CA Technologies annuncia l’intento di acquisire Automic


L’acquisizione dell’azienda austriaca fornirebbe una piattaforma end-to-end di automazione e orchestrazione su cloud per applicazioni e processi di business

BASIGLIO (MI), 5 dicembre 2016 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) ha annunciato di aver siglato un accordo irrevocabile per l’acquisizione di Automic Holding GmbH, azienda leader nel settore del software per l’automazione dei processi IT e di business. L’operazione, il cui valore è stimato attorno ai 600 milioni di euro al netto di liquidità ed equivalenti acquisiti, è stata approvata all’unanimità da entrambi i Consigli di Amministrazione e dovrebbe perfezionarsi nel quarto trimestre dell’esercizio fiscale 2017 di CA. Automic ha sede a Vienna e conta in organico circa 600 dipendenti in Europa, Nord America e Asia.

Con Automic, CA arricchirà l’offerta con nuove funzioni di automazione e orchestrazione su cloud, aumentando la penetrazione del mercato europeo. La presenza europea di Automic, unita all’esperienza mondiale e alla vasta gamma di soluzioni CA, offrirà ai clienti una soluzione globale in grado di integrare gli attuali investimenti tecnologici per far fronte alle sfide dell’automazione in tutto il perimetro aziendale.

CA aggiungerà al suo portafoglio di soluzioni le funzionalità di automazione e orchestrazione di Automic per mettere a disposizione dei clienti una serie di strumenti che rispondono alle esigenze in materia di DevOps e gestione dell’operatività IT in modalità on-premise, nel cloud e negli ambienti cloud ibridi. Con le funzioni di analisi in tempo reale incorporate nella nuova piattaforma end-to-end, i clienti usufruiranno di una maggiore agilità operativa grazie a soluzioni che spaziano dall’automazione delle attività in un’ottica informatica all’automazione e orchestrazione intelligente in un’ottica di business.

"Le aziende che operano su scala mondiale hanno bisogno di flessibilità e agilità per trasferire i carichi di lavoro nei luoghi più opportuni all’interno di ambienti cloud ibridi eterogenei, all’insegna di una disponibilità ininterrotta, per anticipare la concorrenza," ha dichiarato Ayman Sayed, President e Chief Product Officer di CA Technologies. "Con l’acquisizione di Automic potremo offrire automazione e scalabilità dei workflow e dei processi di business, riducendo i costi e migliorando sostanzialmente il grado di precisione. Questa automazione intelligente offrirà ai clienti la visibilità necessaria per acquisire agilità e realizzare maggiore valore aggiunto. Siamo davvero contenti di accogliere Automic, un’azienda che si è distinta per redditività e vigorosi ritmi di crescita. Da un punto di vista strategico, rinforza la nostra posizione con la sua piattaforma cloud, espandendo inoltre la nostra presenza europea dal punto di vista operativo. Senza dimenticare che, sotto il profilo finanziario, soddisfa i nostri rigorosi criteri in materia di hurdle rate, pur offrendo il massimo ritorno potenziale della liquidità offshore".

La tecnologia per l’automazione di Automic è alla base della Digital Transformation e aiuta le imprese a passare da un’automazione basata su una logica a silos a un’automazione intelligente e orchestrata con real-time analytics.

"Nelle iniziative di trasformazione digitale, i clienti di fascia enterprise si fanno assistere dai vendor per migliorare la velocità, l’affidabilità e la scalabilità dei processi di business," ha dichiarato Todd DeLaughter, Chief Executive Officer di Automic. "Insieme a CA Technologies, aiuteremo le organizzazioni a spingere le loro capacità di intelligent automation fino al prossimo livello, incrementando l’agilità e la velocità ormai indispensabili nell’era della Digital Transformation".

Fondata nel 1985, Automic ha uffici a Vienna, Parigi, nel territorio APJ (Asia Pacific Japan) e a Bellevue (Washington). Conta numero significativo di clienti in diversi settori, fra cui energetico, servizi finanziari, sanità, industria manifatturiera, GDO e telecomunicazioni.

In questa operazione, CA Technologies è stata coadiuvata da Foros in veste di consulente finanziario.

Aggiornamento delle previsioni per l’esercizio 2017

Partendo dal presupposto che l’operazione di acquisizione verrà finalizzata all’inizio di gennaio, le stime elaborate in sede preliminare da CA prevedono i seguenti aggiustamenti rispetto alle indicazioni rese note finora sull’esercizio 2017:

  • Incremento dei ricavi in misura dello 0,5%, sia su base dichiarata che al netto delle oscillazioni valutarie
  • Effetto negativo (-1%) sul margine operativo totale (reddito GAAP e non GAAP), soprattutto nel segmento Enterprise Solutions

Impatto lievemente diluitivo sul cash flow operativo e sull’utile operativo GAAP e non GAAP per azione ordinaria diluita, sia su base dichiarata che al netto delle oscillazioni valutarie

Please see below for information regarding non-GAAP financial measures, the cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements, and the reconciliation of projected GAAP metrics to projected non-GAAP metrics.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes certain financial measures that exclude the impact of certain items and, therefore, have not been calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Non-GAAP metrics for operating margin and diluted earnings per share exclude the following items: non-cash amortization of purchased software, internally developed software and other intangible assets; share-based compensation expense; charges relating to rebalancing initiatives that are large enough to require approval from CA's (hereinafter, the "Company") Board of Directors and certain other gains and losses, which include the gains and losses since inception of hedges that mature within the quarter, but exclude gains and losses of hedges that do not mature within the quarter. The Company presents constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how the Company's underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than U.S. dollars are converted into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate in effect on the last day of the Company's prior fiscal year (i.e., March 31, 2016). Constant currency excludes the impacts from the Company's hedging program. These non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. By excluding these items, non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results and cash flows, to competitors' operating results and cash flows, and to estimates made by securities analysts. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to evaluate its performance and they are key variables in determining management incentive compensation. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency of supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. In addition, the Company has historically reported similar non-GAAP financial measures to its investors and believes that the inclusion of comparative numbers provides consistency in its financial reporting. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this news release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The declaration and payment of future dividends by the Company is subject to the determination of the Company's Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, after considering various factors, including the Company's financial condition, historical and forecasted operating results, and available cash flow, as well as any applicable laws and contractual covenants and any other relevant factors. The Company's practice regarding payment of dividends may be modified at any time and from time to time.

Repurchases under the Company's stock repurchase program may be made from time to time, subject to market conditions and other factors, in the open market, through solicited or unsolicited privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. The program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock, and it may be modified or suspended at any time at the Company's discretion.

Certain statements in this news release (such as statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "targets" and similar expressions relating to the future) constitute "forward-looking statements" that are based upon the beliefs of, and assumptions made by, the Company's management, as well as information currently available to management. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the Automic acquisition; the risk that the conditions to the closing of the Automic acquisition are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to customer, supplier, partner or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the Automic acquisition; uncertainties as to the timing of the Automic acquisition; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the Company following completion of the proposed Automic acquisition; the ability to successfully integrate Automic's operations and employees in a timely manner; the ability to realize anticipated synergies, cost savings and operational efficiencies from the Automic acquisition; the ability to achieve success in the Company's business strategy by, among other things, ensuring that any new offerings address the needs of a rapidly changing market while not adversely affecting the demand for the Company's traditional products or the Company's profitability to an extent greater than anticipated, enabling the Company's sales force to accelerate growth of sales to new customers and expand sales with existing customers, including sales outside of the Company's renewal cycle and to a broadening set of purchasers outside of traditional information technology operations (with such growth and expansion at levels sufficient to offset any decline in revenue and/or sales in the Company's Mainframe Solutions segment and in certain mature product lines in the Company's Enterprise Solutions segment), effectively managing the strategic shift in the Company's business model to develop more easily installed software, provide additional SaaS offerings and refocus the Company's professional services and education engagements on those engagements that are connected to new product sales, without affecting the Company's financial performance to an extent greater than anticipated, and effectively managing the Company's pricing and other go-to-market strategies, as well as improving the Company's brand, technology and innovation awareness in the marketplace; the failure to innovate or adapt to technological changes and introduce new software products and services in a timely manner; competition in product and service offerings and pricing; the ability of the Company's products to remain compatible with ever-changing operating environments, platforms or third party products; global economic factors or political events beyond the Company's control and other business and legal risks associated with non-U.S. operations; the failure to expand partner programs and sales of the Company's solutions by the Company's partners; the ability to retain and attract qualified professionals; general economic conditions and credit constraints, or unfavorable economic conditions in a particular region, business or industry sector; the ability to successfully integrate acquired companies and products into the Company's existing business; risks associated with sales to government customers; breaches of the Company's data center, network, as well as the Company's software products, and the IT environments of the Company's vendors and customers; the ability to adequately manage, evolve and protect the Company's information systems, infrastructure and processes; the failure to renew license transactions on a satisfactory basis; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; discovery of errors or omissions in the Company's software products or documentation and potential product liability claims; the failure to protect the Company's intellectual property rights and source code; access to software licensed from third parties; risks associated with the use of software from open source code sources; third-party claims of intellectual property infringement or royalty payments; fluctuations in the number, terms and duration of the Company's license agreements, as well as the timing of orders from customers and channel partners; events or circumstances that would require the Company to record an impairment charge relating to the Company's goodwill or capitalized software and other intangible assets balances; potential tax liabilities; changes in market conditions or the Company's credit ratings; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; the failure to effectively execute the Company's workforce reductions, workforce rebalancing and facilities consolidations; successful and secure outsourcing of various functions to third parties; and other factors described more fully in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or should the Company's assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from the forward-looking information described herein as believed, planned, anticipated, expected, estimated, targeted or similarly identified. The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.


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Reconciliation of Projected GAAP Operating Margin to Projected Non-GAAP Operating Margin

Projected Operating Margin

Fiscal Year Ending

March 31, 2017

 

 

Projected GAAP operating margin

28%

 

 

Non-GAAP operating adjustments:

 

Purchased software amortization

4%

Other intangibles amortization

0%

Internally developed software products amortization

2%

Share-based compensation

3%

Total non-GAAP operating adjustment

9%

 

 

Projected non-GAAP operating margin

37%

 

 

 

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