acquire n. the act of obtaining or beginning to have something, or something obtained.

Organic growth is a great thing, period. To get bigger revenues, profits, customer-bases – you name it – you can do it by increasing your sales effort, building a better product, more marketing, reducing costs.

These things take time, however, as lighting the fire of momentum and getting it to roar can be a slow burn. Business owners are increasingly looking to find their companies new homes within growth-oriented parents, or acquire their own tuck-in businesses. We can help with both.

Selling your business

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”

Steve Jobs

Having a growth target of x is all well and good, but there are times when companies just don’t have the muscle, resources, tools or know-how to meet it. Particularly in the case of original founders with multi-decadal businesses, selling to a suitable, well-researched and appropriate acquirer can be an excellent way of leap-frogging some of the hurdles while preserving their legacies. Finding the right new home, one which will continue your ethos and focus on the investment and growth you always wanted, is tricky and that’s where we come in.

Here are some of the benefits of being acquired:

  • Access to new markets via the acquirer’s existing distribution channels
  • Introduction of world class business tools
  • Investment in aging infrastructure
  • New shared knowledge and expertise
  • Fresh progression routes for staff
  • Opportunities for the founders and management team to remain or exit
  • Release of funds to shareholders

We have clients worldwide looking to acquire, invest in and grow software companies. We’re not talking about businesses which will buy your business then sell it; our clients will become a home for life. Here’s what we look for in a business, on behalf of our clients:

  • Strong recurring revenues
  • SaaS product
  • A loyal customer-base
  • Vertical market, mission critical software
  • Long established
  • $1m-$50m revenues
  • Great leadership
  • Potential for growing the business

Our clients typically offer:

  • A thriving environment for your business, for life
  • In-house legal teams
  • Letter of intent within one week
  • 1-2 months due diligence
  • Closing within 45 days
  • Cash at close

IF YOU ARE A SaaS BUSINESS OWNER and thinking about retiring, exiting or finding a new home for your company, let’s have a confidential conversation.

Acquiring a business

“The key to making acquisitions is being ready because you really never know when the right big one is going to come along..”

James Mcnerney

Expanding your business by acquiring another is a great way to grow. Economies of scale, new technologies and of course added customers are all within reach when the right tuck-in acquisition is available.

Hotel PMS & Channel Manager

Market-leader in their territory with 6,000+ customers. With an impressive track record of innovation and growth, the business offers a full cloud-based product suite. Interested parties are invited to open discussions.

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Travel Services Software, Southern Europe.

Exciting business established 2014. Contemporary web-based application supporting passenger transfers, vehicle rental and leisure experiences. Award-winning player with ambitious growth plans seeking to become part of an expansion-stimulating organisation.

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Hotel PMS, Northern Europe.

Owner-managed business with circa 250 loyal customers. On-premise and cloud-hosted, established 10+ years. Founder seeks to open discussions with an acquirer committed to legacy continuation.

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cityscape of modern megapolis with skyscrapers

Financial Services, Europe.

A long-established global player with a superb record of innovation, this company’s products are mission-critical in their niche. The owners seek to exit, provided the right acquirer can be found to spearhead the next phase of the company’s growth.

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Pupil/Student Safeguarding, Europe.

Mature company with an enviable track record in its niche. On-premise software contracted to multiple local authorities and individual institutions. Owner seeks a new and appropriate home for much-loved business.

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Hotel PMS, Southern Europe.

Small but long-established company with 250+ loyal customers. On-premise SaaS with web-migration project underway. A great opportunity for an existing player to enter a new territory and expand.

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Classroom Management, Europe.

Established in the early 2000s, this company and its on-premise product suite has customers worldwide. A mature business, the founders and shareholders wish to open discussions with a legacy-retaining acquirer.

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elderly businessman shaking hands with partner

Contact us for more M&A opportunities and to brief us on your requirements.

Hotel PMS, Eastern Europe/Asia.

Long established player with c800 customers. On-premise product with cloud migration project under way. Long established and market leader in the area. A company prime for investment by a new owner in order to acquire a foothold in this territory.

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woman coding on computer

Software Development, Southern Europe.

Well established outsourcing company with high profile clients across multiple sectors. Proficient in software engineering and integration on cloud and mobile platforms; wide range of languages and technologies supported. c$1m annual revenue and growing. Shareholders seek outright or part acquisition, or investment.

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Finding the right business to acquire is challenging, however, and owes as much to detective work as it does obvious for sale signs. The owners of likely targets may need some convincing, and once you’ve opened a dialogue there is a whole heap of work to ensure your perfect acquisition goes to plan.

Here are some of the benefits of acquiring another business:

  • New revenue streams and profit
  • Greater market share
  • Additional distribution channels
  • Access to new markets, including overseas
  • New shared knowledge and expertise
  • Reductions in excess capacity and decreased competition
  • Ownership of new technology

We work with clients to help find their ideal acquisition target. It is quite possible that we know them already! Once we have started a dialogue, we will work with you to ensure everything adds up, the valuation is accurate, ask the right questions during the due diligence phase and be there to help you integrate your new enterprise into your existing infrastructure. Here’s where we can help:

  • M&A business targeting
  • Negotiations
  • Due diligence analysis
  • Corporate and cultural “fit” analysis
  • Post-acquisition integration planning & implementation
  • Securing the business
  • Interim and project management

IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS OWNER and thinking about acquiring a tuck-in company, let’s have a confidential conversation.

Grow. Now.


Xenowledge is a business growth consultancy specializing in mergers & acquisitions, recruitment and improvement in the hospitality and vertical market software sectors.

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