US HR Cloud Firm Cornerstone OnDemand Acquires NZ-based Sonar Limited for US$14m

8th March 2012. Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based talent management solutions, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Sonar Limited (“Sonar6”). Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Sonar6 is a leading provider of cloud-based talent management solutions serving small businesses globally.

Cornerstone will pay approximately $13 million in cash and $1 million in equity for Sonar6 and enter into employment agreements with certain employees. Cornerstone does not expect that this transaction will have a material impact on its non-GAAP financial metrics in 2012. Cornerstone expects to complete the transaction within 45 days, subject to certain closing conditions.

Sonar6 will bring more than 375 global clients to Cornerstone. Cornerstone will continue to operate Sonar6 in Auckland, and Sonar6 employees are expected to remain in their current roles after the transaction closes. Sonar6 CEO and co-founder Michael Carden will be appointed as Cornerstone’s newly-created position of Vice President of Small Business Operations. In addition, co-founder Mark Hellier will continue his role driving innovation as Head of Products for Small Business Operations.

Sonar6 is renowned in the talent management industry for its distinct ability to engage employees with its highly interactive technology. Like Cornerstone, Sonar6 offers a completely organic, cloud-based solution. Sonar6’s innovative, graphical approach to talent management has won numerous accolades, including Gartner’s “Cool Vendors” and HR Executive magazine’s list of “Top Ten HR Products.”

The acquisition will combine two of the talent management industry’s most innovative providers and allows Cornerstone to strengthen its ability to serve clients of all sizes. Additionally, Cornerstone expects that the acquisition will accelerate the company’s momentum in the small business (SMB) market.
Following the acquisition, Sonar6 will be rebranded as a Cornerstone solution specifically for small businesses. The companies will not integrate their products, and Sonar6 solutions will remain separate to preserve Cornerstone’s 100 percent organically developed solution for enterprise and mid-market clients.

“The recent consolidation in the talent management space has disrupted the market and created many opportunities for Cornerstone,” said Adam Miller, President and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. “ERP vendors are now engrossed with integrating disparate enterprise systems, and we saw a clear opening to accelerate our growth strategy and penetrate the SMB market. Sonar6 has built a reputation as the leading talent management solution for small businesses. Together, we plan to expand Cornerstone’s global market opportunity.”

“Cornerstone OnDemand and Sonar6 share a vision for empowering employees and creating an engaged workforce,” said Michael Carden. “We are extremely excited about joining the Cornerstone team.”

About Sonar Limited
Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Sonar Limited (“Sonar6”) has provided online performance management and succession planning solutions to companies around the world since 2004.

About Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand is a leading global provider of a comprehensive learning and talent management solution. We enable organizations to meet the challenges they face in empowering their people and maximizing the productivity of their human capital. Our integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution consists of the Cornerstone Recruiting Cloud*, the Cornerstone Performance Cloud, the Cornerstone Learning Cloud and the Cornerstone Extended Enterprise Cloud. Our clients use our solution to develop employees throughout their careers, engage all employees effectively, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders, and integrate with their external networks of customers, vendors and distributors. We currently empower over 7.5 million users across 179 countries and in 31 languages.

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