Altium (ASX:ALU) updates market on restructure

The Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) share price is flat after the company announced a restructure. Could now be a good time to buy for the future?

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Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) advised the market of a restructure this afternoon, sending the Altium share price rocketing up to $35.76, before falling back to intra-day levels. The Altium share price was trading relatively flat, up 0.43% to $35.23 at close of trade.

This compares to the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) which was up 2.6% at 5,941 points.

Expansion and restructure

Altium advised it was expanding its leadership and organisation capacity to drive growth and further invest in its new cloud platform, Altium 365. The company’s successful launch and strong early adoption of its product created the opportunity for structural review.

In the restructure, Altium will separate its cloud operations from its software business. The company will also focus on its growing market opportunity and expansion into the broader electronics ecosystem.

Altium CEO Aram Mirkazemi said the launch of Altium 365 marked a significant turning-point in the company’s journey. He said:

We are deep in execution mode toward our dominance and transformation goals. This has led to the creation of a new organisational structure to support us on this journey and to drive the high performance required to achieve our goals. I refer to this as Altium’s Netflix moment, which is commonly referred to in the high-tech industry as a hard pivot to the cloud.

Under the restructure, the cloud and software departments will have their own leadership teams and roadmaps. This will allow both divisions to develop at their own pace to its product and go-to-market processes. The separation of high-volume sales from high-touch sales is expected to support Altium’s goal to reach 100,000 subscribers by 2025.

Leadership changes

Altium’s executive director Sergey Kostinsky was appointed president in the restructure. He will focus on executing business operations, with emphasis on the rapid deployment and adoption of Altium 365.

Altium chair Sam Weiss was upbeat with Mr Kostinsky’s new role, saying:

We are excited to see Sergey appointed to the new role of president at Altium. Sergey has been the driving force behind Altium’s technology development that underpins the company’s bid for market dominance and to transform the electronics industry.

Under Sergey’s leadership, Altium’s PCB design tools have become world-class and Altium 365 is set to revolutionise the way that electronic products are designed and manufactured. We are confident that Sergey will bring his unique focus on discipline and value to all of Altium’s product development and go-to-market domains to deliver winning outcomes.

Furthermore, Altium CFO Joe Bedewi will assume the new role of EVP corporate development and external affairs. This role was created to capitalise on the growing market opportunity for Altium 365 and the wider electronics industry.

The vacant CFO role will be filled by Martin Ive, who has led the company’s global finance function for more than 15 years. Mr Ive has provided strong business support to Altium’s sales teams, while being a key figure in strategic and operational decision-making. As CFO, Mr Ive will work closely with Mr Kostinsky to push Altium’s performance.

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