Rockwell Automation joins forces with Kezzler to enhance supply chain visibility. Following the recently announced Plex Systems acquisition, Rockwell will incorporate Plex's cloud-native factory floor track-and-trace capabilities into Kezzler's product digitization system.
Rockwell Automation’s recent acquisition of Plex Systems is cited as an example of industrial companies’ interest in B2B SaaS platforms. Note: The translated reference may inaccurately appear as Flex Systems.
An exciting new chapter for Plex Systems begins: Plex is joining forces with Rockwell Automation. When Accel first partnered with the Plex team in 2012, they believed that their cloud-based smart manufacturing solutions would be the key to dramatically increasing factory operations and supply chain efficiency for global manufacturers everywhere.
In a report released today, Noah Kaye from Oppenheimer assigned a Buy rating to Rockwell Automation, with a price target of $286.00. The company’s shares closed last Thursday at $285.51, close to its 52-week high of $289.52. Corporate insider sentiment is positive on the stock.
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Rockwell Automation, Inc.'s Long-Term Issuer Default Rating and senior notes at 'A', and Short-Term IDR and Commercial Paper at 'F1'. The Rating Outlook is Stable. This action follows the company's announcement that it has agreed to acquire Plex Systems from Francisco Partners for $2.2 billion. The transaction is expected to close in Rockwell's fiscal fourth quarter.
Plex literally wrote the book on cloud-based ERP, having been doing this since the late 1990s. Many of their competitors only recently embraced cloud and/or multi-tenant cloud technology. Plex has developed deep manufacturing expertise in the automotive sector along the way. The deal will be very complementary and should be accretive in a relatively short time.
Rockwell Automation Inc. agreed to buy industrial cloud software company Plex Systems for $2.2 billion. Rockwell has traditionally preferred to partner with companies to expand its software offerings, but the company signaled it may be thinking about more overt takeovers last year. Plex Systems is Rockwell's largest publicly announced takeover.