Epicor to Acquire Spectrum Human Resource Systems Corporation…from Epicor


Cloud and Premise-Based HRMS Solution Broadens Next-Generation ERP Suite; Combined Experience and Platform to Deliver True International HCM Offering

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Epicor Software Corporation (NASDAQ: EPIC), a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions to the midmarket and Global 1000 companies, today announced it has agreed to acquire privately held SPECTRUM Human Resource Systems Corporation based in Denver, Colorado for approximately $16 million in cash, subject to certain closing adjustments. The acquisition is expected to close by December 31, 2010.

With approximately 100 employees, over 430 direct customers (an additional 1,800 through OEM relationships), and projected full-year 2010 revenues of approximately $14 million, Spectrum’s best-in-class Web-based human resource and talent management solutions will be the core of the newly formed Epicor Human Capital Management (HCM) group. The acquisition broadens Epicor’s position as a leading provider of complete end-to-end enterprise business solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services sector, with the addition of end-to-end HRMS. Epicor does not expect the acquisition to have a material impact on its 2010 financial results, but does expect it to be slightly accretive to revenue and earnings beginning the first quarter of 2011.

“Spectrum is perfectly aligned with our strategy to provide comprehensive solutions and services that offer businesses both choice and flexibility; delivered on-premise, as a managed service, or in the cloud,” said George Klaus, chairman, president and CEO of Epicor. “The acquisition is an excellent fit from a technology, corporate culture, and customer service standpoint—both companies leverage the Microsoft .NET Framework, have a customer-centric focus, and deliver service from a single-point of accountability.

“The opportunity to deliver this comprehensive best-in-class HRMS creates new market opportunities both domestically and internationally. The complementary technology focus along with our commitment to service-oriented architecture (SOA) will allow us to quickly integrate the product across many of our product lines particularly Epicor 9, which will create significant cross-selling opportunities to both our ERP and HCM customers.”

Global HCM Market Opportunity in the Cloud

According to a recent report by Gartner, Inc., “The application and delivery model portfolio needs to be actively managed to enable HR organizations to align their initiatives with business objectives. Poor decisions can lead to increased operating costs jeopardizing opportunities to improve service models and strategic capability. CIOs should include HCM applications in their service-oriented architecture (SOA) plans, and HCM technology governance plans must address growing SaaS use.”

In the same report Gartner states, “HCM applications are fundamental to an organization’s business application strategy. Consequently, the evaluation, selection and implementation of the applications will have a major impact on overall business application strategy. Gartner is estimating approximately $6 billion in revenue in the HCM software market in 2010, and expects 4.5% growth during the next three years.”

With combined focus on Microsoft .NET, Web 2.0 and cloud computing technologies, and expertise in delivering world-class business solutions, Epicor and Spectrum together can deliver a solution that requires no compromises and what no other company is providing today — an end-to-end HCM solution backed by local country support, localization and language, and supporting flexible delivery options including SaaS, hosted, and on-premise.

“We are excited to join forces with Epicor and the opportunity it creates to rapidly accelerate the momentum Spectrum has built in the HCM market,” said Sybll Romley, CEO and president of Spectrum. “The economic downturn has shifted much of the focus of corporate HR from recruitment and on-boarding to talent management and employee development. With increasingly decentralized workforces, the rise of social networking, and rapidly evolving government, privacy, and regulatory compliance requirements, the value of a truly integrated HCM solution that aligns HR best practices with the overall business objectives of a company is significant.”

“Epicor’s infrastructure and global presence also provides a strong platform to expand into new markets and geographies as a best-in-class solution,” Romley stated. “Our customers will benefit from the technology and product roadmap synergy between Epicor and Spectrum, as well as having direct access to Epicor resources worldwide — which we expect will deliver even greater value to all of our customers.”

Spectrum: Comprehensive HR Functionality

Epicor plans on continuing to develop and support the Spectrum iVantage® HRIS product offering, in line with Epicor’s “protect, extend and converge” strategy. The Spectrum solution covers all aspects of an organization’s HR needs, from applicant tracking and hiring to workforce management and succession planning. The intuitive, easy to use, browser-based interface and automated workflow provide a high level of employee self-service, enabling HR professionals to reduce time consuming clerical functions and focus on developing organizational and workforce strategies that can improve the bottom line. Powerful analytics and productivity reporting tools provide a complete picture of the workforce for better strategic planning and operational alignment.

The Spectrum offering will be immediately available to Epicor customers as an “extend” component integrated with their Epicor ERP solution. A full range of delivery options will be available including on-premise, hosted/managed services, or software as a service (SaaS).

For more information on Epicor, please visit www.epicor.com
Matt Lafata, HRchitect

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