Siemens Strengthens Its Digital Enterprise Position with Acquisition of mendix

By David Humphrey

Acquisition or Partnership

Siemens has signed an agreement today to acquire mendix, a pioneer in cloud native low code application development.  Under the agreement, Siemens will pay in cash €0.6 billion to acquire the company.  Mendix will retain its distinct brand, culture and continue serving customers across the full range of industries with its unique platform and broad ecosystem and community.  Siemens will continue to invest in mendix's independent product roadmap, continuing its legacy as the open low-code cloud platform.  Mendix will be part of the software business of Siemens' Digital Factory (DF) Division, with the mendix platform also deployed across other Divisions.

As enterprises invest to digitalize their operations, demand for business applications is growing significantly faster than the capacity of IT organizations to deliver them.  Low code application development platforms provide features for rapid development, deployment and execution of applications in the cloud.

Mendix was founded in 2005 in Rotterdam, Netherlands and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.  The company has over 400 employees and its software-as-a-service business model results in over 90 percent of sales being recurring.  Siemens expects mendix to continue to experience strong growth in the future in both its existing customer segments and across the Siemens customer base.  Mendix will accelerate Siemens' current cloud, IoT and Digital Enterprise software capabilities.  Mendix will also continue to deploy its technology to customers and partners across all verticals and technology ecosystem.

Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.  Siemens expects to achieve synergies through a combination of revenue growth and anticipated margin expansion, representing a net present value of more than €0.5 billion.  Additionally, the transaction is expected to be EPS accretive within four years from closing.  Derek Roos will remain CEO of the company and join the Siemens PLM Software senior leadership team.


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