Infor to acquire SSA Global

In expanding its enterprise software offerings, company is expected to challenge Asia's market leaders, Oracle and SAP.

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Enterprise software maker Infor Global Solutions is set to acquire rival SSA Global for about $1.4 billion.

Infor develops business software for manufacturing and distribution companies, while SSA's applications target manufacturing, consumer and services industries.

"With this acquisition, Infor will become the third-largest enterprise software provider in the industry, with approximately $1.6 billion in revenue," Jim Schaper, chairman and CEO of Infor, said in a statement.

The move is expected to pit Infor against market leaders Oracle and SAP.

In Asia, however, Oracle and SAP have a strong market presence, and it would be a hard for Infor to break their strongholds, Alan Tong, IDC's Asia-Pacific research manager for enterprise applications, said in a phone interview.

Noting that SSA Global "took a while" to consolidate its acquisition of Baan in 2003, Tong said it would take considerable effort for Infor to manage and integrate multiple product portfolios. Infor also acquired Mapics last April.

Under the latest agreement, which has been approved by SSA Global's special committee of independent directors as well as the board of directors, Infor will pay $19.50 per share in cash to SSA's shareholders.

The parties anticipate closing the transaction in the third calendar quarter of 2006.

"In a rapidly consolidating marketplace, we have seen that size and scale matter," said Mike Greenough, SSA's chairman, president and CEO. This transaction brings value to all of our key stakeholders...our investors, our customers and our employees."

Infor's announcement follows a spate of merger activities in the midmarket ERP space, including Lawson's acquisition of Intentia for $607 million earlier this month. J.D. Edwards was acquired by PeopleSoft, which was in turn was bought by Oracle.

Aaron Tan of ZDNet Asia reported from Singapore.