Marlin Equity to acquire International Business Systems

Marlin Equity Partners has agreed to buy International Business Systems. Financial terms weren’t announced. International Business, of Sweden, provides enterprise resource planning and supply chain management software to the distribution industry.


STOCKHOLM, June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP, WMS and supply chain solution provider, announced today a definitive agreement for the business to be acquired by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm with more than $3 billion of capital under management. The acquisition will enable IBS to accelerate its already rapid growth rate while enhancing its commitment to customer success.

“We are excited to partner with a premier global investment firm like Marlin because it will help us significantly increase our competitive advantage, and accelerate investment in our products and services to enhance our value creation for customers,” said Douglas Braun, CEO of IBS.  “The team at IBS shares with Marlin the philosophy of delivering value to customers, and we welcome Marlin’s broad resources and industry insights.  The acquisition is good news for IBS and our customers, partners, suppliers and everyone who contributes to IBS.”

IBS fits well with Marlin’s long-term investment strategy, built on partnering with outstanding management teams to strengthen companies and grow long-term shareholder value. Marlin’s investment profile focuses on established technology businesses that have a strong market presence and are looking for new ways to realize their potential.   IBS management and Marlin will work together to sustain the success that IBS has already achieved and accelerate the profitable development of new markets and new products while strengthening existing customer relationships.

Shawn McMorran, partner in Marlin’s London office, said:  “We are delighted to be working with IBS’ highly talented team to help grow the business organically, as well as through strategic acquisitions, and to support them in delivering world-class products and services to the company’s diverse client base.  Our cultures and values are aligned and we look forward to making this a great partnership.”

About IBS

IBS is a global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) software to the distribution industry.  IBS specializes in solving the toughest business problems in distribution, allowing companies to maximize and control lean supply chains, leverage new revenue channels and optimize existing businesses. Delivered through the cloud or as a managed service, IBS’ software suite streamlines, automates and accelerates critical supply chain processes, from inventory planning, purchasing and supplier management through warehouse operations, value-added services and demand management. Customers in over 40 countries rely on IBS’ best-in-class solutions to drive dramatic improvements in their operations and build their foundations for growth. For more information, please visit

About Marlin Equity Partners      

Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthen a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 90 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit