The Ultimate Software Group Inc. (ULTI - Snapshot Report) is focusing on enhancing the features of its flagship human capital management (HCM) solution – UltiPro – through acquisitions. After acquiring predictive analytics solutions provider Vestrics in the second quarter of 2016, the company recently announced that it is buying San Francisco-based technology company Kanjoya.
Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Ultimate expects the Kanjoya acquisition not to contribute meaningful revenues in fiscal 2016. Ultimate's shares declined 0.5% to close at $204.39 on Sep 30.
A provider of cloud-based workforce intelligence and analytics platform for enterprises, Konjoya’s unique employee sentiment technology has won many accolades in recent times. The company was recognized as an awesome new startup at the HR Technology Conference & Expo in Oct 2015. Market research firm Gartner also named Kanjoya as one of four “Cool Vendors in Human Capital Management” for 2016.
Ultimate is set to launch a new product named UltiPro Perception based on Kanjoya’s technology, which will help companies collect, understand and act on employee feedback. Ultimate is also setting up an additional research & development hub in San Francisco.
As compared with traditional tools, UltiPro Perception is much faster in collecting employee input through surveys (both quantitative and open-ended questions) and providing in-depth analysis of employee feedbacks. The timely results will help companies understand the needs and concerns of employees that will finally improve talent retention rate as well as performance.
We believe that the augmentation of UltiPro’s features will not only improve customer retention rate but also attract new customers on a regular basis. This will eventually boost recurring revenue growth. Management anticipates recurring revenues to increase 26% year over year in 2016.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Currently, Ultimate has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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