Acquisition accelerates lead in digital transformation, follows $63 million investment in Infogain by ChrysCapital last month
New Delhi, India – September 29, 2015— Infogain Corporation, a global business and IT consulting leader, today announced that Infogain and Blue Star Infotech, Limited (NSE: BLUESTINFO) have entered into definitive agreements under which Infogain will acquire Blue Star Infotech’s IT operations. Blue Star Infotech is the IT business of Airconditioning and commercial refrigeration major, Blue Star Limited (Blue Star). The acquisition will expand Infogain’s digital transformation offerings, particularly in the areas of Cloud, mobility, SAP and analytics and add specialized capabilities in the travel/hospitality, high-tech and healthcare verticals. In addition, the combination will strengthen and enhance the leadership position of Infogain in the areas of product engineering and test automation.
The combined entity will have revenue of over $150 million, close to 4,000 employees and eight delivery locations globally. The aggregate consideration for the IT business of BSIL under the transaction will be Rs 180.80 crores, payable upon completion of the sale. In addition, BSIL will retain a real estate business and other assets, the fair value of which is expected to be around Rs. 96.7 crs.
Commenting on the acquisition, Sanjay Kukreja, Managing Director at ChrysCapital noted, “BSIL’s IT assets are an ideal fit for Infogain with the vision of creating a leading new age digital services platform with combined capabilities in Cloud, mobility, SAP, analytics and product engineering. We expect the combined company to grow to half a billion dollars in revenues, through organic and inorganic growth, within the next five years.”
“This acquisition is another achievement toward our vision of transforming Infogain into a much larger IT services player delivering innovation and outstanding value to our clients,” notes Kapil Nanda, President and Chief Executive Officer of Infogain. “ChrysCapital was instrumental in the consummation of this transaction, and it provides a strong fillip to our shared vision of creating an emerging and leading digital services platform.”
“The IT industry is evolving as never before, and we are excited by the opportunity to offer our clients increased scale of our operations as well as broader capabilities including next-generation technologies,” explains Sunil Bhatia, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Blue Star Infotech. “The culmination of many years of outstanding growth nurtured by our founder Suneel Advani, this acquisition will align BSIL’s IT business with a larger peer thereby strengthening its position in the industry.”
Kapil Nanda will continue in his current role. Sunil Bhatia will join Infogain’s management team as its CEO designate, and will assume his new responsibilities as CEO of the combined entity on July 1, 2016. At that time, Kapil Nanda will transition to his role as full-time Executive Chairman.
BSIL’s board of directors has unanimously approved the acquisition, which is expected to close towards the end of 2015, subject to BSIL shareholder approval, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Avendus Capital Private Limited is serving as the financial advisor and Talwar Thakore & Associates as the legal counsel to BSIL. Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati is serving as the legal counsel to Infogain Corporation.
Consequent to the transaction, BSIL will merge with Blue Star. The sale transaction is subject to the approval of shareholders of BSIL and the merger is subject to the approval of shareholders of BSIL and Blue Star.