Funds to be used to expand capital markets platform and predictive algorithms for use by public companies and investors
TORONTO, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Q4 Inc., a global leader in SaaS investor relations and capital market solutions, announced today the closing of a $22 million Series B financing, bringing the Company's total amount raised to $30 million.
This round was led by OpenText Enterprise Apps Fund (OTEAF), Information Venture Partners, and HarbourVest Partners along with Emerillon Capital, and Kensington Capital Partners. Series A investors Plaza Ventures and Accomplice also participated. The funding will go towards expanding the Company's engineering, sales and marketing teams.
"We are delighted to lead this round," said Richard Black, General Partner at the OpenText Enterprise Apps Fund. "Our investment in Q4 reflects our belief in the tremendous market potential for their technology and management's ability to execute on their vision. With over 600 top tier customers Q4 has demonstrated their ability to deliver value to the most demanding companies on a consistent basis. We are very excited about their growth prospects in the future."
Q4 has been steadily expanding their investor relations platform since 2013, which now includes investor websites, earnings webcasting, market intelligence and investor CRM suite. The Company is focused on applying artificial intelligent methods such as machine learning and natural language processing to provide real-time insights on institutional trading, market sentiment, volatility and investor activism.
"Over the last 10 years, the market has become more complex and opaque than ever before. Alternative trading systems, dark pools and high frequency trading have created a challenging environment, making it almost impossible for corporates and investors to understand what is happening within the global financial markets," said Darrell Heaps, CEO of Q4 Inc. "Our products bring simplicity to this problem and help companies better understand the market, manage investor engagement and communicate with the street. We are at the early stages of our vision and look forward to using these funds to continue expanding our platform and analytics for corporate and institutional clients."
"There has been very limited innovation in investor relations technology. Q4 is at the forefront of adopting and developing new technologies, changing the user experience for its communications customers and redefining intelligence methodologies to provide better insights to IROs, CFOs and CEOs," said Robert Antoniades Co-Founder and General Partner of Information Venture Partners.
2015 was a watershed year for Q4, generating record client & ARR growth and executing on Company's product suite expansion. Launching in June, the new Q4 desktop will be the investor relations industry's most integrated market intelligence, investor CRM, website and webcasting platform on the market. Q4 plans to unveil this new product at the National Investor Relations Institute's annual conference in San Diego, June 4-8, 2016.
"As we expand our presence in Canada, HarbourVest is excited to partner with Q4 in this next stage of its growth path," commented David Zug, Vice-President, HarbourVest Partners. "This dynamic team and technology are poised to continue to transform the way public companies engage their shareholders."
"We are excited to partner with Q4 at this critical inflection point in its growth," said Raghu Bharat, Investment Manager at Emerillon Capital. "As demonstrated by their remarkable growth, this round of funding will help Q4 capitalize on global demand for their solutions, and accelerate the company's pace of product innovation."
Q4 has over 150 employees in offices in Toronto, Chicago and New York.
About Q4 Inc.
Q4 is a global leader in communication and intelligence solutions to the IR market. With hundreds of Fortune 1000 brands using Q4 website, webcasting, analytics and advisory solutions, we have created a full service platform that enables public companies to better connect with their investors and understand the capital markets. Visit www.q4inc.com to learn more.
About OpenText Enterprise Apps Fund
The OpenText Enterprise Apps Fund (OTEAF) was formed in 2015 and invests primarily in Canadian technology companies that are building disruptive, enterprise applications that leverage the power of the internet, big data, predictive analytics and mobility. OTEAF has offices in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.www.oteaf.vc.
HarbourVest is an independent, global private markets investment specialist with more than 30 years of experience and $39 billion in assets under management. The Firm's powerful global platform offers clients investment opportunities through primary fund investments, secondary investments, and direct co-investments in commingled funds or separately managed accounts. HarbourVest has more than 340 employees, including more than 90 investment professionals across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. This global team has committed more than $30 billion to newly-formed funds, completed over $13 billion in secondary purchases, and invested $5 billion directly in operating companies. Partnering with HarbourVest, clients have access to customized solutions, longstanding relationships, actionable insights, and proven results. http://www.harbourvest.com.
About Information Venture Partners
About Emerillon Capital
Based in Montreal, Emerillon Capital is a venture capital fund dedicated to investing and supporting companies with strong technological expertise that are positioned in sectors with strong growth potential. It aims to accelerate commercial start-up and support their expansion. Emerillon Capital invests primarily in Canada. By leveraging the network of CM-CIC Investissement, its lead sponsor, Emerillon Capital offers entrepreneurs a gateway to support their development projects in Europe. For more information, visit www.emerilloncapital.com.
SOURCE Q4 Inc.