By Colin Kellaher


Shares of Cvent Holding Corp. jumped more than 10% on Tuesday after the cloud-based event-software provider agreed to be taken private in a $4.6 billion deal led by private-equity giant Blackstone Inc.

Cvent investors would receive $8.50 a share in cash under the deal, a 12% premium to Monday's closing price of $7.40 and 29% above its closing price of $6.57 on Jan. 30, before The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was exploring a sale, and that Blackstone was among those kicking the tires.

Private-equity firm Vista Equity Partners, which bought Cvent in 2016 and still owns a more than 80% stake after taking the Tysons, Va., company public again in late 2021 through a merger with a blank-check company, plans to invest part of its proceeds as non-convertible preferred stock in financing for the transaction, which also includes a significant minority investment by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Cvent shares were recently changing hands at $8.31, up 12%, after touching a 52-week high of $8.34 earlier in the session.


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