Syniverse, Twilio Close on Strategic Partnership

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  May 19, 2022

Communications technology provider Syniverse and customer engagement platform Twilio announced the companies closed on their previously announced strategic partnership.

Twilio invested $750 million for common equity in Syniverse (News - Alert), and the two companies expanded their strategic and commercial partnership, making Twilio a minority owner of Syniverse with Carlyle maintaining its majority stake.

“Today marks a new day for Syniverse and for Carlyle’s investment in the business,” said James Attwood, senior adviser at Carlyle and chairman of Syniverse. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Syniverse and Twilio (News - Alert) to accelerate the next wave of innovation in intelligent connectivity and communications.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Twilio invested $750 million in Syniverse, with Syniverse concurrently having raised $1.025 billion in new term loan debt and $340 million in new preferred equity, the proceeds of which were primarily used to reduce leverage.

“We are pleased to have closed this partnership and investment to accelerate the next wave of innovation in mobile communications and drive long-term growth,” said Simon Khalaf, Twilio’s senior vice president and general manager of communications platform.

Syniverse will benefit from Twilio’s experience serving enterprise customers to capitalize on the next wave of growth in digital communications and will be better positioned to serve its carrier customers and support continued innovation, customer service and lasting growth through this partnership.

“Our partnership with Twilio, combined with our enhanced balance sheet following this new infusion of capital, leaves us well positioned to more effectively monetize the 5G and CPaaS revolutions, deepen our engagement with our customers across key industry verticals and create long-term value and opportunity for all our stakeholders,” said Syniverse CEO Andrew Davies.

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Edited by Erik Linask