Glaston negotiates the sale of its Software Solutions Business Area

Helsinki, Finland, 2012-10-19 15:00 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GLASTON CORPORATION STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 19 October 2012 at 16.00 (EET)

Glaston negotiates the sale of its Software Solutions Business Area

Glaston Corporation has entered into exclusive negotiations for the sale of Albat+Wirsam Software GmbH. Glaston expects the transaction to be completed by the end of 2012. As a result of the transaction Glaston divests the Software Solutions business area.

“Glaston wants to put more focus on growing and developing its core competences; on glass processing machinery and related services. In these business areas we have outstanding know-how and the best possibilities to serve and support our customers. The transaction, when completed will benefit both Glaston and Albat+Wirsam as the parties can put more strategic focus on their core businesses”, comments Arto Metsänen, CEO and President of Glaston Corporation.

Glaston Corporation acquired Albat+Wirsam Software Group in July 2007 and it has operated as a business area within Glaston Group. The net sales for the Software Solutions’ business area for the period January-June 2012 was EUR 10.7 (12.2) million. Operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 1.1 (1.3) million and the business area employed approximately 190 persons. In 2011, net sales for the Software Solutions business area was EUR 23.1 million and the operating result excluding non-recurring items EUR 1.7 million.

In Glaston’s January-September 2012 interim report to be published on 31 October 2012, the Software Solutions business area will be reclassified as discontinued operations.

For further information, please contact:
Arto Metsänen, CEO and President, tel. +358 10 500 500
Taina Tirkkonen, General Counsel, tel. +358 10 500 500

Agneta Selroos
Director, Communications and Marketing