Gomez acquired for $295 Million by Compuware
DETROIT and LEXINGTON, Mass., Oct. 7, 2009 — Compuware Corporation and Gomez Inc, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Compuware to acquire privately-held Gomez. Compuware is the world’s leading application performance management software company, and Gomez is the leader in Web application experience management. The $295 million cash acquisition is expected to close in November of 2009. Signal Hill acted as sole financial advisor to Compuware on this transaction.
“Together, Compuware and Gomez provide the industry’s only unified Application Performance Management solution, spanning the Enterprise and Internet,” said Compuware President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Paul. “For business and IT executives who are moving more business-critical applications onto the Internet, Compuware can now offer unified visibility, isolation and resolution of application performance problems from the data center to the customer. Competitive offerings only cover isolated portions of the Enterprise-Internet application delivery chain.”
Headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts, Gomez employs 272 people around the world. Substantially all of these employees, including the leadership team, are expected to remain with Compuware after the close of the transaction.
“This agreement marks a fundamental breakthrough in how IT and business leaders can manage the performance of all the applications that drive their businesses,” said Jaime Ellertson, Chief Executive Officer and President, Gomez. “The complementary nature of our products and our already-existing product integration will allow Compuware and Gomez to rapidly deliver dramatically extended value to our mutual customers.”
“Compuware’s financial strength, its R&D horsepower, and its geographic reach will benefit both our employees and our customers,” said Richard Brekka, Chairman of the Board, Gomez.
With the addition of Gomez — which delivers its offering through a Software as a Service (SaaS) model — to Compuware’s SaaS revenues, Compuware becomes the world’s leading SaaS infrastructure management provider. SaaS continues to become a more desirable way to acquire software due to a lower cost of ownership and faster, easier adoption and maintenance.
For complete details on how this agreement sets the new standard for managing the performance of business applications, visit http://www.compuware.com/gomez.
The completion of the transaction is subject to customary government approvals and the satisfaction of other customary conditions.
About Compuware Corporation:
Founded in 1973, Compuware provides software, experts and best practices to ensure applications work well and deliver business value. Compuware helps CIOs optimize end-to-end application performance for leading businesses around the world, including 46 of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies. Learn more at: http://www.compuware.com.
Gomez, Inc. is the leader in Web application experience management, providing an on-demand platform that organizations use to optimize the performance, availability, and quality of their Web and mobile applications. The Gomez platform identifies business-impacting issues by testing and measuring Web applications from the “outside-in” — across all users, browsers, devices, and geographies — using a global network of over 100,000 locations. The self-service Gomez platform integrates Web load testing, Web performance management, cross-browser testing, and Web performance business analysis. Over 2,500 customers worldwide, ranging from small companies to large enterprises — including 12 of the top 20 most visited U.S. Web sites — use Gomez to increase revenue, build brand loyalty, and decrease costs.
About Updata Advisors:
Based in New York, New York and Reston, Virginia, Updata Advisors is a leading investment bank specializing in mergers, acquisitions, private placements, fairness opinions and corporate restructurings for the information technology industry. Updata creates greater outcomes for clients measured in growth, innovation and shareholder value. Since 1987, the firm has advised on over $15 billion in transactions for application and infrastructure software, internet, security and IT services companies. Updata Advisors is perennially ranked among the top five advisors in transaction volume to companies in the Computer Software, Supplies & Services industry, according to Factset Mergerstat.