Xero completes multi-million dollar US acquisition

“Combining this capability with the work our own team are doing will allow us to develop a world-class payroll experience for the US. over the next 12 months.”

Growing New Zealand cloud firm Xero has acquired Seattle-based online payroll company, Monchilla.

According to CEO Rod Drury, the company’s payroll expertise and technology will enable Xero to rapidly accelerate the extension of its payroll offering across the US.

“We were really impressed by the Monchilla team and how they have approached filing and payment of payroll taxes in the US,” he says.

“Combining this capability with the work our own team are doing will allow us to develop a world-class payroll experience for the US. over the next 12 months.”

Drury believes integrating Monchilla with Xero provides “improved business-to-government connectivity”, and the opportunity to deliver electronic filing and payments of payroll taxes, with calculation support, across the US in 2015.

“We’re thrilled to join the Xero team and work together to deliver a world-class, online payroll solution for small businesses in the US market,” adds Jack Couch, co-founder and CEO, Monchilla.

Xero purchased Monchilla from founders, Couch and Nanjuan Shi, whose continued involvement will complement Xero’s US product development teams and support Xero’s payroll strategy to drive further growth.

The total purchase price for Monchilla is comprised of US$4,127,688 in cash together with 238,490 Xero Limited ordinary shares to be issued to the founders at closing, 50% of which are subject to trading restrictions.

Monchilla, as an early start-up, has solved the complexity of electronic payroll state filing and was in the initial stages of launching and building a customer base.

With the acquisition, Xero will continue to support Monchilla’s current customers and will transition them over time to the Xero platform.

“Over the last year, with Australia and United Kingdom markets performing well, we have been focussing on delivering the best business software for the US market,” Drury adds.

“The cloud accounting market is just beginning in the US and our proven speed of delivery and the ability to quickly integrate complementary technologies into our platform positions us strongly to take a share of this large market as it develops over the coming years.”

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