US point-of-sale software supplier to the retail and hospitality industries, MICROS Systems, is set to acquire Torex Retail Holdings, its European counterpart and technology supplier to the retail, hospitality and convenience and fuel markets.
According to MICROS, Torex’s position in the UK and Europe will support its strategy of international expansion in the retail market.
MICROS systems are currently installed in table and quick service restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos, leisure and entertainment, and retail operations in more than 180 countries, and on all seven continents.
Torex has operations in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, the Nordics, and the US.
It provides outlet and head office technology, through a mix of software, hardware, consultancy, implementation and maintenance and services.
Torex’s portfolio ranges from point-of-sale to solutions, which address merchandise planning, business analytics, loss prevention and multi-channel trading; as well as more consumer-facing solutions for e-commerce, vouchering, loyalty programmes and integration with social media networks.
MICROS said the deal is consistent with its long-term strategy to grow its retail presence in Europe, building upon the strong position of MICROS-Retail in North America.
As well as bringing valuable customers, technology and employee expertise, MICROS said it will use Torex’s presence in the convenience and fuel market in Europe as a foothold for further expansion.
Torex’s experienced retail division and the retail sales force in the UK and Europe will help MICROS increase its presence and sales growth potential outside North America, the company said. In addition to the continued investment in market leading technology, customers will benefit from the extended product and professional service portfolio of the combined group, MICROS added.
The completion of the acquisition is dependent on approval from regulatory bodies in Germany and Norway.
“This is very exciting news for our industry and particularly for MICROS and Torex customers,” said Kaweh Niroomand, president, MICROS-Fidelio, EAME (Europe, Africa, and Middle East) at MICROS Systems.
“More so than ever, technology innovation and efficiency are fundamental to business success and this acquisition will allow us to deliver a broader range of products and services to new and existing customers.”
“This is a great deal for both companies, and reflects the transformation which has taken place at Torex as a result of our employees’ hard work and commitment over the last few years,” said Steve Rowley, chief executive officer, Torex.
“Together, we are positioned to provide our customers with a large portfolio of innovative technology which supports our customers’ business needs.”