Everstone Group Co-Founder and Managing Partner Sameer Sain talks on the Big Deal show in an exclusive interview on CNBC TV18

Everstone Group Co-Founder and Managing Partner Sameer Sain talks on the Big Deal show in an exclusive interview on CNBC TV18.

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Everstone partners with Sunrise BPO to buy C3, a global CRM solutions provider

Singapore, October 6, 2016 – Everstone Group, along with Sunrise BPO, has signed a definitive agreement to buy US-based C3 (CustomerContactChannels), a global CRM solutions provider. The investment will be done via Everise Services in Singapore, a company held by Everstone, along with Sunrise BPO as a co-investor.

Founded in 2010, C3 is headquartered in the United States. C3 has expansive operations in the Philippines and Guatemala and has enjoyed a remarkable revenue CAGR of more than 60% over the past six years. The company has a marquee list of more than 20 clients in healthcare, telecommunications & media, consumer internet, logistics, retail, travel & hospitality and financial services. C3 also provides training and consulting in the customer management solutions space, as well as sales, performance optimization, reputation management and complete customer lifecycle management via traditional, web, and emerging communication channels. C3 provides multi-lingual support to clients and has seven operating centers across the U.S., the Philippines and Guatemala, with nearly 8,000 employees. C3’s US headquarters is in Plantation, Florida.

Everise plans to make C3 into a US$500-plus million revenue company in the next five years, from nearly $200 million currently. As part of this strategy, Singapore-based Sunrise BPO Pte. Ltd (Sunrise BPO), will take the leading role in operating the business, in addition to bringing capital. Everstone will be the largest financial investor and it will take the lead in C3’s India operational build-out to grow the company.

The new CEO of C3 will be Sudhir Agarwal, the founder of Sunrise BPO.

This will be Everstone’s third investment through its latest private equity fund, ECP III, which raised US$730 million last year, and the second investment into the ITES-enabled space after it acquired Servion Global Solutions, a leading Customer Engagement Management firm, in 2014.

“We are excited to partner with Sunrise in the acquisition of this marquee business. I look forward to leveraging our deep understanding of the sector and strong presence in India to further build C3’s global business,” Sameer Sain, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of the Everstone Group, said.

Sudhir Agarwal added to the positive assessment. “It’s a privilege to help lead a company like C3 that has made a significant impact on the outsourced CRM solutions space in such a short time.”

“Sunrise BPO not only brings capital, along with our key partner Everstone, but we also bring in the capability to rapidly scale C3’s business in the US and Asia and greatly improve customer experience, working closely with all of C3’s amazingly skilled employees and agents,” Agarwal added.

Everise will acquire 100% of C3. The current President & COO of C3, Rick Ferry, along with C3’s experienced leadership team, will continue as part of the leadership in his new role as CEO-USA.

“The team and I are committed and excited about this move and will work with Everise to grow the business globally,” Ferry said.

Prateek Dhawan, Managing Director – Private Equity, Everstone Group will join the Everise board.

“Taking the C3 platform and enhancing its delivery model using analytics and other technology tools is a huge opportunity,” Dhawan said. “We look forward to growing C3 organically, as well as inorganically.”

About Everstone Group
The Everstone Group is a premier India and Southeast Asia focused private equity and real estate investment firm with assets under management of USD $3.3 billion. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has around 200 people working across five offices including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mauritius. The firm’s strong presence and network in India and Southeast Asia allows its existing and new portfolio businesses to build operations in the region and beyond. Everstone has been awarded ‘Private Equity Firm of the Year in India’ by Private Equity International for five consecutive years. For more information, visit www.everstonecapital.com

About Sunrise
Sunrise BPO Pte. Ltd. is a Singapore-based Business Process management (“BPO”) company with the business mission to be the world’s foremost integrated customer service solution provider, focused on the Americas and the Far East markets. It has been set up with the strategic intent to offer its customers a multi-channel and integrated service solution with a focus on Contact Centre, Back Office and analytics delivered through tech-based service oriented products and process capabilities. This will drive cost savings, create value, and enable Innovation for its clients. Sudhir Agarwal is the founder and a co-investor in Sunrise. He has over 17 years’ experience in the BPO industry with Genpact and Aegis. Sunrise is also backed by global HNI investors who are thought leaders of international repute and who are committed to Sunrise’s financial, operational, and strategic vision.

About C3
C3 provides a full range of customer contact management services for corporate clients in the healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, energy and utilities, media, travel, retail, logistics, hospitality, and government services industries, from both US and international locations. C3’s founders are considered pioneers in the industry, having successfully grown global BPO companies over the last several decades. As a result, the company is uniquely positioned to deliver outstanding results for its clients through proven operational best practices and its veteran leadership team. Visit www.c3connect.com

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Everstone Completes Acquisition of Modern Foods

Mumbai, Friday, April 1, 2016 – The Everstone Group today announced that it had completed the
acquisition and transfer of Hindustan Unilever Limited’s (HUL) bread and bakery business under the brand
Modern” and had made top-level management changes in the firm, including appointing senior business
leader Kuldip Kaura as Chairman of the board.

It also appointed Aseem Soni, former Cargill Foods executive, as its new CEO with immediate effect.
The definitive closure of the deal for the acquisition of Modern for an undisclosed amount was announced
by HUL and Everstone on April 1, 2016, after both parties secured the necessary statutory approvals and
clearances. The deal completion sees the sale and transfer of the “Modern” brand and business on an
ongoing concern basis to Modern Food Enterprises Private Ltd., as the business will now be known.

“Modern is an iconic brand that virtually created the bread category in India and is synonymous with trust
and quality for over 50 years. The Everstone Group will work with its management and board to make
significant investments and deploy the Group’s operational expertise to unlock the brand’s full potential, as
well as expand its portfolio and reach,” said Everstone Co-Founder and Managing Partner Sameer Sain.

“We welcome Modern Foods employees and partners to the Everstone family,” added Sain.

Speaking on the management changes, Everstone said it was appointing eminent public leader and ex-DGP
of Maharashtra police, Dr. P.S. Pasricha, to its board as an independent director. Kaura, who heads the
board, is a former MD & CEO of ACC Cement, has been on the national committee of the highly respected
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is currently a Senior Director with Everstone.
Soni, the new CEO, who earlier headed Cargill’s consumer pack vertical, is also a member of the board.

Two Everstone Managing Directors will also serve as board directors. They are Rajev Shukla, who is a
Unilever veteran with in-depth experience in building consumer brands and businesses, and Deep Mishra,
who led the Modern transaction. Ravindra Nair, Krishna Kumar and N L Mehta, currently senior General
Managers at Modern’s Bakery Division, are being elevated to Executive Director with additional national
responsibilities across Modern Foods.

“Modern is one of just two brands with a pan-India presence in the bread and bakery segment. Yet there are
major opportunities to strengthen our geographic coverage, expand the portfolio, and extend our iconic
brand to adjacent and newer categories, both organically and via acquisitions,” said Soni.

“I am excited to work with Modern Foods’ amazing team and the board, and aim to quadruple the turnover
to INR 1,000 crore in the coming years by providing high-quality, affordable, tasty, and healthy food options
in bread, baked goods and possibly in new categories,” added Soni.

About Modern Foods
Established in 1965 by the Government of India, Modern was the first branded bread in India. In the
following decades, Modern became one of India’s best recognized brands with a full range of white, sweet,
health and wellness breads, as well as value-added bakery products such as rusks, cakes, muffins, buns, pavs
and cream rolls. Modern Foods’ bread and bakery products are manufactured and marketed nationally
through a network of nearly 50 manufacturing plants and over 75,000 outlets.
www.modernfoods.co.in

About Everstone Group
The Everstone Group is a premier India and Southeast Asia focused private equity and real estate investment
firm with assets under management of $3.3 billion. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has nearly 200
people working across five offices including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Mauritius. Everstone has been
awarded ‘Private Equity Firm of the Year in India’ by Private Equity International for five consecutive years.
www.everstonecapital.com

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Veteran investor Avnish Mehra Joins Everstone Group

Mumbai, March 08, 2016 – The Everstone Group today announced the appointment of veteran investor Avnish Mehra as a Managing Director in its private equity business. In addition to investing in sectors such as Healthcare, Telecom and Media where Mehra has significant experience, he will also lead Everstone’s Special Situations vertical.

Prior to joining Everstone, Mehra has had over 18 years of work experience, the majority of which were spent investing in Asia and Europe with marquee global investment firms. Most recently, Mehra was a member of the team that established the India business for Advent International where he was involved in some notable transactions including investments in Care Hospitals, Crompton Greaves, CIBIL and CAMS. Mehra is an M.A. in Economics from Cambridge University (UK) and a B.A. in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He is also is a CFA Charter Holder from the CFA Institute (USA).

“Avnish brings a wealth of India and international investing experience. In addition, his strong background in both private debt and private equity will enhance our ability to do complex transactions,” said Sameer Sain, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Everstone Group.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Everstone platform and to contribute to its growth and success,” said Mehra. “Everstone has rapidly emerged as a leading investing business in the region with deep operating capabilities and an ability to build unique businesses.”

“I look forward to working closely with the Everstone team in India, as well as internationally,” added Mehra.

Most recently, Everstone bought Aon Hewitt’s payroll processing in Asia, as well as Modern Foods from Unilever.

About The Everstone Group
The Everstone Group is a premier India and Southeast Asia focused private equity and real estate investment firm with assets under management of $3.3 billion. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has nearly 200 people working across five offices including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Mauritius. Everstone has been awarded ‘Private Equity Firm of the Year in India’ by Private Equity International for five consecutive years.
For more information, visit www.everstonecapital.com

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S Chand raises US$ 27 million from IFC and The Everstone Group

New Delhi, November 24, 2015 – Indian education content provider, S Chand and Company Private Limited (S Chand) has raised US$ 27 million financing from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and existing investor, the Everstone Group. Everstone continues to be a significant minority investor in the Company.

The investment will be used to scale-up operations in education publishing and the digital education space which will enable S Chand to reach more students, in addition to creating skilled jobs.

“IFC’s investment, in addition to global expertise in the education industry, will be used to extend S Chand’s leadership position in the knowledge services business, support our pan India expansion strategy and augment textbooks with multimedia and digital delivery content,” said Mr. Himanshu Gupta, Joint Managing Director, S Chand. “We believe digital content has the potential to empower teachers and significantly increase attention and understanding of abstract concepts for students.”

IFC will provide equity capital to help the company expand into new sub-segments of education and establish itself as a leader in the non-infrastructure education sector.

Congratulating S Chand on this new partnership, Chris McCahan, Chief Investment Officer, IFC said, “the success of the overall education delivery system depends on the education material made available to students. S Chand is one of the few companies with the scale to increase access to affordable quality education material, particularly in tier II and tier III cities.

India is IFC’s top country exposure. IFC’s committed portfolio in India is over $5 billion as of June 30, 2015. In FY 15, IFC committed $1.4 billion in new investments. In addition to strengthening local capital markets in India, IFC is focused on boosting financing in infrastructure and logistics, promoting financial inclusion, and expanding access to high-quality and affordable services such as healthcare and education.

About S Chand Group
The S Chand Group, managed by Dinesh Jhunjhnuwala (Chairman) and Himanshu Gupta (Joint Managing Director), has grown to be one of the largest content and service providers in the Indian education sector, publishing around 35 million text books and delivering over 4,000 hours of e-content to 20 million students annually. The Company has been investing in the fast growing ed-tech space, with a presence in tablet-based content delivery, online tutoring, and online test preparation for government and PSU entrance examinations.
For more information, visit www.schandgroup.com

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, IFC uses its capital,
expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY15, IFC’s long-term investments
in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential role in the
global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org

About The Everstone Group
The Everstone Group is a premier India and Southeast Asia focused private equity and real estate investment
firm with assets under management of $3.3 billion. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has nearly 200
people working across five offices including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Mauritius. Everstone has been
awarded ‘Private Equity Firm of the Year in India’ by Private Equity International for four consecutive years.
For more information, visit www.everstonecapital.com

For inquiries please contact:
Tina Pawar, Head of Corporate Communications, Everstone | +9122 40436078 |
tpawar@everstonecapital.com

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Everstone closes its third private equity fund at $730 million

Mumbai, September 15, 2015 – The Everstone Group is pleased to announce the final close of Everstone Capital Partners III at $730 million. This fundraising comprises $700 million of LP capital from leading institutional investors, and an additional $30 million commitment from Everstone and its affiliates. Institutional demand significantly exceeded capacity, resulting in the fund closing at its hard cap.

Investors who had backed Everstone previously committed the majority of the capital, either maintaining or increasing their commitment sizes. A select number of new marquee LPs also joined. Over 50% of the capital came from North America, while Europe constituted approximately 37%. The investors are well diversified, and include significant public pension plans, insurance companies, endowments and select asset managers.

Sameer Sain, co-founder and co-Managing Partner of the Everstone Group, commented: “We are very grateful for the continued trust and support our investors have shown our institution. With multiple offices and a large talented and experienced team, we intend to continue with our proven strategy of building exceptional businesses in India and a few other select and targeted geographies.”

Campbell Lutyens acted as exclusive global placement agent and Akin Gump acted as lead counsel.

About The Everstone Group
The Everstone Group is a premier India and Southeast Asia focused private equity and real estate investment firm with assets under management of $3.3 billion. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has nearly 200 people working across five offices including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Mauritius. Everstone has been awarded ‘Private Equity Firm of the Year in India’ by Private Equity International for four consecutive years.

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Everstone to acquire Modern bakery business

Mumbai, September 08, 2015 – The Everstone Group (Everstone) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) for the acquisition of HUL’s bread and bakery business under the brand “Modern” for an undisclosed consideration.

The transaction is subject to statutory approvals and requisite clearances. It includes the purchase of the “Modern” brand and business on a going concern basis. HUL and Everstone will work together to secure the necessary approvals to complete the transaction over the next few months. HUL will continue to manage the operations until the completion of the transaction.

Sameer Sain, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of the Everstone Group, said: “Modern is a marquee brand which has strong recall and a long standing history. Everstone is committed to making significant investments in not only unlocking the brand’s true potential, but also, once again, managing it as an independent company. We welcome Modern’s employees and partners to the Everstone family.”

HUL’s bread and bakery business consists of a full range of white and sweet breads, health and wellness breads and value added bakery products such as cakes, muffins, buns, pavs, cream rolls under the well-known “Modern” brand name. The business currently has six own operating manufacturing units and a network of franchisees across India.

About the Everstone Group: The Everstone Group is a premier India and South East Asia focused Private Equity and Real Estate investor with over US$ 3 billion of assets under management. Headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mauritius, the Everstone Group has been awarded Private Equity Firm of the Year by Private Equity International, for four consecutive years (2011 to 2014). Everstone follows an active and operational investing style and has a history of building large-scale businesses. The group also has several investments in the food and beverages space including, but not limited to, Burger King India, Domino’s Indonesia, and several other restaurant brands.

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Everstone Hires Bhavna Thakur as Head of Capital Markets and Exits

Mumbai, May 28, 2015 –The Everstone Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Bhavna Thakur as Head of Capital Markets and Exits. Based in Mumbai, Bhavna will lead the capital markets and exits function across both the private equity and real estate businesses, working closely with the investments and operations teams.

“We are delighted to have Bhavna join the Everstone team. Her deep experience in the financial markets, both in India and beyond, will be a tremendous asset to the firm as we build a dedicated capital markets and exits group to work with our portfolio companies.” said L. Brooks Entwistle, Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Everstone Group.

Bhavna has over 17 years of corporate finance, investment banking, M&A, and capital markets experience. Previously, Bhavna has worked with Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP. Bhavna holds a BA LLB (Honors) from National Law School of India and a Masters in Law from Columbia University.

The Everstone Group is a premier India and South East Asia focused private equity and real estate investment firm. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has over 180 people working across five offices (Singapore, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Mauritius). Everstone was awarded the Private Equity Firm of the Year in India by Private Equity International for four consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

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Everstone Augments its Operations Team. Hires Roshini Bakshi and Rajev Shukla

Mumbai, April 20, 2015 – The Everstone group is pleased to announce the appointment of Roshini Bakshi and Rajev Shukla as Managing Directors in the Everstone Private Equity Team.
Based in Singapore, Roshini and Rajev will work with the Everstone investments team and portfolio companies to craft global growth opportunities, provide strategic guidance, and create value. They will also work on sourcing and managing investment opportunities in the region.

Roshini is a former Vice President and Managing Director of Walt Disney, where she was responsible for the consumer, licensing and retail business in India and South Asia. Roshini has over 25 years of experience building and driving consumer businesses and brands across various Asian markets and in global corporations including Walt Disney, Polaris Software, Mattel Toys, Unilever and the Tata Group of Companies. Roshini serves as an independent director on the boards of Persistent Systems Ltd and JM Financial Services Ltd in India. She holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from St. Stephens College (Delhi).

Rajev is a former Vice President of Unilever, with 21 years of operating experience across the globe in a wide variety of roles. Rajev has served as a senior member of Unilever’s Global Skin Category Leadership team since 2008, and most recently leading the Global Skin Care Strategy & Business Development. In his prior roles, Rajev has been the Global Head of Unilever’s flagship Skin Care Brand, Pond’s, and served as Head of Unilever’s Skin Category in South East Asia & ANZ. Rajev began his career in India, with over a decade of experience leading Hindustan Unilever’s megabrands such as Fair & Lovely and Lifebuoy and is credited as the architect of Hindustan Unilever’s successful Modern Trade Strategy early in his career. Rajev holds an MBA from IIM Calcutta, and a Bachelor of Technology, Electronics & Communications Engineering from IIT-BHU.

“We are pleased to welcome Roshini and Rajev to Everstone as we continue to grow the team and invest in, and build world-class businesses in the region.” said L. Brooks Entwistle, Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Everstone Group. “Their combined experience includes working with some of the world’s largest consumer businesses and we believe their expertise can add immense value to our portfolio companies. We are confident of deriving significant growth and impact using their insights and experience.”

The Everstone Group is a premier India and South East Asia focused private equity and real estate investment firm. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has over 180 people working across five offices (Singapore, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Mauritius). Everstone was awarded the Private Equity Firm of the Year in India by Private Equity International for four consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

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Everstone acquires Aon Hewitt’s Asia-Pacific payroll processing business

Mumbai, April 1st, 2015 – Everstone Capital, a premier India and South East Asia focused private equity and real estate investment firm, has acquired the Asia Pacific payroll business of Aon Hewitt. Headquartered in Singapore, the business operates under Payfront Technologies Pte. Ltd. and will be rebranded as “ Excelity Global”.

Excelity Global is a leading provider of a broad range of services in payroll processing and human resources management, with over 400 clients across 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, serviced through its offices in India, Singapore, China and the Philippines. The company processes over 9 million pay slips annually and has the capability to service clients across industries globally. In addition, the company uses a proprietary and highly scalable platform that includes core payroll processing, data aggregation, and supplemental systems. Gurinder Singh, head of Aon Hewitt’s Asia Pacific payroll business, will continue to serve as the leader of the new organization, as the Chief Executive Officer of Excelity Global.

“We have established a formidable payroll business across India, Singapore, China and the Philippines, and we foresee continued strong demand for high-quality payroll solutions in the region,” said Gurinder Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Excelity Global. “We believe our partners at Everstone have the means and strategic intention to invest in the business and deliver added value to clients. We are deeply committed to the payroll and related HR businesses and will continue to grow it in the region, as well as globally,” he said further.

According to Dhanpal Jhaveri, Managing Partner – Private Equity, Everstone Group, “As a former division of a large global firm, Excelity has built a strong reputation in providing exceptional payroll processing solutions to several marquee Asia based corporates. Today, as an independent firm run by the same management team and using the same technology, we believe Excelity has a greater purpose, focus and future. Everstone will be investing significant capital and resources into Excelity’s platform in order to enhance its service offering, and also to maintain leadership in the payroll processing and the broader human resource management space, not just in Asia, but also in other parts of the world.”

About Everstone Group
The Everstone Group is a premier India and South East Asia focused private equity and real estate investment firm. Headquartered in Singapore, Everstone has over 140 people working across five offices (Singapore, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Mauritius). Everstone was awarded the Private Equity Firm of the Year in India by Private Equity International for four consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).
www.everstonecapital.com

About Excelity Global (Company name: Payfront Technologies Pte. Ltd.)
Excelity Global is a leading provider of a broad range of services in payroll processing and human resources
management, with over 400 clients across 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, serviced through its offices
in India, Singapore, China and the Philippines. We partner with organizations to solve their human capital
challenges by providing tailor made outsourcing solutions that are delivered with precision. With a
committed workforce of 600 employees, we are constantly challenging the status quo and working behind
the scenes to empower the people business of organizations across the globe.
www.excelityglobal.com

For inquiries please contact:
Debobrata Hembram, Excelity Global | Ph: +919717244855 | Email:
debobrata.hembram@excelityglobal.com

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