UK lower mid-market investor, Tenzing Private Equity, announced 2 December that its portfolio company, Ticketer, has acquired the Nordics’ leading bus ticketing company, FARA. The investment in FARA by Ticketer, will not only increase the company’s product portfolio, but also strengthen its expansion into mainland Europe.
FARA (an old Norse word for travel), which has offices in Norway, Poland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, shares the same core philosophy as Ticketer; of making travel easier for passengers. Applying the very latest technology in electronic ticket machines, back office software and passenger-facing apps, FARA focuses on providing Real Time Information (RTI) for use on board, online and on mobile to increase usage of public transport.
John Clarfelt, CEO in Ticketer, comments: “We are thrilled to be investing in FARA and bringing together two leading payment providers in transport. We share the same values and, by virtue of working together, will be able to widen our development capabilities and product portfolios significantly for our customers both in the UK and across the rest of Europe.”
Guy Gillon, Managing Partner, Tenzing, said: “We’re delighted to have supported the Ticketer team in their acquisition of FARA, the Nordic market leader, doubling the size of the business and further expanding Ticketer’s reach into Europe.”
FARA and Ticketer both specialise in ticketing and location-based solutions for public transport and share many attributes. Both companies are leaders in their respective markets and have a strong reputation for industry leading R&D and delivery.
Aabø-Evensen & Co represented UK Private equity fund Tenzing and their portfolio company Ticketer in connection with the transaction on all matters related to the acquisition, including M&A, tax and financing. Aabø-Evensen & Co’s M&A team possesses multidisciplinary expertise in the tech, media and comms, and transport and automotive sectors.To learn more about our recent transactions within theese industries and more please go to our transactions page by clicking here.