryphon’s Software Group.

Rootstock’s management team will be led by David Stephans, who as part of the transaction has been named CEO of the company following his nine year tenure as an executive with Rootstock, while founder Pat Garrehy will join Rootstock’s Board of Directors alongside several industry veterans and operating advisors.

“Gryphon’s deep experience growing businesses organically and through acquisitions, particularly in the software sector, will position Rootstock to take advantage of robust opportunities both in the U.S. and internationally,” says Stephans. “We look forward to working closely with the Gryphon team as we continue to innovate and build upon our success.”

Garrehy adds, “I am pleased to have found such an exciting home for the company I have built over the past fifteen years, and I am looking forward to the tremendous opportunity ahead for Rootstock in partnership with Gryphon to accelerate growth, deepen our Cloud ERP products, and better serve our customers.”

Lightning Partners served as financial advisor and Reed Smith served as legal advisor to Rootstock in this transaction. William Blair served as financial advisor and Gibson Dunn served as legal advisor to Gryphon.


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