• Completion of Acquisition Enterprise Software Systems
  • Acquisition of K-Safe

Microlise Group has completed the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Enterprise Software Systems (ESS).

On 30 November 2023, the Company announced it had entered into an agreement for a maximum consideration of £8.5m in cash, funded by the Company's cash reserves.

For the 12 months to 31 August 2023, ESS generated revenues of approximately £5.1m and adjusted EBITDA of £1m, with approximately 75 per cent of the revenue being recurring, based on long-term contracts.

The acquisition was conditional upon no objections being raised by the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA"), who have now confirmed no further information is required at this stage.

Nadeem Raza, CEO of Microlise, commented:

"The acquisition showcases our commitment to strengthening our TMS offering, which we will now be able to provide to businesses of all sizes. ESS immediately increases our recurring revenues, enhances our earnings, and will provide numerous upsell and cross-sell opportunities. We look forward to updating the market on progress in this respect and on the integration of ESS into the wider Group."

Microlise Group has also completed the acquisition of the assets of K-Safe Limited, parent company to the road safety products Flare and Flare Aware.

Microlise has acquired all assets and the IP from K-Safe, which includes their two products Flare and Flare Aware for a total consideration of £140,000.

Flare is a multi-award-winning platform with over 3.5 million regular users, helping leading brands such as Deliveroo, Just Eat as well as 2 wheeled vehicles (cyclists, motorcyclists, e-scooters), to better understand and react to mobility risk and safety issues. The mobile app delivers users incident detection, incident avoidance, SOS and hazards functionality, to ensure they are safe whilst travelling on public roads.

Flare Aware is a dynamic driver hazard warning system, jointly developed with Microlise, which utilises the data captured from the Flare mobile app user network, to provide awareness and alerts to the drivers of vehicles approaching fixed hazards such as low bridges, weight restrictions etc. and dynamic hazards such as cyclists and motorcyclists.

The acquisition will now enable Microlise to exclusively offer Flare Aware to its customers, with dynamic hazard warnings only being made possible due to the Flare mobile app user network. This dynamic hazard solution, combined with the existing functionality of Microlise's hazard warning product offering, creates a unique and attractive safety product for logistics operators, with Microlise customers already successfully trialling the product in operations and looking to roll out implementations.

Microlise has employed K-Safe's two staff members into its business, with all customer contracts being novated. The acquisition for the Liverpool based company is a part of a pre-packaged deal following the appointment of Begbies Traynor Group Limited

Nadeem Raza, CEO of Microlise, commented:

"We are excited to have acquired the assets of K-Safe, giving us exclusive access to the Flare and Flare Aware products. The Flare product also expands our market offerings to the fast-growing last mile solution space, and the 2-wheel vehicle space globally."

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