Blackpearl Group intends to list on the NZX in December

A platform for future growth

Founder and chief executive Nick Lissette said the listing – which does not involve raising new capital – would form a platform for future growth.

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Blackpearl Group (BPG) is a technology company that builds, acquires, and markets data-driven cloud services, consisting of a suite of productivity and demand generation applications for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).

Founder and chief executive Nick Lissette says the intended listing on the NZX is a platform for future growth. There is no capital raise associated with the listing.

“A Direct listing on the NZX offers us the fastest and lowest cost means of moving onto a public platform to support future growth,” he said. “Our goal for the intended listing is to accelerate acquisitions by being able to offer stock in a listed entity as part of our offer to companies we wish to acquire. Becoming a listed company also offers future capital raising opportunities on the public market.”

Chairman of Blackpearl Group, Tim Crown, co-founder of Insight Enterprises, Nasdaq listed Fortune 500 company, said the company’s Kiwi origins, as well as the NZX’s low cost and low friction listing platform made going public on the NZX the next logical step for the company.

“Blackpearl Group is both a technology company and an investment company with enormous opportunity in front of it,” said Mr Crown. “Having invested in creating a unique technology platform that can add value to a range of applications, we have an opportunity to innovate into new digital markets.”

Blackpearl Group will be among the fastest-growing Software as a Service (SaaS) companies on the NZX or ASX when it lists. Mr Lissette said the company’s proprietary data platform, the Pearl Engine, is what delivers the organic growth for both owned and acquired products. 

“Our strategy is about much more than simply acquiring technology businesses for their revenue, it’s about gaining access to new talent and markets, and most importantly, accelerating organic growth,” said Mr Lissette. “Our private platform enables us to help the businesses we acquire to accelerate their growth and development.”

Having just completed the acquisition of NewOldStamp, Mr Lissette said it was the right time for Blackpearl Group to list to accelerate its acquisition strategy. Market slowdowns and plummeting valuations of private businesses due to global recessionary pressures have created unprecedented opportunities in the market.

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