RWS Holdings PLC
(“RWS” or the “Company” or the “Group”)
A new market leading division; highly earnings enhancing
RWS Holdings plc, a world leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), commercial translations and
linguistic validation, today announces that it has entered into an agreement (the “Acquisition Agreement”) to acquire the entire issued share capital of Moravia US Holding Company, Inc. and
Moravia Lux Holding Company S.à r.l. (together “Moravia”), a leading provider of technology enabled localisation services, from Moravia Holdings II, LLC (the “Acquisition”) for a cash
consideration of US$320m (the “Consideration”) plus working capital and certain other adjustments and transaction costs. The Consideration, adjustments and transaction costs are
intended to be funded by a c.£185m (before expenses) cash placing of new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (the “Placing”), details of which have been announced by the
Company separately today, and a new US$160m term loan which will refinance the Group’s existing facility (the “New Facility”). The Board believes that the Acquisition has a compelling strategic and financial rationale as it:
• Brings to the Group a highly successful business with a strong track record of profitable
and cash generative growth
• Long term relationships with some of the largest publicly traded technology companies
in the world
• Has increased revenues by a CAGR of 26.0% from US$100.3m in 2014 to US$159.2m in
2016 and adjusted EBITDA by a CAGR of 52.6% from US$11.6m in 2014 to US$27.1m in
• Creates a third RWS division of scale with significant growth prospects
• Growth opportunities include increasing share of wallet with its long-standing clients,
winning new clients, introducing complementary solutions and growing new verticals
• Will operate as an autonomous division, replicating the successful creation of a Life
Sciences division through the Group’s acquisitions of CTi and LUZ, giving the Group three
divisions of scale in attractive global markets, all with strong track records of profitable,
cash generative growth
• Further diversifies RWS, as it is expected to represent approximately one third of the
enlarged group’s profits, and strengthens its global operational base
• Provides significant additional market opportunities for both companies due to their
complementary business activities, geographies and client base, including the potential
cross-selling of patent translation services to Moravia’s intellectual property-rich clients
• Brings a strong, well established management team to the Group
• Is at an attractive valuation for one of the few major localisation providers focussed on the
high growth technology sector in a highly fragmented market
• Is expected to be highly and immediately earnings enhancing for RWS shareholders
Completion of the Acquisition is conditional upon, among other things, completion of the Placing, the financing under the New Facility being available at completion of the Acquisition, all
required U.S. anti-trust law filings having been completed (and the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the U.S. HSR Act), and the Acquisition Agreement not being
terminated, in each case, in accordance with the terms of the Acquisition Agreement. In circumstances where the Acquisition Agreement is terminated because of, among other things, the conditions related to the Placing and/or the New Facility not being fulfilled in accordance with the terms of the Acquisition Agreement or the terms of the Acquisition Agreement being wilfully breached by the Company or its subsidiaries which are party thereto, the Company or such subsidiaries have agreed to pay to Moravia Holdings II, LLC by way of compensation a termination fee of US$12m. Subject to the fulfilment of the above conditions, the Acquisition is expected to complete shortly after the satisfaction of the U.S. anti-trust condition which is expected to take approximately two weeks if the U.S. anti-trust authorities grant early termination of the statutory waiting period, and 30 days or more if early termination is not granted. Completion of the Acquisition is therefore expected to occur in November. Details of the conditions to the Acquisition and the termination fee are also set out in this announcement below.
Commenting on the proposed Acquisition, Andrew Brode, Chairman of RWS, said: “We are delighted to announce the proposed acquisition of Moravia which will greatly increase our exposure to the high growth technology sector, will add a third market leading business of scale to the Group and will extend our global presence. Its focus on addressing its clients’ large, complex and time-critical localisation requirements across more than 160 languages and multiple platforms will be an excellent fit alongside our existing market leading intellectual
property and life sciences services.
“We look forward to supporting the Moravia team as it builds upon its strong industry reputation and growth track record to extend its client relationships, services, the sectors it addresses and
its geographical spread.
“This acquisition marks another important milestone towards our strategic vision of delivering high quality, full-service global language and support services across the value chain in attractive
markets, and we are confident it will add significant value to our shareholders.”
For further information on this announcement, please contact:
RWS Holdings plc: +44 (0) 1753 480200
Richard Thompson, Chief Executive
Andrew Brode, Chairman
Gleacher Shacklock LLP (Financial Adviser): +44 (0) 20 7484 1150
Numis Securities Limited (Nomad/ broker): +44 (0) 20 7260 1000
MHP Communications (Financial PR): +44 (0) 20 3128 8156 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Hunt / Simon Hockridge / Nessyah Hart
Notes to Editors
RWS is a world leading provider of intellectual property support services (patent translations, international patent filing solutions and searches), a market leader in Life Sciences translations and linguistic validation as well as a high level specialist language service provider in other technical areas, providing for the diverse needs of a blue-chip multinational client base from Europe, North America and Asia. RWS is based in the UK, with offices in Europe, the USA, (New York, East Hartford and Chicago), China, Japan and Australia, and is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L).
See www.rws.com for further information.
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or any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is or may be unlawful. The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act
of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered, sold or transferred, directly
or indirectly, in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an available exemption from, or as part of a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements under
the Securities Act and in each case, in compliance with any applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. Regulated Information Classification: Inside information Introduction to Moravia
Moravia is a leading provider of technology-enabled localisation services, headquartered in Brno in the Czech Republic with operations in the USA, Japan, China, Argentina, Hungary and Ireland.
Its longstanding clients include some of the largest technology companies in the world and its top five clients represent approximately 80% of the company’s revenues. It has approximately
1,200 employees which are supplemented by a network of language service providers giving it the scale and flexibility to deliver its clients’ large, complex and time-critical localisation
requirements across more than 160 languages and multiple platforms. Moravia’s majority shareholder is currently Clarion Capital Partners, LLC. Localisation is the adaptation of content, software, websites, applications, marketing materials and audio/video for hundreds of languages and geographies which is an essential function for companies seeking to globalise their business. It requires the translation and customisation of clients’ content and platforms for cultural conventions, compliance with local regulations and consistency of brand style and tone. Localisation forms part of the overall US$43.1bn language services market, which has grown at 7.9% per annum (Source: Common Sense Advisory Report, 2017) driven by globalisation, increased digital content consumption and a trend for clients to outsource this function.
Successful localisation is particularly relevant to technology companies as they seek to increase returns on their intellectual property across more markets, capture demand driven by increased
consumer online connectivity and globalise ahead of international competition. The increasing pressures on companies in the sector to focus on product development and speed to market, as the pace of innovation accelerates with continuous product launches and simultaneous, immediate release in multiple languages necessary to gain and maintain leadership positions, means that there has been a trend towards outsourcing localisation to providers that are able to scale up quickly to deliver their requirements. Moravia’s services are important to the successful representation of its clients’ brands as their software products and cloud-based platforms are delivered globally. It has built a reputation as an industry leader due to the quality of its client base and its high client satisfaction, which it has achieved through a focus on collaboration, long-term relationship development and joint innovation with its clients. Its key strengths include its technological knowhow, which enables it to identify and deliver localisation using the optimal technology for its client, and its differentiated ability to source and manage talent globally, both through a proprietary database which matches client projects with resources with appropriate skills and styles; and its ‘Second city’ approach which combines locations close to the client with lower cost delivery centres that widen its talent pool. These strengths have enabled it to grow at a considerably faster rate than its key competitors, whilst maintaining good margins. Moravia has a strong track record of profitable, cash generative growth:
Year ended 31 December 2014 | Revenue $100.3m | Adjusted EBITDA $11.6m
Year ended 31 December 2015 | Revenue $134.3m | Adjusted EBITDA $23.3m
Year ended 31 December 2016 | Revenue $159.2m | Adjusted EBITDA $27.1m
CAGR (2014 to 2016) | Revenue 26.0% | Adjusted EBITDA 52.6%
Source: Moravia accounts based on group consolidated management account information provided by Moravia for FY14-16 (FY14 prepared under Czech GAAP and FY15-16 prepared under US GAAP). The Moravia accounts include certain assets and liabilities (including cash) that will not be acquired as part of the Acquisition.
EBITDA adjusted for certain one-time, non-recurring and non-operating costs.
In the year ended 31 December 2016, Moravia had total gross assets of $109m.
The Board believes that there are multiple avenues for growth available to Moravia, over and above the underlying growth in its core markets, including:
Increasing share of wallet with its long-standing clients – both through growing as its clients grow their content, platforms and the languages into which they localise, and by extending its range of services for existing clients
Winning new clients – new clients won in Q4 2015 and 2016 are expected to generate material revenues in 2017
Growing new verticals and geographies – potential target verticals for expansion include legal, consumer, financial & insurance and life sciences
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