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Vinci Capital Partners Strategy Announces Investment in Arklok, a Leading Hardware-as-a-Service Company in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vinci Partners Investments Ltd. VINP ("Vinci Partners", "we", "us" or "our"), the controlling company of a leading alternative investment platform in Brazil, announced today that "Vinci Capital Partners IV" strategy, or "VCP IV", the family of funds managed by Vinci Partners' Private Equity strategy, has entered into a definite agreement for an investment ("Transaction") in Arklok ("the Company"), a leading Hardware-as-a-Service firm with a full-outsourcing solution in Brazil.

The Company, founded in 2008, is a one-stop-shop for hardware and software solutions, present in all Brazilian states. Arklok provides a broad portfolio of products and services to a diversified and premium client base and aims to empower its customers, helping them overcome IT infrastructure management challenges. Thanks to the Company's value proposition, that combines large availability of IT equipment jointly with complete outsourcing solution and specialized technical support 24/7, Arklok has been growing at a 57% Sales CAGR in the past five years.

The Transaction marks the first investment for VCP IV, the new vintage of Vinci Partners' flagship strategy in Private Equity, which held its first closing in June 2022.

Carlos Eduardo Martins, partner and co-head of Private Equity of Vinci Partners, said, "We are very excited to partner up with Andrea Rivetti, CEO and founder of Arklok, and will work alongside the Company's management team to speed up growth and drive productivity gains. There is a major outsourcing global trend in which companies are seeking smart solutions to substitute massive CAPEX investments with OPEX installments, with a large addressable market for Global Device-as-a-Service and significant whitespace. Through VCP IV's investment we have the possibility to back our first female founder and CEO to create the industry leader in a vast, underpenetrated, and fragmented market."

"This transaction is a milestone to our flagship Private Equity strategy, as we announce the first investment for VCP IV," said Gabriel Felzenszwalb, partner and co-head of Private Equity of Vinci Partners. "Our goal is to keep pursuing attractive returns to our limited partners and create value built upon long-term partnerships with reputable entrepreneurs and management teams, healthy growth, and operational leverage in the companies we invest in. In our view, we have just added a top-notch asset into our portfolio and we believe the pipeline for VCP IV is developing strongly, with exceptional opportunities for capital deployment in the upcoming quarters."

Consummation of the transaction is subject to precedent and customary conditions and is expected to close over the next few months.

About Vinci Partners Private Equity

Vinci Partners' Private Equity strategy has a sector-agnostic approach focused on growth equity investments in Brazil. The main strategic focus is value creation by promoting revenue, productivity and profitability growth through significant operating and management changes in portfolio companies. The private equity strategy invests through two sub-strategies: Vinci Capital Partners, which focuses on control and co-control investments, and Vinci Impact and Return, that focuses on minority investments in small-to-medium enterprises with dual mandate of generating ESG impact as well as market returns.

About Vinci Partners

Vinci Partners is a leading alternative investment platform in Brazil, established in 2009. Vinci Partners' business segments include private equity, public equities, real estate, credit, special situations, infrastructure, hedge funds, and investment products and solutions, each managed by dedicated investment teams with an independent investment committee and decision-making process. We also have a financial advisory business, focusing mostly on pre-initial public offering, or pre-IPO, and merger and acquisition, or M&A, advisory services for Brazilian middle-market companies.

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