Marlin signs definitive agreement to acquire International Business Systems

LOS ANGELES and LONDON, June 26, 2015 –  Marlin Equity Partners (“Marlin”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire International Business Systems (“IBS”), a global provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) software to the distribution industry. IBS’s industry-leading ERP platforms, IBS Enterprise and Bookmaster, and Dynaman, a best-of-breed warehouse management system, are used by customers worldwide to streamline, automate and accelerate their operations, and drive profitability and efficiency. The company serves over 1,000 customers across a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, third-party logistics, food and beverage, consumer goods, automotive and publishing.

Douglas Braun, CEO of IBS, stated, “We are excited to be partnering with a premier global investment firm with significant expertise in enterprise software and a strong reputation for growing businesses and helping management teams achieve operational excellence. Marlin shares our philosophy of delivering value to customers and we welcome their significant resources and industry insights to help us increase our competitive advantage and accelerate investments into our products and services.”

“IBS participates in a rapidly growing market with strong brand recognition within the distribution and publishing industries. The company’s robust solutions are a testament to its commitment to continuously innovate and provide customers with the highest-quality products,” said Shawn McMorran, a partner in Marlin’s London office. “We are delighted to be working with IBS’s highly talented team to help grow the business organically, as well as through strategic acquisitions, and to support them in delivering world-class products and services to their diverse client base.”

About Marlin Equity Partners                                                                                                                                       

Marlin Equity Partners is a global investment firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. The firm is focused on providing corporate parents, shareholders and other stakeholders with tailored solutions that meet their business and liquidity needs. Marlin invests in businesses across multiple industries where its capital base, industry relationships and extensive network of operational resources significantly strengthens a company’s outlook and enhances value. Since its inception, Marlin, through its group of funds and related companies, has successfully completed over 90 acquisitions. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with an additional office in London. For more information, please visit

About IBS

IBS is a global provider of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management software to the distribution industry. IBS specializes in solving the toughest business problems in distribution, allowing companies to maximize and control lean supply chains, leverage new revenue channels and optimize their business. Delivered through the cloud or as a managed service, IBS’s software suite streamlines, automates and accelerates critical supply chain processes, from inventory planning, purchasing and supplier management through warehouse operations, value-added services and demand management. Customers in over 40 countries rely on IBS’s best-in-class solutions to drive dramatic improvements in their operations and build their foundation for growth. For more information, please visit

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