Bravura Solutions Limited (Bravura), a leading provider of software to the wealth management and funds administration industries, has today announced an initial public offer of shares in Bravura at an offer price of $1.45 to raise a total of $148 million (Offer).
On completion, new shareholders are expected to hold 48% of Bravura shares. Existing shareholders, including management and the Ironbridge Funds, will hold 52% post listing and will also enter into voluntary escrow arrangements restricting the future sale of shares.
The Offer comprises:
- An institutional offer, which consists of an offer to institutional investors in Australia and certain other eligible jurisdictions;
- A broker firm offer, open to Australian and New Zealand resident retail clients of brokers who receive a firm allocation of shares and are not located in the United States;
- An employee offer, made to eligible employees nominated by the company; and
- A priority offer, made to selected investors nominated by the company who have received a priority offer invitation.
The institutional offer, broker firm offer and priority offer are fully underwritten by Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital.
Mr Brian Mitchell, Chairman of Bravura said that on behalf of the Directors, he was pleased to offer investors the opportunity to become shareholders in Bravura, a market leading financial software company founded in Australia and now an international market leader.
“Bravura is providing leading software solutions in the wealth management and funds administration industries to help our clients navigate the changing financial landscape,” said Mr Mitchell.
“This ranges from launching new products, improving their efficiency, delivering mobile and self directed solutions and managing compliance in an evolving and complex regulatory environment. Our innovative solutions directly address the challenges our clients are facing and have been a key driver of growth for Bravura.”
Bravura provides software products and services which support the front-office, middle-office and back-office functions needed to manage and administer investment products and wrap platforms, superannuation, pension and retirement products, life insurance, private wealth and portfolio administration.
Bravura has 60 wealth management and 11 funds administration clients including blue chip organisations such as Prudential and Mercer. Bravura also has contracts with the top six bank based wealth managers in Australia and supports over 285 investment management companies, directly and through third party administrators. Bravura’s leading software manages more than AUD$2.3 trillion of assets on behalf of clients across Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.
There are a number of challenges confronting the wealth management and funds administration industries, including an evolving and complex regulatory environment, increased customer demand for mobile technology and the need for innovation, cost efficiency and scale.
Over the past decade, Bravura has developed Sonata (its flagship product) investing approximately $100 million to create a modern, customer-centric software solution. The development has involved unifying the functionality in Bravura’s other existing software products onto one platform, based on a single code base to allow for flexible rollout of new functionality. Revenue generated from Sonata experienced a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 137% between FY2013 and FY2016. The FY2016 revenue from Sonata of $67 million represents over a third of total revenue of $185 million for the year.
Bravura CEO, Tony Klim said Bravura has developed the market benchmark in software solutions for the wealth management and funds administration industries.
“Bravura has built a leading and flexible product which predicted the future needs of our clients in wealth management and funds administration. Our vision was to always stay one step ahead of the structural changes of the industry and we believe the continued demand for Sonata is evidence of this philosophy. We are excited about the future international rollout of Sonata.
“As an Australian founded company that is now an international technology success story, we are extremely proud of what Bravura has achieved. With a large addressable market and growing IT spend internationally, we are now focussed on converting the multiple opportunities we see as the industry continues to shift to a single platform solution that is cost efficient and flexible. In this regard, we are leading the way, facilitating continuous industry improvement that is shared across our clients and the sector,” said Mr Klim.
Information Technology spend in the APAC and European wealth management industries was approximately AUD$1.2 billion and AUD$2.7 billion respectively in 2014 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% and 7.0% to AUD$1.9 billion and AUD$4.0 billion respectively by 2020.
Bravura’s flagship Sonata platform is designed to meet the needs of this growing industry via:
- Managing regulatory compliance: Bravura assists clients in managing compliance – and the potential financial impact of non-compliance – in a constantly changing financial services regulatory environment.
- Providing financial product support: A leading software solution which supports a wide range of financial products including wrap platforms, superannuation, pension and retirement products, life insurance, private wealth and portfolio administration allowing Bravura’s clients to replace multiple legacy platforms with a single software solution, reducing cost and complexity.
- Delivering flexible architecture: Developed from the ground up on a single code base, Bravura can quickly and continually add functionality to the Sonata platform allowing clients to bring more of their business onto one platform.
- Innovating via mobile platforms and self-directed technology: Bravura allows data access on multiple digital platforms (e.g. smartphones, tablets and personal computers), a crucial tool for industry participants to attract and retain customers.
The current timetable for the IPO is as follows:
|Prospectus Date||Friday, 28 October 2016|
|Broker Firm Offer, Priority Offer and Employee Offer opens||Monday, 7 November 2016|
|Broker Firm Offer, Priority Offer and Employee Offer closes||Friday, 11 November 2016|
|Settlement of the Offer||Tuesday, 15 November 2016|
|Issue and transfer of Shares under the Offer||Wednesday, 16 November 2016|
|Commencement of trading on ASX on a deferred settlement basis||Wednesday, 16 November 2016|
|Expected dispatch of holding statements||Thursday, 17 November 2016|
|Expected commencement of trading on ASX on a normal settlement basis||Friday, 18 November 2016|
This timetable is indicative only and subject to change. Bravura has lodged a prospectus for the Offer of its shares with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on 28 October 2016. A copy of the prospectus can be viewed or downloaded online at https://www.BravuraSolutionsIPO.com.au.
Fort Street Advisers is Bravura’s Financial Adviser. Goldman Sachs and Macquarie Capital are acting as Joint Lead Managers and Clayton Utz is acting as the legal adviser to the Bravura
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On 28 October 2016, Bravura Solutions Limited (Bravura) lodged and Bravura SaleCo Limited (SaleCo) lodged a prospectus with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (Prospectus). The offer contained in the Prospectus comprises an issue of shares by Bravura and a transfer of shares by SaleCo. The Prospectus is available in electronic form at www.BravuraSolutionsIPO.com.au to persons located in Australia or New Zealand (and other persons specifically invited to participate in the priority offer). A paper copy of the Prospectus can also be obtained free of charge by calling the Bravura IPO Information Line on 1300 911 275 between 8.30am and 5.00pm (Sydney Time), Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). The offer of shares in Bravura will be made in or accompanied by a copy of the Prospectus. An eligible investor should consider the Prospectus in deciding whether to acquire shares in Bravura. Eligible investors who wish to acquire shares in Bravura will need to complete an application form in or accompanying the Prospectus.
This announcement is not, and does not constitute, an offer to sell or the solicitation, invitation or recommendation to purchase any securities and neither this announcement nor anything contained herein shall form the basis of any contract or commitment. In particular, this announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in the United States. Additionally, any securities to be offered and sold in the Offer have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or the law of any state of the United States, and may not be offered, sold or resold, directly or indirectly, in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable securities laws.