NetQoS: a small buy on the way to a sale

On its way to a probable public offering next year, NetQoS has acquired a startup that will boost the company’s offering to the financial services industry. On Tuesday, NetQoS said it’ll pay a small amount of cash for Helium Systems, which makes trade monitoring software. (Helium isn’t expected to add much revenue to NetQos, which has been tracking to $60m this year, up from $45m in 2007.)

Indeed, organic growth has been the story at NetQoS, since the Helium acquisition is the first by the company in nearly two-and-a-half years. But the pace may be about to pick up. The reason? As it gets ready to put together an underwriting ticket for an IPO down the road, NetQoS has found (surprise, surprise) that bankers are also pitching other deals. Meanwhile, for its part, the company has started to look at ways to fill up its corporate coffers if it finds a deal that’s too good to pass up.

Thus far, NetQoS has been remarkably conservative in its capitalization, raising just $21m total. (Liberty Partners, a New York PE firm that typically invests in midmarket companies, is the majority owner of NetQoS and the company’s only institutional investor.) NetQoS, which has been cash-flow positive since 2005, hasn’t taken any outside money in a half-decade. But with an IPO payday likely in 2009, we’re guessing NetQoS wouldn’t have any trouble lining up funds, either from its current backer or even a new partner. 

NetQoS acquisitions

Date Target Rationale
June 2008 Helium Systems Trade monitoring
Dec. 2005 Pine Mountain Group Services
April 2005 RedPoint Network Systems Device management

Source: The 451 M&A KnowledgeBase

2 thoughts on “NetQoS: a small buy on the way to a sale

  1. NetQOS going public is not likely. Either is SolarWinds, although they filed their S1. Both company will get taken out before then. Public market just wont absorb them right now. They are better off taking out smaller faster growers to build their businesses even more, companies like PacketTrap, SpiceWorks, and WildPackets.

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