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Vertex Industries Acquires Two Firms, Wins $7.5m Funding.

Vertex Industries Inc has agreed to acquire two international companies, and raised $7.5m in new cash equity, in order to establish itself as a $40m concern integrating mobile computing Using a computing device while in transit. Mobile computing implies wireless transmission, but wireless transmission does not necessarily imply mobile computing. Fixed wireless applications use satellites, radio systems and lasers to transmit between permanent objects such as buildings   with middleware and e-commerce. The two companies it will acquire are London-based Portable Software Solutions Group and Germany's ICS (1) (Internet Connection Sharing) A Windows feature that enables two or more computers to share one Internet connection. First introduced in Windows 98 Second Edition, sharing is accomplished with network address translation (NAT), which is the common method.  International AG of Frankfurt. Vertex's new funding comes from an investor group led by Edwardstone & Co of New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 and MidMark Capital LP of New Jersey, and will finance working capital and the two acquisitions.

PSS See EPSS.  is said to be the UK's largest provider of handheld terminal systems to mobile workers, and leads in the door-to-door insurance and dairy industries. Last year it reported revenue of approximately $7.7m and pre-tax profits of $1.1m. ICS sells integrated high-end wireless data capture systems to industrial users in Germany, and reported revenue of $23m last year and operating profits of $800,000, after non-recurring charges.

Formed in 1974, Clifton, New Jersey-based Vertex is a systems integrator and middleware company. Its products include the BridgeNet data collection software that connect legacy and open systems platforms to bar scanners; Evolve web-enabled database access tool for e-commerce sites; I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.

I/O - Input/Output
 Exchange message broker; NetWeave messaging and database middleware; and DCS (1) See also DSC.

(2) Digital Cross-connect System) A network switching and grooming device used by telecom carriers. See digital cross-connect.
 in full Structured Query Language.

Computer programming language used for retrieving records or parts of records in databases and performing various calculations before displaying the results.
 system for automated warehouse management. In 1996, the company acquired NetWeave Corp and The Sombers Group Inc. Sombers had specialized in distributed applications for 20 years before spinning off NetWeave in 1993 to market the eponymous middleware.

PSS will be acquired for 1,207,500 new unregistered Vertex shares, $5.9m in cash payable at closing and two payments of around $800,000 each at six months intervals following. ICS is to be acquired for $6.3m in cash at closing, but includes real property valued at $1.6m, housing ICS's headquarters, and tax loss carry forwards of around $4.2m. Pro forma As a matter of form or for the sake of form. Used to describe accounting, financial, and other statements or conclusions based upon assumed or anticipated facts.

The phrase pro forma
 revenue for Vertex, PSS and ICS in 1998 would have been $38m, an increase of 28% over the previous year for the combination. All three transactions will involve issuing 9,657,142 new Vertex shares.

Vertex said the new deals would help it "create a business platform capable of serving our mutual customers across the United States and Europe more effectively." The company said the product sets, particularly in the area of mobile wireless communications, networking and middleware, were "very complementary."
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Date:Jun 23, 1999
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