Emptoris and Marlin — Closing the Buyout Chapter

Thanks to a hat-tip from multiple sources, I learned this afternoon that Marlin issued a press release with some of the funding details of their Emptoris buyout. According to the press release, the deal was structured to buy-out current investors, to fund working capital requirements and to provide strategic capital for future acquisitions. The exact wording follows: "Marlin Equity Partners, through its group of funds, acquired a majority equity position in Emptoris, Inc., and becomes the largest investor in the company, in partnership with Emptoris' management and employees. Marlin's investment in the company was structured to include a buy-out of the existing venture capital investors, extinguish certain liabilities, and fund an additional $20 million in working capital to ensure the company's continued growth, all without increasing the company's level of debt. Additionally, Marlin has allocated a significant amount of capital to fund future strategic acquisitions." This news should certainly put to rest any lingering concerns that Emptoris prospects and customers might have about the financial stability of the company.

You can find complete Spend Matters coverage of the Emptoris buyout and the litigation circumstances that led up to it below:

Private Equity Firm vs. Venture Capital -- What it Means to Customers and the Market

Friday Rant: The Emptoris Deal and What it Means for Customers

Behind the Emptoris Buyout – The Company Perspective

Marlin Equity Partners Buys a Controlling Stake in Emptoris

Protecting Yourself from Providers: Emptoris and Beyond

Emptoris Starts the New Year in New Hands

A Community Discusion -- What is the Latest at Emptoris

Emptoris and Ariba -- The Final Judgment is Complete

The Emptoris Sourcing Patch -- What it Means for Users

A Few Additional Thoughts on the Emptoris/Ariba Patent Settlement

Ariba Prevails in Patent Litigation Against Emptoris

Ariba Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Emptoris

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