BravoSolution Completes Acquisition of Verticalnet

LONDON, January 28

Combination Yields a US$60m Supply Management Solutions Leader With Balanced Strength in US and Europe

BravoSolution, a leading provider of global supply management solutions today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Verticalnet, Inc, one of the premier vendors of full-suite supply management software solutions in the marketplace today. Verticalnet, Inc will henceforth be known as BravoSolution US. This acquisition caps several years of record revenue growth and profitability for BravoSolution, who has quickly established a leadership position in supporting all manner of supply
management organisations since entering the marketplace in 2001.

"The entire BravoSolution team is excited to welcome
Verticalnet to our organisation," said Federico Vitaletti, CEO of
BravoSolution. "The new BravoSolution US brings an important set of
customers, functionality, and talented team members to our organisation. Our
expanded global capabilities leave us well positioned to lead the marketplace
in our ability to deliver comprehensive supply management solutions to the
multinational organisation."

"In the UK we're looking forward to offering a strengthened
suite of solutions delivered by an extended team of service delivery
professionals," added Nader Sabbaghian, Managing Director of BravoSolution
UK. "The combined organisation represents a major force in the UK supply
management solutions marketplace with a proven track record of delivering
tangible value to clients in the private and public sectors. As a worldwide
leader among supply management providers, we can continue to offer our
customers the solutions and structure they need in a successful partner."

The new organisation will deliver:

o Comprehensive Solutions to support the full supply
management lifecycle.

o Global corporate support to deliver financial peace-of-mind
and local resources to even our largest multinational customers.

o A commitment to driving customer results through targeted
use of support and solutions to maximize solution value.

A Reputation for Solution Leadership:

Both BravoSolution and
Verticalnet were built on a foundation of sustained supply management
excellence and have focused on delivering real value to customers. Three key
solution themes shared across the new BravoSolution include: a recognition
that product excellence combined with strong services delivery is the best
offering for supporting customers value objective; a strong belief that a
supply management offering must go beyond a focus on savings to address
compliance, process efficiency, and risk mitigation; and perspective that
sourcing complex categories require approaches that go beyond a
one-size-fits-all generic software approach.

Profitable Growth and Strong Financial Backing:

BravoSolution has registered impressive organic revenue growth for its entire six-year
history. Profitable since 2004, BravoSolution has averaged 55% annual
turnover growth since inception, and brings a culture of aggressive growth to
its new BravoSolution US operations. In addition to impressive independent
growth, BravoSolution enjoys the strong financial backing of its parent
company, Italcementi, the world's fifth largest cement company, representing
more than US$6B in revenue annually. This backing, combined with annual
reporting of BravoSolution financials through the Italcementi business
provides a combination of financial strength and visibility not seen in other
supply management vendors, either public or private.

Continuity for Customers and Prospective Customers:

It is BravoSolution's intention to support and continue to invest in both its ESoP
platform and the former Verticalnet's XE Supply Management suite given the
unique capabilities of each platform for the markets served. In addition, the
former Verticalnet teams who have worked closely with customers are expected
to remain largely intact across consulting, sales, and customer support.
BravoSolution's goal is to grow the US, and to leverage and expand the US
organisation to achieve this objective. While former Verticalnet customers
will see continuity in the short term, they can also look to expand their
reliance on the global support offered by BravoSolution's 350 employees in
Europe, the US, and Asia.

Global Reach, Local Support:

With the completion of the acquisition of Verticalnet, BravoSolution offers 11 offices worldwide, providing local, feet-on-the ground resources where our clients need them
most. Having built the business with a philosophy of local resources serving
local markets, BravoSolution offers one of the largest sourcing consultancies
in Europe with full organisations operating in Italy, France, Spain, and the
UK. With the new addition of the US as well as China, BravoSolution is
uniquely capable of serving global clients with teams staffed locally by
country nationals to support local sourcing teams.

Key highlights about BravoSolution include:

o The combined organisation is now one of a small group of
major full-suite supply management vendors offering full lifecycle supply
management support combined with a strong balance sheet.

o A client portfolio comprised of over 350 leading
organisations in 18 countries.

o Over 350 professionals in 11 Offices (Chicago, London,
Madrid, Milan, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Rome, Shanghai, Washington, DC)

o 250 active eSourcing platforms delivered through our
on-demand (SaaS) model.

o Over US$60M combined 2007 turnover.

o A profitable organisation averaging organic growth of 55%
for the past eight years.

o An enhanced ability to pursue opportunities with
multinational organisations requiring global support capabilities.

About BravoSolution

BravoSolution is a leading international provider of eSourcing solutions.
Its mission is to generate value by supporting its clients in the improvement
of procurement processes through innovative web-based technologies and
services. Founded in June 2000 by the Italcementi Group, BravoSolution
effectively combines professional expertise and technological excellence in
the area of sourcing in order to deliver valuable results to its numerous
customers worldwide. BravoSolution has offices in London Madrid, Milan,
Paris, Rome and Shanghai. In the United Kingdom, BravoSolution is the sole
approved provider of eSourcing Services under the Framework Agreement managed
by an Executive Agency of the UK Treasury (OGC). BravoSolution has a team of
more than 250 professionals and has now managed over 70,000 online
negotiations, totalling over US$50 billion of spend.

About BravoSolution US

BravoSolution US, formerly Verticalnet, has been a leading provider of
supply management solutions for over a decade. Going beyond traditional spend
management and sourcing approaches, Verticalnet's solutions provide the
visibility, insight and control required to identify, realize and sustain
value from supply management initiatives. BravoSolution US has worked with
numerous Global 2000 companies to develop industry-leading spend management
and sourcing programs that leverage a tailored blend of leading software,
comprehensive services, and deep domain expertise.

Source: BravoSolution

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