EXL and Carvajal Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Establish an Operations Management Joint Venture in Latin AmericaTuesday, July 29, 2014
EXL (Nasdaq:EXLS), a leading business process solutions company, and Carvajal Tecnologia y Servicios (CT&S), a subsidiary of Carvajal S.A., today announced that they have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture to address the growing demand for Spanish language-based operations management solutions delivered from Latin America. The solutions provided will include finance and accounting, complex customer services and clinical services. CT&S is expected to contribute its existing Finance & Accounting Outsourcing operations (Carvajal Servicios) to the joint venture, in which EXL will acquire a 51% stake.
The joint venture is intended to combine Carvajal Tecnologia y Servicios’s local knowledge and brand with EXL’s business process expertise and global best practices to service clients from world-class, Latin American facilities. The joint venture is expected to be headquartered in Cali, Colombia, and launch with over 500 skilled and experienced employees working from 5 centers across the region, including Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Panama. EXL plans to oversee delivery of a full range of Spanish-language operations management services for its clients in North America and Europe through the joint venture, which will also provide all finance and accounting outsourcing work for CT&S’s Latin America-based clients.
“We are excited to have found a world-class partner in Carvajal, with whom we share similar values and compatibility based on a culture of professionalism, entrepreneurial zeal, client-centricity and integrity. EXL’s clients serve a rapidly growing Hispanic customer base that requires Spanish language-based services, and we determined that partnering with a well-established and respected company is the best way to build EXL’s ability to cater to this need,” said Rohit Kapoor, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EXL. “We are already in discussion with a number of clients about expanding our relationships with them to include Spanish as well as English language servicing. The formation of the joint venture will enable EXL to capitalize on the scale, recruiting brand equity and large operational delivery capabilities of Carvajal Tecnologia y Servicios and accelerate our time to market. The joint venture will also serve as EXL’s initial foray into Latin America and, along with our partner Carvajal Tecnologia y Servicios, we have high expectations from the growth opportunities in this dynamic market.”
“We view this joint venture as a way to maximize the value of this asset and achieve our vision to build a world class operations management business. CT&S has built a credible and competitive operation in its own right, and this joint venture will enhance the benefits for both clients and employees, ” said Carlos Manuel Perez, President of Carvajal Tecnologia y Servicios. “EXL’s contributions, such as its business process experts and Business EXLerator FrameworkTM, which combine operations management expertise, sophisticated analytics and technology tools, will add tremendous value to what CT&S has already established, and the combination will be a formidable player in the market. This is an important decision for Carvajal Tecnologia y Servicios, and we believe we have chosen the right partner in EXL.”
EXL and CT&S intend to enter into one or more definitive agreements to effectuate the terms of the memorandum of understanding. The execution of definitive documentation with respect to the joint venture remains subject to additional negotiations between the parties, completion of appropriate due diligence, approval of appropriate regulatory bodies and approval of the boards of directors of both companies. There can be no assurance that definitive documentation for the joint venture will be entered into by the parties or that the joint venture will be established.
The Carvajal organization is over a $1.7 billion conglomerate comprised of six divisions: Technology and Services, Education, Paper and Pulp, Packaging, Office Furniture & Logistic and Printing. Founded in 1904, Carvajal serves companies in the consumer, industrial, healthcare, financial services, government, energy and telecommunications sectors. Their division Carvajal Tecnologia y Servicios provides services in Information Technology and Business Process operations has more than 10,000 professionals in locations throughout Latin America. We speed the profitable growth of our customers through effective management of optimized processes. For more information, visit www.carvajaltys.com
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