Upland Software Acquires Localytics, Raises Guidance
Accretive acquisition adds $20 million in annualized revenues and leading mobile app personalization technology to Upland’s Customer Experience Management Cloud
Upland Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: UPLD) has acquired Localytics, a leading provider of mobile app personalization and analytics solutions. With Localytics, Upland’s Customer Experience Management (CXM) Cloud sets the bar for rich mobile experiences, personalization, and real-time sentiment analysis across every digital channel, including text, mobile app, browser, wallet, voice, and email. The acquisition adds approximately $20 million in annualized revenues and will be immediately accretive to Upland’s Adjusted EBITDA per share.
“It is now vital for brands to deliver seamless, highly-personalized, mobile-focused experiences at key customer touchpoints. The addition of Localytics to our CXM Cloud offering now allows us to offer sophisticated mobile personalization at scale,” said Jack McDonald, chairman and CEO of Upland Software. “Our acquisition pipeline remains robust, and we are actively pursuing additional opportunities to build out our cloud offerings.”
A pioneer in mobile application analytics, Localytics delivers deep insights into consumer behavior within mobile app experiences and provides the foundation for campaigns that convert better and drive customer loyalty. Localytics’ support for interactions with consumers across push, in-app, inbox, and remarketing combined with rich audience segmentation allows marketers to deliver personalized app experiences with high consumer relevance.
“Our CXM Cloud team is on a mission to give our customers the technology and insights to deliver experiences consumers want and value. Localytics’ technology and expertise are powering app experiences that convert at a consistently higher rate across key consumer verticals like telco, media, retail, and consumer finance,” said Jed Alpert, executive vice president and general manager of the CXM Cloud at Upland Software. “Localytics is a perfect addition to our CXM Cloud, the only mobile-focused platform that harnesses the power of messaging, apps, email, and web interactions to serve today’s consumer on their digital channels of choice.”
Technology from Localytics’ mobile app marketing solution will be used to expand to more consumer touchpoints and upgrade the profound insights about consumer behavior and preferences that CXM customers receive today. Innovative mobile application capabilities like geo-based push, in-app notifications, and application inbox messaging combined with rich behavioral data like application usage, location, products viewed, and cart abandonment will allow Upland CXM Cloud customers to tune their mobile app experiences to drive better offer conversion and reduce churn across targeted audiences. Connection to other marketing channels, like email and web, will allow Upland CXM Cloud customers to not only orchestrate journeys across technologies but also choose the communication channels that are most cost effective for their businesses.
The purchase price paid for Localytics was $67.7 million in cash at closing (net of cash acquired), paid out of cash on hand, and a $0.3 million cash holdback payable in 12 months (subject to indemnification claims). The foregoing excludes any potential future earn-out payments tied to additional performance-based goals. Upland expects the acquisition to generate annual revenue of approximately $20.0 million, of which $19.2 million is recurring, subject to reductions for deferred revenue discount as a result of GAAP purchase accounting, estimated at $4.5 million for the remainder of 2020. The price paid for the acquisition is within Upland’s target range of 5-8x pro forma Adjusted EBITDA and Localytics will generate at least $9.0 million in Adjusted EBITDA annually once fully integrated. The acquisition will be immediately accretive to Upland’s Adjusted EBITDA per share.