• Nov. 3, 2015, 11:31 AM
    • Constant Contact (NASDAQ:CTCT) is off 0.9%, but from the new price level it established yesterday up 22% after a $1.1B buyout bid from Endurance International Group (EIGI +3.2%). CTCT is at $31.53, down from $31.83, against EIGI's $32/share deal.
    • Roth Capital's Richard Baldry sees "little likelihood of a competing bid," and accordingly has downgraded CTCT to Neutral, and reduced his target price to the deal price of $32/share from a previous $38.
    • The offer is a "fair control premium, even though it is a valuation well discounted to CTCT’s broader SaaS peer group average of 4.6x," Baldry says.
    • "We expect deal to close as-announced ... We believe CTCT’s focus on the SMB space make it unsuitable as an acquisition target for most larger SaaS players, as they tend to focus on the Enterprise space, in our opinion."
    • He does think the deal could make other value-oriented names in the space more attractive, holding buy ratings on LivePerson (LPSN +2.3%), Interactive Intelligence (ININ -3.8%) and Tangoe (TNGO +2.3%).
    Nov. 3, 2015, 11:31 AM
  • May 26, 2015, 9:46 AM
    • Israel's Calcalist reports Nice Systems (NICE -3.5%) is in talks to buy cloud customer support software provider LivePerson (LPSN +14.8%). The site cautions a deal could take several months to finalize.
    • Nice, whose product line includes software for analyzing customer interactions with contact centers, is 5 days removed from announcing the sale of its law enforcement/intelligence agency software unit for $157.9M. LivePerson, meanwhile, is 2 weeks removed from nosediving on account of a Q1 sales miss and weak guidance.
    • For reference, Nice's market cap is currently $3.64B, and LivePerson's $585M.
    May 26, 2015, 9:46 AM
  • Jun. 20, 2014, 11:00 AM
    • The license growth worries that plagued Oracle (ORCL -5.7%) much of last year are back with a vengeance following yesterday's FQ4 miss, in spite of the in-line guidance that followed it.
    • Citi has cut shares to Neutral, arguing SaaS (cloud app) strength isn't reflected in earnings. Before the downgrade, the firm noted estimated total license revenue of $4.09B missed its $4.3B estimate.
    • But Oracle also has its defenders. BMO (Outperform) asserts Oracle's cloud transition efforts are still going well, and that "new product releases across the board should be a tailwind to growth."
    • The firm attributes the FQ4 miss to an apparent "thousand cuts" that include deal slippage, Asia-Pac weakness (an ongoing issue), a shift from up-front license payments to cloud subscriptions, and potential order delays ahead of Oracle's 12c database launch (previous).
    • Separately, Oracle has announced it's buying LiveLOOK, a developer of co-browsing/screen sharing tech for Web customer support apps. Terms are undisclosed.
    • Oracle, which bought cloud customer support firm RightNow in 2011, plans to integrate LiveLOOK's offerings with its Service Cloud platform. Rival LivePerson (LPSN -0.9%) recently announced a deal to buy co-browsing tech developer Synchronite.
    • Prior coverage. CC transcript.
    Jun. 20, 2014, 11:00 AM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 3, 2014, 5:46 PM
    • LivePerson (LPSN) is buying Synchronite, a German startup that has developed co-browsing technology (allows two or more people to jointly navigate Web pages/apps), for an undisclosed sum.
    • LivePerson declares integrating Synchronite's technology with its cloud customer support/engagement platform will allow clients to "provide real-time collaborative assistance" for completing tasks such as filling out forms, resolving technical issues, and completing purchases.
    Jun. 3, 2014, 5:46 PM
  • Dec. 5, 2011, 8:29 AM

    Salesforce.com (CRM) is up 2.8%, joining Taleo (TLEO) and NetSuite (N) in rising premarket in the wake of SAP/SFSF, even though its size (current market cap of $16.3B) makes it tougher for a would-be acquirer to swallow. Also higher: ULTI +1.6%. LPSN +3%. Other names haven't yet seen premarket activity, but could move once markets open.

    Dec. 5, 2011, 8:29 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 3, 2011, 1:24 PM

    More on SAP/SuccessFactors: IDC predicted earlier this week the cloud business software space could see a wave of M&A activity, and SAP's big purchase will likely stoke investor hopes for additional deals occurring. Some other cloud software names that could be on the move on Monday: KNXA, TLEO, CSOD, TNGO, N, LPSN, CTCT, SREV.

    Dec. 3, 2011, 1:24 PM
  • Oct. 24, 2011, 11:44 AM
    LivePerson (LPSN) and eGain (EGAN) show the strongest upward push of a group of cloud software companies drawing some interest after Oracle (ORCL +2.2%) gobbled up RightNow Technologies (RNOW +19.3%). LPSN +8.5%. EGAN +8.6%. Oct. 24, 2011, 11:44 AM
  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:45 AM
    While Salesforce.com (CRM -0.3%) is off slightly following Oracle's (ORCL +0.5%) deal to acquire RightNow (RNOW +19.2%), several other cloud software names are gaining on hopes they might also be acquired - perhaps by Salesforce or SAP. N +4.3%. TLEO +6.5%. LPSN +2.8%. SFSF +4%. DMAN +1.9%. Oct. 24, 2011, 9:45 AM