Virtusa Acquires ALaS Consulting LLC

By Team YS|6th Jul 2011
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Adds Capital Markets and Investment Banking Domain Expertise

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU), a global IT services company that offers a broad spectrum of business consulting and outsourcing services, announced that on July 1, 2011, Virtusa acquired substantially all of the assets of ALaS Consulting LLC (“ALaS”), a leading provider of consulting and advisory services to financial services companies.

The acquisition expands Virtusa’s leading position within the banking and financial services industries (BFS) by adding capital markets and investment banking domain expertise, consulting and program management skills. ALaS provides Virtusa with approximately 150 practitioners, including former senior Wall Street professionals with significant industry experience, driving critical initiatives in areas such as regulatory compliance; trading desk operations improvement and controls; software package selection, program management and functional testing; and increasing automation to reduce costs.

ALaS currently works with leading global financial institutions and maintains relationships with key decision makers within these organizations. Virtusa will provide the combined client base an integrated offering, including deep domain knowledge, consulting-led solutions, technology implementation and industry leading global delivery execution. Virtusa will target this integrated offering to simplify complexities and accelerate business outcomes for banking and financial services institutions.

Kris Canekeratne, Virtusa’s Chairman and CEO, stated, “We are pleased to welcome the ALaS team to Virtusa. Erik DiGiacomo, President of ALaS, will lead our new capital markets line of business. This acquisition will further enable Virtusa to identify and execute transformational programs, take on the downstream technology implementation and strengthen Virtusa’s strategic position across its BFSI client base.”

Samir Dhir, Senior Vice President /Global Delivery Head and Head of India Operations, Virtusa Corporation, said “Bringing ALaS into the Virtusa fold is very exciting for us from an India perspective. India has been a growing market for BFS consulting and IT services. With the acquisition of ALaS, we will be able to combine deep industry expertise in investment banking/capital markets with robust technology implementation capabilities to offer strong, end-to-end solutions to India-based BFS organizations. We will also be able to leverage ALaS’ strong domain expertise to train and develop an extended pool of offshore business analysts who can then support delivery of capital markets solutions, both at client sites and in the Indian market.”

Financial Overview of Transaction

Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement, Virtusa acquired substantially all of the assets of ALaS for an aggregate cash consideration of $27.8 million, of which 10% has been held back by Virtusa for a period of 12 months as security for the sellers' indemnification obligations under the asset purchase agreement. As part of the transaction, substantially all of the employees of ALaS, including the management team, accepted employment with Virtusa. Virtusa has agreed to issue an aggregate of up to $4,000,000 in shares of restricted stock from Virtusa’s stock option and incentive plan, not to exceed 250,000 shares, to these new Virtusa employees. The shares will vest annually over a four year period.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, Virtusa management currently expects ALaS to contribute revenue of approximately $24.0 million to $26.0 million. Virtusa also currently expects the acquisition to be accretive to fiscal year 2012 earnings per diluted share by $0.01 to $0.05, inclusive oftransaction and amortization expenses. Transaction expenses are expected to be approximately $450,000 of which approximately $375,000 have been incurred in the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2011.

About Virtusa Corporation

Virtusa delivers cost-effective solutions through a global delivery model, applying advanced methods such as Agile and Accelerated Solution Design to ensure that its solutions meet the clients’ requirements. As a result, its clients simultaneously reduce their IT operations cost while increasing their ability to meet changing business needs. Virtusa provides end-to-end information technology (IT) services to Global 2000 companies. These services, which include IT consulting, application maintenance, development, systems integration and managed services, leverage a unique Platforming methodology that transforms clients’ businesses through IT rationalization. Virtusa helps customers accelerate business outcomes by consolidating, rationalizing and modernizing their core customer facing processes into one or more core systems. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Massachusetts, Virtusa has operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

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