Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Top Image Systems to Buy eGistics

Document capture ISV Top Image Systems (TIS) has announced plans to acquire cloud archiving specialist eGistics. TIS will pay approximately $18M for Dallas-based eGistics, which had 2013 revenue of $10.6M. eGistics has historically focused on the financial services market - which has also been the primary focus of TIS' recent North American efforts. TIS has also positioned itself as a cloud player in the capture space, so this acquisition dovetails nicely with what it has been trying to do.

TIS plans to leverage eGistics cloud infrastructure to rollout several of what is terms "smart processing applications" in areas like invoice processing, the digital mailroom, bill paying, account opening, mortgage processing, and employee onboarding. We recently detailed how TIS is partnering with workflow ISV K2 on SPAs that it is bringing to market. TIS also has plans to market its software to eGistics blue chip customer base, which reportedly includes "4 of top 5 U.S. banks."

The acquisition will triple TIS' U.S. headcount to more than 65 employees. According to TIS Executive Chairman Izhak Nakar, as quoted in a press release, "As a result of this powerful strategic combination, TIS Americas will be the largest business unit in terms of revenues. 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.”

The acquisition is expected to close in Q3 and be accretive to TIS' bottom line as eGistics reported a 2013 profit of $1.52M. eGistics shareholders will receive 50% cash and 50% stock from TIS. As of the end of Q1 2014, TIS had $15.7M on its balance sheet - more than $13M of which came from a recent public offering of ordinary shares.

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