Investment analysis technologies for capital markets. Alten acquires Optimissa.

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BY : Diego GutiérrezJune Tue, 2018

We analyse, from a corporate finance point of view, the investments made in technologies applied to the capital markets. Optimissa, a technology consultancy firm working for the financial sector, has been acquired by the French corporation Alten en 17 May 2018.

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Who Optimissa is

Optimissa is a company specialising in technological consultancy for the capital market, a market in which securities, especially shares, are bought and sold. The company was formed as a result of the merger of several professionals who combine functional and technological skills with experience in this market.

Optimissa is a global specialised services company, with operational offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Mexico City. There are also representative offices in the UK, Portugal, and the USA as a point of contact for international projects.

To enhance specialisation, Optimissa opened its Intelligence Centre in Madrid in 2010. It has a team of more than 85 specialists to offer an exceptional level of expertise in key areas of capital markets, especially in the field of connectivity in electronic markets.

They have built a range of off-the-shelf products specifically created to meet the needs of entities operating in the field of capital markets. For example in the field of market data integration, asset and fund management, treasury management platforms, risk management etc.


Who is Alten and the reasons for the operation

Alten is a French company specialising in high-tech consulting and engineering. The group's services are supplied to technical departments and IT systems departments in large industrial, telecommunications and utilities companies. Moreover, it is a listed company which has risen by 4 points since the acquisition of Optimissa, from 84 to 88 in less than a month.

The company has 28,000 employees which allowed them in 2017 to obtain revenues of €1,975.4M, i.e. compared to 2016 (€1,748.3M) we can say that in the last year they increased their revenues by almost 10%. In addition, their net profit was €147m.

Of particular note is Alten's role in the Canadian banking sector where he is very well adapted. He has been able to focus on two areas: That of organic growth, due to success among its clients, and various acquisitions in Montreal and Toronto to expand its client network. They have a presence in 20 countries which allows them to support the international development of their clients, whether it is local support for their R&D teams or transnational project management.

The French consultancy firm, on 17 May 2018, acquired the Spanish Optimissa, based in Madrid. The cost of the transaction is unknown, but it is known that the operation was carried out to join forces and strengthen the financial and banking sector. With the acquisition, they are fulfilling their intention to expand in Mexico during 2018 as stated in their annual strategic plan.

Analysis of transactions in the capital markets technology sector

Company Description Country Amount Date
Paxos Paxos is a financial technology company offering pioneering blockchain solutions for global financial institutions. USA. USA. $65M 31/05/2018
tZero TZero is a financial technology company that owns, develops and operates a suite of Fintech solutions for the capital markets. USA. USA. $114M 09/02/2018
Capitolis Capitolis is a banking and financial services company created by industry veterans and leaders in "financial services".Venture Capital". USA. USA. $20M 06/03/2018
Hall Structured Finance HSF is a private direct value-added lender to the real estate industry. USA. USA. $35,5M 20/03/2018
LendingHome LendingHome offers a flexible, simple, fast, transparent and reliable way for borrowers to obtain a mortgage. USA. USA. $56,6M 17/10/2017

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