WidePoint Acquires IT Authorities, a Leading Provider of Comprehensive IT as a Service (ITaaS)
WidePoint Corporation (NYSE American:WYY), the leading provider of Trusted Mobility Management (TM2) specializing in Identity Management (IdM), Telecommunications Lifecycle Management, and Digital Billing & Analytics solutions, has acquired IT Authorities (ITA), a globally ranked Managed Service Provider (MSP), Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), and Cloud Services Provider (CSP).
IT Authorities Overview
Based in Tampa, Florida, ITA is an award-winning provider of comprehensive information technology (IT) as a service offerings, including cybersecurity, cloud, network operations, and professional services. Since 2002, ITA has been transforming organizations through technology, applying IT strategy and innovation to meet the needs of small and mid-sized enterprises. The company's growing customer base spans 110 clients across a range of industries throughout North America.
ITA has received the prestigious Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company in America award seven times and has been recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work/Best Companies to Work For" more than 10 times. ITA consistently ranks among the Top 500 MSPs in the World by Channel Futures.
Acquisition Summary and Rationale
- WidePoint's expertise in delivering ITaaS solutions to existing and prospective customers.
- Expands WidePoint's footprint and presence in the bourgeoning commercial enterprise sector, especially with small and mid-sized businesses.
- Provides meaningful cross-sell opportunities, including layering on WidePoint's Identity Management solution on top of ITA's managed cybersecurity offerings.
- Offers significant upsell opportunities to sell WidePoint's Identity Management (IdMaaS) offering to ITA's customer base.
- Acquisition is expected to be accretive to WidePoint's operating results, excluding customary acquisition-related expenses.
Under the terms of the agreement, WidePoint acquired substantially all the assets of ITA. Additional details of the acquisition, including transaction terms and consideration will be filed on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available here.
"After a meticulous screening period, we found the ideal company in ITA because it adds accretive value across all facets of our business," said Jin Kang, WidePoint CEO. "With the rapidly growing managed services, cloud, and cybersecurity markets poised for explosive growth, ITA significantly strengthens our footprint within each growth market. From a sales standpoint, the acquisition offers a multitude of cross-sell and upsell synergies within IT operations, Identity Management, partnerships with Microsoft and more that we can leverage by offering our combined customer base an even more robust portfolio of services and solutions. In addition to benefitting from ITA's high margin, recurring, managed services revenue, we are able to immediately tap into their expanding commercial SMB customer base with our enhanced offerings.
"We have already begun collaborating on sales opportunities with ITA, which we believe will translate to executed deals in the coming months. In conjunction with the immediate financial and sales benefits we're already seeing, our joint capabilities increase our value proposition in the market and correspondingly increases our chances of winning larger deals and contracts going forward. Additionally, ITA brings a very strong company culture and customer service, as proven by the plethora of corporate awards they've won, which is something that is overlooked and being phased out nowadays by technology companies within the professional services space. Overall, the accretive acquisition provides WidePoint with a more robust set of capabilities and technical synergies that will enable us to capture more market share in the bourgeoning managed services, cloud, and cybersecurity markets."
Jason Caras, Co-founder and CEO of IT Authorities, added: "As IT managed services, cloud, security and professional services are more relevant than ever before, it is absolutely pivotal to have a reliable partner to ensure the viability of these capabilities. We deliberately sought out a partner that shared our passion for service leadership in addition to a partner with a compelling slate of complementary IT services that would make us the preeminent powerhouse. I am confident that WidePoint's acquisition of IT Authorities and our combined offering of synergistic technologies, human capital, culture, and incremental customer base will help us deliver even greater value to customers in this growing market."
For 2021, ITA management expects to report annualized revenue of approximately $10 million and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $1.5 million.
Foley and Lardner LLP acted as legal advisor to WidePoint. Hyde Park Capital acted as financial advisor to ITA.
Acquisition Conference Call Information
WidePoint management will host the conference call to discuss the acquisition. Management's prepared remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer period.
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About the IT Authorities (ITA)
IT Authorities is an award-winning, globally ranked Managed Services Provider (MSP), Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), and Cloud Services Provider (CSP) in operation since 2006. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, IT Authorities serves clients in a wide range of industries across North America. For more information, visit itauthorities.com.
WidePoint Corporation (NYSE American:WYY) is a leading provider of Trusted Mobility Management (TM2) solutions, including Identity Management (IdM), secure Mobility Managed Services (MMS), Telecom Lifecycle Management, and Digital Billing & Analytics. For more information, visit widepoint.com.
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