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New York PE firm takes majority stake in Houston restaurant software company

HungerRush offers a point-of-sale system that includes payment-processing, digital ordering, customer engagement, and delivery management capabilities. Photo via Getty Images

A New York City-based private equity firm has purchased a majority stake in Houston-based HungerRush, a provider of cloud-based software for restaurants. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Corsair Capital, the new majority shareholder, bought its stake from The CapStreet Group, a private equity firm based in Houston. CapStreet, which first invested in the tech company in 2018, retains a minority stake in HungerRush.

“HungerRush is at the forefront of digital transformation in the restaurant industry. We see tremendous growth potential given its highly differentiated technology architecture, impressive sales momentum and customer pipeline, and numerous upsell and cross-sell opportunities,” Jeremy Schein, a partner at Corsair, says in a news release.

Founded in 2003 as Revention, HungerRush offers a point-of-sale system that includes payment-processing, digital ordering, customer engagement, and delivery management capabilities. Customers of the HungerRush 360 product primarily are operators of quick service and fast casual restaurants with numerous locations.

The Dealreported that HungerRush is on track to reach $100 million in annual recurring revenue in 2022.

Last year, HungerRush acquired two companies: Overland Park, Kansas-based Menufy and New York City-based 9Fold. Menufy provides software for restaurant takeouts and deliveries, and 9Fold provides software for restaurant ordering and marketing. A year earlier, HungerRush purchased Ann Arbor, Michigan-based OrdrAI, a provider of text and voice ordering technology for restaurants.

Perry Turbes, CEO of HungerRush, will continue to lead HungerRush. The current shareholders, including the management team, will roll a significant portion of their equity into the Corsair deal.

Corsair’s investment “provides an opportunity for HungerRush to capitalize on organic and inorganic growth opportunities, enhance our product offerings and go-to-market strategy, and continue to support clients with comprehensive payment and restaurant management solutions that are individually tailored to their values and business goals,” Turbes says.

Raymond James was the financial adviser for Corsair, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett was its legal adviser. William Blair was the financial adviser for HungerRush and CapStreet, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher was their legal adviser.

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This Houston-based SPAC has announced the tech company it plans to merge with. Photo courtesy of Gow Media

A Houston SPAC, or special purpose acquisition company, has announced the company it plans to merge with in the new year.

Beaumont-based Infrared Cameras Holdings Inc., a provider of thermal imaging platforms, and Houston-based SportsMap Tech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: SMAP), a publicly-traded SPAC with $117 million held in trust, announced their agreement for ICI to IPO via SPAC.

Originally announced in the fall of last year, the blank-check company is led by David Gow, CEO and chairman. Gow is also chairman and CEO of Gow Media, which owns digital media outlets SportsMap, CultureMap, and InnovationMap, as well as the SportsMap Radio Network, ESPN 97.5 and 92.5.

The deal will close in the first half of 2023, according to a news release, and the combined company will be renamed Infrared Cameras Holdings Inc. and will be listed on NASDAQ under a new ticker symbol.

“ICI is extremely excited to partner with David Gow and SportsMap as we continue to deliver our innovative software and hardware solutions," says Gary Strahan, founder and CEO of ICI, in the release. "We believe our software and sensor technology can change the way companies across industries perform predictive maintenance to ensure reliability, environmental integrity, and safety through AI and machine learning.”

Strahan will continue to serve as CEO of the combined company, and Gow will become chairman of the board. The transaction values the combined company at a pre-money equity valuation of $100 million, according to the release, and existing ICI shareholders will roll 100 percent of their equity into the combined company as part of the transaction.

“We believe ICI is poised for strong growth," Gow says in the release. "The company has a strong value proposition, detecting the overheating of equipment in industrial settings. ICI also has assembled a strong management team to execute on the opportunity. We are delighted to combine our SPAC with ICI.”

Founded in 1995, ICI provides infrared and imaging technology — as well as service, training, and equipment repairs — to various businesses and individuals across industries.

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