Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (BR) announced today that it has acquired technology assets of Inveshare, Inc. (“Inveshare”).
In connection with the transaction, Broadridge has entered into a development agreement to use these technology assets to develop blockchain applications for Broadridge’s proxy business. The acquisition is expected to accelerate Broadridge’s ability to adapt distributed ledger technology capabilities to its proxy services.
Broadridge granted Inveshare a perpetual license to the acquired technology assets and Inveshare will remain an independent provider of proxy communications services.
Richard J. Daly, President and Chief Executive Officer noted, “Broadridge plays a critical role as a leader in proxy communications services. We are committed to staying at the forefront and bringing to market innovative new technologies and products that enhance corporate governance and reduce costs for all participants.”
“Integrating blockchain technology into the proxy process has the potential to drive significant benefits for all participants, including institutional and retail investors, corporate issuers, mutual funds, regulators, and brokers by reducing complexity, increasing security and raising transparency. While lacking the extensive and critical functionality of Broadridge’s industry leading platforms (e.g. ProxyEdge® and other voting reconciliation and compliance tools), these technology assets provide Broadridge with a dynamic architecture that should enable us to more rapidly develop a streamlined distributed ledger platform to bring these benefits to our clients over the next several years,” Mr. Daly concluded.
Broadridge will pay $95 million upfront to acquire the existing technology assets plus a deferred payment of $40 million on delivery of the blockchain applications. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on Broadridge's financial results.