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EQT-owned IFS buys U.S. WorkWave in its biggest acquisition ever: Reuters

Swedish enterprise software maker IFS, owned by private equity firm EQT, said on Thursday it had struck a deal to buy U.S. software company WorkWave in its biggest ever acquisition.

IFS said it was buying WorkWave, which sells cloud-based solutions to small and medium sized service businesses, for an undisclosed amount.

IFS has been on a shopping spree for much of the last decade and has increased focus on acquisitions – bigger and more frequent – since it was bought by EQT in 2015, Fredrik vom Hofe, head of strategy at IFS told Reuters.

vom Hofe said IFS used to eye companies with sales of around $5 million to $50 million but had started looking for larger acquisitions since being bought by EQT.

vom Hofe declined to say if WorkWave had revenues exceeding $50 million.

“We have a very active pipeline (of potential acquisitions),” vom Hofe said.

IFS, which focuses on sectors such as Oil & Gas, Aerospace & Defence and Field Services Management, had revenues of 3.6 billion Swedish crowns ($442 million) in 2016, up 9 pct from the previous year.