Wednesday, 22 November 2017

CLX acquires Dialogue for $41.4m

CLX Communications
Thursday 11 May 17

CLX Communications, a leading provider of global cloud-based communication solutions, has announced the acquisition of the global mobile messaging and security services provider Dialogue Group Ltd (“Dialogue”) for $41.4m million / £32M on a cash and debt-free basis. The acquisition of Dialogue, which has offices in Sheffield, London, Sydney and Singapore, will help CLX to fast track entry into key markets within the Asia…

CLX Communications, a leading provider of global cloud-based communication solutions, has announced the acquisition of the global mobile messaging and security services provider Dialogue Group Ltd (“Dialogue”) for $41.4m million / £32M on a cash and debt-free basis.

The acquisition of Dialogue, which has offices in Sheffield, London, Sydney and Singapore, will help CLX to fast track entry into key markets within the Asia-Pacific region, while adding many additional mobile operators to its Tier One Super Network, which currently exceeds 200 carrier partners.

This deal marks the latest phase in CLX’s strategy to build the largest cloud communications company globally. Dialogue is the company’s fourth acquisition since its IPO in 2015, following Mblox and Sinch in 2016, and Xura Secure Communications earlier this year.

Johan Hedberg, President, and CEO of CLX Communications, said: “Our vision is clear; we are building the world's largest and leading CPaaS (Communications Platform as a Service) company. The acquisition of Dialogue is the next natural step in executing on the strategy we outlined at the time of our IPO.”

“Dialogue is one of the leading global mobile messaging and secure communications companies, with a particularly strong Tier One network in the Asia-Pacific Region. Integrating them into the growing CLX family will strengthen our customer base in the UK and Australia plus add Tier One operator connections in New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, and Egypt.”

The acquisition will accelerate CLX’s leadership ambitions in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region building upon its leadership position in Europe and North America. Asia-Pacific is becoming increasingly important as many US-based multinationals seek to expand into emerging markets and look to CLX to provide one true global solution for their Enterprise communications needs.

In addition, CLX will also add Dialogue’s powerful and innovative Sentinel Security Solution to its existing product portfolio, reinforcing its position as a market-leading supplier of fraud and security solutions to mobile operators worldwide. This solution, when rolled out across operators globally will significantly reduce industry fraud such as global title faking to help operators capture significant revenues and greatly reduce subscriber complaints as the levels of spam and fraud reduce. Sentinel, in combination with CLX’s existing security solutions, will constitute one of the most powerful threat detection and prevention toolboxes in the industry today.

Hugh Spear, CEO and co-founder at Dialogue Communications, added: “I am delighted that we have finalised this deal, further building on CLX’s already impressive growth and the way this transaction leverages our strong position in APAC.”

“It will provide our customers access to the largest Tier 1 network in the industry and further improve quality, reliability, and security of our service. It gives our employees the opportunity to grow in an exciting and ambitious company.”


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