#SQS

Network Corporate Finance advised the founding shareholders of SQS Software Quality Systems AG, Cologne, in the preparation of the initial public offering in the alternative investment market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

#Key data

Industry: IT & Software
Client: SQS
Project type: Capital Market Transactions
Description: IPO AIM / London
Date: September 2005

Transaction

SQS Software Quality Systems AG was the first German technology company to enter the alternative investment market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. With the proceeds from the share placement on the AIM, SQS AG wishes to strengthen existing business segments and build new, fast-growing sectors. Furthermore, the SQS management plans to expand by means of strategic takeovers. The placement was supported by the London investment bank Evolution Securities Limited as syndicate manager and the Sal. Oppenheim banking organisation as "joint book runner".

 

Target Company

The SQS Group (SQS) is the largest, independent supplier of software test and quality management services in Europe. Founded in Cologne in 1982, SQS today employs a total of 461 staff throughout Europe. In 2004 the SQS Group achieved sales of 49 million Euro.

 

Key facts

Transaction value: EUR 19 million
Sector: IT services
Sales: EUR 49 million
Employees: 461
Date: September 2005

 

Client

Founding shareholders of SQS Software Quality Systems AG

 

The role of Network Corporate Finance

Network Corporate Finance advised the founding shareholders of SQS on various strategic options, examined the expansion financing prospects and advised in the preparation of the initial public offering.

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