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Corsair Components, a leading supplier of high-performance PC components, has received a strategic investment of approximately $75 million from Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused investment firm. Francisco Partners will partner with Corsair CEO Andy Paul and the management team to further strengthen Corsair’s position among PC gaming enthusiasts.

“Under the leadership of Andy Paul, Corsair has built an enviable brand among videogame enthusiasts. This brand position was born out of the team’s great passion for delivering best-in-class products to its customers around the world,” said Andrew Kowal, partner at Francisco Partners who leads the firm’s hardware investment activities.

Since its founding in 1994, Corsair has built one of the top brands in PC gaming components and peripherals. Its close relationships with customers facilitate new product development, and its global distribution network enables the company to scale quickly. With more than $500 million in annual revenue, Corsair is among the largest privately owned hardware companies in Silicon Valley.

“We sought out Francisco Partners based on its rich experience with high-growth hardware companies and its reputation for operational expertise. Following the transaction, we are confident we will be able to better support and serve our existing customer base and core markets. Furthermore, with the support of Francisco Partners, we will continue to leverage our understanding of enthusiast audiences to expand into related adjacent product categories and geographies,” said Mr. Paul.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Andy Paul and the current management team will continue to hold a substantial equity interest in the company.

“Corsair’s attractive growth and expanding market position realized over the last decade are a testament to its product innovation and strong execution. We look forward to partnering with Andy and the Corsair team to strengthen this foundation and build upon it through selective acquisitions,” Mr. Kowal added.

Tags: Corsair, Francisco Partners, Business

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I hope this doesn't mean corsair will continue down a path of beginning to make/ buy more makers of cheap components.

Raptor Gaming was an interesting acquisition, and their corsair link products are not leveraging a lot of neat tech not available.
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IMO Corsair lost their way a number of years back when they started selling all sorts of PC hardware that is just re-labled products from other companies. Much of this stuff is of questionable and inconsistent quality. As a result they've been deluged with support, warranty and brand issues which they have been unable to manage well.

I have used Corsair RAM for years but discontinued due to product quality issues and lack of appropriate response by Corsair. They seem to have lost the plot IME.

YMMV
0 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 05/06/13 08:38:13 PM]
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