Sopra snaps up Sword Apak24/10/2018
Sopra Steria (Euronext Paris: “SOP”), a European leader in digital transformation, has announced its acquisition of lending solutions provider Sword Apak, a subsidiary of Sword Group. Through its subsidiary Sopra Banking Software, Sopra Steria has acquired 100pct of Sword Apak, which develops specialised lending solutions for car loans and asset finance.
Sword Apak currently has more than one hundred clients, including major international banking groups and carmakers’ captive finance companies. Its flagship offering, Wholesale Finance System (“WFS”), is a vehicle fleet and inventory financing solution for car dealers. WFS is available through either a traditional licence/maintenance model or an ASP1 model.
Sword Apak was founded in 1979 and acquired by Sword Group in 2007. In 2017 it posted revenue of €27.5m. More than two-thirds of its revenues are recurring. EBITDA came to €7.1 million in 2017. Over the past three years, the compound annual growth rate for revenue has been 19%. As at 30 June 2018, Sword Apak had 250 employees.
This acquisition rounds out Cassiopae’s offering (loan financing and fleet or personal leasing) with inventory financing solutions for car dealers and other distribution networks, as well as further consolidating its strong position with major groups that are already clients of the two companies by leveraging cross-selling opportunities, and provides a global, integrated, end-to-end solution covering all the sector’s financing needs.
The acquisition of Sword Apak fits well with Sopra Banking Software’s strategy in the promising lending market, strengthening the company’s business model by boosting its share of recurring revenue. As such, this acquisition reaffirms group’s confidence in Sopra Banking Software’s strategy and its capacity to address financial transformation-related challenges through its digital platform offerings.