SciQuest Acquires CombineNet, Gaining Market-Leading, Advanced Sourcing Technology

SciQuest Acquires CombineNet, Gaining Market-Leading, Advanced Sourcing

Expands Software Suite with Complementary, Cloud-Based Sourcing Solution
Accelerates Momentum in Commercial Market

CARY, N.C., Sept. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SciQuest, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQI), a
leading provider of cloud-based business automation solutions for spend
management, today announced it had acquired CombineNet, a leading provider of
advanced sourcing software to large companies with complex procurement needs.
SciQuest purchased 100% of the outstanding stock of CombineNet, Inc. for total
consideration of approximately $43 million comprised of approximately $26
million in cash and approximately 820,000 shares of common stock.

The acquisition expands SciQuest's strategic sourcing footprint with an
advanced, cloud-based tool that improves procurement decisions for spend
categories that are typically beyond the capabilities of traditional eSourcing
software. CombineNet's solution is primarily designed for Forbes Global 2000
companies and other organizations that conduct high-value, complex sourcing
events. CombineNet's proprietary technology optimizes and evaluates
complicated vendor bids and proposals, saving customers time and money. The
software allows users to create highly-customizable online requests for
proposals and run scenarios that balance a number of factors including cost,
risk, timing, value and other important criteria with internal business rules
and preferences. Customers can use the technology to acquire both direct and
indirect resources within critical spend categories. CombineNet currently has
approximately 100 customers across the globe including leaders in the retail,
consumer packaged goods, restaurant and food and beverage manufacturing

"CombineNet's technology is a great complement to our existing sourcing
software, Sourcing Director, and is highly rated by industry analysts. As a
result, SciQuest can now enable customers to more easily aggregate and
leverage their spending across all of their goods and services – from the
straightforward to the most complex and strategic. Due to the constraints of
traditional sourcing software, many companies are forced to split complex
sourcing events into smaller, isolated components or utilize error-prone,
manually intensive processes. These ad hoc approaches lead to suboptimal
results, failing to capture the full amount of potential savings. Through
CombineNet's unique algorithms, multitenant SaaS architecture, deep
understanding of best practices and 22 patents, we are acquiring the best
solution in the advanced sourcing arena. We expect to capitalize on the demand
for CombineNet's leading solution in both the commercial market and our
franchise markets," said Stephen Wiehe, president and CEO of SciQuest. "We
will commence integration activities immediately."

More information about CombineNet and the acquisition can be found at

SciQuest expects CombineNet to generate approximately $1 million of non-GAAP
revenues^(1) per month during the remainder of 2013. Inclusive of integration
costs, the Company expects the acquisition to have an approximately neutral
impact in the third quarter and full year 2013 on non-GAAP diluted net income
per share^(2) and adjusted free cash flow^(3). Over time, SciQuest expects to
be able to increase CombineNet's revenue growth rate, operating margins and
free cash flow margins to be in-line with those of the overall company. The
financial impact of the acquisition on a GAAP basis cannot be estimated until
the allocation of the purchase price is made following the closing of the

Conference Call Information

SciQuest management will discuss this acquisition on a conference call to be
held today at
4:30 p.m. ET. A replay will be available shortly after the conclusion of the
call at

What:      Call to Discuss SciQuest's Acquisition of CombineNet
When:      Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Time:      4:30 p.m. ET                           
Webcast: (live and replay)
Live Call: (855) 297-9383, domestic
          (708) 290-1311, international
Replay:    (855) 859-2056, domestic
          (404) 537-3406, international

Live and replay conference ID code: 44640168


1) Non-GAAP revenues exclude the purchase accounting deferred revenue

2) Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted net income per share exclude the
purchase accounting deferred revenue adjustment; stock-based compensation
expense; acquisition related costs; and the amortization of (i) intangible
assets and (ii) acquired software. Non-GAAP net income includes the negative
tax effect of these items.

3) Adjusted free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating
activities plus acquisition-related costs, less purchases of (i) property and
equipment and (ii) capitalization of software development costs.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

SciQuest provides all information required in accordance with GAAP, but
believes evaluating its ongoing operating results may not be as useful if an
investor is limited to reviewing only GAAP financial measures. Accordingly,
SciQuest presents non-GAAP financial measures in reporting its financial
results to provide investors with additional tools to evaluate SciQuest's
operating results in a manner that focuses on what SciQuest believes to be its
ongoing business operations and what SciQuest uses to evaluate its ongoing
operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. SciQuest's
management does not itself, nor does it suggest that investors should,
consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a
substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.
SciQuest's management believes it is useful for itself and investors to
review, as applicable, both GAAP information that includes: (i) the
amortization of acquired intangible assets; (ii) the impact of stock-based
compensation; (iii) other significant items, such as acquisition related
expenses; (iv) the purchase accounting impact on deferred revenue; and (v) the
beneficial income tax effect of these items; and the non-GAAP measures that
exclude such information in order to assess the performance of SciQuest's
business and for planning and forecasting in subsequent periods. Whenever
SciQuest uses such a non-GAAP financial measure, it provides a reconciliation
of the non-GAAP financial measure to the most closely applicable GAAP
financial measure to the extent possible. However, the financial impact of the
acquisition on a GAAP basis cannot be estimated until the allocation of the
purchase price is made following the closing of the acquisition.

About SciQuest

With a reputation for deep domain knowledge, a solid customer-driven
portfolio, and industry-leading customer satisfaction, SciQuest (Nasdaq:SQI)
is the largest public provider of cloud-based business automation solutions
for spend management that turn spending into savings. SciQuest solutions
enable greater visibility and compliance organization-wide to help you gain
control, optimize efficiencies, and reduce spend. These cloud-based solutions
are easier to implement and proven to deliver measurable, sustainable value
with SciQuest's high-touch support, analysis and automation.

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