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12/02/2020

Lightspeed Buys Upserve

Lightspeed says the deal will further advance the omnichannel revolution of the American restaurant industry.
Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Lightspeed POS Inc. has acquired Upserve Inc., a restaurant management cloud-software company based in Rhode Island and a Vista Equity Partners portfolio company. The acquisition strengthens Lightspeed's position as an industry leader with high-performing restaurateurs across the United States as those restaurants refine the digital dining experience.

The union of Lightspeed and Upserve will accelerate product innovation and the advancement of Lightspeed's analytics-driven commerce platform. A convergence of the two companies' teams and technology will provide independent restaurants in the United States, from fine-dine to multi-location fast-casual, one of the most competitive hospitality platforms on the market and enable the industry to more easily navigate the new dining needs made permanent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, Lightspeed POS  entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ShopKeep, a cloud commerce platform provider serving more than 20,000 customer locations. Combining with Upserve will grow Lightspeed's position in the U.S. hospitality market by an additional 7,000 customer locations generating over $6 billion in GTV in the trailing twelve-month period ending September 30, 2020.

"Through its analytics-based POS and restaurant management solutions, Upserve has been delivering actionable insights to restaurateurs for over a decade. Lightspeed is quickly emerging as a world-leading commerce platform for SMBs and partnering with them to deliver data-based insights through a single digital hub was a natural choice", said Upserve CEO Sheryl Hoskins. "Together we look forward to empowering North American restaurateurs to deliver superior guest experiences and make them wildly successful."

Details of transaction

Upserve generated revenue of approximately $40 million for the trailing 12-month period ending September 30, 2020. Lightspeed acquired Upserve for estimated total consideration of  $430 million, consisting of approximately $123 million in net cash and up to 5,895,365 subordinate voting shares in the capital of Lightspeed, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.