Activant and Epicor Software to Merge

Relatively few people in the electrical wholesaling industry have heard of Epicor Software Corp., Irvine, Calif., but it's about to become a much better-known company name in this market.

Epicor and Activant Solutions Inc., Livermore, Calif., were purchased on April 4 for a combined sum of approximately $2 billion by Apax Partners, New York, a global private-equity firm that invests in technology companies. If the mergers close as expected by the second quarter of 2011, the new entity

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