CLX Communications announces its intention to list on Nasdaq Stockholm

15 September, 2015


CLX Communications AB ("CLX" or the "Company") today announces its intention to proceed with an Initial Public Offering (the "IPO") and to list its shares on Nasdaq Stockholm. CLX is a leading provider of cloud-based communication services and solutions to enterprises and mobile operators.

Nasdaq Stockholm has decided to admit the Company's shares to trading, subject to customary conditions. Depending on current market conditions, the IPO is expected to be completed during 2015.

CLX expects that the IPO can further increase awareness of the Company's business and activities, strengthen CLX's profile with investors, customers and business partners and broaden CLX's shareholder base.

Johan Hedberg, CEO and co-founder of CLX comments:

"CLX has since inception shown strong and profitable growth. The Company is a leading provider of cloud-based communication services and solutions to enterprises and mobile operators globally. Our direct reach to around 7 billion mobile subscribers and connected "Things" worldwide and the internally developed carrier-grade communications platform provide us with key competitive advantages as we continue to implement our strategy to further strengthen our position in the market. We are seeing significant opportunities ahead in our enterprise mobile messaging services via SMS (A2P SMS, Application to Person) and, further ahead, in our mobile connectivity services for the Internet of Things. The IPO will help to strengthen CLX's profile with customers, business partners and investors."

Erik Fröberg, Chairman of CLX's Board of Directors comments:

"CLX has since inception in 2008 developed into a leading global provider of cloud-based communication services to enterprises. Over the past three years the Company's revenues have doubled to SEK 844 million of which more than 90 percent are sales outside Sweden. A listing of the Company's shares is a logical step in CLX's development and will help to strengthen the Company's profile and support its continuing expansion."

About CLX

CLX was founded in 2008 with a mission to simplify communications globally. The Company has since then developed into a leading provider of cloud-based communication services and solutions to enterprises and mobile operators, with particular strength in the enterprise messaging market. CLX's internally developed software-based communications platform enables enterprises to quickly, securely and cost-effectively communicate globally with, and send business-critical information to, customers' and employees' mobile phones and connected "Things". The Company has over 550 enterprise customers globally, many of which are global blue-chip enterprises, and over 70 customers (of which approximately 60 are mobile operators), have installed the communications platform in their businesses.

CLX has demonstrated strong financial performance since its inception in 2008 and has increased its revenues from SEK 416 million in the twelve months ended 30 June 2013 to SEK 844 million in the twelve months ended 30 June 2015, corresponding to a compound annual growth rate of 42 percent.

CLX's strengths and competitive advantages include:

  • Well-positioned to capitalize on the strong growth for the enterprise cloud communications market
  • Strategically attractive position in the value chain
  • Global connectivity through direct relationships with a broad global network of mobile operators
  • Carrier-grade communications platform and significant telecom know-how
  • Diverse global enterprise base across a variety of industries
  • Highly attractive and scalable business model and strong financial track record

Key financials

  For the 12 months ended 30 June
SEK million 2013 2014 2015
Revenues 416 606 844
Gross profit 193 233 252
EBITDA 60 78 93

About the enterprise cloud communications market

The cloud refers to the concept of Internet-based sites and software (rather than traditional internal systems and servers), through which users can access applications. Generally, the cloud eliminates the need to install and integrate software and hardware internally, and provides a global online access point to such software. Cloud communications consist of Internet-based messaging, voice and mobile data communications that are delivered through the traditional telecommunications infrastructure (including the networks of various mobile operators).

The enterprise cloud communications market has grown as customers and employees have increasingly shifted their communications and content consumption to mobile devices. Mobile communications has provided enterprises with new opportunities to communicate with customers, employees and, most recently, connected "Things" around the world.

The enterprise cloud communications market is primarily driven by three key market drivers:

  • Growing number of smartphones and increasing mobile data traffic
  • Transition of business critical services to the cloud
  • The development of existing and new use cases within the enterprise cloud communications market

While the mobile data market for the Internet of Things has only recently become a viable market opportunity, CLX believes that there is potential for market growth. According to several market researchers and mobile operators, the number of connected "Things" is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. CLX's connectivity service for the Internet of Things is in the advanced stages of development and the Company expects that commercial launch of its services will occur in 2016.

Offering highlights

The IPO will include an offering to the general public in Sweden and to institutional investors in Sweden and abroad. The current shareholders in the Company, including Cantaloupe AB (an entity owned by the founders of CLX) and Neqst 1 AB (through wholly owned subsidiary), intend to reduce their ownership in CLX.

Carnegie Investment Bank and Handelsbanken Capital Markets are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in the IPO. Advokatfirman Lindahl KB and Latham & Watkins (London) LLP are legal advisors to CLX.

For more information

Johan Hedberg, CEO, +46 8 32 75 10,

Odd Bolin, CFO, +46 8 32 75 10,

Important notice

This announcement is not and does not form a part of any offer for sale of securities.

Copies of this announcement are not being made and may not be distributed or sent into the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan or any other jurisdiction in which such distribution would be unlawful or would require registration or other measures.

The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and accordingly may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in accordance with applicable U.S. state securities laws. The Company does not intend to register any part of the offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of securities in the United States.

Any offering of the securities referred to in this announcement will be made by means of a prospectus. This announcement is not a prospectus for the purposes of Directive 2003/71/EC (together with any applicable implementing measures in any Member State, the "Prospectus Directive"). Investors should not subscribe for any securities referred to in this announcement except on the basis of information contained in the aforementioned prospectus.

In any EEA Member State other than Sweden that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive, i.e., only to investors who can receive the offer without an approved prospectus in such EEA Member State.

In United Kingdom, this communication and any other materials in relation to the securities described herein, is only being distributed to, and is only directed at, persons that are (i) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005, as amended (the "Order") or (ii) high net worth entities, and other persons to whom this announcement may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order (all such persons together being referred to as "relevant persons"). This communication must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not relevant persons. Any investment or investment activity to which this communication relates is available only to relevant persons and will be engaged in only with relevant persons. Persons distributing this communication must satisfy themselves that it is lawful to do so.

Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intends", "estimate", "will", "may", "continue", "should" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this announcement are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although CLX believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors, which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond CLX's control. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements.

The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice.