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TMCNet:  Converge Technology Solutions Acquires Essex Technology Group, Inc.

[October 09, 2019]

Converge Technology Solutions Acquires Essex Technology Group, Inc.

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 Converge Technology Solutions has acquired Essextec, a leading cloud, cognitive and cybersecurity solution provider in the Northeast US.

TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2019 /CNW/ - Converge Technology Solutions Corp. ("Converge" or "Company") (TSXV:CTS) (FSE:0ZB) (OTCQX:CTSDF) announced today that it has acquired Essex Technology Group, Inc. ("Essextec"), a Wall Street-based cloud, cognitive, and cybersecurity solution provider in the Northeast US.

Converge Technology Solutions (CNW Group/Converge Technology Solutions Corp.)

Essextec generated revenues of approximately US$52 million and Adjusted EBITDA of approximately US$1 million for the trailing 12 months ended July 31, 2019. The acquisition was completed pursuant to a membership interest and receivables purchase agreement among Converge, as purchaser, and Essex Canada, as seller and indirect parent of Essextec.

Converge has and will continue to leverage Essextec's artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data analytics offerings for use by Converge's existing customer base and bring Software Enabled Hybrid IT solutions across a range of vendors to Essextec's customer base, thereby continuing to add value to both firms. Essextec brings its customers intellectually curious and highly skilled teams made up of experienced technology and cybersecurity experts, business consultants, and industry thought leaders. Converge is a leading Software Enabled Hybrid IT solutions provider representing the intersection of innovation accelerators and foundational infrastructure solutions.

"The team at Essextec aligns to our current solution areas and helps organizations solve IT challenges by applying innovative cloud, cognitive, and cybersecurity technologies," said Greg Berard, President of Converge. "The skills and capabilities that Essextec brings to our client base across North America will help us continue to differentiate ourselves and drive significant value as we position the right strategic solutions with our key technology partners and clients."

A significant participant in the IBM partner ecosystem, Essextec stays on the cutting edge, guiding customers through digital transformations with a focus on building secure cognitive applications in hybrid cloud environments. Whether working on-premise or in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, Essextec brings the skills and expertise to properly architect secure, effective solutions. Utilizing modern machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, the Essextec tam leads customers in applying natural language processing, conversational user interfaces, voice interaction, image recognition, and text analytics to real business problems.

"We are excited for the Converge family of companies to have continued access to Essextec's capabilities for our customers and to make Converge's Hybrid IT services accessible to the Essextec customer base," said Shaun Maine, CEO of Converge. "Essextec has proven its ability to deliver Artificial Intelligence, CyberSecurity and Cloud solutions to forward-thinking organizations, and we look forward to continuing to add these to the Converge Hybrid IT capabilities and offerings. Converge has been working together with the Essextec team since Q4 of last year, and we are delighted to now bring Essextec into the Converge family."

Converge's portfolio of companies also includes Corus Group, LLC; Northern Micro, Inc.; Becker-Carroll, Inc; Key Information Systems, Inc.; BlueChipTek, Inc.; Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc.; Software Information Systems, LLC; Nordisk Systems, Inc.; and Datatrend Technologies, Inc.

About Converge Technology Solutions Corp.

Converge Technology Solutions Corp. combines innovation accelerators and foundational infrastructure solutions to deliver best-of-breed solutions and services to customers. The Company is building a platform of regionally-focused Hybrid IT solutions providers to enhance the ability to provide multi-cloud solutions, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence ("AI"), identity management/enterprise blockchain, resiliency, and managed services, enabling Converge to address the business and IT issues that public and private-sector organizations face today. For more information, visit http://www.convergetp.com.

About Essextec

Essextec is a Wall Street-based cloud, cognitive, and cybersecurity solutions provider. Essextec brings its customers a team of intellectually curious and highly skilled individuals made up of experienced technology and cybersecurity experts, business consultants, and industry thought leaders. For more information, visit http://www.essextec.com.

Notice to Reader: Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures and Forward-Looking Statements

  1. Non-IFRS Financial Measures
    In this news release, certain non-IFRS measures to evaluate performance are used. The term "Adjusted EBITDA" does not have any standardized meaning prescribed within IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Such measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS such as net income. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as gross profit less selling, general and administrative expenses, and corresponds to income before income tax, depreciation and amortization, finance expenses, change in fair value of contingent consideration, transaction costs for acquisitions and other non-operating expenses.

    Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is an important indicator as it excludes certain items that are non-cash expenses, items that cannot be influenced by management in the short term and items that do not impact core operating performance, demonstrating SIS' ability to generate liquidity through operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, service outstanding debt and fund future capital expenditures. Adjusted EBITDA is used by some investors and analysts for the purposes of valuing an issuer. The intent of Adjusted EBITDA is to provide additional useful information to investors and analysts and is also used by management as an internal performance measurement.

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SOURCE Converge Technology Solutions Corp.


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