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to Address International Markets with Agilysys Retaining Key Global Accounts
ALPHARETTA, GA. — March 31, 2014 — Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading provider of innovative hospitality software solutions and services, today announced the sale of its United Kingdom business entity to U.K.-based Verteda Limited. The former Agilysys Europe management team, headed by Mr. Adrian Burns, leads Verteda. In connection with the sale, Agilysys and Verteda have entered into a multi-year distribution agreement, whereby Verteda will distribute Agilysys InfoGenesis™ POS, a point-of-sale system; Agilysys Eatec®, an inventory & procurement system; and the Agilysys Workforce Management Solution™, in EMEA, with exclusivity in the U.K. and in the stadium and arena vertical internationally. Agilysys will continue to manage all property management system (PMS) accounts as well as key global accounts in the EMEA market.
The sale and distribution agreement with Verteda reflects Agilysys' strategic decision to address international markets primarily through a reseller strategy. This shift better positions Agilysys to increase the penetration of its software solutions in currently under-penetrated markets and optimize its returns on invested capital. Revenue generated from all international markets (inclusive of the EMEA market) in the nine-month period ended December 31, 2013, represented less than 10 percent of the Company's overall revenue.
"The sale of our U.K.-based business and entry into a multi-year distribution agreement is consistent with the Company's strategy to optimize its use of capital in pursuit of growth for our hospitality software solutions," said Jim Dennedy, Agilysys president and chief executive officer. "We remain committed to our international markets, customers, resellers and employees. The reseller strategy permits us to pursue growth in international markets, which we believe can be optimally addressed through local businesses. We expect to maintain the same or higher levels of adjusted operating income from international sales while reducing corporate overhead and other direct costs."
Verteda will resell the Agilysys solutions either as a license or software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and will retain responsibility for implementation and support. Verteda will retain all currently employed personnel of Agilysys Europe and acquire the Agilysys Europe corporate facility lease. Customers will not experience a change in product availability and services.
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Agilysys is a leading developer and marketer of proprietary enterprise software, services and solutions to the hospitality industry. The company specializes in market-leading point-of-sale, property management, inventory & procurement and mobile & wireless solutions that are designed to streamline operations, improve efficiency and enhance the guest experience. Agilysys serves casinos, resorts, hotels, foodservice venues, stadiums and cruise lines. Agilysys operates extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, with corporate services located in Alpharetta, GA, and offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. For more information, visit www.agilysys.com.