Amdocs acquires three leading tech companies to expand digital offering

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | September 19, 201614:30 IST

“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 Eli Gelman, Amdocs Management Limited President and CEO.

Amdocs, the leading provider of customer experience solutions, announced it has closed the acquisition of three privately owned companies – Vindicia, Brite:Bill and Pontis - in line with the company’s digital strategy.
 
“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 Eli Gelman, Amdocs Management Limited President and CEO.
 
“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. I am excited by these companies joining Amdocs, as their cloud-based technologies will augment Amdocs’ rich offering and shorten our time to market,” Gelman continued.
 
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.
 
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. The company was named a “Cool Vendor” by Gartner Inc. for 2014.
 
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 three similarly priced companies were acquired for a combined amount of approximately $260 million in cash, net, and may be subject to certain adjustments including small earnouts. Together, these acquisitions are expected to contribute 1.5% to 2.0% to total company revenue for the full fiscal year 2017.  Amdocs will initiate formal guidance with respect to our expected total revenue growth for fiscal year 2017 when we report results for the fourth fiscal quarter 2016 on November 8, 2016. Additional information relating to the aggregate impact of these acquisitions, as well as the many moving parts affecting our core business, including various risks and uncertainties, will be provided at that time.
 
The impact of these acquisitions on Amdocs’ diluted non-GAAP earnings per share (excluding amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition related costs and equity-based compensation expense, net of related tax effects) is expected to be neutral in fiscal 2017. The impact on diluted GAAP EPS will not be known until after Amdocs completes the purchase price allocation. Amdocs expects to incur acquisition-related expenses related to operating adjustments, restructuring charges and other acquisition-related costs.
 

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