Summa Linguae buys Kommunicera and marks its presence in Scandinavia

The Polish language and technology service provider acquires Kommunicera – Sweden-based localization company. It was a natural step for Summa Linguae which has named Scandinavia one of its target markets before. Kommunicera is the third international M&A transaction conducted by Summa Linguae.

Both Summa Linguae and Kommunicera are very customer-oriented and share a common vision— leverage technology and language to help businesses and organizations around the globe facilitate multilingual communication. We knew immediately that we are a perfect match – says Krzysztof Zdanowski, CEO and founder of Summa Linguae.

Zdanowski admits that Summa Linguae was on the lookout for a tech-savvy company that would complement its client’s portfolio. The Polish company has been focusing on e-commerce and IT industries and has noticed an extensive cross and up-sell potential in Kommunicera as it offers a set of own customized API integrations streamlining MT and localization processes within their clients’ workflows. What is more, there has been a noticeable growth in demand for localization services in Scandinavian languages. Those two factors — focus on technology and access to language resources — were crucial for closing the deal.

Kommunicera’s current managing partners – Johan Laestadius and Maare Tomson Ollin — will retire after a short transition period.

Summa Linguae is the perfect match we were looking for in terms of the core values, innovative, client-centered approach and personal chemistry. We’re very pleased to see the obvious synergies and we firmly believe that the acquisition will bring a new energy to the company and will result in stronger offering for existing and new customers – comments Johan Laestadius, former CEO and founder of Kommunicera.

Summa Linguae has appointed Lea Backhurst as the new Managing Director for Nordic operations. He is a renowned leader with 25 years of experience in the language industry: Kommunicera is already a go-to brand and has been particularly successful in providing integration solutions for the booming Nordic e-commerce sector. Adding the technology that Summa Linguae brings, we will start the journey beyond traditional translation services and platforms  – says Backhurst.

Lea Backhurst will work closely with Sara Lindqvist who has been appointed Operations Manager Nordics. Lindqvist, who has 16 years of experience in the language industry, was already working as the right hand of Kommunicera’s owners, and was happy to accept the new role:

It was very clear from the beginning, that our new partners want to embrace our differences and build something very strong in terms of business culture, work ethics and value proposition. I’m looking forward to start working with people from around the world and co-creating tech-oriented global organization ­- says Sara Lindqvist.

Following this acquisition, Summa Linguae’s consolidated revenue will grow up to USD 12m for 2018. The combined headcount is 140 people working in 7 offices in Europe (Krakow, Bucharest, Goteborg, Helsinki, Copenhagen, and Oslo) and India (Bangalore). The price of the acquisition was 17,5mln SEK (app. USD 2m) that Summa Linguae funded with own funds and a portion of the new debt.

Kommunicera will operate under the Summa Linguae brand: So far we’ve managed six polish and two international M&As (Kommunicera will be the third), and we’ve learned that synergies should be achieved on more than just financial ground. Our brand and identity are strongly connected to the values we work by and it’s extremely important for us to share them with the Scandinavian teams.

As a part of its global business strategy, Summa Linguae will operate under a new name:

We originated as a language service provider but to stay competitive we have started offering solutions rather than services. And these solutions became technology solutions. We have become a technology company rather than a service company and this needs to be reflected in our brand.

We are proud to announce Summa Linguae Technologies – a technology-focused localization company, that serves global businesses with a need for practical innovation. We now focus on setting new standards in our industry – sums up Krzysztof Zdanowski.

Summa Linguae Technologies will continue to base its value proposition on technology, mainly blockchain, AI and NLP. It is also actively looking to acquire or merge with a US/Canada based LSP, ideally in the size of USD 7-10m in revenue.

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