Milton Keynes, 23rd November 2017
– Cegid announces the acquisition of Cylande, a leading provider of software solutions for retail, further strengthening the groups position at the forefront of the retail technology market. The combined company, which posted almost €100 million in sales last year, now supports over 70,000 stores in 70 countries globally. This acquisition underpins Cegids ambitious growth plans as it looks to accelerate its development in the rapidly evolving retail sector.
The acquisition of Cylande strengthens Cegids position as one of the major global IT solution providers for retail.
Together, Cegid and Cylandes combined offer means they are well placed to pursue the necessary investments in research, technology and human capital required in order to meet the challenges of todays retailers, and capture new markets across the globe.
“It was clear that not only were our complementary product portfolios well aligned, but the combined offer also allows us to capitalise on the diversity of our existing customer base, the industry expertise of our employees and the international presence of both companies. This, along with Cegids leading Cloud technology, makes this newly expanded group a key player that is strategically positioned to address the challenges of the retail market today”, said Pascal Houillon, Chief Executive Officer of Cegid.
Jean-Pierre Paugam, founder and current president of Cylande, will support the new group as a consultant in strategic affairs. Stéphane Escriva will provide long-term support to Cegid as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Cylande.
Cegid intends to keep and develop the solutions portfolio, thereby securing the investment choices previously made by Cylande customers. Cylande products will be incorporated into the Cegid retail product portfolio.
Cegid will implement its merger and consolidation knowledge, as it had already done successfully in its previous acquisitions.
Nathalie Echinard, Managing Director of Retail at Cegid, will manage the new entity. About Cylande:
Founded more than 30 years ago, Cylande is now a leading provider of retail software solutions. The Group helps retailers and specialty brands in France and abroad to develop their business. The United Retail portfolio offers a wide range of omnichannel solutions that handle all distribution channels, all store sizes and all types of distribution networks. Cylande has a proven value proposition and the company works with more than 180 world-renowned brands reflecting Cylandes successful strategy and high-quality solutions. Recognised international clients include Etam, Petit Bateau, Truffaut, Armand Thiery, Bio C Bon, Groupe Eram, Nocibé, Sergent Major/Natalys/DPAM, Devred etc.
The company operates directly in France, China, Portugal, Poland and the Ivory Coast.
The scope of Cylandes activity acquired by Cegid represented, in 2016, €31M of sales and 340 employees.