Brightstar Capital Partners Acquires Brightstar Corp.

Telecom Tech Outlook | Friday, October 23, 2020

Brightstar employs an operationally intensive approach that leverages its extensive experience and relationship network to help companies reach their full potential.

FREMONT, CA: Brightstar Capital Partners (“BCP”), a private equity firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs, and management teams, announced the completion of the previously announced acquisition of a majority stake in Brightstar Corp., in partnership with its senior management team. An affiliate of SoftBank Group Corp., Brightstar’s prior owner, will retain a minority stake in the company.

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“This is an exciting day for BCP and Brightstar Corp.,” said Andrew Weinberg, BCP Founder, and CEO. “The wireless industry is growing and becoming more vital with each passing day, and we are confident our industry experience will help Brightstar continue to provide innovative services and solutions to global customers.”

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Brightstar is a global leader of end-to-end device lifecycle solutions for carriers, retailers, and enterprises, managing mobile devices and accessories across the wireless ecosystem and providing services with a particular emphasis on-device protection. The company operates in approximately 50 countries.

“We are thrilled to start this next phase for Brightstar along with our partners at BCP,” said Rod Millar, CEO of Brightstar.

“BCP brings a knowledge of Brightstar and the industry that will allow us to accelerate our strategy of growing device protection, warranty, trade-in, and supply chain solutions. Our customers, partners and employees are excited about the possibilities with our new owners.”

According to the terms of the transaction, BCP will own a 75 percent stake, on a fully diluted basis, in a newly formed subsidiary of BCP, which will hold all shares of Brightstar’s parent company, Brightstar Global Group Inc. SoftBank will receive cash proceeds and a 25 percent stake in the newly formed subsidiary.