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Cornerstone OnDemand to Acquire Evolv for $42.5 Million

evolv-logo Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based talent management solutions, announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Evolv Inc. With its leading machine learning and data science platform, the acquisition of Evolv will allow Cornerstone clients to leverage the power of big data analytics to make better workforce decisions.

Named one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in big data, Evolv’s platform helps leading organizations utilize relevant internal and external data to objectively evaluate the skills, work experience and personalities of their employees and job candidates. Cornerstone expects that same technology to serve as the engine to derive insights on the massive data set accumulated by the company over the past decade from its more than 1,800 global clients.

The acquisition of Evolv is expected to expand Cornerstone clients’ ability to make intelligent workforce decisions by providing:

  • Machine Learning Platform Technology. Evolv applies sophisticated predictive models and algorithms to large sets of data for extracting insights from the noise, identifying patterns and uncovering the true drivers of workforce performance.
  • Data Science. Evolv’s team of data scientists has applied several state-of-the-art statistical methodologies and econometric techniques to improve the predictive capabilities of its solutions.
  • Big Data Infrastructure. Evolv has built highly scalable big data analytics leveraging modern Hadoop, HBase and Hive Big Data technologies to process and analyze massive data sets.

With over 15 million users in 191 countries, Cornerstone’s system of engagement captures vast amounts of data on the workforce, including key talent, organizational and collaboration data. Cornerstone believes that the acquisition of Evolv will enable Cornerstone to immediately deliver best-in-class machine learning and predictive analytics capabilities to complement Cornerstone’s organically-developed talent management suite. Additionally, the combination extends the value proposition of existing Cornerstone applications by providing data-driven recommendations to clients seamlessly across the unified talent suite.

We have seen the talent management market advance over the last decade, as global organizations shifted from a focus on process automation through client server solutions to a focus on employee engagement through a consumerized, unified talent management suite. Now we are moving to the next generation of data-driven talent management in a world of big data,” said Adam Miller, president and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “Evolv has built a reputation as a leader in big data analytics, and together we have a huge opportunity to deliver even more value to organizations leveraging our solutions.”

Cornerstone anticipates that the combination will accelerate its analytics roadmap and develop a number of big data solutions for its clients, including Cornerstone View, Cornerstone Insights, Cornerstone Selection and Cornerstone Recommendations.

Under the terms of the proposed acquisition, Cornerstone will acquire Evolv for approximately $42.5 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. In addition, Cornerstone will assume up to $2.0 million in debt and will grant certain Evolv employees restricted stock units covering up to 200,000 shares of Cornerstone common stock, subject to customary vesting requirements. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of Cornerstone and Evolv and is expected to close within 30 days, subject to customary closing conditions.

There are so many untapped opportunities for employers to improve their decision-making using data that already exists,” said Max Simkoff, CEO of Evolv. “We are extremely excited to apply our machine learning and data science expertise to Cornerstone’s organically-developed, unified talent management platform to help organizations find these new insights.”

Cornerstone does not believe the transaction will have a material impact on its non-GAAP financial metrics in 2014. Management plans to further discuss the impact of the acquisition and provide an update to its financial outlook as part of its upcoming Q3 financial results conference call.

 

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