Micro Focus International plc is a multinational software and information technology business based in Newbury, Berkshire, England. The firm provides software and consultancy services for clients updating legacy systems to more modern platforms. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
On September 7, 2016, a "spin-merge" was announced between Micro Focus and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where Micro Focus would acquire "non-core" software assets of HPE, and HPE shareholders would own 50.1 percent of the merged company. The resultant company would retain its current name and listing on the LSE.
The company was founded in 1976, and in its early years, concentrated on COBOL products. In 1981, it became the first company to win the Queen's Award for Industry purely for developing a software product. The product was CIS COBOL, a standard-compliant COBOL implementation for microcomputers.
In 1998, the company acquired Intersolv Inc, an applications enablement business, for US$534 million and the combined business was renamed Merant. In 2001 the business was demerged from Merant with help from Golden Gate Capital Partners and once again became Micro Focus. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005.
On June 2008, the company acquired the Israeli NASDAQ listed software company NetManage for US$73.3 million.
In July 2009, the company acquired Borland, a developer of application lifecycle management tools, as well as the Quality Solutions (including automation tool Test Partner) part of Compuware.
In December 2013, Micro Focus acquired the Orbix, Orbacus and Artix software product lines from Progress Software. These market-leading implementations of the CORBA standard were originally developed by IONA Technologies.
On 15 September 2014, Micro Focus announced that it would acquire The Attachmate Group for US$1.2 billion in shares, which will give it ownership of the Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell, and SUSE product lines. Attachmate's parent company Wizard Parent LLC—consisting of the investment groups Elliott Management Corporation, Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, and Thoma Bravo, will hold a 40% stake in Micro Focus post-acquisition.
On 2015, Micro Focus acquired Authasas, which produces authentication middleware.
On 22 March 2016, Micro Focus announced its intent to acquire Serena Software, then valued at $540 million. The acquisition was completed on 2 May, 2016.
On 7 September 2016, Micro Focus announced its intent to merge with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software business segment. As part of the agreement, Micro Focus and HPE also announced their intention to name SUSE as HPE's preferred Linux distribution and to leverage SUSE's OpenStack expertise to collaborate on HPE’s Helion OpenStack and Stackato PaaS solutions.
In August 2010, the company discovered that the New South Wales Police Force had illegally distributed 16,000 copies of the ViewNow platform, 9,500 more than the licence allowed. Micro Focus alleged in 2011, that the NSW Police Force, Ombudsman, Police Integrity Commission, Corrective Services and other government agencies illegally used its ViewNow software, which is used to access the intelligence database known as COPS.
The company alleged police and other agencies were using 16,500 copies of its software on various computers when police were only ever entitled to 6,500 licences. The group initially alleged A$10 million in damages but later increased this to A$12 million after reviewing the results of a court-ordered, A$120,000 KPMG audit of the NSW Police Force's computer systems.
The police force maintained during the court proceedings that it had paid for a site licence that entitled it to unlimited installations of the software for all of its officers. Despite this, it settled the matter out of court in 2012, for an undisclosed sum. The other agencies previously settled the matter out of court, also for undisclosed sums.
The product areas consist of Visual COBOL, mainframe products and services, and Borland.
The company's financial results are summarised below:
Note: Accounts to 2004, prepared according to UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice. Accounts from 2005 onwards, prepared according to International Financial Reporting Standards.
The principal shareholders of Micro Focus at 31 July 2009, were Standard Life (10.92%), Majedie Asset Management (8.17%), and BlackRock (6.36%).