(By Balaseshan) Ebix Inc. (NASDAQ:EBIX), which provides application software products to the insurance industry, said it has agreed to buy two new buildings in India for building an office campus over 4,000 square meters.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based company will purchase two new buildings in India, to support its continued growth and associated increased need for offshore development and BPO resources. With this, Ebix will own 5 buildings in India, since it already owns three buildings in Noida, India.
The company said this decision was made to allow Ebix to double its staff capacity in India over the next few years. The purchase of these two buildings will allow Ebix to have a large office campus over an area of 4,000 square meters since four of these buildings are adjoining each other.
Ebix presently employs in excess of 1100 employees in India, with its core development operations being awarded the coveted Level 5 Quality status of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model (CMM).
All software development work undertaken in these two new buildings is likely to be 100% tax-exempt until the year 2017/2018, under the Software Export Zone (SEZ) Act of the Government of India, after which the company is likely to be entitled to a 50% tax-free status in India until 2022/2023.
Ebix is an international supplier of software and e-commerce solutions to the insurance industry. It provides a series of application software products for the insurance industry ranging from carrier systems, agency systems and exchanges to custom software development for all entities involved in the insurance and financial industries.
EBIX closed Friday's regular session at $24. The stock has been trading between $13.02 and $26.90 for the past 52 weeks.