The acquisition will bolster Calian IT and cyber solutions offerings and diversify the customer base
- Computex is a US-based provider of IT and cyber solutions and a prominent technology partner with Cisco, Nutanix, Microsoft, Blackberry and others
- CAD$38M (USD$30M) acquisition is expected to add CAD$75M in annual business and CAD$30M in recurring revenue
- Acquisition represents first major strategic entry into the US market for Calian
OTTAWA, January 27, 2022 – Calian® Group Ltd. (TSX: CGY), a diverse products and services company providing innovative healthcare, communications, learning and cybersecurity solutions, is entering into a definitive agreement with American Virtual Cloud Technologies (AVCT) to acquire the assets of US-based Computex Technology Solutions (Computex) for CAD$38M (USD$30M). Computex is an award-winning provider of IT solutions, managed services and managed security services and has a 30-year legacy serving the growing US mid-market enterprise with a significant footprint in Texas, Minnesota and Florida. Most recently, Computex was awarded the 2021 AT&T Cybersecurity Growth Partner of the Year and 2021 Cisco Innovator of the Year.
The acquisition of Computex into the Calian family is expected to add CAD$75M (USD$60M) in annual business, in addition to recurring revenue of CAD$30M (USD$24M) in Managed IT & Security services. We expect the acquisition to be accretive from a gross margin and EBITDA margin immediately.
“Calian is moving towards a full-service model that will provide end-to-end IT and cyber solutions for our customers,” says Sacha Gera, President, IT and Cyber Solutions, Calian. “We’re excited about joining forces with Computex to provide an even stronger offering to our combined customer base and the market through an expanded sales distribution network. With this acquisition, we expect the IT and Cyber Solutions segment of Calian will drive a combined CAD$175M in annual revenue.”
In addition to synergy between the IT and cyber solutions that Calian and Computex offer, both companies share a similar commitment to solving complex customer problems. Computex was founded in 1987 and their customer base includes Dave & Busters, Plains All American and Midland Health Systems.
“This potential acquisition will drive further innovation and customer diversification, adding 1,100 customers in healthcare, oil and gas and manufacturing, with cross sell opportunities across our business units,” says Kevin Ford, Calian CEO. “In support of our growth objectives to be a one-billion-dollar global company, this acquisition facilitates further expansion in the US market.”
To support their diverse customer base, Computex employs highly certified, industry-leading engineers and consultants. These experts form Computex Brainware and through the Brainware Xchange, they offer free educational sessions about secure enterprise digital transformation towards the cloud.
The definitive agreement is effective immediately and Calian anticipates the transaction to take place in the first calendar quarter of 2022. Financial metrics are reported in Canadian dollars and in accordance with IFRS reporting standards. Completion of this transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.