Strategic Research & Development Laboratory and Teams in India
to be Fully Integrated in the 3DEXPERIENCE Company’s Global R&D
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Geometric Ltd., (BSE: 532312, NSE: GEOMETRIC), a leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Global Engineering Services, and Offshore Software Product Development (OSPD) solutions and technologies, today announced that they have reached an agreement whereby Dassault Systèmes will acquire full ownership of 3DPLM Software Ltd. (3DPLM), its joint venture in India with Geometric Ltd.
3DPLM, formed in 2002, comprises a talented team of 2,000 employees in India working on research and development and services related to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and brand applications. Becoming a fully integrated part of Dassault Systèmes’ global R&D will enhance the contribution and value-add of 3DPLM to Dassault Systèmes development projects, while offering even greater career development opportunities for its personnel.
“It has truly been an exciting relationship, which began in 2002,” said Manu M. Parpia, Managing Director and CEO, Geometric Ltd. “Over the years, Geometric Ltd. has delivered significant value to Dassault Systèmes while, at the same time, its shareholders benefitted from a steady growth in earnings from this unique relationship. I take this opportunity to thank Dassault Systèmes for the partnership and wish 3DPLM employees a very bright future within Dassault Systèmes.”
“Throughout our 14-year partnership with Geometric, we have together developed competitive R&D at 3DPLM with dedicated and passionate people, which have become important assets for our global R&D. We thank Geometric management for their sustained support,” said Dominique Florack, Senior Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Dassault Systèmes. “The full integration of 3DPLM into Dassault Systèmes is the result of this continuous investment and very successful partnership and also marks the next phase in the contribution of 3DPLM in our global R&D and strategic 3DEXPERIENCE platform journey. I am very pleased to welcome these world-class R&D teams and management leaders to Dassault Systèmes.”
The transaction is part of a composite scheme whereby Geometric’s business is being transferred to HCL Technologies Ltd, while simultaneously merging Geometric Ltd. into 3DPLM thereby giving 100 percent ownership of 3DPLM to Dassault Systèmes. The transaction is being undertaken through a court-approved scheme which is subject to shareholder, High Court and other statutory approvals. In exchange for the ownership in 3DPLM, shareholders of Geometric Ltd. will receive one (1) listed redeemable preference share of Rs. 68 in 3DPLM against every one (1) share of Geometric Ltd., with a 7 percent pa preferential dividend. Closing is expected to take place during the fourth quarter of 2016. 3DPLM being already consolidated in Dassault Systèmes financial statements, the closing of this transaction will be neutral on its revenue and expenses.