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Francisco Partners to Acquire Plex Systems, Inc.

Press Releases — Jun 06, 2012



Deal Facts

North America

Private Buy Out

Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, today announced the pending acquisition of Plex Systems from a group of shareholders, including Apax Partners. Based in Auburn Hills, Mich., Plex Systems is a leading provider of cloud ERP software for manufacturers.

Plex Systems’ flagship product, Plex Online, is a “shop floor to top floor” solution providing deep functionality for virtually every department within quality-driven manufacturers. The company has a broad customer base across the automotive, aerospace and defense, food and beverage and electronics industries, where manufacturers are turning to the cloud to streamline and modernize their global operations.

Francisco Partners identified Plex Systems as an early mover in the cloud ERP market with significant recurring revenue and strong growth opportunities.

“We believe that Plex Systems has the potential to lead the transition to cloud ERP for manufacturers, and that this will be as transformative as the adoption of cloud solutions has been to sales, marketing, and human capital management,” said Petri Oksanen, a principal at Francisco Partners.

“We are thrilled that Francisco Partners shares our vision and sees the huge opportunity before us,” said Mark Symonds, CEO of Plex Systems. “We have entered an era where cloud computing is impacting virtually all business operations, and Plex Systems is among the leaders of this new model for technology development and delivery. Francisco Partners is the ideal partner to enable Plex Systems to help more manufacturers compete and win in the global market.”

Francisco Partners was advised by Pacific Crest Securities, and Plex Systems was advised by Lazard. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Plex gives process and discrete manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business -- from the shop floor to the top floor -- to drive business transformation. Built in the cloud, the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes MES, ERP, supply chain management Industrial IoT, and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility in an ever-changing market.