Sage mounts Viking invasion

From Newcastle to Norway

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Sage plans to buy its way into the Scandinavian market with the £334m acquisition of Oslo-based Visma.

Visma is the largest Scandinavian vendor of business management solutions for SMBs. Its revenues last year were £166m at a profit of £22m, and assets were estimated at £197m.

Sage will offer 125 Norwegian Krona per share, a 19 per cent premium on the average price over the last twenty days trading. One pound gets you about 11 and a half Kroner these days.

If it goes through, the deal will be the second acquisition in 2006 for shopaholic Sage after January's £184m purchase of US firm Verus Financial Management.®

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