Harris Williams’ Industrial Software Practice

Harris Williams (“HW”)

  • Founded in 1991
  • 370+ professionals across eight offices globally
  • 170+ closed transactions in the last 24 months
  • 100% of revenue from M&A advisory
  • 10 industry groups

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Technology, Media & Telecom (“TMT”) Group

  • 35 professionals across Boston, San Francisco, and London

Horizontal Focus Areas

  • Compliance Software
  • CRM and Member Management Software
  • Data & Analytics
  • Enterprise Software
  • Human Capital Management
  • Infrastructure & Security Software
  • IT& Tech-Enabled Services
  • Managed Services, Hosting & Data Center Solutions
  • Online Marketing, Data & Research

Vertical Focus Sectors

  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • eCommerce & Retail Software
  • Education Technology
  • Energy Technology
  • Facilities & Real Estate Technology
  • Financial Technology
  • Government Technology
  • Healthcare IT
  • Industrial & Supply Chain Software

Industrial Technology Group

  • 20 professionals across Richmond, Frankfurt, and Asia

Key Focus Areas

  • Industrial Technology
  • Process Automation
  • Test & Measurement
  • Industrial Process Solutions
  • Thermal Management
  • Communication & Connectivity
  • Flow Control & Engineered Components/Systems
  • Power & Energy Conditioning
  • Energy Metering
  • Data Centers

Select Industrial Software and Automation Transactions

Representative HW Transactions

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screen_shot_2020-01-27_at_2.41.23_pm.pngProvider of a wide variety of specialty electronic, electromechanical, and software products for the fire and life safety industry

 

 

 

 

screen_shot_2020-01-27_at_2.42.06_pm.pngProvider of cloud-based business management, ERP, and vertical specific applications for the manufacturing, distribution, and building and construction industries

 

 

 

 

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Case Study: ComputerEase

HW’s TMT Group advised ComputerEase on its sale to Deltek, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies.

Transaction Overview

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ComputerEase is a leading provider of mission-critical construction accounting, project management, and payroll processing solutions that enable contractors to manage and gain real-time visibility into their company’s operations and financial performance – whether in the office or remotely in the field.

ComputerEase’s fully integrated, cloud-based solution is purpose built to meet the unique needs of diverse contractor trades and sizes, with complex and varying union, labor, and equipment requirements. Today, more than 6,000 contractors rely on ComputerEase to streamline their operations and increase profits.

Deltek is a leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. More than 23,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek for superior levels of project intelligence, management, and collaboration. The company’s industry-focused expertise powers project success by helping firms achieve performance that maximizes productivity and revenue.

Relevant Sub-Sectors

  • ERP / Project Management
  • SaaS
  • Architecture,  Engineering, and Construction Software

Case Study: Cority

HW’s TMT Group advised Cority, a portfolio company of Norwest Venture Partners, on the sale of a majority stake to Thoma Bravo.

Transaction Overview

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ComputerEase is a leading provider of mission-critical construction accounting, project management, and payroll processing solutions that enable contractors to manage and gain real-time visibility into their company’s operations and financial performance – whether in the office or remotely in the field.

ComputerEase’s fully integrated, cloud-based solution is purpose built to meet the unique needs of diverse contractor trades and sizes, with complex and varying union, labor, and equipment requirements. Today, more than 6,000 contractors rely on ComputerEase to streamline their operations and increase profits.

Deltek is a leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. More than 23,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek for superior levels of project intelligence, management, and collaboration. The company’s industry-focused expertise powers project success by helping firms achieve performance that maximizes productivity and revenue.

Relevant Sub-Sectors

  • Environmental, Health,  Safety and Quality (EHSQ)
  • Governance, risk and compliance (GRC)
  • Industrial Software

Case Study: IQMS Software

HW’s TMT Group advised IQMS, a portfolio company of Technology Crossover Ventures and Banneker Partners, on its sale to Dassault Systemes.

Transaction Overview

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IQMS is a leading provider of fully-integrated software solutions that manage, optimize, and automate production operations and back-office workflows for manufacturers across diverse end-markets, globally.

Through its comprehensive manufacturing execution system (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software platform, IQMS’ solutions provide manufacturers with a comprehensive end-to-end suite that provides real-time visibility and actionable insights throughout the manufacturing lifecycle.

IQMS serves over 1,000 longstanding customers across diverse end-markets, including automotive, medical, packaging, consumer goods, electronics, and aerospace and defense in a growing $35 billion global market.

Dassault Systemes will help IQMS expand its customer base by leveraging the presence in the mid-market space established through Dassault’s SOLIDWORKS applications, which are delivered and supported by the company’s Professional Solutions global partner channel.

Relevant Sub-Sectors

  • Manufacturing & Operations
  • Manufacturing ERP Software
  • Industrial IoT

The Industrial Sector’s Appetite for Software is Growing, Driving Demand for Integrated Technology and Data Platforms

Industry Trends1,2

  • The emergence of Industrial IoT Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that connects machines, data, and people to drive unconventional growth through new revenue streams, hybrid business models, and enhanced product innovation
  • The global Industrial IoT (IIoT) market is expected to reach $124B by 2021, growing at a CAGR of more than 7%, driven by improved operational efficiency, improved productivity, creation of new business opportunities, reduction in downtime, and optimization of asset utilization
  • Due to the technical requirements in achieving Manufacturing 4.0, manufacturers today are partnering with IIoT enabled platforms and software providers as a catalyst to achieve digital transformation
  • Product lifecycles are becoming increasingly complex as manufacturers seek real-time visibility and integration across their global supply chains and multisite production operations
  • The proliferation of connected machines and devices is accelerating the adoption of cloud-based solutions capable of delivering real-time information and connecting plants across geographies without the costs and complexity of managing robust technology infrastructure

Key Stats

100% Global Population Expected to Have LPWAN Coverage by 2022

41B+ IIoT Devices Worldwide by 2025

Industry Convergence Driving Innovation1,2

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Digital Innovation Has Become Mission Critical for Industrial Manufacturers

Productivity Gains from Going Digital3

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  • Industrial companies, traditionally the least digitally integrated amongst the industry verticals, are faced with the challenge of transforming to prevent extinction

Digital Champions in the U.S.

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  • The U.S. technology, telecommunications, and banking industries have the greatest percentage of digitally integrated companies
  • Manufacturing has the lowest percentage due to its nondigital product portfolio

Investment in AI, Advanced Networking, and Data Visualization to Automate Large-Scale Processes3

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Artificial Intelligence

  • AI has the potential to create value for industrial manufacturers at every stage of production
  • AI-powered analytics can reduce unplanned downtime, and improve efficiency, product quality, and safety performance
  • Manufacturers can also leverage AI-fueled algorithms on customer and product data to closely match supply with demand
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Advanced Networking

  • Advanced networking is crucial to connecting assets and devices to deliver real-time flexibility, visibility, and efficiency
  • 5G and ultra-broadband can ensure seamless vertical, horizontal, and cross-geographic integration across the value chain
  • Benefits include insights into production and product consumption, real-time updates on market conditions, as well as supporting new “as-a-service” business models
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Data Visualization

  • Improvements in 3-D visualization, augmented reality, and virtual reality enable industrial manufacturers to more easily digest complex information
  • Visualization via a digital twin (an interactive, working, and digital representation of the physical asset) helps companies simulate repairs, enabling safe practice and training ahead of site visits

Increasing M&A Momentum Across the Industrial Software Market

Select Notable Industrial Software M&A Activity

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Notable Industry Consolidators

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Note: Logos are representative of M&A participants and not comprehensive.

Recent Industrial Software Transactions4,5

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Northern Private Capital’s Acquisition of MDA

  • Provider of surveillance, intelligence, robotics, and satellite systems for clients in the aerospace and defense industries
  • The transaction includes all of MDA’s Canadian businesses, encompassing ground stations, radar satellite products, robotics, defense, and satellite components, representing approximately 1,900 employees
  • Post-transaction, the MDA team will operate as a stand-alone company within NPC’s portfolio
  • MDA expects to continue to supply Maxar with certain components and subsystems, and the companies expect to sell each other’s complementary satellite data
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Hexagon’s Acquisition of Volume Graphics

  • Volume Graphics high-end analysis and visualization CT software enables manufacturers to produce three-dimensional external and internal representations of scanned objects
  • Using CT technology, manufacturers can "see" inside the complicated structures of components to measure and inspect for dimensional deviations and flaws
  • Hexagon and Volume Graphics will merge capabilities to ensure that customers yield the highest product quality
  • The acquisition strengthens Hexagon’s CT software capabilities as more and more industries embrace additive manufacturing
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Siemens’ Acquisition of MultiMechanics

  • Provider of MultiMech, a material modeling and simulation software tool
  • MultiMech enables companies to accelerate the product development lifecycle by virtually predicting material properties and behavior, including failure starting at the microstructural level
  • Siemens plans to integrate MultiMechanics into its Digital Industries Software, which will allow customers to create a digital twin of materials by closely integrating materials engineering with part design, performance engineering, and manufacturing for a range of applications
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PTC’s Acquisition of Onshape

  • Provider of a SaaS product development platform that unites computer aided design (CAD) software with data management and collaboration tools
  • Accessible from any connected location or device, Onshape’s software eliminates the need for costly hardware and administrative staff, and enables collaboration that dramatically reduces the time it takes to bring new products to market
  • The acquisition of Onshape gives PTC a strategic advantage to serve the growing demand for “CAD in the Cloud” and provides the company with a pure SaaS product innovation platform
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Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger’s Joint Venture of Sensia

  • Provider of digitally-enabled, integrated automation solutions to the oil and gas industry
  • The joint venture will leverage Schlumberger’s oil and gas domain expertise and Rockwell’s strengths in automation
  • Sensia will make industrial-scale digitalization and seamless automation available to every oil and gas company so their assets can operate more productively and profitably
  • The joint venture will operate as an independent entity, with Rockwell Automation owning a majority stake

Industrial Software Landscape - Incumbents

Incumbents in Industrial Software

To receive the latest Industrial Software market maps, please contact HW at *TMT_IndustrialSoftware@harriswilliams.com

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Industrial Software Landscape - Emerging Players

Emerging Players in Industrial Software

To receive the latest Industrial Software market maps, please contact HW at *TMT_IndustrialSoftware@harriswilliams.com

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Industrial Software Landscape - Vertical-Specific Players

Representative Vertically-Focused Industrial Software Providers

Industrial Software Public Market Observations4

As of December 31, 2019

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Industrial Software Market Valuations4

Valuation

($ in millions, as of December 31, 2019)

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Note: NM refers to negative growth rates and margins, revenue multiples over 30.0x, and EBITDA multiples over 50.0x.

1.Gartner

2.IDC

3.BCG

4.Capiq

5.PitchBook

 

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