SAP acquires Israeli co WalkMe for $1.5b

WalkMe credit: WalkMe
WalkMe credit: WalkMe

The German software giant is paying $14 per share for the Israeli digital adoption platform company - a 45% premium.

German software giant SAP has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Israeli digital adoption platform company WalkMe (Nasdaq: WKME) for $14 per share, a 45% premium on yesterday's closing price, and representing an equity value of $1.5 billion. In premarket trading WalkMe's share price is up 41.8%.

However, the acquisition is at a lower price than WalkMe's company valuation of $2.6 billion at its IPO in 2021. At the end of the first quarter of 2024, WalkMe had $340 million in cash in its coffers.

WalkMe has developed a user interface known as a digital adoption platform (DAP) that simplifies the use of complex enterprise software, allowing companies to increase productivity and reduce risks. The company was founded by CEO Dan Adika, Rafael Sweary and Eyal Cohen. As of its last report, the company's biggest shareholders were venture capital funds including Gemini Israel. Adika holds a 3.8% stake worth $50.6 million in the deal. Insight Partners is the single biggest shareholder with a 26.4% stake worth $354 million.

SAP has a development center in Israel with 900 employees in Ra'anana and Tel Aviv. The development center works on the German company's cloud platform in the field of user identity management, privacy and user experience. The development center is based on 11 startups that SAP has acquired in Israel over the years.

SAP said that the envisioned combination complements SAP’s Business Transformation Management portfolio around SAP Signavio and SAP LeanIX solutions to help customers on their transformation journeys.

SAP SE CEO Christian Klein said, "Applications, processes, data and people are the four key elements of a successful business transformation. By acquiring WalkMe, we are doubling down on the support we provide our end users, helping them to quickly adopt new solutions and features to get the maximum value out of their IT investments."

Adika added,  "We are thrilled to join forces with SAP. This acquisition marks a significant milestone in our journey, providing us with the resources and customer base necessary to enhance our product offerings and expand our market reach. By leveraging SAP’s extensive ecosystem, we are poised to unlock substantial growth opportunities and deliver even greater value to our customers. Together, we look forward to a future filled with innovation and exceptional service." 

WalkMe reported revenue of $68.6 million for the first quarter of 2024, up 4% from the corresponding quarter of 2023. GAP net loss narrowed 76.5% to $6.1 million and non-GAAP net profit swung from a loss to a profit of $6.9 million ($0.07 per share).

Published by Globes, Israel business news - - on June 5, 2024.

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WalkMe credit: WalkMe
WalkMe credit: WalkMe
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