Nuix (ASX:NXL) share price falls despite acquisition news

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The embattled Nuix Ltd (ASX: NXL) share price is struggling to catch a bid on Monday even after the company announced a new acquisition.

At the time of writing, the Nuix share price is down 2.99% to $2.60.

Nuix share price lower despite US acquisition

Nuix has entered into an agreement to acquire all the shares in natural language processing (NLP) company Topos.

Topos’ software has been described as an “early-stage platform” that helps reduce workload by surfacing relevant or risky content faster.

The company’s technology is said to be “already able to automate accurate analysis and classification of complex content in documents, electronic communications, and social media”.

“NLP models can be defined directly by business users through the no-code user interface, reducing the time required to identify risk in an organisation’s data. Topos is then also able to present the risk assessment of confidential, sensitive and regulated content in user-friendly dashboards.”

Nuix highlights a number of benefits to the acquisition, citing that it can “optimise the technology to benefit its Investigations, eDiscovery and GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) customers, further enhancing the unstructured data processing power of the Nuix Engine.”

The initial cost of the acquisition is US$5 million on financial close which is expected in September 2021. There is the potential for a further US$20 million. This would be comprised of US$18.5 million in cash to the seller of the shares in Topos and up to US$1.5 million in performance rights payable over 30 months.

Management commentary

Nuix CEO Rod Vawdrey commented on the acquisition, saying:

Topos will strengthen Nuix’s product offering by helping customers get to relevant data even faster. The potential for user-friendly dashboards and for users to easily customise the software to their specific needs also reflects Nuix’s focus on empowering our customers to search through unstructured data at speed and scale. We look forward to Christopher Stephenson [Topos CEO] and his talented team joining Nuix.

Nuix share price snapshot

The Nuix share price is down 68% year-to-date after missing prospectus forecasts and a looming legal case from the company’s ex-CEO.

Nuix shares seem to have largely digested the bad news, trading mostly sideways since the beginning of June.

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