Vitec's business idea is to acquire and develop market leading, vertical software companies in niche markets. These are normally restricted to certain geographies as the software can be hard to sell in some areas. The business strategy is a combination of making use of the M&A arbitrage from buying unlisted companies, rationalization and maximisation of current business, as well as geographical and market diversification. The company rather than the niche in which it operates is in focus when Vitec makes an acquisition.
Engaging in vertical market software, the opportunity for Vitec to find further possible targets is still good and the fast acquisition pace is likely to continue. Previous targets have been acquired at lower and attractive multiples, something we believe could still drive further growth. Furthermore, changing internal software is difficult for Vitec’s customers to do in their niche markets, making Vitec’s offering sticky and enabling it to generate stable revenue streams ahead.
There is a risk of larger customers developing their own software due to weak maintenance and development from Vitec’s side. As software becomes easier to develop, a future risk is found in start-ups developing similar software that could be easier for customers to implement. Additionally, some of the markets in which Vitec operates are experiencing lower growth, potentially dampening the organic growth for the group.