Novitex and SourceHOV combine to form Exela Technologies
Affiliates Of Apollo And HGM Agree To Combine Novitex And SourceHOV With Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2 To Form Exela Technologies, A Public Company In A Transaction Valued At $2.8 Billion
SourceHOV, LLC (“SourceHOV”), Novitex Holdings, Inc. (“Novitex”) and Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2 (Nasdaq: QPAC, QPACW and QPACU) (“Quinpario”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, today announced that they will combine to create a leading industry-solutions provider for financial technology and business services, delivering mission critical, technology-enabled multichannel information services to over 3,500 blue-chip customers in 55 countries. The parties have entered into a definitive business combination agreement for the proposed transaction, which is expected to close during the second quarter of 2017.
Novitex, a North American provider of technology-driven managed services, is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) (NYSE: APO). SourceHOV is majority owned by HandsOn Global Management, LLC (“HGM”) and affiliates, and provides Transaction Processing Solutions (“TPS”) and Enterprise Information Management (“EIM”) solutions.
The transaction is valued at approximately $2.8 billion, representing a 7.3x multiple of the projected 2017E pro forma EBITDA for the combined company of $385 million. The purchase price will be funded through a combination of $1.35 billion in new debt financing, cash from Quinpario, rollover equity and cash on hand at closing, including from equity financing. Shareholders of SourceHOV and Novitex are rolling 100 percent of the current equity, and will be the majority shareholders of the combined company. All proceeds from the Quinpario equity capital contribution will be used for deleveraging, to pay fees and expenses for the transaction, and for general corporate purposes.
The combined company is expected to have approximately $1.5 billion in revenue in 2017, adding substantial scale and offering a complementary set of platforms and services to enhance customer offerings. With technology-enabled services deeply embedded in more than 60 percent of the FORTUNE® 100, the combined company will be a core partner for the world’s largest financial services organizations, insurance payers, healthcare providers, law firms, government entities and commercial enterprises.
The merger positions the combined company for accelerated growth, leveraging technology platforms, service offerings and global delivery supported by more than 23,500 employees across the Americas, Europe and Asia. With expanded, innovative offerings for high-volume, mission-critical processes, the combination will provide integrated platform solutions, from data aggregation and workflow to exception management and outcome resolutions.
Ron Cogburn, chief executive officer of SourceHOV, commented, “We are excited about the possibilities the transaction will bring to the business services sector, as it positions us well for growth in our key markets. Our journey from people-intensive to technology-enabled services and our combination with Novitex fundamentally increases our scale, making us a more strategic partner to customers in their quest for digital transformation.”
John Visentin, executive chairman and chief executive officer of Novitex, added, “The combination of Novitex and SourceHOV supports our strategy of serving as an end-to-end provider of innovative cloud-enabled solutions in the document outsourcing industry. This combination allows us to further enhance our strategic focus in providing leading-edge, integrated enterprise information management services.”
The combined company will have a board of directors consisting of eight members, including three directors to be nominated by HGM, two directors to be nominated by Apollo and three independent directors.