We’re on! AssetOn’s sale to COSOL30.10.2023
InterFinancial’s specialist tech division has worked with the shareholders of AssetOn since 2010, helping them to map out and achieve their growth strategy. Since then, AssetOn – provider of asset management solutions to the natural resources industry – went into partnership with Caterpillar dealer Hastings Deering, won major clients like BHP, and launched a complementary Software as a Service product, OnPlan.
In a prime position for sale, AssetOn was approached by COSOL, ASX-listed global provider of end-to-end asset management solutions, in 2023. Keen to see it through, AssetOn’s shareholders again engaged our specialist tech M&A team to achieve a formal offer and move the deal through to completion as quickly as possible.
The work culminated in AssetOn’s 100% sale to COSOL, including OnPlan.
Already on the ball
With an eventual exit as the goal for AssetOn’s shareholders, we continued to scan the market and assess sale opportunities throughout the company’s growth phase. Next, we ran a separate sell-side process for AssetOn in 2019, and then again in 2023. While neither unearthed buyers that were the right fit, the preparation for these processes meant that when COSOL approached AssetOn in 2023, we were ready to hit the ground running. We immediately leveraged the recently developed Information Memorandum and tailored this to the specific objectives of COSOL.
OnPlan on the money
Recognising the need for accurate and accessible master data for its customers to effectively manage their assets, AssetOn had developed a valuable Master Data as a Service offering. AssetOn developed rich data and expertise through this service and subsequently built and launched a full digital work management tool for operation and maintenance teams. This maintenance software – OnPlan – was not part of the initial interest from COSOL. Understanding AssetOn’s desire to include this software in the sale, our team was able to position OnPlan and its benefits to COSOL who made the decision to include it in the final offer.
Keeping the business on track
Selling a business is usually more complicated and time consuming than business owners expect. The business still needs to keep running in the meantime and those who try to manage it in-house can find this incredibly challenging. The AssetOn team were able to focus on running the business while we managed the entire sale process which included:
- Updating the Information Memorandum that we had prepared in an earlier engagement
- Managing initial contact with COSOL – including working to develop a comprehensive offer Term Sheet, and developing a strategy to proceed to Due Diligence
- Managing the due-diligence process, and
- Leading the development and negotiation of transaction documentation through to completion.
COSOL Ltd being an ASX listed company added complexity to the process which we had the experience to navigate.
“IFL and Graeme McKellar were a pleasure to work with. They genuinely understood our business, ensured our goals were met and achieved a great outcome. The entire sale was streamlined, and they made it easy for us to keep our operations going throughout. I’d confidently recommend them for their expertise and commitment.”
Stuart Burkhardt: AssetOn Group and OnPlan Director & Shareholder.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to facilitate a business sale with a company that we have worked alongside for years. The AssetOn team were dedicated to achieving the growth strategy that we developed together and their 100% sale to COSOL, including OnPlan, is testament to all the hard work along the way. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Graeme McKellar, Director InterFinancial