Signs an agreement to acquire software products and services for knowledge management
HERZLIYA, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BluePhoenix Solutions (NASDAQ: BPHX), the leader in value-driven legacy modernization, today announced that it signed a purchase agreement to acquire certain assets of DSKnowledge Ltd, a knowledge management software company and affiliates (the “Business”).
DSKnowledge is a leading provider of Knowledge Management (KM) software for enterprises. The company modernizes and transforms legacy data, information and content elements in enterprises into one knowledge management repository. The company offers proven solutions for enterprises such as financial institutions, logistics companies, the public sector, telecom operators, cable and satellite television broadcasters, healthcare, hi-tech organizations and more. By improving the management and delivery of knowledge, improving customer service, enhancing marketing efforts and reducing operating costs, DSKnowledge has become an invaluable solution that is used by enterprises with thousands of users. The product enables an enterprise to dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of employees with a rapid deployment cycle. In addition, the product improves the end customers’ service level by a web enabled self service interface.
“The addition of Knowledge Management modernization products to our offering establishes BluePhoenix as an enterprise wide modernization company. We are excited to expand our portfolio of solutions as it enables us to modernize enterprises starting from infrastructure components such as platforms and databases and ending with the modernization of the knowledge base. In addition, this offering will enable us to offer solutions to the marketing, IT and customer service departments creating a unique value proposition,” said Yaron Tchwella, CEO, BluePhoenix Solutions. “Knowledge management modernization is growing at a fast pace. DSKnowledge is the de-facto leader in Israel with customers including El Al Airlines, Visa, Orange, Bezeq, Yes Cables, Hot cables and DHL among others. We believe that our global sales force will enable us to expand the reach outside of Israel to additional enterprises around the world.”
Under the terms of the agreement, BluePhoenix will acquire the Business for approximately $3.7 million of which BluePhoenix may, at its sole discretion, pay approximately $1.8 million in BluePhoenix shares and will assume liabilities of approximately $1.2 million. In addition, BluePhoenix may pay additional consideration based upon the future performance of the Business. The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions and is anticipated to close toward the end of 2009.
"The acquisition meets our strategic goal to increase our Software license and recurring maintenance revenues stream. We are looking forward to expanding our modernization portfolio and to continue providing customers and partners with the most comprehensive set of solutions," concluded Mr. Tchwella.
About BluePhoenix Solutions
BluePhoenix Solutions (NASDAQ: BPHX) is the leading provider of value-driven legacy IT modernization solutions. The BluePhoenix portfolio includes a comprehensive suite of tools and services from global IT asset assessment and impact analysis to automated database and application migration, rehosting, and renewal. Leveraging over 20 years of best-practice domain expertise, BluePhoenix works closely with its customers to ascertain which assets should be migrated, redeveloped, or wrapped for reuse as services or business processes, to protect and increase the value of their business applications and legacy systems with minimized risk and downtime.
BluePhoenix provides modernization solutions to companies from diverse industries and vertical markets such as automotive, banking and financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and retail. Among its prestigious customers are: Aflac, Capita Group, CareFirst, Citigroup, Danish Commerce and Companies Agency, Desjardins, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, Rabobank, Rural Servicios Informaticos, SDC Udvikling, TEMENOS, Toyota, and Volvofinans. BluePhoenix has 14 offices in the USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Cyprus, South Korea, Australia, and Israel.
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