SARASOTA, Fla., Aug. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ROP), a leading diversified technology company, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Vertafore in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.35 billion.
Vertafore’s cloud-based software provides agency management, compliance, workflow, and data solutions that simplify and automate the complex property and casualty (“P&C”) insurance lifecycle. More than 20,000 agencies and 1,000 insurance carriers rely on Vertafore to streamline their processes, improve efficiency, and drive productivity.
“Vertafore is a fantastic business characterized by clear leadership in its niche market, a strong management team, high customer retention, and a long track record of consistent revenue and cash flow growth,” said Neil Hunn, Roper’s President and CEO. “The acquisition of Vertafore is a great example of our disciplined capital deployment strategy which focuses on durable, long-term cash flow compounding. We look forward to welcoming Vertafore to the Roper family.”
The Vertafore management team, led by CEO Amy Zupon, will continue to lead the business from its Denver, Colorado headquarters. Vertafore’s name, brands, and office locations will not change as a result of the transaction.
Acquisition Financing and Financial Outlook
Roper anticipates funding the transaction using its cash on hand, revolving credit facility, and new debt.
“We remain committed to maintaining our solid investment grade ratings,” said Mr. Hunn. “Our ability to consistently generate cash flow will allow us to rapidly reduce our leverage following this acquisition.”
Vertafore is expected to contribute approximately $590 million of revenue and $290 million of EBITDA in 2021. Roper expects the acquisition to be immediately cash accretive.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.
J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo Securities served as financial advisors to Roper on this transaction.
Conference Call to be Held at 8:30 AM (ET) Today
A conference call to discuss this acquisition has been scheduled for 8:30 AM ET on Thursday, August 13, 2020. The call can be accessed via webcast or by dialing +1 877-870-4263 (US/Canada) or +1 412-317-0790 and referencing Roper Technologies. Webcast information and conference call materials will be made available in the Investors section of Roper’s website (www.ropertech.com) prior to the start of the call. The webcast can also be accessed directly by using the following URL https://event.webcast. Telephonic replays will be available for up to two weeks and can be accessed by dialing +1 412-317-0088 with access code 10147337.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
Roper supplements its consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis with certain non-GAAP financial information, including EBITDA, to provide investors with greater insight, increase transparency and allow for a more comprehensive understanding of the information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. Roper defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Roper has not provided a reconciliation of the expected EBITDA contribution by Vertafore to the expected net income contribution by Vertafore for 2021 because we are unable to quantify certain amounts, including the fair value impact on deferred revenue and related commission expense, that would be required to be included in Vertafore’s contribution to net income without unreasonable efforts. In addition, Roper believes such reconciliation would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors. The non-GAAP financial measure disclosed by Roper in this press release should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from these results should be carefully evaluated.
About Roper Technologies
Roper Technologies is a constituent of the S&P 500, Fortune 1000, and the Russell 1000 indices. Roper operates businesses that design and develop software (both license and software-as-a-service) and engineered products and solutions for a variety of niche end markets. Additional information about Roper is available on the Company’s website at www.ropertech.com.
For 50 years, Vertafore, the leader in modern insurance technology, has built and supported superior Insurtech solutions to connect every point of the distribution channel. Vertafore’s agency management, ratings, regulation, compliance, data and analytics, and connectivity products streamline workflows, improve efficiency and drive productivity for more North American insurance professionals than any other provider – including more than 20,000 agencies, over 1,000 carriers and 23 state governments. Through a continual focus on operational excellence, development of innovative solutions, and alignment with key industry partners, Vertafore is leading the way for customers of all sizes by delivering results that make a difference. For more information about Vertafore, visit www.vertafore.com.
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