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What's Next For Apptio After Vista's Acquisition Offer?

Jayson Derrick

Apptio Inc (NASDAQ: APTI) confirmed Sunday evening that it has agreed to sell itself to Vista Equity Partners, an investment firm that focuses on software, data and technology-enabled businesses.

The Analysts

Jefferies' John DiFucci maintains a Buy rating on Apptio with an unchanged $40 price target.

Oppenheimer's Brian Schwartz maintains an Outperform with an unchanged $40 price target.

Jefferies: Fair Deal

Apptio agreed to sell itself to Vista for a 53-percent premium to Friday's closing price, which is a "fair deal" for all sides at $38 per share, DiFucci said in a Monday note.

The price tag on the deal implies a multiple of 10.4 times EV/LTM subscription revenue and 8.6 times EV/NTM, although there is a "slight potential" for a competing bid to be presented, the analyst said. 

On Vista's end, the investment firm gains a "strategic asset" that can generate a sustainable organic growth rate in the low-to-mid 20-percent range, DiFucci said. Vista gains exposure to smaller customers with annual revenue of less than $1 billion, along with exposure to a Federal TBM mandate and international expansion, he said. 

Oppenheimer: Low Odds Of Competing Bid

The odds are "low" that a competing bidder will emerge, Schwartz said in a note.

The price tag on the deal is inline with the average takeout multiple for the 22 SaaS deals completed since 2016, the analyst said. 

The purchase brings Vista a property that complements its existing portfolio in IT business management, which is characterized by low cloud software penetration and a fragmented competitive environment, Schwartz said. 

Regulatory concerns are minimal and the deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, according to Oppenehimer. 

Price Action

Shares of Apptio were trading higher by more than 50 percent Monday afternoon at $37.62.

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Latest Ratings for APTI

Date Firm Action From To
Oct 2018 Jefferies Maintains Buy Buy
Oct 2018 Nomura Maintains Buy Buy
Oct 2018 Barclays Maintains Equal-Weight Equal-Weight

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