Infor Continues Acquisition Spree, Buys Mercia for Supply Chain Planning

Forms new demand planning group to target service parts, CPG, healthcare and distribution sectors

Forms new demand planning group to target service parts, CPG, healthcare and distribution sectors

Atlanta — January 11, 2005 — Enterprise software provider Infor Global Solutions has acquired Mercia Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmatica that offers supply chain planning solutions. Mercia is to form the basis of a new demand planning group within Infor.

Mercia adds 115 employees and 250 customers to Infor's 13,000 current customers and 1,800 employees. In a statement, Infor said that the acquisition of Mercia is consistent with its global strategy of assembling software solutions and vertical expertise to build leadership positions in the manufacturing and distribution markets.

Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Mercia offers two suites of supply chain planning products, which include demand planning, strategic inventory planning, distribution planning, and sales and operational planning functionality. The MerciaLincs Enterprise (MLE) suite is designed for tier-one and two companies with sophisticated supply chain planning requirements. The MerciaLincs PC (MLPC) product is a point solution targeted at smaller companies.

According to Infor, Mercia's solutions are well positioned for the services parts (automotive, aerospace, etc.), consumer packaged goods, healthcare and distribution industry sectors. Some of Mercia's customers include divisions of General Motors, TRW, HJ Heinz, The Body Shop, Honeywell and Smurfit-Stone.

"Mercia has a 21-year track record of success in the supply chain planning market," said Jim Schaper, chairman and CEO of Infor. "Their highly regarded demand planning and forecasting products will benefit Infor's existing and future customers across all of our verticals — automotive, process and discrete manufacturing and distribution."

The newly acquired products will form the Infor Demand Planning Group and will complement the solutions provided to all of Infor's existing business units, in addition to adding new distribution channels in Asia.

Mercia veteran John Sookias has been named vice president and general manager for Infor's Demand Planning Group. John was responsible for Mercia worldwide sales, marketing and professional services.

Infor, formerly known as Agilisys, has been building its applications portfolio through acquisitions over the past year. In October 2004, the company acquired Lilly Software (see story), following the acquisition of Incodev, a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for the process industry, in September 2004. As Agilisys, the company bought Aperum, a provider of enterprise solutions to the distribution industry, last August, and took over NxTrend, another supplier of enterprise solutions to the distribution industry, in June (see story).