We classify the operations of sale of companies The most prominent players in the VoIP sector in recent years. These companies make it possible for the voice signal to travel over the Internet using the IP protocol, i.e. sending the voice signal in digital form instead of sending it in analogue form. The classification will be determined by the sales amounts handled in each transaction.
BroadSoft is a global provider of software that enables mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to offer real-time communications. through their IP networks. It was founded in 1998 in Maryland and went public in 2010 after raising more than $77 million.
They have more than 500 customers and serve 18 of the top 25 telecommunications operators in more than 70 countries and in 25 languages.
This purchase gave Cisco a new way to sell its communications tools, shifting its focus from a pure networking hardware company to one focused on software and services offered in the cloud.
Founded in 1996 in Silicon Valley, ShoreTel is a company that is dedicated to the development and sale of IP communications systems for companies in the United States and internationally.
On 27 July 2017, the sale of the US company to another company in the same sector was confirmed, Mitel. The 530 million spent on the purchase of the company have placed ShoreTel second in our ranking.
The combination of the two companies catapulted Mitel to the number two position in the Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). As for ShoreTel, it received a premium of 28 % over the closing share price on the day before the deal. In summary, Mitel paid USD 7.5 per share for a total value of USD 530 million.
"This is a very natural combination that allows us to continue to consolidate the industry and take advantage of cost synergy opportunities, while adding new technologies and significant cloud growth to our business," said Mitel CEO Rich McBee.
In our bronze stand we talked about Jive Communications (Utah, United States). Jive provides cloud-based telephone systems and unified communications services. Jive's cloud architecture offers an integrated experience that provides context and more efficient connections between colleagues and customers. The more than 20,000 customers around the world are well aware of this.
LogMeIna company that offers conferencing services such as GoToMeeting and join.me, as well as authentication services, announced on 8 February 2018 the acquisition of Jive. The deal was valued at 342 million15 million more depending on the achievement of specific milestones.
The agreement added a suite of unified communications services to complement and extend LogMeIn's existing collaboration products. Jive's main focus on VoIP and its growing involvement in the business world prompted LogMeIn to undertake this operation.
Broadview Networks provides voice and data communications and managed network solutions for SMEs in the northeastern United States. Its voice services include local, regional, national and international telephone services, as well as voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, VoIP services and many others.
On 13 April 2017, we learned of its sale to Windstream Holdingsin a 227.5 million cash transaction.
Broadview, based in Rye Brook, New York, is a leading provider of cloud-based unified communications solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.
"Broadview's unique unified communications solutions will advance our product portfolio, enhancing our competitiveness and ability to provide enhanced services to business customers. The transaction will also allow us to leverage Broadview's sales force expertise and cloud operations across our national footprint," said Tony Thomas, chief executive officer of Windstream.
To end the list, we mention FusionStorm. The San Francisco-based company, formerly Synergistic Computer Solutions, offers solutions for systems infrastructure, storage, networking, VoIP, security, databases and more.
On 1 October 2018, the British company Computacenter integrated its business with FusionStorm. The total amount of the purchase transaction was broken down as follows: USD 70 million as initial consideration45 million for refinancing facilities 20 million depending on the EBITDA and gross profit FusionStorm can achieve during the 15 months following the operation.
This complementary and incremental acquisition allows Computacenter to offer a full range of services in the US, increasing its workforce by approximately 50 %.