KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 9 March 2020 - Automated
Systems Holdings Limited ("ASL" or
"the Group") (HKEX stock code: 771), a trustworthy and professional global
Information Technology ("IT") partner, is pleased to announce that Grid
Dynamics Holdings, Inc. ("Grid Dynamics"), the Group's U.S. and Europe business,
has been successfully listed on NASDAQ (NASDAQ: GDYN) on 6th March (Eastern
Time). Upon the completion, Grid Dynamics' stock closed at US$12.0 on its first
day of trading, with the market value amounting to US$610.0 million
(approximately HK$4.78 billion), up 17.0% above its issue price. It makes for a
grandiose ending to the year-long-preparation leading to Grid Dynamics' listing.
Grid Dynamics will become an associate of the Group
after listing, with ASL as its single largest shareholder, holding 38.3% of its
shares. Mr. Wang Weihang, Chairman of
the Board of Directors of ASL, and Mr. Leon Wang, Executive Director and
Chief Executive Officer of ASL, will both be appointed as members of the
new Grid Dynamics' Board of Directors.
Mr. Leon Wang said on the listing day, "The successful listing of Grid Dynamics is a full reflection of its
value. Post-investment management has always been the focus and challenge of
the investment field and collaborative management operations. In the three
years, from the company's acquisition of Grid Dynamics in 2017, to its listing
today, the company has implemented a new share option incentive scheme,
introduced a new strategic investor from the Silicon Valley, and invested US$7.0 million to continuously
promote the technological transformation of Grid Dynamics. Thanks to the
unremitting efforts of Grid Dynamics' management team, the Group's over 3,000
employees have gathered today to celebrate this memorable day."
The Group has achieved considerable investment returns through the
listing of Grid Dynamics. Its pre-investment valuation has increased by more
than three times as compared to 2017, and it has obtained a cash and stock return
of approximately US$200.0 million. This will greatly improve the Group's
asset-liability structure, and acquire sufficient cash to support the
development of major operating businesses, thereby coping with the current
macroeconomic downward pressure, and further promoting and refining the
business layout and development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Wang Weihang congratulated the management and all employees
and said, "The spin-off and listing of Grid Dynamics is a great
leap forward, ASL will enter into a new era with the implementation of the Group's
regional development strategy in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States.
The Group has not only procured a delivery network and the corresponding capability
covering Europe and the United States, especially for the countries along the 'Belt
and Road Initiative', but has also established a high-end scientific and technological
talent pool to match the digital transformation needs of several thousand global customers."
As the single largest shareholder of Grid Dynamics, the Group will
continue to work hand in hand with Grid Dynamics, to carry out in-depth
collaborations in three aspects, namely, technical capability enhancements,
complementary delivery capabilities, and customer resources sharing.
The listing opens up an exciting new chapter for Grid Dynamics, for it is
bound to compete with many of the world's top technology companies and to
achieve remarkable results.
Mr. Leon Wang concluded, "Looking
forward, ASL will unify software application, cybersecurity, and omni-channel
managed services to enhance technical service capacity, in the form of an "as-a-Service"
business model. The Group will combine its rich practical experience in the
industry, to help customers attain the integration of technology and
application, and to assist customers in business transformation through
technological innovation, in the fields of cloud computing, big data and more. At
the same time, please stay tuned to the Group's annual solution tour, which
will showcase a series of brand-new ASL branded services."
For details of the transaction, please refer to the
announcement issued by ASL on 8th March 2020.
About Automated Systems Holdings Limited
Automated Systems Holdings Limited ("ASL" or "The Group") has been listed
on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited since 1997 (Stock Code: 771). ASL,
consists of Automated Systems (H.K.) Limited, ELM Computer Technologies
Limited, CSA Automated (Macau) Limited, Guangzhou Automated Systems Limited,
and ASL Automated (Thailand) Limited. In addition, Grid Dynamics Holdings Inc.
and i-Sprint Innovations Pte Ltd are the associates of the Group. The Group's core
business is based in Hong Kong and Macau and covers Asia Pacific, Europe and
the United States. It is dedicated to offering professional and trustworthy IT
services to corporate clients around the world.
The Group's core businesses are Innovative Solutions, Intelligent
Cybersecurity Services and Integrated Managed Services. Innovative Solutions
business is offering holistic business solutions to accelerate customers'
digital transformation. Intelligent Cybersecurity business is specialized in
digital asset protection & risks prevention. Integrated Managed Services
business is to manage clients' IT infrastructure and cloud platform in entire
IT lifecycle with its world class, industry specific and end to end services.
With ASL's 7 research and development centers worldwide, over a thousand
of high caliber experts, and more than 45 years of experience in providing
professional IT services to global users, ASL provides the best practices for
customers' IT management and is definitely customers' trustworthy and
professional global IT partner.
For more information, please visit our web page at http://www.asl.com.hk.
About Grid Dynamics Holdings, Inc.
Grid Dynamics Holdings, Inc. ("Grid Dynamics") (NASDAQ: GDYN) is a
leader in driving enterprise-level digital transformation services for Fortune
1000 corporations. We work in close collaboration with our clients on digital
transformation initiatives that span strategy consulting, early prototypes and
enterprise-scale delivery of new digital platforms. We help organizations
become more agile and create innovative digital products and experiences using
deep expertise in emerging technology, top global engineering talent, lean software
development practices, and a high-performance product culture. Our secret of
success is in applying emergent technologies such as artificial intelligence,
data science, cloud computing, Big Data and DevOps to enable digital
transformation across the enterprise. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay
Area with over 1,400 technologists located in engineering delivery centers
throughout the U.S., Central and Eastern Europe, Grid Dynamics is known for
architecting and delivering some of the largest digital transformation programs
in the retail, technology and financial sectors to help its clients win market
share, shorten time to market and reduce costs of digital operations on a
massive scale. To learn more about Grid Dynamics, please visit https://www.griddynamics.com.