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Venture Capital on Ulitzer There’s a deathwatch being kept at the bedside of the skeletal remains of Verari Systems, some paid, some not. Unable to meet payroll, the blade-cum-storage and container boutique has fired almost all of its reportedly ~225-strong staff including co-founder and CTO David Driggers – 125 of them can currently be found at a networking site that one of them set up – and the remaining management has posted a “State of the Business” message on the company’s homepage saying it’s restructuring. It reads, “Verari has initiated a process that will protect our customers’ investment and benefit our creditors as we restructure the business. The intention is to safeguard customers’ investment and provide an ongoing support capability. There are several options that are being considered to provide solutions to our customers. We expect to... (more)

Seal Software Partners With Nuix to Bring Unprecedented Contract Visibility and Management to Corporations

Leading contract management provider, Seal Software, joins with global information management and eDiscovery provider, Nuix, to offer unparalleled levels of contract knowledge London, UK - 28th February 2012 - Seal Software Group, a provider of solutions to discover, capture, extract and manage contracts, today announced a partnership with Nuix, worldwide provider of eDiscovery, electronic investigation and information governance technology, to deliver Nuix Contract Discovery. The partnership provides a discovery and management tool to contextually analyze and summarize the key metadata in contracts, identify their value to the business, and empower corporations with the information to make better business decisions. This partnership harnesses Nuix's vast eDiscovery experience and Seal's unique capabilities in contract management to allow organizations, lawyers an... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Microsoft to Acquire Innovative Healthcare Technology and Assets From Global Care Solutions

BANGKOK, Thailand, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Building on a worldwide commitment to improving health through software technology, Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire software, intellectual property and other assets from Global Care Solutions (GCS), a privately held company based in Bangkok, Thailand, that develops enterprise-class health information systems. The acquisition complements Microsoft's already strong portfolio of health solutions and will provide hospitals across international markets with a new alternative to achieve improved workflow and patient safety through information technology. GCS employees will join Microsoft's Health Solutions Group, which will manage product development and delivery. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Logo: "We were impressed by Global Care Solutions' state-of-... (more)

SEDONA Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2009 Operating Results

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEDONA(R) Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: SDNA) (, a leading provider of Customer and Member Relationship Management (CRM/MRM) solutions for small and mid-size financial services organizations, today announced operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2009. For the three months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008, total revenues were $309,000 and $470,000, respectively. For the six months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008, total revenues were $613,000 and $774,000, respectively. License fee revenue decreased for the three months ended June 30, 2009, as clients are shifting from purchasing direct product licenses to favoring SAAS deployments which are multi-year subscription-based license fees. Under the SAAS model, the Company records the value of the license sale as deferred revenue and recog... (more)

PricewaterhouseCoopers Outlook: Strategic Deals and 'Mergers of Productivity' to Drive M&A in 2010

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- There have been signs of life in the deal market during the second half of 2009, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is expected to pick up in 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Transaction Services practice. While credit markets are easing for some participants, financing will remain the dominant challenge to M&A activity next year, increasing the pressure on middle market deals. Strategic buyers with strong balance sheets and robust cash reserves will be well-positioned for strategic M&A opportunities. As these strategic buyers take advantage of their ability to maneuver in the face of a challenging deal environment, PwC predicts they will pursue deals with a focus on synergies - including enhancing productivity, providing cost-savings and adding revenue volume to their businesses. "Those who have built... (more)

Unico, Inc. Announces Formation of Audit Committee to Enhance Independent Oversight of the Company's Financial Affairs

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/10 -- Unico, Incorporated (OTCBB: UNCO), a natural resource company in the precious metals mining sector, today announced the formation of an Audit Committee of the Board of Directors for the purpose of enhancing the quality and independence of the Board's oversight of the Company's financial affairs. The Audit Committee's primary function will be to oversee accounting, internal controls and financial reporting processes as well as to perform audits of the financial statements and other internal processes. The Board appointed independent Directors Ernest H. Kuhn, Edward E. Winders and David A. Gillespie to serve on the Audit Committee for a term of one year, and Mr. Kuhn was appointed as the Chairman of the Audit Committee also for a term of one year. Mr. Kuhn will also serve in the role as "financial expert" as defined by the... (more)

Koppers Expands Crosstie Procurement Business

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/16/10 -- Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP), announced that it has completed a transaction with Barham-Sevier Tie Company, Inc. ("Barham-Sevier") to acquire a crosstie procurement business that includes land and equipment for an undisclosed purchase price. The asset purchase from Barham-Sevier is expected to result in total additional revenues of approximately $8 to $10 million on an annual basis. "This agreement reflects our continuing efforts to better serve our customers by expanding our procurement capabilities," said Walt Turner, President and CEO of Koppers. Mr. Turner continued, "To be able to increase revenues by as much as $10 million for a relatively small investment is very positive for Koppers. We intend to continue pursuing accretive incremental business in this distressed e... (more)

Marfrig's Net Income in 2009 Surpasses R$ 679 Million

SAO PAULO, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marfrig Alimentos S.A. reported record net income in fiscal year 2009 of R$ 679.1 million, reversing the net loss of R$ 35.5 million recorded in 2008. Gross revenue in the year was R$ 10.28 billion, up 52% from 2008. The chart below shows the growth in Marfrig's Gross Revenue from 2005 to 2009. In an economic scenario marked by changes in consumption habits, limited financial resources and foreign exchange volatility, Marfrig's risk-dispersion strategy, which was adopted at the company's founding, once again proved well chosen - this time due to strong efforts in the domestic markets of the 13 countries where the company operates industrial facilities. Sales volume in these local markets accounted for 71.3% of the Group's total sales volume and 63.9% of its total gross revenue. In 2009, Marfrig sold 2.2 million tons... (more)

AMG reports second quarter results

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS -- (Marketwire) -- 08/11/10 -- Key Highlights * Revenue increased 13% to $243.5 million in Q2 2010 from $214.9 million in Q2 2009; H1 2010 revenue was $479.3 million * EBITDA[1] increased 8% to $23.9 million in Q2 2010 from $22.2 million in Q2 2009; H1 2010 EBITDA was $45.9 million * EPS on a fully diluted basis increased to $0.04 compared to Q2 2009 EPS of ($0.36) * The Advanced Materials Division generated revenue of $152.0 million and EBITDA of $14.2 million in Q2 2010 * The Engineering Systems Division generated revenue of $59.5 million and EBITDA of $8.0 million in Q2 2010 * Graphit Kropfmühl generated revenue of $32.1 million and EBITDA of $1.7 million in Q2 2010 * As of June 30, 2010 cash on hand was $84.6 million, net debt was $119.7 million; Q2 2010 free cash flow[2] was $23.8 million [1] EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest... (more)

Agrium Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/08/12 -- ALL AMOUNTS ARE STATED IN U.S.$ Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) (NYSE:AGU) announced today consolidated net earnings ("net earnings") from continuing operations of $327-million ($2.04 diluted earnings per share) for the fourth quarter of 2011. The 2011 fourth quarter results included a $61-million ($0.30 diluted earnings per share(1)) charge resulting from the impairment of Agrium's investment in Hanfeng Evergreen Inc. ("Hanfeng"). Excluding this charge, net earnings from continuing operations would have been $374-million ($2.34 diluted earnings per share). Net earnings were $193-million ($1.20 diluted earnings per share) for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with the net earnings of $135-million in the fourth quarter of 2010 ($0.86 diluted earnings per share). On an annual basis, 2011 net earnings from continuing operations w... (more)