FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that Solera Holdings' 2012 Acquisition of Actual Systems Was Anticompetitive in the Market for Yard Management Systems

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Solera Holdings, Inc.’s 2012 purchase of rival Actual Systems of America, Inc. was anticompetitive. The FTC's complaint alleges that the acquisition significantly harmed competition in the concentrated market for yard management systems (YMS) used by automotive recycling yards.  Combining the two firms eliminated direct and substantial competition between Solera and Actual Systems, and would likely result in higher prices for YMS and less innovation in the market. 

Solera, through its wholly owned subsidiary Hollander, Inc., and Actual Systems were two of the three leading providers of YMS in the North American market at the time of the acquisition. The FTC settlement, first announced in July 2013, requires Solera to sell the U.S. and Canadian YMS business that it acquired from Actual Systems to ASA Holdings, Inc.  

The Commission vote approving the final order and letters to members of the public who provided comments was 4-0. (FTC File No. 121-0165; the staff contact is Scott Reiter, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2886; see press release dated July 22, 2013)

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