Xero continues to bolster global footprint growth with Tickstar purchase

The deal is expected to cost Xero up to SEK150 million.

Xero has continued to push forward with its growth plans, announcing that it will acquire Sweden-based e-invoicing infrastructure business Tickstar.

The acquisition will see Xero leverage Tickstar's technology to support its own e-invoicing functionality, while also support Tickstar's delivery of e-invoicing infrastructure services through the Galaxy Gateway brand to both its existing and new customers, alongside its consulting services.

Tickstar currently serves customers globally, including in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

"The acquisition of Tickstar is an important step in our strategy to help small businesses digitise more of their workflows and get paid faster using cloud-based technologies," Xero chief product officer Anna Curzon said. "As more governments around the world adopt e-invoicing, Tickstar's technology will help our customers comply with existing and future legislation and realise the many benefits that e-invoicing brings."

The acquisition is expected to cost Xero up to SEK150 million, of which SEK60 million will be paid upfront comprising of 50% in cash and 50% in Xero shares. The remainder will be paid based on product development and performance milestones of up to SEK90 million.

Xero said it expects the transaction, which will be subject to closing conditions, will be completed in Q1 of its financial year ending 31 March 2022. The company also noted that transaction, integration, and operations costs are anticipated to have "minimal impact" on Xero's FY22 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation. 

Xero has been on an acquisition roll recently. Earlier this month, Xero announced it was buying out Planday, a Denmark-based workforce management platform, in a move to further grow its position in the small business market. 

The Planday acquisition will come to a cost of €183.5 million, of which €155.7 million will be paid upfront, while a subsequent earnout payment of up to €27.8 million will be made based on product development and revenue milestones.

Back in August, Xero also bought up Australian cloud-based invoice lending platform Waddle for AU$80 million.

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