PFSweb, Speed Commerce are urged to merge

As the valuations of e-commerce groups PFSweb Inc. (PFSW) and Speed Commerce Inc. (SPDC) have converged, activist firm Engine Capital LP is pushing the companies to combine.

“As a result of the stock appreciation of PFSW and the stock decline of SPDC over the past 12 months, the Ebitda multiples of both companies have now converged to a point where a combination of both companies is doable,” Engine managing partner Arnaud Ajdler wrote in a letter to the boards of both companies made public on Monday. “The historical reason for not merging the companies is no longer an obstacle.”

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PFSweb stock has climbed from about $9 at the start of 2014 to $12.19 Tuesday morning, putting its market cap at about $190 million. Speed shares have declined from about $4.60 each at the beginning of the year to $2.99, with its total equity worth about $215 million. Both companies’ valuations have settled at about 10 times Ebitda.

After restructuring by Speed, the companies have nearly identical businesses providing e-commerce services to retailers and manufacturers.

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