FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT,INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Outcome Capital | August 26, 2022
Outcome Capital, a highly specialized life science and healthcare investment banking group, today announced the formal launch of an Advisory Services Practice in response to demand from client companies and their Boards for earlier access to Outcome’s broad scientific, clinical, financial and strategy capabilities. The firm’s advisory services will include bespoke tax and accounting solutions provided by Michaele Esdale, PhD, CPA, who joined the firm earlier this year.
“We are excited to offer our Advisory Practice as a complement to our investment banking services, and Michaele’s deep accounting background deepens the breadth of our services to enable full-scope analysis. Her additional services will provide our clients with end-to-end, strategy creation to financial service offerings that clients will benefit from significantly,”
- Arnold Freedman
To meet Outcome’s deep commitment to the life science sector, the firm has already assisted numerous innovative companies, family offices and venture firms seeking “pre-transaction” guidance and support in anticipation of future exit events and capital requirements. The company will now formally offer life science and healthcare management, Boards and investors with access to the firm’s strategic and financial expertise through the new Advisory Services Practice. Services provided will include proprietary data and analytics platforms, modeling and valuation frameworks, portfolio management expertise, financial statement analysis, earnings optimization, exit planning and scenario analysis, along with a myriad of corporate development services.
In addition to Dr. Esdale, these services will be provided by Outcome’s legacy strategy and finance groups, led by Co-Founders and Managing Directors Oded Ben-Joseph, PhD, MBA and Arnold Freedman, along with senior management: Ellen Baron, PhD; Paul Mieyal, PhD, CFA; Karl Hess; Craig Steger; Michael Casasanta, PhD; Thomas Busby and Nicholas Frame, PhD.
Dr. Ben-Joseph commented, Technologies can all too easily drift from what the market is truly seeking, and a strong corporate development function reduces extraneous costs and increases the likelihood of transacting. Curiously, however, one of the last positions filled for many life science companies is related to corporate development, which is an instrumental role in our industry. Since Outcome’s inception, we have found management teams at a disadvantage when initiating transaction work too late and we often represent clients who have conveyed their regret in not engaging sooner after seeing the benefits we can offer. Therefore, although our team has already been undertaking this strategic work routinely, we are looking forward to formally offering services to address these corporate development needs.
Dr. Esdale is a CPA with over twenty years of experience spanning accounting and taxation in a variety of senior public and private roles. Prior to Outcome Capital, Dr. Esdale spent nearly two decades in academia, authoring over 30 publications in both academic and professional journals. Concurrent to her time in academia, Dr. Esdale was a national tax instructor for PwC and KPMG, where she taught a wide variety of topics including mergers and acquisitions, corporate tax and the ins and outs of net operating losses. Dr. Esdale’s operational expertise includes CFO and COO positions for a technology company that provided clinical trial data-sharing software to multinational pharmaceutical companies. She is a 2019 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree.
Dr. Esdale commented, I am looking forward to the opportunity to assist growth-stage companies with business optimization strategies. The financial advisory services we provide assist in maximizing current profitability and instituting best practices, while also serving to implement necessary infrastructure for future growth and exit strategies.
About Outcome Capital
Outcome Capital is a highly specialized life science and healthcare advisory and investment banking firm, providing innovative companies with a value-added, market-aligned approach to mergers & acquisitions, partnering and corporate finance. The firm leverages its proven ‘strategy-led execution’ approach to value enhancement by assisting management teams and their boards in navigating both financial and corporate markets and implementing the best path for success.
The firm’s strength stems from its multi-disciplinary, industry experts who draw from their broad relationships and a wide range of scientific, operational, strategic and transactional expertise across the value chain. Comprised of former CEOs, business development executives, venture capitalists, PhD/MD-level scientists and clinicians, and experienced commercialization experts, our team is driven to propel innovation from bench to bedside.
Cleareye.ai | September 22, 2022
Cleareye.ai announces a new global strategic alliance with J.P. Morgan’s Trade and Working Capital group. The alliance leverages an industry-leading digital solution, ClearTrade, to solve both the challenges Trade Finance operations face today and tomorrow. Through significant advances in technology, the ClearTrade platform streamlines the onerous due diligence processing associated with Trade Finance transactions and the multitude of physical documents that are still prevalent in the industry today.
Trade Finance is an industry going through a digital transformation. The ClearTrade solution offers a revolutionary change for banks to ensure they can continue to operate in this evolving landscape plagued with a significantly increasing cost base.
Over the past year, ClearTrade has been integrated into J.P. Morgan’s Trade Processing System and is now live supporting transactions in the APAC region, with a global rollout planned over the coming quarters. Through this initiative, J.P. Morgan will be able to further leverage the digitizing of documents using powerful image processing solutions with the ability to extract, validate and accurately classify unstructured data. This level of digitization allows for:
Smart interpretation of data and documents to automate letter of credit document examination
Contextual and configurable rules engine to supplement existing Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits and International Standard Banking Practice rules
Identification of trade-based money laundering and sanctions red flags
Seamless integration into any existing Trade Finance back-office platforms
Cleareye firmly believes that the ClearTrade solution has the capability to increase Trade Finance operations productivity by up to 70%. Through the automated examination of thousands of trade presentations, including both industry common and non-standard document types, the solution has demonstrated up to 9x increase in trade velocity, significant reduction in document checking errors, greater than 85% accuracy standards and up to 80% reduction in E2E processing time.
“Digitizing trade finance documentation has the ability to provide real benefits to J.P. Morgan and our clients. Banks have grappled to solve the puzzle of paper and manual data entry in this business for many years and our alliance with Cleareye is taking meaningful steps towards solving the problem. The ClearTrade platform also helps us to accelerate and future-proof our clients’ business while reinvesting savings into enhancing controls and risk management.”
-Stuart Roberts, Global Head of Trade & Working Capital for J.P. Morgan
Mariya George, CEO and Co-founder for Cleareye, states: J.P. Morgan maintains a gold standard for digital innovation while ensuring regulatory needs are met, and we are very excited about the ClearTrade implementation and go-live. This also reinforces the strategic alliance between our firms and the vision to digitize trade operations for banks across the globe.
Cleareye.ai is an advanced Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning platform that enables banks to launch products at a rapid pace. Headquartered in California with offices in New York, Bahrain and India, the company aims to simplify banking. The platform leverages technology breakthroughs with a fully automated document processing layer, unified ML lifecycle management, data management, model governance and dynamic rules engine leveraging NLP. This will transform banks into hyper agile organizations, that customers want to bank with and delivers exceptional customer service, drive short term gains and long-term growth, and generate insights to sustain momentum at digital scale. Cleareye.ai was founded by leaders in global technology, representing decades of entrepreneurial and digital systems experience in banking.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT,INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Awiros, Inflexor Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners | September 15, 2022
National, Sep 14 2022: Tech-focused VC funds, Inflexor Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners, led the Series A round in Awiros, a deep-tech start-up that develops an AI-based computer-vision platform primarily for video processing. The current round of funding also saw participation from VedaVC, leading family offices and UHNIs.
Awiros is bridging a key gap in the market through its offering, a marketplace of Video AI “Apps” that allows its customers to discover and adopt suitable technology solutions quickly. Enterprises have been actively deploying Video AI solutions across automation, safety and process monitoring where the market is projected to reach USD 27Bn by 2030, based on various research studies. Awiros is accelerating the adoption of this technology, where its average customer subscribes to more than 10 apps today, up from 4 in 2019. With several Fortune 500 customers and large-scale Video AI deployments across manufacturing, warehousing, data centres, critical infrastructure and public safety, Awiros is already one of the leading companies in this space in India.
In terms of technology, Awiros is a device-agnostic Operating System (OS) for easy development and delivery of Video AI applications. The OS eliminates the need for enterprise clients to upgrade, redesign, or reinstall new systems as the enterprise’s Video AI use cases increase. The platform also abstracts out all the tedious workflow around computer vision-based AI models and lets developers concentrate on building efficient models, resulting in faster development and deployment cycles for enterprise-grade applications. In the near future, Awiros aims to be the default platform for computer vision use-cases that would allow any developer to create and deploy computer vision applications in large-scale projects in a friction-less manner and create an ecosystem that allows the best apps to thrive, much like the app-stores for smartphones.
The company aims to utilize the funding towards product enhancement, building its developer community, and business growth in India and overseas markets. This funding round will allow Awiros in augmenting the India and US teams, both in technology and sales-related functions.
Awiros was founded in 2015 by Vikram Gupta and Yatin Kavishwar. Vikram is a computer engineering research expert with a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. His key focus area during his PhD was to architect a middleware for multi-application embedded systems, which became the base and motivation for founding Awiros. Yatin is a seasoned enterprise business leader with experience in leading government, enterprise, defence and public sector sales across multiple stints at AppDynamics, Citrix, Cisco and IBM.
Vikram Gupta CEO & Co-Founder of Awiros said “Awiros is one of the fastest growing companies in the Video AI space in India and this funding round will help us build further momentum for global growth by increasing our market share, streamlining technical operations and investing in the R&D of existing and new product categories. By onboarding the seasoned deep-tech investors from Inflexor and Exfinity, Awiros will benefit heavily from their extensive experience in technology, international business and scalable GTM.”
Jatin Desai, Managing Partner at Inflexor Ventures added, “We are very excited to partner with Vikram, Yatin and the team at Awiros as they take their patented deeptech/AI-based Computer Vision operating system and app store to global markets and continue to grow in the domestic market. As cameras become even more ubiquitous globally there will be a huge addressable market for their products. Awiros investment fits very well with Inflexor’s deeptech/tech IP theme and backing solid founders in this space”.
Chinnu Senthilkumar, Managing Partner at Exfinity Venture Partners added, “In the backdrop of data explosion happening in the video domain, we are thrilled to join Awiros’ journey in building a unified video intelligence platform that derives actionable insights for its customers. Awiros’ approach is analogous to Android O/S which enables and empowers the customer to design and deploy AI-based solutions for their business needs quickly. Awiros has excellent business synergy with our portfolio company Kinara (erstwhile Deepvision) wherein they will be able to co-develop solutions in domains such as retail automation, smart buildings, Industry 4.0 etc. for Fortune 500 clients.”
About Inflexor Ventures
Inflexor Ventures is a sector-agnostic VC firm that invests in deep and emerging technology startups from Pre-Series A to Series B stages. The team at Inflexor Ventures brings decades of experience in fund management and investments, serial entrepreneurship and global technology and operational roles. Inflexor past investments include Atomberg, Playshifu, Kale Logistics, GramCover, SecureThings, Bellatrix, Vitra.ai, and recently exited Steradian. From their earlier fund Parampara, they had also invested in Entropik, CloudSEK, SCube, and SecurAx.
About Exfinity Venture Partners
Exfinity Venture Partners is an early-stage technology-focused fund investing in the domains of deep technology, SaaS and platforms. Exfinity’s core founding principles are to focus on B2B-sector investments with a practitioner-driven approach, and they are the pioneer fund in India in these aspects. Exfinity is uniquely positioned to enable the scaling of cross-border startups building world-class enterprise solutions for customers across the globe, and also facilitate growth stage investments for their portfolio companies. Their other investments include Pixis, Log 9 Materials, MoEngage, Kinara, Locus, Skit, Ati Motors, AiPalette, Credilio, Mad Street Den and CloudSEK.
SGH | June 30, 2022
SMART Global Holdings, Inc. (“SGH” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SGH) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Siris Capital Group, LLC, to acquire Stratus Technologies (“Stratus”), a global leader in simplified, protected, and autonomous computing solutions in the data center and at the Edge. Under the terms of the agreement, SGH will pay $225 million in cash at closing and an earn-out payment of up to $50 million, based on the gross profit performance of the Stratus business during the first full 12 fiscal months of Stratus following the closing.
Consistent with the Company’s existing lines of business, Stratus delivers differentiated technology solutions to specialty end markets. In particular, the addition of Stratus’ high-availability, fault-tolerant computing platforms, software, and services will expand the Company’s Intelligent Platform Solutions (“IPS”) business to better serve Stratus and IPS customers worldwide.
This transaction builds upon our successful track record of M&A at SGH, The high-availability and fault-tolerant capabilities of Stratus will expand our IPS offerings in Edge, Core, and Cloud, and will enable us to more comprehensively address our combined customers’ needs. We look forward to welcoming the Stratus team to SGH.”
Mark Adams, CEO of SGH.
For leaders digitally transforming their operations to drive predictable, peak performance with minimal risk, Stratus ensures the continuous availability of business-critical applications by delivering zero-touch Edge Computing platforms that are simple to deploy and maintain, protected from interruptions and threats, and autonomous. For 40 years, we have provided reliable and redundant zero-touch computing, enabling global Fortune 500 companies and small-to-medium sized businesses to securely and remotely turn data into actionable intelligence at the Edge, Cloud and Data Center – driving uptime and efficiency.
At SGH, our companies are united by a drive to raise the bar, execute with discipline and focus on what’s next for the technologies that support and advance the world. Across computing, memory, and LED lighting solutions, we build long-term strategic partnerships with our customers. Backed by a proven leadership team, we operate with excellence around the globe while unlocking new avenues of growth for our business and industry.
Siris is a leading private equity firm that invests primarily in mature technology and telecommunications companies with mission-critical products and services, facing industry changes or other significant transitions. Siris' development of proprietary research to identify opportunities and its extensive collaboration with its Executive Partners and Advisors are integral to its approach. Siris' Executive Partners and Advisors are experienced senior operating executives that actively participate in key aspects of the transaction lifecycle to help identify opportunities and drive strategic and operational value. Siris is based in New York, Silicon Valley and West Palm Beach, and has raised nearly $6 billion in cumulative capital commitments.