February 1, 2022
Solera to acquire leading vehicle intelligence company Spireon
Acquisition Will Expand Solera’s Fleet Solutions and Vehicle Solutions and Further Strengthen its Position as the Global Leader in AI-Powered Software and Data Services Across the Vehicle Lifecycle
WESTLAKE, Texas, Feb. 1, 2022 – Solera Holdings, LLC (“Solera”), the leading global provider of integrated vehicle lifecycle and fleet management software-as-a-service, data, and services, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Spireon, one of North America’s largest device-independent telematics and connected vehicle intelligence companies, from Greenbriar Equity Fund IV, L.P., a fund managed by Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (“Greenbriar”).
Solera’s strategic acquisition of Spireon will further strengthen its position as the leading provider of AI-powered software, services, and data assets to four critical pillars of the vehicle lifecycle: Vehicle Claims, Vehicle Repair, Vehicle Solutions, and Fleet Solutions.
Spireon currently serves over 13,000 customers in the automotive, fleet, trailer and asset sectors with nearly 4 million connected devices that generate over 900 billion discrete data points on its cloud native IoT platform each year. Spireon delivers powerful insights to help customers in these sectors track, manage and protect their most valuable assets.
“This acquisition is strategically aligned with our existing fleet and dealership growth strategies and will expand our customer base. It increases our total addressable market and adds significant opportunities for cross-selling and solution integration that benefit customers,” said Darko Dejanovic, Chief Executive Officer of Solera. “Bringing together Spireon’s IoT platform and Solera’s data assets creates a powerful, intelligent network that we believe improves safety, efficiency, and productivity across the vehicle lifecycle. Every addition to our data assets allows us to enhance a continuous cycle of insights that solves the issues our customers face today while proactively addressing the challenges they will face tomorrow.”
Kevin Weiss, Chief Executive Officer of Spireon, added, “I am extremely excited about the acquisition by Solera and the opportunities it will bring our customers and employees. Solera’s position as a growing, global leader can bring new avenues to expand Spireon’s IoT platform and solutions to address new customer challenges as well as global markets.”
“We are proud to have partnered with the world-class management team at Spireon,” said Michael Weiss, Managing Partner at Greenbriar. “By driving product innovation, commercial acceleration, and supply chain scalability, we’re pleased to have supported the company through a period of strong performance. Spireon is poised for breakout growth as part of Solera.”
Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval, the acquisition is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2022. Barclays is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to Solera, and Kirkland & Ellis is serving as legal counsel. Goldman Sachs and William Blair are serving as financial advisors to Spireon, with Hughes Hubbard & Reed serving as legal counsel.
Solera is the leading global provider of integrated vehicle lifecycle and fleet management software-as-a-service, data, and services. Through four lines of business – vehicle claims, vehicle repairs, vehicle solutions and fleet solutions – Solera is home to many leading brands in the vehicle lifecycle ecosystem, including Identifix, Audatex, DealerSocket, Omnitracs, eDriving/Mentor, Explore, CAP HPI, Autodata, and others. Solera empowers its customers to succeed in the digital age by providing them with a “one-stop shop” solution that streamlines operations, offers data-driven analytics, and enhances customer engagement, which Solera believes helps customers drive sales, promote customer retention, and improve profit margins. Solera serves over 300,000 global customers and partners in 100+ countries. For more information, visit www.solera.com.
Spireon, the Vehicle Intelligence Company, is one of the leading providers of device-independent aftermarket telematics solutions in North America. By equipping cars, trucks, trailers and other mobile assets with GPS devices and sensors, Spireon turns any vehicle into a connected vehicle. Award-winning products Goldstar, LoJack and FleetLocate deliver 24×7 asset visibility and actionable insights to auto dealers, lenders, transportation companies, service fleet managers, rental car companies and consumers to increase safety and productivity, boost profits and protect assets. Spireon’s state-of-the-art IoT platform, NSpire powers both the company’s expansive suite of connected vehicle solutions and the advanced telematics of some of the world’s largest automotive OEMs, supporting nearly 4 million active subscribers and processing billions of data events each month. With its open architecture and platform-as-a-service approach, NSpire’s superior data warehousing, analytics and insights capabilities are fully scalable and ideally suited for an array of mission-critical applications across industries. Learn more at www.spireon.com.
Founded in 1999, Greenbriar is a private equity firm with aggregate capital commitments over time totaling more than $6 billion, across five funds, and is focused on investments in market-leading services and manufacturing businesses. Greenbriar looks to identify companies with proven management teams capitalizing on strong long-term growth prospects that can benefit from Greenbriar’s deep sectoral expertise and strategic insight alongside our proven operating capabilities and network of senior executive relationships. For more information, visit www.greenbriarequity.com.
Cautions About Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about the expected timing for completion of the acquisition and the benefits of the acquisition, including the expected expansion of Solera’s product and service offerings serving the vehicle lifecycle. These statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and assumptions and are subject to many risks, uncertainties and unknown future events that could cause actual results to differ materially. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in transactions of this nature, our business and Spireon’s business, including, without limitation: that we may not complete the acquisition; the failure to realize the expected benefits of the acquisition; and risks associated with, and possible negative consequences of, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and similar transactions, including successfully integrating Spireon’s products, services and business with or into Solera’s products, offerings and business. Solera is under no obligation to (and specifically disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.