PTC to acquire SaaS field service management provider ServiceMax

Boston, United States – PTC announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ServiceMax for approximately [$1.46 billion (€1.42 billion)] in cash on a debt-free, cash-free basis from an entity majority owned by Silver Lake. ServiceMax is a provider in cloud-native, product-centric field service management (FSM) software.

The acquisition is expected to strengthen PTC’s closed-loop product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings by extending the digital thread of product information into downstream enterprise asset management (EAM) and FSM capabilities. Subject to the satisfaction of regulatory approval and other applicable closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in early January 2023. 

“The addition of ServiceMax will realise a key part of PTC’s closed-loop PLM strategy,” says Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “The PLM capabilities PTC has long offered to engineering and manufacturing departments provide the system of record for the digital definition of any product configuration. ServiceMax will complement this by providing the system of record for monitoring and servicing product instances after they leave the factory and move into customer use. Upon completion of this acquisition, PTC will have the unique ability to complement the full digital product definition from our computer-aided design (CAD) and PLM solutions with detailed usage information from our internet of things (IoT) solutions and the complete service history from ServiceMax. PTC is poised to be the only company that will be able to offer manufacturers this comprehensive view of their products at each stage of the lifecycle.” 

“ServiceMax and PTC have a longstanding relationship rooted in the common profile of our customers, the natural synergies of our products, and a shared understanding of the importance of product data at different stages of the lifecycle,” says Neil Barua CEO, ServiceMax. “PTC has a strong and consistent track record of success, and now following the growth and innovation we’ve achieved during our partnership with Silver Lake, we’re excited for the ServiceMax team to strengthen the service offerings of PTC’s digital thread and closed-loop PLM portfolio.”

Partners since 2015, PTC and ServiceMax both support manufacturers of complex, highly configured products for the medical device, industrial products, aerospace, and related verticals. These manufacturers view field service as a strategic part of their businesses to maintain product performance, extend their products’ lifecycles, increase customer satisfaction, drive revenue growth, and expand profitability.

ServiceMax provides a comprehensive suite of cloud-native FSM capabilities built on the Salesforce platform. These capabilities include managing all relevant information about serviced products – product description, serial number, service history, and more – creating and managing work orders, and scheduling and dispatching technicians. ServiceMax’s FSM capabilities are also closely integrated with Salesforce’s customer relationship management (CRM) system, which bridges a deep understanding of the product with an equally deep understanding of the customer.

ServiceMax’s FSM capabilities will complement PTC’s entire digital thread portfolio: leveraging product definition data from PTC’s Creo and Windchill solutions, technical publishing capabilities from PTC’s Arbortext software, service parts management capabilities from PTC’s Servigistics software, IoT and digital twin capabilities from PTC’s ThingWorx solutions, and augmented reality (AR) capabilities from PTC’s Vuforia software. For example, by remotely monitoring connected products with ThingWorx, customers could proactively detect service needs and automatically generate service orders in ServiceMax. Service technicians could leverage 2D work instructions from Arbortext or 3D AR work instructions created in Vuforia that are derived from the product’s digital product definition information created in Creo and managed in Windchill. Technicians could also leverage a more detailed understanding of service activities to better optimise spare parts inventory with Servigistics

Transaction details

The purchase price will be funded in two stages, with [$808 million (€785.50 million)] paid at closing and [$650 million (€631.90 million)] paid in October 2023. The transaction will be funded with cash on hand, borrowings under PTC’s existing credit facility, and a new [$500 million (€486.08 million)] committed term loan. 

ServiceMax is expected to generate approximately [$160 million (€155.54 million)] in ARR for PTC’s Q2’23. 

The transaction is expected to be accretive to PTC’s FY’23 cash flow from operations, free cash flow, and adjusted free cash flow targets. 

PTC’s management plans to provide additional details on the proposed acquisition during its Investor Day event to be held later today from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST.  More information about the event is available here: FY’23 Investor Day event

Advisors

Centerview Partners LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to PTC on the transaction and Goodwin Procter LLP served as legal counsel. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., BofA Securities, Inc., The Huntington National Bank, and TD Securities (USA) LLC will provide transaction financing to PTC.  

Barclays acted as financial advisor to ServiceMax and Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel.

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