Acquisition Extends Leadership Position in Key Vertical Markets and Expands Portfolio of Solutions and Capabilities for Cloud and Managed Services Delivers
Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in ERP software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced it has agreed to acquire privately held Solarsoft Business Systems from Marlin Equity Partners. Solarsoft is a specialist in midmarket enterprise resource planning (ERP) and management systems for manufacturing and distribution.
The acquisition of Solarsoft, expected to close in 45 days, extends Epicor’s position as a leading provider of complete end-to-end enterprise business solutions for discrete manufacturing and distribution and wholesale management solutions in key vertical industries including lumber and building materials, automotive, and print and packaging. Solarsoft’s best–in-class manufacturing execution systems (MES) and intelligence solutions provide extended capabilities to measure, monitor and optimize production and manufacturing operations through real-time data collection, analysis and performance tracking whether in a single facility or across a globally distributed enterprise. Solarsoft’s solutions and expertise in process manufacturing will allow Epicor to accelerate initiatives in the highly regulated food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries. Additionally, Solarsoft brings significant expertise and resources to support the delivery of both Solarsoft and Epicor cloud-based ERP, software as a service (SaaS), hosting, and managed services offerings.
“Solarsoft shares our customer-centric focus and product strategy to protect customer’s investments in our ERP solutions, while delivering unprecedented choice and flexibility,” said Pervez Qureshi, president and CEO of Epicor. “The acquisition is an excellent fit culturally and from a technology standpoint. Both companies offer deep industry expertise, and are committed to building long-term relationships with customers, providing next-generation capabilities and enabling technologies—on-premise, on-demand, hosted, or in the cloud—that customers need as their businesses evolve.”
Solarsoft delivers modern enterprise software and IT services to manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers in North America, Europe and Asia, and has over 400 employees, almost 2,000 customers, and annual revenues of approximately $90 million. From automotive parts to packaging to life sciences, from fresh food to electrical components to lumber and building materials, Solarsoft delivers systems that make connections across sales, purchasing, finance, inventory and warehouse management, logistics, manufacturing resource planning (MRP) and quality control departments to help customers monitor the business and boost operating efficiency. These solutions are well aligned to Epicor offerings, strengthening leadership in the manufacturing and distribution segments worldwide.
“We are pleased to join forces with Epicor, a recognized leader in enterprise software with a long, successful history of bringing visionary ERP solutions to the market,” said Shawn McMorran, CEO of Solarsoft. “Collectively we will have over 22,000 customers and combined revenues approaching one billion dollars annually, making us part of one of the largest enterprise software providers worldwide. Combined with Epicor, our increased scale, expanded solutions portfolio, enhanced service offerings, and global infrastructure will drive even greater value to our customers, now and in the future.”
About Solarsoft Business Systems
Solarsoft provides modern enterprise software and IT services to manufacturers, distributors and wholesale businesses worldwide. The company has grown organically and through acquisition since 1986 and employs more than 400 professionals providing local support across 16 time zones. Customers rely on Solarsoft to bring clarity and efficiency to their daily operations.
About Marlin Equity Partners
Marlin Equity Partners is a Los Angeles, California-based private investment firm with over $1 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthens a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 60 acquisitions.