Infosys to Acquire Skava, a Leading Provider of Digital Experience Solutions for the Retail Industry
Bangalore – April 24, 2015: Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next generation services, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Kallidus Inc. (d.b.a Skava) and its affiliate, a leading provider of digital experience solutions, including mobile commerce and in-store shopping experiences to large retail clients. This acquisition was an all-cash deal, with an aggregate purchase consideration of $120 million including retention bonus and a deferred component.
Recognizing the power of unique mobile experiences for retail shoppers, Skava delivers a cloud hosted platform for mobile websites, apps, and other digital shopping experiences across mobile, tablet, desktop, in-store, and all emerging channels to large retail clients worldwide. The platform enables retailers to provide a mobile specific experience to their customers through an agile and flexible environment, enabling personalization and delivering customer analytics across multiple channels. The acquisition of Skava is part of Infosys’ strategy to help clients bring new digital experiences to their customers through IP-led technology offerings, new automation tools and unparalleled skill and expertise in these new emerging areas.
Commenting on the acquisition, Dr. Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys said, “We see the power of digital experiences in reaching consumers, and in particular retail shoppers in entirely new ways where the physical retail is being augmented and amplified by the digital. Our retail clients want to be part of this digital transformation that is happening all around us, and with this acquisition, we are uniquely positioned to help our clients manage the mobile experiences of their customers, increase revenues through higher conversion rates, and ultimately deliver a delightful and engaging shopping experience.”
Mr. Arish Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Skava said, “We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Infosys. Together, we have the ability to deliver state of the art mCommerce and in-store digital experience solutions with unparalleled access to the largest and most innovative retail clients around the globe.”
The transaction is expected to close before the end of first quarter of FY 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.
Deutsche Bank acted as the sole financial advisor to Infosys on this transaction.