Semotus Solutions, an innovative provider of real-time professional market data and intelligent wireless communications software, today announced that it has acquired Expand Beyond Corporation, a leader in real-time mobile business software.
The boards of both companies and the majority of the shareholders of Expand Beyond have approved the stock-for-stock purchase transaction. Expand Beyond, based in Chicago, develops, sells and supports mobile and web applications, software products and application extension technologies.
As part of the acquisition, Expand Beyond co-founder and CEO Ari Kaplan will join Semotus as President of Expand Beyond Corporation, now the wholly owned subsidiary of Semotus. In addition to his new post with Semotus, Kaplan is on the Board of Directors for the International Oracle Users Group.
Expand Beyond's PocketDBA and PocketAdmin solutions provide immediate mobile access and control of business-critical software applications, databases, networks and servers. This solves the vulnerabilities of relying on on-call staff, which may require 30 to 40 minutes to relocate to the home or office, by giving them the tools to respond immediately from the field. A range of products allow for the secure real-time management of Oracle, SQL Server, Teradata, Windows Active Directory, Exchange, servers and more from mobile devices including BlackBerry, Palm, Pocket PC, laptops, smartphones, and desktops.
The Expand Beyond solutions are based upon the patented XBanywhere framework, which will enable Semotus to develop additional web-based handheld applications up to 20 times faster than traditional embedded development methods such as J2ME and .NET.
As part of the transaction, Semotus also receives Expand Beyond's broad portfolio of patents. One of the patents, titled "System, Method, and Apparatus for the Wireless Monitoring and Management of Computer Systems," has an extensive list of 46 approved claims -- making it one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching patents awarded in the mobile business software industry to date.
"With Expand Beyond's solutions, technology, and patents, Semotus strengthens its leadership position as mobility continues its rapid adoption in the enterprise. Semotus' existing wireless software applications solve significant business problems, and Expand Beyond's products provide the perfect complementary business value. This merger will have an immediate positive impact on both our cash flow and our revenues," said Anthony N. LaPine, Semotus Solutions' Chairman and CEO. "Expand Beyond will augment our HipLink product line. We expect to take advantage of Expand Beyond's customer base for marketing our HipLink products, which should significantly enhance our future revenues."
"Expand Beyond is delighted to be acquired by Semotus Solutions, a well respected wireless infrastructure technology company with a disciplined strategic focus," said Ari Kaplan, President of Expand Beyond. "Semotus Solutions' products and services are highly complementary and attractive to Expand Beyond and its customers. The resulting combined company will be a strong player in the mobile software industry."
Expand Beyond was represented by its financial advisor, Newforth Partners, LLC, a San Mateo-based investment bank. Semotus Solutions was represented by Bathgate Capital Partners, LLC, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.