Sometimes we at SEG get to work on transactions that are not only great businesses, but have a very tangible social impact. Tenmast Software is right up there. With demand for affordable housing outpacing supply 5 to 1, the SEG team is excited to see a large company like MRI adding this functionality to their product portfolio. We are optimistic acquisitions like this will do their part to reduce this significant gap. We feel we especially owe it to the elderly, which comprise more than 55% of affordable housing residents, and a significant number of those waiting for assistance.

SEG Client, Tenmast Software, Acquired By MRI Software

Oct. 10, 2017 -- Software Equity Group (SEG) announces its client, Tenmast Software, a leading provider of public housing authority (PHA) and private affordable housing management software, has been acquired by MRI Software, a global leader in real estate software solutions. Tenmast offers streamlined, easy-to-use software that keeps public housing authorities (PHAs) continually in compliance with the ever-changing rules of federal affordable housing regulators. Tenmast software integrates HUD, USDA and IRS compliance into every aspect of the housing cycle. Tenmast serves PHAs with more than 20,000 units, agencies with state-wide programs, and agencies that manage all federal, state, and local housing subsidies. SEG served as exclusive advisor to Tenmast Software.

"Affordable housing continues to be an important segment of the multifamily industry, and we are now positioned to service both housing authorities and landlords with a broad array of solutions," said MRI CEO Patrick Ghilani. "MRI has invested at an unprecedented level in mutlifamily, and that commitment extends to affordable and public housing. With this acquisition, we're building on our existing strength in property management and compliance to provide public and affordable housing organizations with a broader, more comprehensive set of solutions."

The demand for public housing continues to grow and is outpacing supply. Only one in five people who qualify for public housing are currently able to obtain it. This gap between supply and demand is being filled by not-for-profits in need of real estate management tools that ensure they are in compliance with federal regulations.

Tenmast excels at compliance, and when combined with MRI's flagship open and connected property management platform, Tenmast clients will have access not only to MRI's extensive solution set, but also to the solutions available from other vendors through Partner Connect. Additionally, MRI's greater size and scale will enable the combined company to invest even more resources into innovation and support.

"MRI is strongly committed to supporting our clients and is devoting substantial resources to further develop our solutions, with the aim of providing a world-class user experience on a web-enabled platform," said James C. Mauch, CEO of Tenmast. "In fact, we see near-term opportunities to enhance Tenmast with additional functionality, such as electronic document signing and automated communications. This is a combination that will greatly benefit the public and affordable housing industry."

"For far too long the public housing segment has been underserved," said David Carner, Group Vice President, Multifamily at MRI Software. "MRI is excited to bring the next level of technology to this critical component of the nation's overall housing strategy, building on the expertise Tenmast has developed having served the unique needs of public housing for more than thirty years. We will continue to service our new clients from Tenmast with vigor as we chart a course towards a fully featured, web-based solution that delivers an intuitive user experience."

Tenmast is MRI Software's third acquisition in the multifamily space in the last 12 months. MRI previously acquired CallMaX, an automated communications solution, and ResidentCheck, a resident screening solution.

About Software Equity Group

Software Equity Group (SEG) provides unparalleled M&A advisory services for emerging and established software companies. For more than twenty years, SEG has worked alongside its software industry clients to drive extraordinary outcomes for the client’s shareholders, employees and customers. Over this time period, SEG has managed hundreds of sell-side M&A transactions, representing billions of dollars of aggregate transaction value. SEG’s unwavering commitment to the software industry equates to unmatched expertise across software industry product categories, delivery models, technology and end market verticals; and unrivaled access to key decision makers among strategic and private equity buyers.