Q4 raises $38M to revolutionize IR and the capital markets with next gen solutions
11 September 2018
By Marla Hurov
As a leading global provider of cloud-based investor relations and capital market solutions, Q4 is ecstatic to announce the closing of a USD$38 million Series C financing round. The round was led by Napier Park Financial Partners, with participation from existing investors including OpenText Enterprise Apps Fund, Information Venture Partners and Espresso Capital. For Q4, the plan is to dedicate the new funds to the continued development of its next generation, purpose-built investor relations CRM and analytics platform (as well as expand its global sales, marketing, and acquisitions efforts).
According to Darrell Heaps, Q4’s CEO, “Our mission is to make our clients leaders in investor relations, by delivering a superior product experience, best-in-class technology and first-rate customer support.” He adds, “we’re excited to partner with the Napier Park team during this incredible period of growth for Q4. This capital will enable us to accelerate our product roadmap, execute on acquisitions, drive our global sales and marketing efforts, and continue executing on our vision of becoming a preeminent global capital markets platform.”
Since 2013, Q4 has been building-out the industry’s premier IR CRM, steadily expanding its IR and capital markets platform and capabilities. The sophisticated analytics and workflow solution integrates quantitative and real-time shareholder analytics, AI targeting, pipeline management, and roadshow planning tools, as well as advanced website and event analytics. And with the recent release of Studio, Q4 is also raising the bar with the industry’s most capable, flexible and design-driven solutions for creating and managing IR websites.
Dan Kittredge, Partner at Napier Park comments, “at Napier, we invest in and partner with the best and brightest in financial technology.” He continues, “we’re thrilled to be leading this round and partner with Darrell and team — their technology-first approach to solving IR pain points with end-to-end solution sets affords them a unique position to capitalize on secular, regulatory and competitive tailwinds. We’re committed to supporting Q4’s growth strategy as they continue to bring innovative products to the market and execute on their long-term vision.”
With MiFID II’s ongoing disruption of how the sell-side provides services to both corporates and the buy-side, Q4 is positioning itself to provide IR professionals with the tools they need to succeed in this brave new ‘post-MiFID world.’ In fact, Q4 is the industry’s only full-suite provider of IR solutions with a complete range of analytics, CRM, website, webcasting and professional services. And with over 1,200 of the world’s top global brands leveraging this suite of IR solutions (Q4 provides IR solutions to 25% of the S&P 500), Q4 is poised to revolutionize the industry with highly innovative and robust solutions.
Tony van Marken, General Partner at OTEAF and Chairman of Q4 concludes, “With the macro trends benefiting the market and material shifts in their competitive landscape, we are excited to participate alongside Napier Park in this round and to continue to support Q4 in executing against their vision of growing into a dominant global capital markets platform.”