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Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

Nuance Buys Notable Solutions

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Nuance has acquired its primary competitor in the MFP capture space - Notable Solutions, Inc. Burlington, MA-based Nuance, which is currently best known to the world at large as the unnamed developer of the voice recognition technology behind Apple's Siri, has made a move to beef up its Document Imaging Division. Nuance is actually one of the leaders in our market, with $250M in annual Document Imaging Division revenue (although that represents less than 15% of Nuance's overall revenue). The acquisition of Notable Solutions brings about a consolidation of the leaders in the document capture software for MFP space. Notable Solutions (historically known as NSi) began life in this market as an HP partner, with its AutoStore software primarily utilized in conjunction with HP's Digital Sender, at one time a very popular network scanner. But, after its exclusivity contract expired, Notable Solutions branched out to work with other MFP vendors.…
Following the tried and true PR strategy of announcing bad news on a Friday, at the end of last week, Kofax announced preliminary fiscal 2014 (year-end June 30) numbers, "which reflect software license revenue, total revenues and adjusted EBITDA levels below the guidance previously provided to the financial community." For the year, Kofax reported that total revenue will fall between $287.5 and $290.5M, which would represent an 8% gain over Kofax's fiscal 2013, but also a disappointing Q4. By our calculations, this means fiscal Kofax's Q4 2014 revenue would come in at around $72M, which would represent a drop of approximately 7.5% from the previous year's Q4. This is very disappointing for a company that through nine months was 11.7% ahead of its 2013 pace. Kofax CEO Reynolds Bish blamed the shortfall on some large deals that fell through. On a positive note, he indicated the bulk of those deals…
Lexmark's original offer for ReadSoft includes the following statement: "Completion of the Offer is conditional upon: 1. the Offer being accepted to such an extent that Lexmark International Technology becomes the owner of shares representing more than 90% of the shares in ReadSoft." Which is why Hyland made such a big deal out of the fact that prior to making their new offer, it had acquired almost 11% of ReadSoft's shares. I recently caught up with Lars Wahlström, who is based in Sweden and advising Hyland on its bid for ReadSoft. If you remember, there was also a provision in the Lexmark bid that said that the ReadSoft board could not consider another offer unless it was 7% higher than the Lexmark offer, which Hyland tried once. Hyland is now of the opinion that ReadSoft will have to respond to their new bid, even though its only 4.7% higher than…
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