Lexmark International on Tuesday announced that it will pay $72 million to buy Germany-based Saperion AG, a developer and provider of enterprise content management and business process management software in Europe.
Saperion's customers include E.ON, Lufthansa, Vodafone, Daimler and Siemens. E.ON's United States subisidiary had operated Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric before selling them in 2010.
Paul Rooke, chief executive officer of Lexington-based Lexmark, said that expanding the company's European presence is important to Lexmark and its stand-alone Perceptive Software unit.
The purchase is the latest in a series of domestic and global acquisitions that strengthen Perceptive Software, based in Shawnee, Kan. Lexmark, which employs 2,300, is one of the Bluegrass region's largest private employers.
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"We are constantly looking across the globe, domestically as well as internationally, for acquisition opportunities," Rooke said Tuesday.
In 2011, Lexmark acquired Netherlands-based Pallas Athena, a move the company said strengthened its end-to-end managed print services and business process solutions.
Lexmark in 2012 acquired ISYS Search Software, based in Australia; U.S.-based Nolij Corp.; and Luxembourg-based Brainware. So far this year, it has bought Twistage, a San Francisco-based company with a pure cloud software platform for managing video, audio and image content, Seattle-based AccessVia, which has software that prints on-demand in stores on monochrome and color laser printers, smart multifunction products and on handheld devices in the aisle or centrally in production facilities; and Acuo Technologies of Minneapolis, a leader in clinical management software and the medical imaging industry.