SDL Completes the Acquisition of Alterian to Enhance its Global Customer Experience Solutions

SDL’s acquisition of Alterian further demonstrates SDL’s commitment to drive the global customer experience

Maidenhead, UK


SDL plc (LSE: SDL; "SDL"), a leading provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of Alterian plc (“Alterian”). SDL has acquired Alterian, a leader in marketing analytics, social media monitoring and campaign management, for a net cash consideration of £69.7 million in cash.

The SDL Board believes the addition of Alterian’s integrated marketing platform capability will bring strong synergies and enhancements to SDL’s Global Information Management strategy that helps global businesses engage with their customers in the language, the media and at the moment they choose. There is an excellent strategic fit in combining the marketing analytics, campaign management and social media capabilities from the Alterian product suite with that of SDL’s leading global Web Content Management, eCommerce and Structured Content capabilities.

Mark Lancaster, Executive Chairman of SDL commented:

“Understanding what your customers are interested in by analysing what they are looking at, and for how long, is key in developing your web and customer engagement strategy. We already have best-of-breed web content management technology, user guidance content management technology and leading language technology. Adding Alterian’s marketing analytics, social media and campaign management technology will provide customers with a superb integrated solution for managing customer engagement and improving customer experience. We are very pleased to have completed this acquisition and look forward to working with Alterian employees, partners and customers.”

It should be noted that SDL updated the market on trading for the year ended 31 December 2011 on 17 January 2012 and will be making no further comment on the trading of the Group until the announcement of preliminary results on 28 February 2012. SDL will also fully update the market with regard to the strategy for the Alterian business at this time.

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RWS Holdings plc is the world’s leading provider of technology-enabled language, content management and intellectual property services. We help our customers to connect with and bring new ideas to people globally by communicating business critical content at scale and enabling the protection and realization of their innovations. 

Our vision is to help organizations interact effectively with people anywhere in the world by solving their language, content and market access challenges through our collective global intelligence, deep expertise and smart technology. 

Customers include 90 of the globe’s top 100 brands, the top 10 pharmaceutical companies and 18 of the top 20 patent filers worldwide. Our client base spans Europe, Asia Pacific, and North and South America across the technology, pharmaceutical, medical, legal, chemical, automotive, government and telecommunications sectors, which we serve from offices across five continents. 

Founded in 1958, RWS is headquartered in the UK and publicly listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (RWS.L). 

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