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OpenText takes in 5,600 new MSPs after Zix acquisition

OpenText takes in 5,600 new MSPs after Zix acquisition

Cloud data services vendor OpenText has added thousands of managed service providers to its roster with the $860m acquisition of Zix, a specialist in on-demand email security and compliance.

The all-cash purchase price is inclusive of Zix's cash and debt, and represents around 3.5x TTM (trailing twelve months) of Zix's GAAP revenues (as of September 30, 2021).

The transaction is expected to close in the next three months, said OpenText.

“We look forward to welcoming Zix customers, partners and employees to OpenText,” said OpenText CEO and CTO Mark Barrenechea (pictured). “We intend to integrate our Carbonite, Webroot and Zix products to create a powerhouse SMB platform for data protection, threat management, email security and compliance solutions. Zix will deepen our technology and go-to-market relationship with Microsoft and will bring around 5,600 MSPs to the business, and create significant cross-sell opportunities in the OpenText and Zix clouds.”

“The acquisition of Carbonite in December 2019 and its successful integration has given us the confidence and readiness to expand even further into the SMB market,” added OpenText EVP and CFO Madhu Ranganathan. “Zix brings a meaningful addition to our cloud revenues and will be immediately accretive to our adjusted EBITDA. Once integrated, we expect Zix to contribute to organic growth in annual recurring revenues.”

Around 90% of Zix's revenues are recurring, OpenText said.