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Lawson Software announces cost reduction measures
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Nov '08
Lawson Software announced it is implementing cost reduction measures in light of current economic conditions. The company will restructure its workforce, close one office facility and reduce discretionary expenses while preserving targeted investments that enable long-term growth and increased efficiencies.

The restructuring plan includes the elimination of approximately 200 employees, or 5 percent of the global workforce, with personnel departures expected to be substantially completed by Dec. 31, 2008.

When combined with anticipated voluntary attrition and limited hiring, the total reduction in the global workforce is estimated to be between 8 percent and 10 percent by the end of the company's fiscal year on May 31, 2009. Annualized cost savings from the restructuring, attrition, limited hiring and other expense controls combined are estimated to be in the range of $40 million to $50 million.

The restructuring actions are expected to result in pre-tax charges of approximately $9 million to $12 million for severance pay and related benefits and expenses for the facility closure. The majority of the charges will be recorded in the second fiscal quarter which ends Nov. 30, 2008. The Company anticipates recording the remaining charges in the third and fourth quarters of its fiscal year ending May 31, 2009.

"Making decisions to reduce personnel are difficult because of the impact to good people and their families, but these actions are necessary in this challenging economic environment," said Harry Debes, Lawson president and chief executive officer. "Lawson is a financially strong company with a robust balance sheet and a healthy net cash position. While we are reducing our overall costs, we will continue to maintain high levels of customer support and product innovation. We will also continue to make targeted investments in our IT systems and infrastructure and other selected initiatives that keep our long-term goals intact."

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