Olidata is the premiere European listed vehicle entirely dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) asset class, focused to be qualified as an acquisition vehicle, aiming at consolidating the IoT market space across the verticals that are quickly becoming the key game-changers across well-established industries.
Olidata is not a financial holding, nor a venture capital fund or a “passive” investor. Olidata is an ”active” investor, focused on accelerating growth and the consolidation of the IoT market space across Europe, setting in motion a fast-paced process of sequential and concurrent acquisitions and creating a unique community of IoT entrepreneurs.
The ”Playbook” designed by Olidata aims at creating a unique community of world class IoT entrepreneurs. By reverse-merging their companies into Olidata, shareholders, founders and visionary leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen their entrepreneurial drive by unlocking new growth opportunities, scaling up their business, paving the road towards higher market capitalization, revenue streams, margins and EBIDTA, while keeping a tight financial discipline in terms of cost cutting and managerial control.
We follow a few simple rules
1. Data Interoperability and Cyber Security represent the two pillars of value creation with respect to each and every single acquisition target.
2. The focus is on B2B targets, within a few, selective verticals across the IoT competitive marketspace.
3. Acquisition targets are identified on the basis of reaching the critical mass to become the #1 or #2 player in Europe in each industry vertical within the Olidata portfolio of companies
4. Integration of hardware (e.g. networks, devices, sensors…) and services (e.g. monitoring, control, data storage and intelligence analytics…) to provide pay-per-use solutions.
5. Focusing on High-Growth/High Margins acquisitions, targets to preserve an EBIDTA above industry average.
Founded in Cesena the 29th of April 1982 as a Software House specialized in accounting software, Olidata has been one of the leading European manufacturers of IT and Office Automation products and services in both the public and private sector, featuring hundreds of thousand hardware and software systems installed in Europe and Latin America.
Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since 1999, from March 25th, 2016 Olidata S.p.A. dealt with a liquidation process terminated with the shareholders’ meeting of April 13th, 2018 that revoked the liquidation status, opening de facto a new era for the company. Olidata shares will be back to trading at the Milan Stock Exchange.
Today, the new mission of Olidata is to become the premiere European listed vehicle entirely dedicated to the Internet of Things Asset Class, focusing the industrial project to offer investors a new financial product, currently not present in the main European markets, aimed at consolidating the IoT sector on a continental scale.
Olidata has sealed a partnership agreement together with Medion AG, a leading player in consumer electronics, to promote its brand across its traditional market space with the goal to co-develop and target solutions and platforms for the IoT market.
In April 2018, Olidata has appointed a new Board of Directors, as a further step to implement its renovation campaign. To empower its strategy and vision, Olidata created a Strategic Board and an Innovation Board.
The Strategic Board is composed by experienced executives and entrepreneurs that will shape and drive the vision of Olidata to create a new asset class in the IoT space.
The Innovation Board is the home of talented technology visionary leaders that will help Olidata to be at the leading edge of this new wave of innovation, identifying the emerging trends, evaluating the most promising targets and creating a unique academic global network.
The level of investment in venture capital in Europe is below average and it is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future and the fragmentation of the IoT market space in Europe represents a factor inhibiting growth and consolidation across borders.
The increasing volatility affecting financial markets has put into question the timing and the size of the market for IPOs across Europe and European investors have consistently shown a limited appetite for risk.
The tendency towards fostering a ”national champion” policy has forestalled the process of cross-borders integration across industry verticals, preventing the emergence of a true “European” player. European IoT players, too small on average, have been suffering of an endemic lack of access to financial markets for growth and international expansion.
This competitive landscape is a significant cap for the possibilities of growth of IoT European entrepreneurs creating an intrinsic competition challenge with other similar realities in US and Asia.
Olidata developed a unique affiliation model to create a family of world class entrepreneurs, “Olidata Pioneers”, envisioning a joint path for successful growth.
In our acquisition roadmap, we are engaging the most innovative and visionary small and medium size IoT companies focused on Industrial and Automotive B2B solutions with the goal to create a true IoT European player.