SolarWinds sets it's sights on the SMB and the cloud, agrees to acquire SolarWinds N-able
Tue, 05/21/2013 - 14:00
Acquisition will enable SolarWinds to more effectively address the growing IT management needs of small businesses – less than 100 employees – globally
Austin, Texas and Ottawa, Canada - May 21, 2013 - SolarWinds® (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held SolarWinds N-able, a leader in Cloud-based remote monitoring and management (RMM) and service automation software for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). SolarWinds is acquiring SolarWinds N-able for $120 million in cash. The company expects the acquisition to close before the end of the month.
“Upon completion of the acquisition, the addition of SolarWinds N-able to the SolarWinds family gives us the opportunity to respond to a growing need in the IT industry. As more and more small businesses begin exploring ways to deploy and efficiently manage IT and SaaS-based technologies to drive their businesses, MSPs are stepping up with Cloud-based services designed to help ensure that IT environments are maintained and employees have the access and device support that they need to get their jobs done. We’re excited to expand into another highly complementary branch of IT management that we believe is ripe for our disruptive go-to-market model,” said Kevin Thompson, SolarWinds’ President and CEO.
“SolarWinds N-able is very excited about this opportunity to join forces with SolarWinds to continue our mission to serve the MSP market and drive this next phase of growth,” said Gavin Garbutt, CEO and Co-Founder, SolarWinds N-able Technologies. “We feel that this merger is a reflection of our industry-leading position and growth, the quality of our products and, most importantly, the performance of the SolarWinds N-able team worldwide.”
- SolarWinds believes that a significant opportunity exists to more effectively serve small businesses’ evolving IT needs by empowering the MSPs many of them have come to rely on. Many MSPs offer Cloud-based management services designed to help ensure that IT environments are efficiently and properly maintained in line with “light IT” or “no IT” initiatives.
- SolarWinds intends to acquire SolarWinds N-able, giving SolarWinds a more effective and accelerated means of meeting the needs of the rapidly developing IT service market – comprised of MSPs and Value-added Resellers, and the hundreds of thousands of SMBs they serve.
- The acquisition allows SolarWinds to leverage the large opportunity associated with rapidly growing adoption of the Cloud and SaaS-based services among SMBs; enhancing its remote monitoring and management (RMM) offerings and adding MSP service automation to the broad range of management challenges that SolarWinds works to address for the IT industry.
- The functionality provided by the SolarWinds N-able acquisition serves a critical need for MSPs tasked with providing supplemental or complete IT services, via the Cloud, to small and mid-sized businesses, such as user support and device and application monitoring and troubleshooting. SolarWinds N-able has a proven track record of helping MSPs standardize and automate the setup and delivery of these IT services in order to achieve true scalability.
- SolarWinds plans to share additional details around future product direction, branding, positioning and pricing following the completion of the acquisition.
“Like SolarWinds, SolarWinds N-able has built a reputation for delivering products that are tailor-made to support the unique needs of their users and has invested in developing strong relationships with these MSPs,” continued Thompson. “We look forward to welcoming the SolarWinds N-able team into the SolarWinds family and working together to expand the SolarWinds model into this new IT management market. We believe that the combined strength of these two companies will deliver significant benefit to the larger IT community, but in particular those small businesses who need support in managing, maintaining and securing their critical IT systems.”
In support of this announcement, SolarWinds will host a teleconference on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 pm CT. The domestic dial-in number for this call is 1-888-395-3230; international participants can dial +1 719-325-2326 to access the call. Please dial in 5-10 minutes before the scheduled start time. A live webcast of the call will be available on the SolarWinds Investor Relations website at ir.solarwinds.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on a temporary basis shortly after the event at the same location.
For more information on SolarWinds and SolarWinds’ IT management solutions, please visit www.solarwinds.com.
For more information on SolarWinds N-able Technologies and SolarWinds N-able’s RMM and service automation products, visit www.n-able.com.
This press release contains "forward-looking" statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the opportunities presented for SolarWinds by the acquisition and its ability to leverage those opportunities, the ability of SolarWinds to integrate the acquisition and expand its model into the remote monitoring and management market and the closing of the acquisition. These forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by terms such as “will,” “plans,” ”believes,” “intends” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the following: (a) the possibility that general economic conditions or uncertainty cause information technology spending to be reduced or purchasing decisions to be delayed; (b) the inability to increase sales to existing customers and to attract new customers; (c) SolarWinds’ failure to integrate acquired businesses and any future acquisitions successfully; (d) the timing and success of new product introductions by SolarWinds or its competitors; (e) changes in SolarWinds' pricing policies or those of its competitors; and (f) such other risks and uncertainties described more fully in documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed on February 19, 2013. All information provided in this release is as of the date hereof and SolarWinds undertakes no duty to update this information except as required by law.
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About SolarWinds N-able
SolarWinds N-able by SolarWinds® is the leading global provider of complete IT management and Automation solutions for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). SolarWinds N-able was acquired by SolarWinds®, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, in May 2013. SolarWinds N-able’s award-winning N-central® is the industry’s #1 RMM and MSP Service Automation Platform. SolarWinds N-able has a proven track record of helping MSPs standardize and automate the setup and delivery of IT services in order to achieve true scalability. N-central is backed by the most comprehensive business enablement support services available today and the industry’s only freemium licensing model. Thousands of MSPs use SolarWinds N-able solutions to deliver scalable, flexible, profitable managed services to over 88,000 SMBs worldwide. With offices in North America, the U.K., the Netherlands and Australia, SolarWinds N-able is 100% channel-friendly and maintains strategic alliances with a number of leading global IT companies, including Microsoft, Intel, and Cisco among others.