GuestLogix Inc (TSX: GXI) has agreed to buy OpenJaw Technologies Ltd, an Irish travel retailing technology company, for US$41.2 million. The deal is expected to close no later than January 22, 2015. GuestLogix, a provider of onboard store technology and payment solutions to airlines and the passenger travel industry, said the acquisition will create a comprehensive ancillary revenue and retailing platform. Based in Toronto, GuestLogix is a portfolio company of Canadian specialty finance firm Difference Capital Financial and other investors.
GuestLogix Announces Agreement to Acquire Dublin-based Travel Technology Firm OpenJaw Technologies Limited
Transaction Will Create First Pure-Play, End-to-End Ancillary Revenue & Retailing Platform for the Global Passenger Travel Industry
Toronto, ON — December 2, 2014
Acquisition of OpenJaw Technologies Limited for US$41.2 million plus certain adjustments
Highly strategic acquisition enhances GuestLogix’ existing retail platform with best-in-breed web-based travel merchandising software used by global travel companies
Complementary technology platform broadens ancillary revenue-focused service offerings available to current and prospective customers
Extends reach within the travel industry across all touch points (home, transfer, airport, onboard, hotel and elsewhere in destination) and all major verticals (airline, rail, bus, ferry, hotel, loyalty, online travel agency and car rental)
Expands customer base to include premier Canadian brands such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Aeroplan, and AIR MILES / Loyalty One
Accelerates transformation of GuestLogix into a software-centric solutions provider focused on high margin, recurring revenue
GuestLogix’ global presence is extended with offices in Dublin and Galway (Ireland), Madrid (Spain) and Kraków (Poland)
Increases pro forma revenue and adjusted EBITDA by 64% and 251%, respectively, for nine months ending September 30, 2014
Transaction expected to be immediately accretive on all key metrics including revenue, EBITDA and operating cash flow
GuestLogix Inc. (TSX: GXI) (PINK: GUESF) (“GuestLogix” or the “Company”), a leading global provider of ancillary-focused merchandising, payment and business intelligence technology to airlines and the passenger travel industry, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement under which the Company will acquire Dublin-based travel retailing technology firm OpenJaw Technologies Limited (“OpenJaw”) for a combination of cash and shares issued to the vendors for total transaction value of US$41.2 million (the “Transaction”) plus performance considerations and adjustments for OpenJaw’s cash balance. The transaction value represents approximately 1.8 times OpenJaw’s annualized revenue for the nine months ending September 30, 2014. The Transaction is expected to close on December 22, 2014, but in any event, no later than January 22, 2015.
“With industry experts forecasting ancillary revenue in the airline industry alone to grow by an additional $130 billion by the year 2020, we recognize that there is an insatiable need for a technology platform designed to unilaterally support ancillary revenue initiatives across a travel company’s entire operation”, said Brett Proud, President & CEO of GuestLogix. “The fusion of GuestLogix’ talent and best-in-class technology with the exceptional counterparts that reside within OpenJaw, introduces the industry’s first comprehensive ancillary revenue and retailing platform that will support all stages of the travel journey. This transaction puts us on an elevated growth trajectory and we are proud to announce this transaction as part of the Canadian technology sector.”
OpenJaw will add more than 30 international travel brands to GuestLogix’ customer base, including major Canadian travel brands Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Aeroplan, and AIR MILES in addition to British Airways, Avis Budget Group Europe, and voyages-SNCF.com. The OpenJaw t-Retail Platform provides advanced web-based merchandising solutions to travel companies that are intent on improving online retailing capabilities through booking engines and other travel-related channels. OpenJaw has long-term customer agreements in a wide variety of travel verticals including airlines, high-speed ferries, online travel agencies, loyalty programs, hotels and car rental companies.
GuestLogix provides advanced retail and payment technology solutions for travel operators used onboard aircraft or other modes of transportation through attendant-driven models as well as self-service retail models via inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions. The Company also provides its solutions in the off-board space through self-service kiosk systems, mobile solutions and via staff in airport lounges. GuestLogix has long-term customer agreements in multiple travel verticals, including airlines, rail operators, bus operators, catering companies and duty-free concessionaires.
The combination of GuestLogix and OpenJaw will create a comprehensive ancillary revenue and retailing platform supporting all travel verticals from the first point of interaction with the traveler throughout the entire customer travel life cycle. For the first time, by leveraging advanced business intelligence tools, travel companies will soon be able to view ancillary revenue performance across their entire operation within a single technology platform – improving the take-up rates for product and service provisioning. In the future, by supporting all verticals and all touch points, travel brands will have access to a central technology provider to expand their retail programs across their entire organization.
“Like GuestLogix, OpenJaw’s core mission is to enable our customers to become better, more profitable retailers,” said Kieron Branagan, CEO of OpenJaw Technologies. “The OpenJaw t-Retail Platform has transformed the way travel products are merchandised online, and it is used by some of the world’s leading travel brands to further innovate and drive business success. The OpenJaw team has the exciting opportunity to expand our ability to increase retailing performance within all travel verticals as we become an integrated part of GuestLogix.”
Bought Deal Public Offering of Securities
In order to partially finance the cash consideration for the Transaction, GuestLogix has entered into an agreement with National Bank Financial Inc. as lead underwriter pursuant to which it, along with a syndicate to be formed, has agreed to purchase on a bought deal basis 20,000,000 subscription receipts (the “Subscription Receipts”) at a price of $0.95 per Subscription Receipt and $20,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 7.00% extendible convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (the “Debentures”) at a price of $1,000 per Debenture, for aggregate gross proceeds of $39,000,000.
Private Placement of Subscription Receipts
Contemporaneously with the public offering, GuestLogix has entered into agreements with certain subscribers to complete a concurrent private placement (the “Concurrent Private Placement”) of 10,479,000 subscription receipts of the Company, having the same terms as the Subscription Receipts, at a price of $0.95 per subscription receipt, for additional aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $9,955,050.
Certain OpenJaw shareholders have elected to receive, as partial consideration, an aggregate of $9,300,000 in common shares of GuestLogix, for pro forma aggregate ownership in GuestLogix of approximately 7%. Pursuant to the Transaction agreement, GuestLogix will issue approximately 9,789,474 of its common shares to the vendors on a private placement basis in partial satisfaction of the purchase price for the Transaction. The common shares issued as consideration will be issued at a deemed price of $0.95 per share, the same price as in the offering of Subscription Receipts.
National Bank Financial Inc. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to GuestLogix on the Transaction. GuestLogix’ legal advisors are Mason Hayes & Curran and Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.
Mooreland Partners is acting as exclusive financial advisor to OpenJaw Technologies Ltd. on the Transaction. OpenJaw’s legal advisors are LK Shields.
The Company’s President & CEO, Brett Proud will host a conference call to discuss the Transaction.
Details of the call are as follows:
Date: December 2, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm EST
Availability of Documents
Copies of related documents, such as the preliminary short form prospectus, underwriting agreement, subscription agreements and the share purchase agreement with OpenJaw will be available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) as part of the public filings of GuestLogix.
For more information:
Dan Thompson, SVP Global Strategy & Investor Relations
OpenJaw Technologies Limited is a leading online technology partner of the world’s biggest travel brands. Guided by the OpenJaw four principles of t-Retailing, and leveraging the power of the dynamic travel retailing platform, the t-Retail Platform, OpenJaw is dedicated to helping airlines, and other large travel companies, to become travel retailing innovators. The OpenJaw customer portfolio includes: S7 Airlines, British Airways, TravelSky, Aeroplan, AIRMILES, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, voyages-SNCF.com, and Viajes El Corte Ingles. Founded in 2002, OpenJaw is headquartered in Dublin (Ireland), and has offices in Galway (Ireland), Madrid (Spain), Kraków (Poland) and Hong Kong. More information is available at www.openjawtech.com.
About Guestlogix Inc.
GuestLogix Inc. (TSX: GXI), is a leading global provider of ancillary-focused merchandising, payment and business intelligence technology to airlines and the passenger travel industry, both onboard and off board. Bringing over a decade of expertise as the industry’s most trusted onboard transaction processing partner to airlines, rail operators, and elsewhere in the passenger travel industry, GuestLogix powers the industry’s growing reliance on ancillary revenue generation. Both direct to operators as well as through partnerships with global leaders in catering, duty-free, inflight entertainment, and self-service retail experts, the Company provides the payment services touching over 1 billion travelling consumers each year. GuestLogix’ global headquarters and centre for product innovation is located in Toronto, with regional head offices located in Dallas, London, and Hong Kong. More information is available at www.guestlogix.com.
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