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Vonage acquiring SMB-focused VoIP services firm, shares soar

  • Vonage (VG +18.4%) is acquiring Vocalocity, a provider of fairly inexpensive cloud-based VoIP services and value-added features for SMBs, for $130M ($105M in cash + $25M in stock). Investors are quite pleased with the news. (PR)
  • Vocalocity had 1H revenue of $28M (+39% Y/Y), and was free cash flow positive during the period. The company focuses on companies with less than 20 employees, and had 21K customers at the end of Q2.
  • The market for hosted/cloud-based business telecom services market has been growing quickly (hence the enthusiasm for RingCentral's recent IPO), and generally features higher margins than the consumer VoIP market Vonage remains dependent on.
  • The deal is expected to close in Q4, and Vonage eventually expects annual synergies in "the high single-digit million dollar range." Vonage is paying for the cash portion of the deal using $30M in existing cash and $75M drawn from a credit facility.
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