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Vista Equity to Acquire GovDelivery SaaS Platform from Actua $ACTA for $153M

Vista Equity to Acquire GovDelivery SaaS Platform from Actua $ACTA for $153M

Vista Equity Partners agreed to acquire Santa Clara, Calif.-based cyber-security company Infoblox Inc. (NYSE: BLOX) for $1.6 billion. Vista Equity Partners, with offices in Austin, Chicago and San Francisco, and over $26 billion in capital commitments, is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology-enabled businesses. The firm is led by billionaire Robert F. Smith, its founder, chairman and CEO, who has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion according to Forbes. GovDelivery is used by more public sector organizations for digital communications than all other solutions combined, it says. The company has built an industry-leading platform for digital government communications used by over 1,800 customers, reaching over 120 million people. The company has dramatically expanded its investment to drive accelerating value to its customers over the past 24 months, doubling its investments in product development, security, and operations. GovDelivery launched major enhancements in 2016 to support advanced digital marketing, FedRAMP security compliance, and learning-enabled content while adding interactive text capabilities and an open source data management and open data platform through acquisitions. Over half of GovDelivery’s workforce has joined the company since January 1, 2015. “Under the strong leadership of CEO Scott Burns, we have transformed GovDelivery into a valuable, high growth company, and are confident that the company will continue its impressive growth trajectory,” said Actua’s chief executive Walter Buckley. “Since our acquisition of the business in 2009 for $20 million, GovDelivery has assembled a first-class management team and built out an industry-leading platform for digital government communications with a strong competitive moat. Through the execution of a highly effective growth strategy, GovDelivery has increased revenues by nearly 600 percent,” Buckley added. “Vista is a world class partner for our next phase of growth,” said GovDelivery chief executive Scott Burns. “This $153 million investment validates our strategy and is the largest single investment in a cloud-based government technology company to date.” “What sets GovDelivery apart is its success helping governments reach more people through its platform,” said Patrick Severson, board member and principal at Vista Equity Partners. Actua is a publicly traded venture capital firm formerly known as ICG Group Inc. It changed its name to Actua Corp in September 2014. Actua currently operates as a multi-vertical cloud company with over 900 employees. It has a market capitalization of over $490 million. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016. Upon completion, Actua expects to realize net cash proceeds of approximately $132 million. Stephens Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to GovDelivery. Photo: Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)]]>

Amdocs $DOX Acquires Vindicia, Brite:Bill and Pontis for $260M

Amdocs $DOX Acquires Vindicia, Brite:Bill and Pontis for $260M

Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), a leading provider of customer experience software solutions for communications, entertainment and media service providers, said it has closed the acquisition of three privately owned companies – Vindicia, Brite:Bill and Pontis – in line with the company’s digital strategy. The three similarly priced companies were acquired for a combined amount of approximately $260 million in cash, including certain small earnouts. “Communication and media service providers, including those with over-the-top offerings, are transforming to capture the world of on-demand services and digital immediacy. When combined with business-driven analytics behind the scenes, this ensures a simplified, intuitive and engaging customer experience,” said Amdocs president and CEO Eli Gelman. “These acquisitions, alongside Amdocs’ existing platforms which include multi-channel, digital care and commerce, customer management and big data analytics solutions, position Amdocs as the market leader to help communication and media providers on their journey,” Gelman continued. Silicon Valley-based Vindicia is a market-leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription management and payment solutions. Vindicia makes it easy, flexible and frictionless for digital enterprises to onboard customers and process payments for digital content, over-the-top (OTT) entertainment, online subscriptions and on-demand services. Utilizing cloud-based operations for greater business agility, Vindicia’s ultra-fast time to market allows customers to easily experiment with various service offerings and pricing schemes to quickly introduce offers and attract new users. In addition, Vindicia’s advanced retention capabilities reduce user churn and increase top-line revenue for online service providers. Dublin, Ireland-based Brite:Bill‘s design-led, user-experience experts turn the customer bill into a unique, customer-centric engagement channel. Brite:Bill’s technology and services transform invoices into a personalized, digital, interactive billing experience in the channel of the customer’s choice. The invoice’s customized and engaging design reduces customer confusion around the bill, thereby cutting service provider costs around inbound inquiries, and also provides an engagement opportunity for service providers to promote new services. Tel Aviv-based Pontis, is a leading provider of contextual digital engagement solutions. Pontis’s real-time decisioning and learning technology enables service providers to offer their customers personalized contextual interactions relevant to where that individual customer is in their journey with the service provider. With Pontis, Amdocs is uniquely positioned to help service providers determine the next best action for customer engagement and then to offer the customer, across outbound and inbound channels, the most appropriate service at the right time and the right touch point. The impact of these acquisitions on Amdocs’ diluted non-GAAP earnings per share is expected to be neutral in fiscal 2017. Together, these acquisitions are expected to contribute 1.5% to 2.0% to total company revenue for the full fiscal year 2017. The Yellow Pages Years (1982-1990) Amdocs developed the first automated system for directory publishers, which put the customer, not the phone number, at the center. The 1984 breakup of AT&T led to Amdocs sealing a crucial win with Southwestern Bell (SBC) Yellow Pages, entering the US market and becoming the world leader in the Yellow Pages space. “I’ve always been proud of my long association with Amdocs, but it’s a special privilege to be at the helm as the company celebrates its 30th anniversary,” said Gelman. “In some aspects, Amdocs has changed beyond all recognition over the past three decades.”

“When I joined in 1987 as a team leader, managing two people, we were still a small, young company, focusing on one application/business area – Yellow Pages.” –Eli Gelman, Amdocs President & CEO
Amdocs Today “Today we’re a global company with over 250 service provider customers, offices in some 60 countries and a workforce of over 19,000 employees. But in one crucial area we have not changed: the determination of our employees to ensure the success of whatever project they’re working on, at any particular time,” Gelman concluded. Amdocs is a market leader in customer experience software solutions and services for the world’s largest communications, entertainment and media service providers. For more than 30 years, Amdocs solutions, which include BSS, OSS, network control, optimization and network functions virtualization, coupled with professional and managed services, have accelerated business value for its customers by simplifying business complexity, reducing costs and delivering a world-class customer experience. Last year Amdocs acquired a substantial majority of Comverse Inc.’s (NASDAQ:CNSI) business support systems (BSS) business unit assets for $272 million. Comverse was originally founded in Israel as Comverse Technology in 1997, becoming one of Israel’s flagship high-tech companies. Its BSS asset sale to Amdocs was part of a multi-step divestment plan. The Amdocs portfolio enables service providers to capture the world of digital immediacy by operating across digital dimensions to engage customers with personalized, omni-channel experiences. Amdocs and its more than 24,000 employees serve customers in over 90 countries. The company is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri. Amdocs had revenue of $3.6 billion in fiscal 2015, and has a current market capitalization of over $9 billion. HeritageBrand-Infographic_v09 Photo: Eli Gelman, Amdocs President & CEO.]]>