Descartes' Acquisition Strengthens Company During Recession

| About: Descartes Systems (DSGX)

Thursday, Descartes Systems Group (NASDAQ:DSGX) announced that it has acquired privately held Oceanwide Inc. for $10.4 million in cash. Oceanwide provides compliance Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to customs brokers and sports a 90% recurring revenue stream. The acquisition extends DSG's logistics ecosystem to include customs brokers, and probably adds annualized EBITDA of between $1.2 million to $1.5 million, and initial sales of between $5.0 and $6.0 million. This is without synergies - which are likely.

With close to $60 million in the bank, and an annualized cashflow of between $14 million and $16 million (depending on how bad the recession is), this could be considered a quintessential DSG tuck-under that meets the following criteria:

  • fits strategically
  • is accretive
  • delivers synergies
  • makes its clients happy
  • helps set it up for a massive lift in earnings exiting the recession.

In my opinion, Descartes Systems Group is one of only a very few public Canadian small cap technology Companies that understands the leverage that can be gained from cashflow and a strong balance sheet during this recession. Descartes shareholders should be applauding.

Disclosure: I do not own shares in the Companies mentioned in this post, nor do I receive compensation from these companies in any way.