Amdocs (NYSE: DOX), a leading provider of software and services to enable integrated customer management and the intentional customer experience, has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Cramer Systems Group Ltd. (“Cramer”), a leading provider of operations support systems (OSS) solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Amdocs will acquire all of Cramer’s shares of capital stock for approximately $375 million in cash, net of cash on hand, subject to post-closing adjustments. Cramer is a growing company with more than 80 customers worldwide.
“With a quality company like Cramer, Amdocs expects to be well positioned to capitalize on the growth opportunity that OSS represents,” said Dov Baharav, chief executive officer of Amdocs Management Limited. “Together, we intend to deliver a complete automated service fulfillment solution across all lines of business — for any service, on any network — linking order management at the customer layer with activation at the network layer.”
With the acquisition, Amdocs plans to expand its service management and OSS offerings and expects to become a leader in OSS, uniquely able to support large-scale OSS transformation projects. The OSS domain is typically defined as network-facing applications supporting key service fulfillment and service assurance business processes. Cramer has a proven and tested OSS product portfolio, which includes leading products in network resource management (NRM), activation and auto discovery.
As a result of the acquisition, Amdocs will be the only company to deliver an end-to-end solution spanning OSS and customer-facing business support systems (BSS), such as billing and customer relationship management (CRM). Service providers will be able to manage and optimize their entire services supply chain — from the demand side (customers) to the supply side (network), including the enabling business processes in between, such as introduction, fulfillment and assurance of services.
“It is difficult to overstate the importance of today’s announcement — put simply, we are redefining the OSS industry,” said Guy Dubois, Cramer’s president and chief executive officer. “Service providers are faced with the tripartite challenge of delivering more services at lower cost, managing network transformation and optimizing the customer experience,” Dubois continued. “Amdocs’ acquisition of Cramer creates a leading integrated BSS/OSS company, so that for the first time, service providers can get a complete view of the network, the service and the customer, all from one supplier.”
“We expect the strong synergy between Amdocs and Cramer to smooth integration so that customers can reap the benefits as quickly as possible,” added Baharav. “The cadre of Cramer professionals who are joining our ranks are undisputed experts in the OSS domain who have played a critical role in Cramer’s success over the past 10 years, consistently pioneering, challenging and innovating. Service providers will benefit from the combined industry knowledge of Amdocs and Cramer as well as an expanded product suite, combined with Amdocs’ global best practices, strong services expertise, robust solutions and impressive track record of delivery in large, complex projects.”
Cramer will form a new division in Amdocs, which will be the centerpiece of Amdocs’ OSS strategy and activities, and will leverage and enhance Amdocs’ current assets in BSS and OSS. Cramer’s current management will continue to lead the business. Under the terms of the agreement, Amdocs will acquire all of Cramer’s shares of capital stock for approximately $375 million in cash, net of cash on hand, subject to post-closing adjustments. Completion of the acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions customary to such transactions and is expected to occur in the current fiscal quarter. The transaction is expected to be approximately $0.04 dilutive to non-GAAP earnings per share in fiscal 2007 and then accretive thereafter. The impact on GAAP results is also expected to be dilutive, but it will not be known until after Amdocs completes the purchase price accounting for the acquisition. Amdocs may incur a one-time acquisition-related charge in this quarter to account for certain costs related to the acquisition.
Amdocs will host a conference call on July 18, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s acquisition of Cramer. The call will be carried live on the Internet via http://www.InvestorCalendar.com and the Amdocs website, http://www.amdocs.com.
Amdocs combines innovative software and services with deep business knowledge to accelerate implementation of integrated customer management by the world’s leading service providers. By delivering a comprehensive portfolio of software and services that spans the customer lifecycle, Amdocs enables service companies to deliver an intentional customer experience(TM), which results in stronger, more profitable customer relationships. Service providers also benefit from a rapid return on investment, lower total cost of ownership and improved operational efficiencies. A global company with revenue of more than $2 billion in fiscal 2005, Amdocs has more than 14,000 employees and serves customers in more than 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit Amdocs at http://www.amdocs.com.
Cramer is the leading provider of operational support system (OSS) software that is changing the economics of telecom. Cramer offers the industry’s only complete, end-to-end service fulfillment solution, enabling providers to introduce and deliver new products and services quickly and cost effectively. Leading service providers continue to deploy Cramer’s solutions and include Bell Canada, KPN, TDC, Telefonica, TeliaSonera and Vodafone. Cramer has partnerships with industry leaders including Accenture, Alcatel, Amdocs, Ericsson, HP, IBM, Oracle and SAP. Customers can also take advantage of Cramer’s world class consulting, support and education capabilities delivered by Cramer Global Services.