Autodesk, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire BuildingConnected for $275 million in an all-cash deal. The new acquisition will add AEC industry bid management, risk analysis, and other preconstruction solutions to Autodesk’s construction technology portfolio.
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With a network of over 700,000 construction professionals, BuildingConnected helps real estate owners and general contractors find and hire qualified contractors for their projects. The company is a source for talent and capability in the construction industry.
BuildingConnected is the most active digital network of construction professionals, with customers like Turner Construction, McCarthy, Mortenson, StructureTone, Skanska, among others.
BuildingConnected CEO and co-founder Dustin DeVan said, “Bid management is a critical step in preconstruction since bidding is the genesis of construction projects. Our game-changing suite of preconstruction tools is saving customers time and money. We’ve helped thousands of owners, general contractors and subcontractors streamline their businesses and communicate better. Together with Autodesk, we can expand the platform’s capabilities and scale globally.”
Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost said, “We are investing in digitizing and automating construction workflows. Autodesk’s goal is to connect construction processes across design, build and operations. BuildingConnected has proven to customers the tremendous value in moving from traditional Rolodexes, whiteboards, emails, and spreadsheets to an easy-to-use digital bidding platform. BuildingConnected, along with Autodesk BIM 360, Revit, AutoCAD, and our acquisitions of PlanGrid and Assemble Systems, gives us a comprehensive construction offering and go-to-market capabilities. We look forward to integrating our recent acquisitions and making construction Autodesk’s next billion-dollar business.”
“This acquisition provides an opportunity for Autodesk and BuildingConnected to connect every business in the construction industry, becoming the definitive source of information throughout the sector,” said Jim Lynch, Vice President and General Manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions. “Our tools empower all stakeholders with greater visibility and better information to make immediate decisions. We’re excited about creating a robust digital marketplace for the global construction industry, helping to boost productivity, while lowering cost and risk.”
In addition to its leading bid-management platform, BuildingConnected offers TradeTapp, a subcontractor risk analysis platform, and Bid Board Pro, a platform that helps subcontractors manage and win more bids. BuildingConnected is the only bid-management platform that provides general contractors and owners with project-specific risk mitigation recommendations based on subcontractor qualification data. This helps contractors efficiently vet and make more informed decisions when selecting subcontractors.
Business Outlook and Terms
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during Autodesk’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, ending January 31, 2019. The acquisition will have no material impact on Autodesk’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 guidance issued on November 20, 2018. For the fiscal year 2020, Autodesk expects an immaterial revenue and Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) benefit from BuildingConnected and a slightly dilutive impact to profitability and cash flow. Inclusive of the transaction, the company is maintaining its free cash flow goal for the year.
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BuildingConnected is a leading preconstruction platform enabling real estate owners and general contractors to hire qualified contractors for their projects. BuildingConnected’s mission is to connect every business in the $10 trillion construction industry and to strengthen the lives, jobs, and relationships of millions of hardworking construction professionals worldwide. From the new arenas for the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Rams, to local schools and hospitals, BuildingConnected’s tools are helping cities grow and bringing communities together.