Acquisition to deliver on numerous TIS strategic growth initiatives:
- Reinforce growth of TIS Americas via additional U.S. office and tripling of U.S. headcount to over 65
- Extend cloud and SaaS capabilities
- Bring major customers including 4 of top 5 U.S. banks
- Expand addressable market opportunity through alignment of complementary product offerings
- Enable new solutions and increase subscription-based revenues by combining the TIS eFLOW® platform and mobile imaging functionalities with the eGistics product line
Transaction to provide meaningful financial benefits:
- eGistics 2013 revenues of $10.6 million, added to TIS 2013 revenues of $29 million
- Enhance pro forma profitability as eGistics realized 2013 EBITDA of $1.52 million
- Grow subscription-based revenue from predominantly SaaS transactions; increase visibility thanks to recurring revenue reaching 49% of pro forma 2013 revenues
- Increase TIS Americas’ revenues to 38% of pro forma 2013 revenues, diversifying TIS global revenue streams
- Expect increase in TIS non-GAAP earnings per share in 2014 and beyond due to this transaction, which is expected to be accretive
NEW YORK, NY/ TEL AVIV, Israel, July 8, 2014 – Top Image Systems, Ltd. (NASDAQ:TISA), a leading Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM) solutions and Mobile Imaging Platform (MIP) provider, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eGistics, a leading privately-owned provider of cloud-based solutions to the banking and payments market, in a transaction valued at approximately $18 million. Under the terms of the agreement, TIS will pay for the acquisition 50% in cash and 50% in TIS shares. The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in Q3.
Based in Dallas, Texas, eGistics provides advanced image and data solutions that enable business process automation by optimizing the storage, management and delivery of business-critical information across a wide range of applications. The iRemit remittance management portal, available via the CloudDocs platform, is a smart process application that enables remittance processing in the cloud. The data is processed and stored in the secure, on-demand cloud-based CloudDocs framework, which offers world-class physical and cyber security, utilizing multiple encryption technologies and best-in-class intrusion detection.
“This is a milestone acquisition for Top Image Systems, as it creates a compelling combination from strategic, geographic, technological and financial perspectives,” said Izhak Nakar, Top Image Systems Founder & Executive Chairman. “Not only will this immediately accretive acquisition accelerate our growth rate and add incremental profitability, but it will also expand our addressable market, accelerate our aggressive expansion in the United States, and add a world class installed base of major U.S. customers to whom we can cross-sell a more comprehensive solution, including our high-growth mobile apps. Four of the five top banks in the U.S., two of the largest remittance processors and several leading U.S. enterprises already trust eGistics for cloud-based document and data management solutions.”
Cloud-based Solutions that Complement TIS Offerings
A key driver for the acquisition was eGistics’ secure and compliant cloud infrastructure, which aligns with TIS’ cloud-centric growth strategy. TIS will leverage eGistics’ cloud-based on-demand CloudDocs infrastructure to roll out on-demand smart processing applications for processes such as Invoice Processing, Digital Mailroom, BillPay, Account Opening, Enrollment, Mortgage Processing and Employee Onboarding (HR), all in the cloud. Following the acquisition, TIS will extend its software portfolio to include additional smart process applications for banking and payment processing, while in parallel offering eFLOW INVOICE, Digital Mailroom and TIS mobile imaging applications to the existing eGistics’ customer base. These cloud-based applications will further promote TIS’ mobile imaging solutions by easily integrating them with the CloudDocs infrastructure, where TIS will host eFLOW for efficient backend processing.
“This transaction will also provide TIS with an additional distribution vehicle for offering our native mobile capture applications to large U.S. financial institutions which we did not have before, creating a significant business opportunity,” explains Michael Schrader, TIS COO. “A key strength and differentiator for TIS’ flagship eFLOW platform is its ability to be quickly and easily configured and integrated with a large number of ERP, CRM and line-of-business applications. The acquisition of eGistics will strengthen this competitive advantage, augmenting our ability to develop powerful, on-demand smart process applications with embedded mobile capture functionality on the eFLOW platform within a stable and secure cloud-based environment. We see the intelligent data recognition market moving to the cloud, and our vision is to leverage the broad availability of the cloud platform to bring these capabilities to many more clients by providing them with full end-to-end cloud-based solutions that combine simplified capture operations, transaction-based pricing and significantly reduced implementation efforts. This acquisition begins to make this vision a reality, creating a formidable technological advantage for TIS going forward.”
“Not only does eGistics share a synergistic customer base with TIS, but also a common technology stack that we can build upon to further revenue growth for the combined company,” commented Robert Lund, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of eGistics. “The companies share a vision of creating both horizontal and vertical-based smart applications that optimize the capture, classification, validation, storage, management and delivery of business-critical information.”
“We are excited about the combination of eGistics’ cutting-edge cloud platform and blue chip clients in the U.S. financial sector with TIS’ best-in-class enterprise capture and workflow solutions, mobile imaging portfolio and diverse global installed base,” stated Don Dixon, a member of the eGistics Board of Directors and Managing Director and Co-Founder of Trident Capital, the largest shareholder of eGistics. “We believe the combination will have a very positive reception within the eGistics customer base and in the marketplace.” Following the closing of the transaction, Mr. Dixon will become a member of the TIS Board of Directors.
Strengthens TIS Presence in Strategically Important U.S. Market
The acquisition of eGistics will significantly expand TIS’ presence in the U.S. The combined company expects to grow revenues by cross-selling native solutions to the existing installed base. In addition, the combination will expand the physical presence of TIS in the United States, adding an office in Dallas and growing its U.S. based headcount to over 65.
“As a result of this powerful strategic combination, TIS Americas will be the largest business unit in terms of revenues,” added Mr. Nakar. “Reinforcing our commitment to growing our presence in the U.S. market, the acquisition significantly accelerates this important strategic initiative, giving us tremendous talent, two offices, and a more comprehensive suite of offerings to cross-sell to a broad installed base.”
Canaccord Genuity acted as exclusive financial advisor to Top Image Systems in connection with the transaction and Needham & Company acted as financial advisor to eGistics. Schwell Wimpfheimer & Associates LLP and Choate Hall & Stewart LLP acted as legal advisors to Top Image Systems and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati acted as legal advisor to eGistics.
About eGistics, Inc.
eGistics is a leading provider of private cloud solutions that streamline payments business processes. The eGistics private cloud solution automates the capture, management and delivery of documents and data in a highly secure, highly scalable and compliant environment. Today, the eGistics private cloud solution supports paper and electronic transaction processes for many of the largest financial institutions and third-party processors in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.egisticsinc.com.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in those forward looking statements. Words such as “will,” “expects,”, “anticipates,” “estimates,” and words and terms of similar substance in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, the satisfaction of the closing conditions in the acquisition agreement, the timing of the closing of the acquisition, the ability to retain the customers, employees and business relationships of eGistics after the closing, risks in product development, approval and introduction plans and schedules, rapid technological change, customer acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the lengthy sales cycle, proprietary rights of TIS and its competitors, risk of operations in Israel, government regulation, litigation, general economic conditions and other risk factors detailed in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 20-F and subsequent filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. We are under no obligation to, and expressly disclaim any obligation to, update or alter our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Lockdown 2.0 – Here’s how to be the best-looking person in the virtual room
suggests “the product you’re creating is not the camera, the lens or a webcam’s clever industrial design. It’s the subject, you, which is just on e part of the entire image they see. You want that image to convey quality, not convenience.”
Technology experts at Reincubate saw an opportunity in the rise of remote-working video calls and developed the app, Camo, to improve the video quality of our webcam calls. As part of this, they consulted the digital photography expert and author, Jeff Carlson, to reveal how we can look our best online.
It’s clear by now that COVID-19 has normalised remote working, but as part of this the importance of video calls has risen exponentially. While we’re all used to seeing the more casual sides of our colleagues (t-shirt and shorts, anyone?), poor webcam quality is slightly less forgivable.
But how can we improve how we look on video? We consulted Jeff Carlson for some top tips– here is what he had to say.
- Improve the picture quality of your call
The better your camera, the higher quality your webcam calls will be. Most webcams (as well as currently being hard to get hold of and expensive), are subpar. A DSLR setup will give you the best picture, but will cost $1,500+. You can also use your iPhone’s amazing camera as a webcam, using the new app from Reincubate, Camo.
Jeff’s comments “The iPhone’s camera system features dedicated coprocessors for evaluating and adjusting the image in real time. Apple has put a tremendous amount of work into its imaging software as a way to compensate for the necessarily small camera sensors. Although it all works in service of creating stills and video, you get the same benefits when using the iPhone as a webcam.”
Aidan Fitzpatrick, CEO of Reincubate explains why the team created Camo, “Earlier this year our team moved to working remotely, and in video calls everyone looked pretty bad, irrespective of whether they were on built-in Mac webcams or third-party ones. Thus began my journey to build Camo: an iPhone has one of the world’s best cameras in it, so could we make it work as a webcam? Category-leading webcams are noticeably worse than an iPhone 7. This makes sense: six weeks of Apple’s R&D spend tops Logitech’s annual gross revenue.”
- Place your camera at eye level
A video call will never quite be the same as a face-to-face conversation, but bringing your camera up to eye level is a good place to start. That can involve putting your laptop on a stand or pile of books, mounting a webcam to the top of your display screen, or even using a tripod to get the perfect position.
Jeff points out, “If the camera is looking down on you, you’ll appear minimized in the frame; if it’s looking up, you’re inviting people to focus on your chin, neck, or nostrils. Most important, positioning the camera off your eye level is a distraction. Look them in the eye, even if they’re miles or continents away.”
Low camera placement from a MacBook
- Make the most of natural lighting
Be aware of the lighting in the room and move yourself to face natural lighting if you can. Positioning the camera so any natural light is behind you takes the light away from your face, which can make it harder to see and read expressions on a call.
Jeff Carlson’s top tip: “If the light from outside is too harsh, diffuse it and create softer shadows by tacking up a white sheet or a stand-alone diffuser over the window.”
Backlit against a window Facing natural light
- Use supplementary lighting like ring lights
The downside to natural lighting is that you’re at the mercy of the elements: if it’s too bright you’ll have the sun in your eyes, if it’s too dark you won’t be well lit.
Jeff recommends adding supplementary lighting if you’re looking to really enhance your video calls. After all, it looks like remote working will be carrying on for quite some time.
“The light can be just as easy as a household or inexpensive work light. Angle the light so it’s bouncing off a wall or the ceiling, depending on your work area, which, again, diffuses the light and makes it more flattering.
Or, for a little money, use a softbox or a shoot-through umbrella with daylight bulbs (5500K temperature), or if space is tight, LED panels. Larger lights are better for distributing illumination– don’t be afraid to get them in close to you. Placement depends on the look you’re going after; start by positioning one at a 45-degree angle in front and to the side of you, which lights most of your face while retaining nice shadow detail.”
In some cases, a ring light may work best. LEDs are arranged in a circle, with space in the middle to put the camera’s lens and get direct illumination from the direction of the camera.
- Centre yourself in the frame
Make sure you’re getting the right angle and that you’re using the frame effectively.
“You should aim for people to see your head and part of your torso, not all the space between your hair and the ceiling. Leave a little space above your head so it’s not cut off, but not enough that someone’s eyes are going to drift there.”
- Be mindful of your backdrop
It’s not always easy to get the quiet space needed for video calls when working from home, but try as best you can to remove anything too distracting from your background.
“Get rid of clutter or anything that’s distracting or unprofessional, because you can bet that will be the second thing the viewers notice after they see you. (The Twitter account @RateMySkypeRoom is an amusing ongoing commentary on the environments people on television are connecting from.)”
A busy background as seen by a webcam
- Make the most of virtual backgrounds
If you’re really struggling with finding a background that looks professional, try using a virtual background.
Jeff suggests: “Some apps can identify your presence in the scene and create a live mask that enables you to use an entirely different image to cover the background. While it’s a fun feature, the quality of the masking is still rudimentary, even with a green screen background that makes this sort of keying more accurate.”
- Be aware of your audio settings
Our laptop webcams, cameras, and mobile phones all include microphones, but if it’s at all possible, use a separate microphone instead.
“That can be an inexpensive lavalier mic, a USB microphone, or a set of iPhone earbuds. You can also get wireless lavalier models if you’re moving around during a call, such as presenting at a whiteboard in the camera’s field of view.
The idea is to get the microphone closer to your mouth so it’s recording what you say, not other sounds or echoes in the room. If you type during meetings, mount the mic on an arm instead of resting it on the same surface as your keyboard.”
- Be wary of video app add-ons
Video apps like Zoom include a ‘Touch up your appearance’ option in the Video settings. This applies a skin-smoothing filter to your face, but more often than not, the end result looks artificially blurry instead of smooth.
“Zoom also includes settings for suppressing persistent and intermittent background noise, and echo cancellation. They’re all set to Auto by default, but you can choose how aggressive or not the feature is.”
- Be the best looking person in the virtual room
What’s important to remember about video calls at this point in time is that most people are new to what is, really, personal broadcasting. That means you can easily get an edge, just by adopting a few suggestions in this article. When your video and audio quality improves, people will take notice.
Bringing finance into the 21st Century – How COVID and collaboration are catalysing digital transformation
By Keith Phillips, CEO of TISATech
If just six or seven months ago someone had told you that in a matter of weeks people around the world would be locked down in their homes, trying to navigate modern work systems from a prehistoric laptop, bickering with family over who’s hogging the Wi-Fi, migrating online to manage all financial services digitally, all while washing their hands every five minutes in fear of a global pandemic… You’d think they had lost their mind. But this very quickly became the reality for huge swathes of the world and we’re about to go through that all over again as the UK government has asked that those who can work from home should.
Unsurprisingly, statistics show that lockdown restrictions introduced by the UK government in March, led to a sharp increase in people adopting digital services. Banks encouraged its customers to log onto online banking, as they limited (and eventually halted) services at branches. This forced many customers online as their primary means of managing personal finances for the first time.
If anyone had doubts before, the Covid-19 pandemic proved to us the importance of well-functioning, effective digital financial services platforms, for both financial institutions and the people using them.
But with this sudden mass online migration, it’s become clear that traditional banks have struggled to keep up with servicing clients virtually. Legacy banking systems have always stilted the digitisation of financial services, but the pandemic thrust this issue into the limelight. Fintech firms, which focus intently on digital and mobile services, knew it was only a matter of time before financial institutions’ reliance was to increase at an unprecedented rate.
For years, fintechs have been called upon by traditional players to find solutions to problems borne from those clunky legacy systems, like manual completion of account changes and money transfers. Now it is the demand for these services to be online coupled with the need for financial services firms to cut costs, since Covid-19 hit the economy.
Covid-19 has catalysed the urgent need to bring digital transformation to a wider pool of financial services businesses. Customers now have even higher expectations of larger institutions, demanding that they keep up with what the younger and more nimble challengers have to offer. Industry leaders realise that they must transform their businesses as soon as possible, by streamlining and digitising operations to compete and, ultimately, improve services for their customers.
The race for digital acceleration began far before the recent pandemic – in fact, following the 2008 financial crisis is likely more accurate. Since the credit crunch, there has been a wave of new fintech firms, full of young, bright techies looking to be the next big thing. Fintechs have marketed themselves hard at big conferences and expos or by hosting ‘hackathons’, trying to prove themselves as the fastest, most innovative or the most vital to the future of the industry.
However, even during this period where accelerating innovation in online financial services and legacy systems is crucial, the conditions brought about by the pandemic have not been conducive to this much-needed transformation.
The second issue, which again was clear far before the pandemic, is that fact that no matter how nimble or clever the fintechs’ solutions are, it is still hard to implement the solutions seamlessly, as the sector is highly fragmented with banks using extremely outdated systems populated with vast amounts of data.
With the significance of the pandemic becoming more and more clear, and the need for better digital products and services becoming more crucial to financial services firms and consumers by the day, the industry has finally come together to provide a solution.
The TISAtech project was launched last month by The Investing and Saving Alliance (TISA), a membership organisation in the UK with more than 200 leading financial institutions as members. TISA asked The Disruption House, a specialist benchmarking and data analytics business, to create a clearing house platform for the industry to help it more effectively integrate new financial technology. The project aims to enhance products and services while reducing friction and ultimately lowering costs which are passed on to the customers.
With nearly 4,000 fintechs from around the world participating, it will be the world’s largest marketplace dedicated to Open Finance, Savings, and Investment.
Not only will it provide a ‘matchmaking’ service between financial institutions an fintechs, it will also host a sandbox environment. Financial institutions can pose real problems with real data and the fintechs are given the space to race to the bottom – to find the most constructive, cost-effective solution.
Yes, there are other marketplaces, but they all seem to struggle to achieve a return on investment. There is a genuine need for the ‘Trivago’ of financial technology – a one stop shop, run by an independent body, which can do more than just matchmaking. It needs to go above and beyond to encompass the sandboxing, assessments, profiling of fintechs to separate the wheat from the chaff, and provide a space for true collaboration.
The pandemic has taught us that we are more effective if we work together. We need mass support and collaboration to find solutions to problems. Businesses and industries are no different. If fintechs and financial institutions can work together, there is a real chance that we can start to lessen the economic hit for many businesses and consumers by lowering costs and streamlining better services and products. And even if it is just making it that little bit easier to manage personal finances from home when fighting with your children for the Wi-Fi, we are making a difference.
What to Know Before You Expand Across Borders
By Sean King, Director of International Tax at McGuire Sponsel
The American retail giant, Target Corporation, has a market cap of $64 billion and access to seemingly limitless resources and advisors. So, when the company engaged in its first global expansion, how could anything possibly go wrong?
Less than two years after opening its first Canadian store in 2013, Target shut down all133 Canadian locations and terminated more than 17,000 Canadian employees.
Expansion of an operation to another country can create unique challenges that may impact the financial viability of the entire enterprise. If Target Corporation can colossally fail in its expansion to Canada, how might Mom ‘N’ Pop LLC fare when expanding into Switzerland, Singapore, or Australia?
Successful global expansion requires an understanding of multilayered taxes, regulatory hurdles, employment laws, and cultural nuances. Fortunately, with the right guidance, global expansion can be both possible and profitable for businesses of any size.
Any company with global ambitions must first consider whether the company’s expansion outside of the U.S. will give rise to a taxable presence in the local country. In the cross-border context, a “permanent establishment” can be created in a local country when the enterprise reaches a certain level of activity, which is problematic because it exposes the U.S. multinational to taxation in the foreign country.
Foreign entity incorporation
To avoid permanent establishment risk, many U.S. multinationals choose to operate overseas through a formal corporate subsidiary, which reduces the company’s foreign income tax exposure, though it may result in an additional level of foreign income tax on the subsidiary’s earnings. In most jurisdictions, multinationals can operate their business in the foreign country as a branch, a pass through (e.g., partnership,) or a corporation.
As a branch, the U.S. multinational does not create a subsidiary in the foreign country. It holds assets, employees, and bank accounts under its own name. With a pass through, the U.S. multinational creates a separate entity in the foreign country that is treated as a partnership under the tax law of the foreign country but not necessarily as a partnership under U.S. tax law.
U.S. multinationals can also create corporate subsidiaries in the foreign country treated as corporations under the tax law of both the foreign country and the U.S., with possibly two levels of income taxation in the foreign country plus U.S. income taxation of earnings repatriated to the U.S. as dividends.
Under U.S. entity classification rules, certain types of entities can “check the box” to elect their classification to be taxed as a corporation with two levels of tax, a partnership with pass-through taxation, or even be disregarded for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The check the box election allows U.S. multinationals to engage in more effective global tax planning.
Toll charges, transfer pricing and treaties
When establishing a foreign corporate subsidiary, the U.S. multinational will likely need to transfer certain assets to the new entity to make it fully operational. However, in many cases, the U.S. multinational cannot perform the transfer without recognizing taxable income. In the international context, the IRS imposes certain outbound “toll charges” on the transfer of appreciated property to a foreign entity, which are usually provided for in IRC Section 367 and subject to various exceptions and nuances.
Instead, the U.S. multinational may prefer to license intellectual property to the foreign subsidiary for a fee rather than transfer the property outright. However, licensing requires the company and foreign subsidiary to adhere to transfer pricing rules, as dictated by IRC Section 482. The U.S. multinational and the foreign subsidiary must interact in an arms-length manner regarding pricing and economic terms. Furthermore, any such arrangement may attract withholding taxes when royalties are paid across a border.
Are you GILTI?
Certain U.S. multinationals opt to focus on deferring the income recognition at the U.S. level. In doing so, they simply leave overseas profits overseas and delay repatriating any of the earnings to the U.S.
Despite the general merits of this form of planning, U.S. multinationals will be subject to certain IRS anti-deferral mechanisms, commonly known as “Subpart F” and GILTI. Essentially, U.S. shareholders of certain foreign corporations are forced to recognize their pro rata share of certain types of income generated by these foreign entities at the time the income is earned instead of waiting until the foreign entity formally repatriates the income to the U.S.
The end goal
Essentially, all effective international tax planning boils down to treasury management. Effective and early tax planning can properly allow a company to better achieve its initial goal: profitability.
If global expansion is on the horizon for your company, consult a licensed professional for advice concerning your specific situation.
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