Mindful — and major — M&A by Mindjet

Contact: Brenon Daly

In its first major acquisition, Mindjet has handed over just less than one-third of its equity for Spigit, a social and innovation-focused front end to its collaboration platform. The deal comes as 20-year-old Mindjet continues its evolution from a Windows-based ‘brainstorming’ license software vendor to a multi-OS, subscription-based platform. That transformation – accelerated by the addition of Spigit – makes it a whole lot more likely that Mindjet will be in a position to join the ranks of public companies in a year or two.

According to our understanding, fast-growing Spigit will bump up Mindjet’s top line by about one-third. (Subscribers to The 451 M&A KnowledgeBase can click here to see our specific revenue estimates for Spigit.) Importantly, all of Spigit’s revenue is subscription, which fits with Mindjet’s efforts to transition to a fully SaaS business. Mindjet basically stopped selling perpetual licenses last year and is tracking to finish 2013 with subscriptions accounting for about 70% of total revenue.

Initially backed by Warburg Pincus, Spigit got re-capped earlier this year with PICO Holdings taking a majority stake of the company. Collectively, Spigit shareholders will own 30% of the combined company, and its 100 employees will account for almost the same ratio of the combined company’s 400 employees. Arma Partners advised Spigit on the sale.

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