GIC and Silver Lake Invest in U.S. Genealogy Company Ancestry

  • Company is valued at $2.6 billion, Ancestry says in statement
  • GIC, Silver Lake will hold equal minority positions in company

GIC Pte, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and technology investor Silver Lake Management LLC will buy into LLC., the U.S. genealogy company said.

The investment values Provo Utah-based Ancestry at about $2.6 billion, it said in a press release Friday. Current investor GIC and Silver Lake will hold equal minority ownership positions, according to the statement, which didn’t provide the size of their stakes.

Ancestry, which provides data on family histories and runs a DNA-testing service, has more than 2.2 million paying subscribers, according to the press statement. Genealogy is the most popular hobby in America after gardening, USA Today reported in 2014.

The company’s worth is based on its so-called enterprise value, according to the statement. The metric is the sum of market capitalization, preferred equity and interest-bearing debt, minus cash and equivalents, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Other investors including Permira Holdings Ltd., Spectrum Equity Investors LP, Ancestry’s President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan and Chief Financial and Chief
Operating Officer Howard Hochhauser will remain as meaningful equity holders, Ancestry said in the statement.

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