Paris, 29 November 2005 - Linedata Services is pleased to announce an agreement to acquire 100% of the stock of UK company, Beauchamp Financial Technology, Ltd. ("BFT"), which specializes in portfolio management software solutions tailored to the hedge funds segment of the Asset Management market.
The acquisition of BFT exemplifies Linedata Services’ strategy of further strengthening its position as a market-leading provider of technology to the world’s key financial communities through an exhaustive offering targeted at all types of Asset Management vehicles, including UCITS, institutional funds, and hedge funds.
A young company in full bloom and renowned for the quality of its solutions
Founded in 1997, BFT’s expertise and software solutions are today held up as a reference on the hedge funds market, notably thanks to the performance of its flagship middle- and back-office application, “FundManager”.
Positioned in a highly buoyant market (over 10,000 hedge funds listed worldwide saw their assets under management climb 30% in 2004), BFT has enjoyed spectacular growth from the outset and is expected to realize sales of over GBP 11 million (an organic growth rate of 25%) and EBITDA of 10% in the financial year ending 31st March 2006.
Based in London, New York and Hong Kong, BFT also set up a technical support platform in Riga, Latvia. Today, over 170 client firms in Europe, North America and Asia use BFT’s solutions, whether by local installation or ASP.
With a 110-strong team of sales, development and support professionals around the world, BFT distributes its products both directly and via white label partners including Fund Administrators and Prime Brokers.
A highly complementary acquisition to cement future growth
In acquiring BFT, Linedata Services has strategically reinforced its offering in a strong growth market by adding middle- and back-office solutions to its product portfolio. These significantly complement its front-office solution, LongView Trading, which is currently distributed to hedge funds via ASP within the framework of a partnership. As such, Linedata Services is now ideally placed to fully exploit its strong growth potential on this market segment, particularly when it comes to cross-selling.
In addition, BFT’s strong market position amongst hedge funds in Asia means that the acquisition should also boost Linedata Services’ development in that region.
Anvaraly Jiva, Chairman and CEO of Linedata Services said, "After the recent acquisition of US company GIS, this new acquisition in the field of asset management is perfectly in line with our objectives to increase our share of the world’s English-speaking markets, strengthen our position in the most buoyant segments, and to build a group of high-performing companies that can actively contribute to our future growth and adhere to our corporate mission statement".
Stuart Farr, Chairman and CEO of BFT added "We are delighted to become a part of a group with an ambitious growth strategy and an offering that is highly complementary to our own. Linedata Services’ leading market position, its well-established, global reach and the quality of its solutions are all sound levers in securing additional share in a hedge fund market with unrivalled potential".
A cash transaction with an immediate accretive effect
The acquisition is financed entirely in cash with an initial payment of GBP 11 million and an earn out clause for a maximum of an additional GBP 14 million, based on the economic performance ( growth and profitability) of BFT and spread over financial years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. The operation will have an immediate accretive effect on the Group’s net EPS.