WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: Xero Limited is acquiring LOCATE Inventory or LOCATE (the trading name of New Tack Inc), a US cloud-based inventory management provider, to better support the inventory needs of small business and enhance its ecommerce capability.
The acquisition will embed LOCATE’s inventory and ecommerce talent and capability within Xero to enhance Xero’s inventory management offering. This will help meet increased small business demand for inventory and cash flow management tools.
Using LOCATE’s inventory-accounting workflows, Xero’s new inventory solution will help small businesses track and manage inventory in real-time, across multiple locations and channels (including a number of Xero’s ecommerce partners) to better serve their customers and improve their financial performance. The new offering is expected to launch to US customers before being made available in other markets.
Xero CEO Steve Vamos commented: “We selected LOCATE as it has some of the most comprehensive inventory-accounting workflows in the US market. LOCATE’s talented team has a deep understanding of inventory management and product capability to help us scale our cloud inventory management solution for small business, accountants and bookkeepers.
The LOCATE acquisition supports our strategic priority to grow the small business platform, strengthens our ecommerce offering and supports our growth opportunities in North America and globally as we strive to be the most insightful and trusted platform for small business.”
Total consideration for the purchase of LOCATE and subsequent employee incentive payments will be $19 million. On completion, which is expected to take place in the coming days, consideration for LOCATE of US$14 million is to be settled 20% in cash and 80% in shares in Xero Limited. Employees will be granted US$5 million in restricted stock units which vest between three and five years after completion.
Xero is a cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses with over 3 million subscribers globally.