AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Endace Limited (Endace or the Company; LSE/AIM: EDA), a world leader in network monitoring, latency measurement and application acceleration solutions, has acquired Applied Watch Technologies LLC (Applied Watch) for a maximum consideration of US$5.0 million in cash.
Based in Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA, Applied Watch is a recognized developer of centralized management tools for open source software, and a provider of managed security services. Through a powerful, graphical user interface and an agent-server framework, Applied Watchs products are designed to ease the deployment and management of open source security applications such as SNORTTM IDS* (intrusion detection systems), ClamAVTM (anti-virus) and NessusTM (vulnerability scanning). Since April 2003, Applied Watchs Command Center software has been installed in numerous networks including those of Fortune 500 companies, Internet service providers, US federal and military installations, stock markets and higher education establishments.
The acquisition of Applied Watch is consistent with Endaces expressed strategy of delivering complete security and monitoring solutions to key vertical markets that include telcos, governments and financial services organisations. Applied Watchs software and services are a perfect complement to Endaces high performance traffic monitoring technology; a combination that now delivers complete security solutions with significant scalability and control. The acquisition will provide a high margin software revenue stream, enhanced cross-selling opportunities for the Companys DAG card and Ninja platforms to existing Applied Watch customers and a 24/7 operations centre in Chicago that provides managed security services and customer support. It is intended that Applied Watchs activities will become fully integrated into the Company, bringing an additional team of experienced IT security professionals to the Endace organisation.
In the year to 31 December 2006, Applied Watch incurred a loss of US$112,000 on revenues of US$1.5 million. Management accounts show that at 30 September 2007 the net liabilities were US$376,000.
As part of the transaction, the Company has already provided Applied Watch with a secured convertible loan of US$500,000 for working capital. An initial cash consideration of US$3.9 million has been paid on completion. A further cash payment of US$600,000 will be paid on or before 31 March 2008, subject to warranty or indemnity claims. The acquisition is being funded from the Companys existing resources. The acquisition is expected to be earnings neutral in the current financial year ending 31 March 2008.
Mike Riley, Endaces Chief Executive Officer commented:
The acquisition of Applied Watch represents a significant step in Endaces growth strategy. It brings together Applied Watchs award winning technology and team of seasoned security specialists with proven successes in the deployment, management and tuning of open source security software with Endaces expertise in the field of application acceleration and traffic monitoring solutions. This acquisition delivers a critical component in positioning Endace as a major force in the network security and monitoring marketplace.