Quark acquired by Parallax Capital Partners to support accelerated growth

Quark Software Incorporated has been acquired by Parallax Capital Partners, a Southern-California-based, software-focused private equity firm. The new owners intend to help Quark accelerate the adoption of its transformational content automation solutions through investment in organic growth and acquisitions. Recently selected as a Gartner Cool Vendor in Content Services, and a 2017 SIIA CODiE Award finalist for Best Multi-Channel Publishing Platform, Quark has quickly emerged as a global leader in content automation. Its content automation solutions enable organizations to deliver business-critical content to any format and any channel – mobile, print, web and more. Piper Jaffray, a leading investment bank and asset management firm, served as the exclusive financial advisor to Quark in this transaction.

James Hale.
James Hale.

“Quark is having a transformational impact within a wide range of industries, completely redefining how organizations create, manage, publish and deliver business-critical content,” said James Hale, Managing Partner at Parallax. “This is a company with outstanding talent and leadership, innovative technology and an acclaimed customer base. Parallax is looking forward to bringing its experience and expertise to help Quark take its enterprise content automation business to the next level.”

Ray Schiavone.
Ray Schiavone.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our employees and customers in reaching this milestone,” said Quark President and CEO Ray Schiavone. “Quark has achieved what so many established brands fail to – which is to reinvent our company in the face of insurmountable odds. Through content automation, today Quark enables some of the world’s largest organizations to transform customer experiences, reduce time-to-market, improve compliance and reduce costs. In Parallax we believe we have a partner that shares this vision for organizations to realize the true value of their content.” Since 1999, Parallax has acquired over 20 firms and has built an exceptional track record of transitioning divisions, subsidiaries and product lines into successful stand-alone entities.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.