Source: Top Image Systems
Top Image Systems, Ltd. (NASDAQ:TISA), a leading Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM) solutions and Mobile Imaging Platform (MIP) provider, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eGistics, a leading privately-owned provider of cloud-based solutions to the banking and payments market, in a transaction valued at approximately $18 million.
Under the terms of the agreement, TIS will pay for the acquisition 50% in cash and 50% in TIS shares. The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in Q3.
Based in Dallas, Texas, eGistics provides advanced image and data solutions that enable business process automation by optimizing the storage, management and delivery of business-critical information across a wide range of applications. The iRemit remittance management portal, available via the CloudDocs platform, is a smart process application that enables remittance processing in the cloud. The data is processed and stored in the secure, on-demand cloud-based CloudDocs framework, which offers world-class physical and cyber security, utilizing multiple encryption technologies and best-in-class intrusion detection.
"This is a milestone acquisition for Top Image Systems, as it creates a compelling combination from strategic, geographic, technological and financial perspectives," said Izhak Nakar, Top Image Systems Founder & Executive Chairman. "Not only will this immediately accretive acquisition accelerate our growth rate and add incremental profitability, but it will also expand our addressable market, accelerate our aggressive expansion in the United States, and add a world class installed base of major U.S. customers to whom we can cross-sell a more comprehensive solution, including our high-growth mobile apps. Four of the five top banks in the U.S., two of the largest remittance processors and several leading U.S. enterprises already trust eGistics for cloud-based document and data management solutions."
Cloud-based Solutions that Complement TIS Offerings
A key driver for the acquisition was eGistics' secure and compliant cloud infrastructure, which aligns with TIS' cloud-centric growth strategy. TIS will leverage eGistics' cloud-based on-demand CloudDocs infrastructure to roll out on-demand smart processing applications for processes such as Invoice Processing, Digital Mailroom, BillPay, Account Opening, Enrollment, Mortgage Processing and Employee Onboarding (HR), all in the cloud. Following the acquisition, TIS will extend its software portfolio to include additional smart process applications for banking and payment processing, while in parallel offering eFLOW INVOICE, Digital Mailroom and TIS mobile imaging applications to the existing eGistics' customer base. These cloud-based applications will further promote TIS' mobile imaging solutions by easily integrating them with the CloudDocs infrastructure, where TIS will host eFLOW for efficient backend processing.
"This transaction will also provide TIS with an additional distribution vehicle for offering our native mobile capture applications to large U.S. financial institutions which we did not have before, creating a significant business opportunity," explains Michael Schrader, TIS COO. "A key strength and differentiator for TIS' flagship eFLOW platform is its ability to be quickly and easily configured and integrated with a large number of ERP, CRM and line-of-business applications. The acquisition of eGistics will strengthen this competitive advantage, augmenting our ability to develop powerful, on-demand smart process applications with embedded mobile capture functionality on the eFLOW platform within a stable and secure cloud-based environment. We see the intelligent data recognition market moving to the cloud, and our vision is to leverage the broad availability of the cloud platform to bring these capabilities to many more clients by providing them with full end-to-end cloud-based solutions that combine simplified capture operations, transaction-based pricing and significantly reduced implementation efforts. This acquisition begins to make this vision a reality, creating a formidable technological advantage for TIS going forward."
"Not only does eGistics share a synergistic customer base with TIS, but also a common technology stack that we can build upon to further revenue growth for the combined company," commented Robert Lund, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of eGistics. "The companies share a vision of creating both horizontal and vertical-based smart applications that optimize the capture, classification, validation, storage, management and delivery of business-critical information."
"We are excited about the combination of eGistics' cutting-edge cloud platform and blue chip clients in the U.S. financial sector with TIS' best-in-class enterprise capture and workflow solutions, mobile imaging portfolio and diverse global installed base," stated Don Dixon, a member of the eGistics Board of Directors and Managing Director and Co-Founder of Trident Capital, the largest shareholder of eGistics. "We believe the combination will have a very positive reception within the eGistics customer base and in the marketplace." Following the closing of the transaction, Mr. Dixon will become a member of the TIS Board of Directors.
Strengthens TIS Presence in Strategically Important U.S. Market
The acquisition of eGistics will significantly expand TIS' presence in the U.S. The combined company expects to grow revenues by cross-selling native solutions to the existing installed base. In addition, the combination will expand the physical presence of TIS in the United States, adding an office in Dallas and growing its U.S. based headcount to over 65.
"As a result of this powerful strategic combination, TIS Americas will be the largest business unit in terms of revenues," added Mr. Nakar. "Reinforcing our commitment to growing our presence in the U.S. market, the acquisition significantly accelerates this important strategic initiative, giving us tremendous talent, two offices, and a more comprehensive suite of offerings to cross-sell to a broad installed base."
Canaccord Genuity acted as exclusive financial advisor to Top Image Systems in connection with the transaction and Needham & Company acted as financial advisor to eGistics. Schwell Wimpfheimer & Associates LLP and Choate Hall & Stewart LLP acted as legal advisors to Top Image Systems and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati acted as legal advisor to eGistics.