Gerald Parsky sells Mitchell International Inc to KKR for $1.1 billion

Parsky, chairman of the Aurora Capital Group, owners of Mitchell International, one of the United States’ leading developers of Claims-Technology software, will be paid an estimated $1.1 billion for the company.

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Gerald L. Parsky chairman of Aurora Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based private investment firm, currently managing over  two billion dollars of private equity capital, completed the sale of Mitchell International to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) the prominent global investment firm, founded and headed by Henry Kravis and George Roberts.

San Diego , California based Mitchell International are specialists in the development and provision of  claims-processing technology to insurance companies, through   providing software services to insurance companies and collision repair facilities, which rely on the company’s information to estimate labor times and the cost of replacement parts.

According to information provided by Mitchell International, the company annually handles  more than 50 million transactions for  300 insurance companies working with  over 30, 000 collision repair facilities, not only in the United States but also worldwide.

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According to Alex Sun, Mitchell’s chief executive officer, KKR’s domestic and international capabilities will enable the company to find new ways to provide valuable and innovative solutions to our clients.

The takeover  transaction, expected  to reach a final value of more than $1 billion, when outstanding debt is taken into account, is being handled  by KKR’s technology division, managed by Harold Chen and David Kerko, marks the  first acquisition  handled by Chen and Kerko since Adam Clammer stepped down in May as head of KKR’S technological division.

The takeover terms are believed to place a value on Mitchell International of around $1.1 billion, equivalent to 12 times the company’s adjusted earnings for 2012 before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Aurora was founded in 1991 by Gerald Parsky and acquired Mitchell International  for around $500 million in 2007 from private-equity firm Hellman & Friedman LLC.

 

Gerald L. Parsky was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1942. Parsky graduated from Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School

After graduation, Gerald Parsky set off to practice his profession, working for three years for a leading Wall Street legal practice, before being recruited into the public sector, joining the United States Treasury Department where he held down a number of positions in the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Energy Office, rising to become the   Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, responsible for capital markets policy.

In 1977, Parsky returned to his legal background in the private sector, working with the Los Angeles law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, rising to the status of Senior Partner, remaining with the practice for 15 years, leaving to establish the Aurora Capital Group.

Apart  from his busy business life, Gerald Parsky along with his wife Robin are very involved in the world of philanthropy, particularly with  the Parsky Family Scholarship at Princeton University,  UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and Management and at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C

 

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