Stuttgart, Germany, 21 February 2019. The RIB Group invests into a 250 people leading IT company headquartered in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Bangalore (India), called Levtech Ltd. (Levtech Consulting).
With 150 R&D employees in Bangalore, India’s IT headquarters, Levtech develops, maintains and supports the delivery of their own cloud industry solutions for the international Real Estate Industry (Property 365) and Construction Industry (Payroll and Projects 365) as well as asset management software for CAPEX owners (EAM 365) based on Microsoft Dynamics Technology. In addition to software sales and development, Levtech has 95 enterprise consultants to run international digital transformation projects in all English-speaking countries.
Levtech was founded by seven entrepreneurs (3 Investors / 4 Management) and serves today 19,000 USERS from 5 offices in India, Singapore, UAE, Qatar and KSA. The consulting firm is a three-time Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle awardee and was ranked 12th in the Dubai SME100 program.
RIB has taken over 60% of the shares from Levtech Investors, based on an enterprise value calculated using 8 times EBIT/DA. 40% Management shares will be still owned by the four previous Directors in India and UAE.
3,600 Levtech USERS are already using Cloud and partly MSP services. The company has reached over USD 11 Million revenue and is planning to grow the business within a double-digit margin in 2019.
Even with having invested heavily into the Cloud and switching from on-premise licenses to subscription-based, industry-specific offerings, Levtech reached a 15% average positive EBIT/DA margin p.a. in the past 3 years, not including Microsoft revenue.
Within the RIB & Levtech cooperation, it is planned to integrate Levtech’s Microsoft Dynamics 365 based industry solutions, Property 365, Payroll 365, Projects 365 and EAM 365 with the MTWO platform, and to integrate the modules into the iTWO 4.0 architecture as ready to go cloud ERP industry solutions for the Real Estate and Construction Industries. It is also planned to transfer thousands of Levtech USERS to the MTWO cloud platform and train the 95 Levtech consultants in iTWO 4.0 implementation to support international RIB clients. RIB plans to use the Bangalore R&D center as the third international RIB global R&D delivery and 24/7 support center for iTWO 4.0 with a special focus on U.S. and countries using British building standards and rules.
The target is to enter a high revenue growth phase, to win by 2019/2020 10,000 USERS for MTWO, to achieve a 20-30% EBIT/DA margin in the midterm, and to support the target to increase the regional MTWO USERS to over 200,000 in the midterm.
Anilesh Kumar, CEO of Levtech: “Levtech’s top management shares the vision of Microsoft and RIB to build with MTWO the global No.1 vertical cloud for the building and infrastructure industries. With strong capabilities in business applications and analytics, we are experts in digital transformation technology and consulting and have carefully analyzed the global market before we decided to join the MTWO platform initiative. The synergy between MTWO and Levtech’s industry solutions based on Dynamics 365 will bring the latest in construction and real estate technology to enterprises across the world. We are now proud to be “running together” with the RIB team and delivering one of the globally most advanced cloud/AI based enterprise ERP solution to the Real Estate and Construction Industries.”
Mark Kefford, Chairman of RIB Asia/Pacific: “MTWO is targeting to win 2 Million USERS worldwide in the midterm and is today one of the most advanced cloud-based enterprise solutions in the AEC and EPC Industry. With our Bangalore investment, we will not only get access to an extremely strong management and a fantastic new technology, but also, we get direct access to a market with 5 Million English speaking IT workforce to support the fast-growing demand for iTWO technology and to reach our target to satisfy up to 2 Million MTWO platform USERS in the future. With the UAE we will have a strong team in a region that intends to invest more than USD 1,2 Trillion in buildings and infrastructure in the near future. With our R&D Centers in Guangzhou, China and Bangalore, India, we are positioned in two countries which are standing for almost 40% of the world’s population.”
This investment follows RIB’s previous investments in ICS located in the U.S., A2K headquartered in Australia and SaaSplaza located in the Netherlands and continues the MTWO initiative with Microsoft following the capital increase in the first half of 2018 to build up the world’s first vertical cloud for the construction and real estate industries, which account for USD 10 trillion in global expenditure, or 14% of global GDP in 2017, and expected to grow to USD 14 trillion by 2025 according to a McKinsey Global Institute report.
About Levtech Consulting
Established in 2009, Levtech Consulting is a Microsoft gold-certified partner and has been previously awarded Microsoft “Reseller of the Year” for the MEA region. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, Levtech Consulting delivers best-of-breed business solutions and industry-specific consulting services from international technology companies such as Microsoft and LS Retail. Today, Levtech operates from offices in U.A.E., Singapore, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and India. Driven by a strong management team with diverse industry experience, the practice consists of some of the finest talent in the areas of Business Consulting and Project Management for Enterprise Applications. With a team size of over 250 consultants, the firm has helped over 200+ customers transform their business globally.
RIB Software SE is an innovator in construction business. The company creates, develops and offers cutting-edge digital technologies for construction enterprises and projects across various industries worldwide. Its flagship product iTWO 4.0 is the world’s first 5D BIM enterprise cloud solution for construction companies, industrial companies, developers and project owners, etc. Since its inception in 1961, RIB Software SE has been the pioneer in construction innovation, exploring and bringing in new thinking, new working method and new technology to enhance construction productivity, and transforming the construction industry into the most advanced and digitalized industry in the 21st century. RIB is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and listed in Prime Standard Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2011. With more than 900 talents located in over 30 offices worldwide, RIB is serving 100,000 clients including construction contractors, sub-contractors, developers, owners, investors and governments, in the field of building construction, infrastructure, EPC sector and more.