decor decor
"Leaders have to act more quickly today."

-Andy Grove

Sirius to Acquire Forsythe

Financial Information*
  • Financial Terms Not Disclosed
Transaction Facts
  • Sirius Computer Solutions has signed a definitive agreement to acquire $1B solution provider Forsythe Technology. The deal is expected to close on October 31.
A New Giant in the Works
  • Significant Scale: The deal will create the 20th largest solution provider in North America, creating a 3,000 employee, $3.26B company. Additionally, the deal with strengthen Sirius’s security practice. In light of increasing demand for security, the move is a smart play; not only is Forsythe one of the largest security integrators in North America, but also the two security practices will account for ~$510M combined.
  • Strategic Play: Sirius president and CEO Joe Mertens has been a smart, strategic operator, while the private equity push from Kelso & Co. (Kelso acquired an equity interest in Sirius from Thoma Bravo and Harvey Najim in September 2015) has been a crucial advantage in supporting Sirius’s acquisition spree in recent years. Since being acquired by Kelso, Sirius has made three acquisitions; in December 2016, Sirius acquired solution provider Continuum Worldwide and IBM infrastructure solutions provider thinkASG, while in April 2016, it acquired security-focused solution provider Force 3.
  • Valuable Asset: Forsythe, a 100 percent employee-owned company with a diverse and broad portfolio, has also shown strong M&A activity; the company purchased 10 companies since 2001. For the last four years, sales have remained at ~$1.1B, and the company has been profitable for 46 consecutive years. In addition, its share price valuation in December 21, 2016 was the highest in its history. On top of strong revenues, Forsythe launched a multicloud private storage offering and a security incident and event management (SIEM)-as-a-Service offering. The company must navigate a unique leadership structure on top of margin pressure in the enterprise market.
  • Historical Advantage: Sirius has a long history of working with top companies. Sirius is IBM’s largest value-added reseller in the US that serves medium to large enterprises, with more than 52% of Sirius’s revenue coming from IBM’s products and services. In addition, Sirius has several key partnerships; it is a Premier VMware Partner, a Platinum Partner with HPE and Intel, a Gold Partner with Cisco, Microsoft, and Trend Micro, and an AWS partner. The addition of Forsythe, a formidable Oracle partner, will help strengthen its brand even more; Forsythe holds key partnerships with Dell, IBM, VMware, HPE, Symantic, Cisco, Citrix, and NetApp as well. Furthermore, the company has over 40 Partner of the Year awards.
For more information about this potential transaction, click here to read the CRN report.
*Financial Information from S&P Capital IQ. 
martinwolf was not the advisor in this transaction.
previous post Back to Articles next post

16 Jul 2021

Platinum Equity Acquires Ingram Micro

*Financial Information ($USD) Enterprise Value:         $7.2 Billion EV/FY20 Revenue:      0.15x Transaction Details Platinum Equity announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ingram Micro Inc. from HNA Group. Ingram Micro’s total enterprise value in the transaction was $7.2 billion, including $5.9 billion in equity value Ingram will retain CEO Alain Monié and...

13 May 2021

NWN Corp. Acquires Carousel Industries

Financial Information ($USD) Not Disclosed Transaction Details NWN Corporation, a leading Cloud Communications Service Provider (CCSP), announced yesterday that it will acquire fellow solutions provider Carousel Industries. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. New State Capital Partners, majority stakeholder of NWN since 2015, is backing the transaction which will form a combined company...

13 May 2021

Softchoice Files for IPO

Announcement Details Softchoice Corporation, a leading technology solutions provider in North America, announced yesterday that it has filed a preliminary prospectus for an initial public offering. Softchoice’s common shares will be traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, although the number of shares and price have not yet been disclosed. Before Toronto-based Softchoice was taken private in...