Invensys sells Baan to US investment firms
Cashing in at a loss
Invensys today announced the sale of its enterprise application subsidiary, Baan, to two US investment groups for $135 million in cash.
Cerberus Capital Management and General Atlantic Partners plan to combine Baan with rival ERP vendor SSA Global Technologies, which the two investment firms already own.
In a statement, Invensys said a major product launch for Baan this autumn (code-named 'Gemini') will go ahead as planned. There's also plenty of marketing-speak about strategic alignment and leveraging customers bases too tedious to go into here.
British engineering firm Invensys bought Baan in May 2000 for €762 million ($708 million).
In a press conference call, Invensys' chairman, Colin Marshall, admitted this was too much.
Invensys is selling Baan as part of a wider restructuring programme. ®