Descartes acquires IES for $35M

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Updated Jun 15, 2012

Descartes Systems Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Integrated Export Systems and IES Asia Limited for about $35 million in cash. IES provides Software-as-a-Service solutions that help freight forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers and customs brokers manage their businesses and improve profitability. With offices in New Jersey and Hong Kong, IES also is a provider of regulatory compliance solutions, where its collaborative security filing solutions connect logistics service providers who are processing shipments that primarily originate from the Asia Pacific region.

“IES is a market leader in forwarding and customs brokerage systems and regulatory compliance services,” says Edward Ryan, chief commercial officer at Descartes. “By combining the IES solutions with our Logistics Technology Platform, we strengthen our application footprint for forwarders, NVOCCs and customs brokers. We will also add thousands of logistics service providers in Asia to our global logistics community with the potential to drive new transactions over our Global Logistics Network.”

IES’ fully-integrated forwarding and customs brokerage enterprise system is designed to process transactions and documents critical to the flow of goods, including warehouse receipts, purchase orders and commercial invoices, which can be made available over Descartes’ cloud-based Global Logistics Network. IES says its customers also will have access to additional shipment execution capabilities such as airfreight bookings and access to a wider geographic range of regulatory compliance services for shipment security filings in Europe and South America.

“We’ve been working with the IES team as part of our United by Design partner program for more than six years,” says Art Mesher, chairman and chief executive officer at Descartes. “IES has a results-based culture, recurring revenue subscription model and profit discipline that is similar to our own. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming them to the Descartes team.”