Blackbaud, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Convio

January 17, 2012
  • Combining strengths will provide a comprehensive and compelling set of multi-channel supporter engagement solutions to nonprofit organizations of all sizes
  • Combined company has over $440 million in trailing twelve months pro-forma revenue (9/30/11)
  • Acquisition expected to be accretive to Blackbaud’s 2012 non-GAAP EPS and contribute to substantial free cash flow

CHARLESTON, SC & Austin, TX – January 17, 2012 – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and related services designed for nonprofit organizations, announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Convio, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNVO), a leading provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organizations to more effectively raise funds, advocate for change and cultivate relationships.

Blackbaud and Convio share the belief that fully engaged supporters drive maximum value for nonprofit organizations. The acquisition of Convio will combine the two companies’ strengths to accomplish a common mission – making multi-channel supporter engagement a reality – at a faster pace than either company could achieve on its own. With nonprofit supporters acting across multiple channels, including receiving messages, donating, and advocating, across websites, social networks, email, mobile, events and direct mail, solutions must be designed to deliver optimum engagement across channels. Convio’s strength in online and social is a perfect complement to Blackbaud’s expertise, and its addition will enable Blackbaud to better serve nonprofit organizations.

Under the terms of the agreement, Blackbaud will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Convio for $16.00 per share, representing a premium of 49% compared to Convio’s recent closing price and an enterprise value of approximately $275 million (based on fully diluted shares). Blackbaud will finance the deal through a combination of cash and debt. In addition to providing meaningful and immediate value for Convio’s shareholders, the transaction is expected to be accretive to Blackbaud’s non-GAAP financial results for the full year 2012 and increasingly so in future years.

The board of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction. The acquisition is structured as a cash tender offer followed by a merger, and is expected to close during the first quarter of 2012. All Convio directors and officers and certain of its affiliates (representing over 30% of Convio’s total outstanding shares) have agreed to tender all of their respective shares subject to tender and support agreements. The consummation of the tender offer is subject to various conditions, including a minimum tender of at least a majority of outstanding Convio shares on a fully diluted basis, the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and other customary conditions.

Marc Chardon, Blackbaud’s President and CEO, said, We are extremely excited to announce our agreement to acquire Convio, which is a significant event for both companies. We fully expect that Convio’s best-in-class, SaaS-based capabilities for large events, advocacy and federated organizations will enable Blackbaud to offer the industry’s most diverse and flexible set of online capabilities on a global basis. Moreover, the addition of Convio will broaden Blackbaud’s application portfolio, enabling the combined company to offer a comprehensive set of multi-channel supporter engagement solutions to nonprofit organizations of all sizes.”

Chardon added, “Combining Convio and Blackbaud is expected to help create one of the largest SaaS vendors with over $440 million in trailing twelve months pro forma revenue. The strength and complementary nature of our combined value proposition will position Blackbaud well to capitalize on the large and underpenetrated market for delivering innovative solutions to the nonprofit industry.”

Convio’s products enable nonprofit organizations to harness the full potential of the Internet and social media as new channels for constituent engagement and fundraising. Convio has over 1,500 customers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., including 29 of the top 50 U.S. charities. In 2010 alone, Convio’s U.S. clients used its software and services to raise more than $1.3 billion online, send more than 4 billion emails, power more than 32 million advocacy actions and manage relationships with more than 248 million constituents.

Gene Austin, Convio’s President and CEO, said, “We expect the combination of Convio and Blackbaud to provide large nonprofit organizations with the best of both worlds, the industry’s strongest online fundraising solution along with market leading CRM capabilities. Our respective solutions, areas of vertical expertise and customer bases are highly complementary, and we have received many customer requests to integrate our capabilities over the years. We will now be able to meet this market demand and provide both of our customer bases with access to a broad and deep application suite designed specifically for nonprofit organizations.”

After the acquisition closes, Austin will take on a leadership role at Blackbaud, reporting to Marc Chardon.

BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as the exclusive financial advisor with Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP and Davis Polk & Wardell LLP serving as the legal advisors to Blackbaud. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., SunTrust Bank and BofA Merrill Lynch are providing financing to Blackbaud for this transaction. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as lead arranger and lead bookrunner, with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. acting as a joint lead arranger and joint bookrunner. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated is acting as the exclusive financial advisor with DLA Piper LLP (US) serving as the legal advisors to Convio. 

About Blackbaud
Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 25,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare, and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, social media, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), analytics, financial management, and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has employees throughout the US, and in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

About Convio
Convio is a leading provider of on-demand constituent engagement solutions that enable nonprofit organizations to maximize the value of every relationship. With Convio constituent engagement solutions, nonprofits can more effectively raise funds, advocate for change and cultivate relationships with donors, activists, volunteers, event participants, alumni and other constituents. Convio offers two open, cloud-based constituent engagement solutions: Convio Common Ground CRM™ for small- and mid-sized nonprofits and Convio Luminate™ for enterprise nonprofits. Headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices across the United States and United Kingdom, Convio serves more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations globally. Convio is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol CNVO. For more information, please visit