We are investigating whether the directors of Avalara, Inc. (ticker: AVLR) (“Avalara”) acted in the best interests of Avalara shareholders in approving the sale of Avalara to Vista Equity Partners (“Vista”) for $93.50 per share in cash.
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Why is there an investigation?
On August 8, 2022, Avalara announced that it had agreed to be acquired by Vista for $93.50 per share in cash. The agreement has been approved by the Avalara board of directors (“Board”).
Our investigation concerns whether Avalara’s Board acted in the best interests of Avalara shareholders in approving the sale, including whether the acquisition price adequately compensates Avalara shareholders, and whether all material information regarding the transaction has been fully disclosed.
Notably, the 52-week high for Avalara’s stock is $191.67 per share, and Avalara’s stock closed at over $100 per share as recently as April 5, 2022.
Moreover, on June 28, 2022, Avalara held an investor day at which it touted multiple expansion opportunities in e-invoicing and other markets, and projected improving financial results, including growth in operating margin from 1% in 2021 to 10-15% in 2025, and an increase in free cash flow margin from 2% in 2021 to 13-18% in 2025.
An analyst on SeekingAlpha found it “shocking” that Avalara would agree to be acquired by Vista Equity for only $93.50 per share so soon after hosting such a positive investor event.