FICO adapts its BI software with $115m Adeptra acquisition

Contact: Thejeswi Venkatesh

Credit risk analytics giant FICO is acquiring Adeptra for $115m in order to get its hands on the target’s customer service issue-resolution SaaS software. The deal is FICO’s largest in eight years, and culminates a five-year reseller relationship between the two companies.

Adeptra provides customer service automation software using a SaaS delivery model to enable two-way mobile SMS, email and voice messaging as well as alerts between banks, card issuers, utilities and telcos and their customers. The company also provides related risk analytics software.

FICO will combine Adeptra’s software with its own predictive analytics decision management software in order to automate and expedite customer service resolution. FICO says Adeptra’s products are a natural fit with its Falcon Fraud Manager and Debt Manager products.

After reselling Adeptra’s software since 2007, FICO is now buying the company for $115m in cash, or 2.6 times trailing 12-month revenue. Adeptra had amassed more than 50 customers, including Citi, Barclays, Telstra and Sabre. The company lists ABS Ventures, ACT Venture Capital, Advent Venture Partners, Barclays and Foresight Group as its investors. Arma Partners advised Adeptra on its sale.

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