Accenture Buys Outsourcers

Accenture ( ACN) is acquiring two business process outsourcing companies, the IT services firm announced on Tuesday.

Accenture agreed to buy Advantium of Hudson, Ohio, and Meridian Informed Purchasing of St. Albans, U.K. Both companies use proprietary software to analyze customers' procurement and payables data to help them recover lost profits.

Accenture expects the deals to close within 30 days. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kevin Campbell, senior managing director of Accenture's BPO organization, said in a statement that the additions will help Accenture's clients grow profitability, improve payment terms, tighten operations controls, enhance compliance and gain insight into their spending among suppliers.

Accenture shares dipped 29 cents, or 1%, to $27.68 in recent trading.

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