PGi Acquires Powwownow, U.K.’s Leading Conferencing Provider for SMBs
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PGi Acquires Powwownow, U.K.’s Leading Conferencing Provider for SMBs

4th December 2013
By Staff

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PGi, a global leader in collaboration and virtual meetings for over 20 years, today announced that it has acquired Via-Vox Limited, trading under the name Powwownow, one of Europe’s fastest growing conferencing providers focused on small and midsize businesses, for a cash purchase price of approximately $52.5 million USD, net of working capital. PGi funded the purchase through its credit facility and cash and equivalents on hand.

“Powwownow’s dominance in the SMB space in the U.K. makes it a valuable acquisition for PGi,” said Boland T. Jones, PGi founder, chairman and CEO. “The acquisition reinforces our strategy of expanding PGi’s customer base and identifying products that enhance our portfolio, while delivering meaningful revenue and earnings accretion that enable us to fund additional growth investments.

Powwownow users will gain access to our award-winning web conferencing solutions, iMeet and GlobalMeet, to drive their businesses forward.”

The acquisition positions PGi as the second largest independent audio conferencing provider in Europe. Founded in 2004, Powwownow offers its customers conference calling with frictionless sign-up, simplified billing and a robust SMB go-to-market approach. Powwownow serves approximately 240,000 active users in the U.K., France and Germany and has a current projected annual revenue run rate of approximately $22 million USD.

“Joining forces with PGi, one of the original innovators in the conferencing and collaboration industry worldwide, expands the scale, reach and service options available to Powwownow customers,” said Paul Lees, founder and General Manager, CEO of Powwownow. “Powwownow brings PGi new go-to-market capabilities, including our brand awareness, small business marketing expertise and online infrastructure. We are thrilled to join the PGi family.”

”Powwownow’s unique brand and innovative approach to audio conferencing has yielded powerful growth in Europe, particularly the U.K. With its SMB focus and online model firmly in place, this acquisition provides PGi with a growing brand and a captive audience for its iMeet and GlobalMeet web products,” said Marc Beattie, senior analyst, Wainhouse Research.

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About Powwownow 
Powwownow is the UK’s leading free conference call service provider, with more than 207,000 people and businesses using the service across 15 global locations including the UK, Europe and the US. Unlike other conference call providers Powwownow is a telecommunications company within its own right, so customers are guaranteed the best quality calls. Powwownow is hassle-free, contract-free and accessible 24/7. Powwownow provides the most cost-effective conference call service on the market, offering screen share, call recording, scheduling tools and mobile apps for free. Powwownow also offers low cost international call access in 15 countries, unlike its main competitors. Powwownow is a PGi company.
 
 
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About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi
PGi has been a leading global provider of collaboration software and services for over 20 years. PGi’s cloud-based software applications let business users connect, collaborate and share ideas and information from their desktop, tablet or smartphone, enabling greater productivity in the office or on the go. PGi has a global presence in 25 countries, and its award-winning solutions provide a collaborative advantage to over 45,000 enterprises customers, including 75% of the Fortune 100™. In the last five years, PGi has hosted more than 1.1 billion people from 137 countries in over 250 million virtual meetings. For more information, visit PGi at www.pgi.com.