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Avanquest Parent Company BVRP Acquires Silicon Valley’s V Communications,
Leading PC Utilities Software Developer

BVRP, a global developer and publisher of communications and productivity software, listed on the Euronext Nouveau Marché, today announced the acquisition of V Communications, Inc. (VCOM), a San Jose-based leading supplier of Utilities software for the global PC market.

Under terms of the agreement, BVRP gains full control of the best selling VCOM lines of PC Utilities products that include the award-winning SystemSuite™, Fix-It Utilities™, Web Easy™ and PowerDesk®. BVRP also acquires VCOM’s assets and its valuable development expertise. BVRP will pay $8.5 million in cash and shares with an additional payment of up to $5 million in cash and shares contingent on certain targets being met in 2005-06.

The acquisition of VCOM will dramatically expand BVRP’s product offering in the PC Utilities market. The integration of the San Jose and Denver based R&D teams will bolster BVRP’s software development capabilities and reinforce the Company’s presence in these markets.

Avanquest plans to create three new divisions focusing on the Mobility, Productivity and Utility software product lines, which will increase profit margins for the company. The software will be marketed worldwide in all channels by Avanquest, which publishes best-selling software in all product categories, from both BVRP and third-party developers.

Chris Thompson, Managing Director Avanquest UK comments “VCOM’s broad, innovative products have made them the leader in the PC utility category. Their outstanding range of best selling software titles is a significant addition to our portfolio.” He goes on to say “With strong brands and a well established presence in each of the Utilities, Productivity and Mobility product categories, Avanquest is now perfectly positioned to meet and exceed our goal of reaching a 20% market share in all three categories.”

VCOM sales have gone from $5.5 million in 2002 to approximately $8.3 million in 2004, with strong operating profit surpassing 15% in 2004. The BVRP group expects an additional $9-10 million in revenues for 2005 as a result of the acquisition.

As part of the reorganisation, VCOM founder and President Frank van Gilluwe has been appointed president of the Utility Software Division. He will join BVRP’s Executive Committee and report to CEO Bruno Vanryb. As division president, Mr. van Gilluwe will have responsibility for global market research, product development and marketing investment for the Utility Software category.

“BVRP has expanded rapidly over the past several years and we’ve been impressed by their capability not only to develop innovative software in the Mobility and Productivity space, but also to strengthen their presence in all territories and all channels through Avanquest.” said Mr. Gilluwe. “VCOM is very excited to be joining BVRP and extend its development capabilities and global leadership in the creation, sourcing and publishing of high quality software worldwide.”

VCOM’s operations will be located in the San Francisco Bay area, global headquarters of Avanquest Software Publishing, managed by Christina Seelye, President, Avanquest Software Publishing USA. VCOM’s 24 current Silicon Valley employees will continue to be employed at the Avanquest facility.

About Avanquest UK
Avanquest UK is part of the Avanquest global organisation. Formed in June 2003 by parent company BVRP Software Group, Avanquest is a network of companies offering a complete range of software publishing resources and a worldwide market to software developers from around the globe. Avanquest has a local presence on five continents and long-established relationships across all channels of distribution in markets covering nearly 90% of the world’s total software sales. BVRP Software Group, a leading international software developer and publisher, was founded in Paris in 1984 and is listed on the Nouveau Marché of the Euronext stock exchange (ISIN FR0004026714). For additional information, please visit and

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About VCOM
VCOM began providing solutions for PC users in 1986 and has built a solid reputation by providing affordable, high-quality products for both IS professionals in an Enterprise environment and end users who want the most from their PCs. Today, VCOM is recognised as the leader in PC utilities with ground breaking products to manage, protect, and maintain today's PCs. VCOM has some of the best known PC Utilities, including the award winning SystemSuite™, Fix-It Utilities™, and PowerDesk®. Web Easy™ and Web Easy Professional are recognised as two of the most powerful, easy-to-use web design tool available. When it comes to running multiple OSes, partitioning hard drives, performing automatic data backups and keeping your hard drive running smoothly, VCOM make the process safe, simple and fast with OS Wizard™, Partition Wizard™ and BackStep Wizard™. VCOM alleviates the anxiety commonly associated with complex software operations. All VCOM's software is designed from the start for PC novices, yet is powerful enough for PC experts. VCOM - producing truly impressive software! Additional information is available at

About BVRP Software
Based in France, with subsidiaries in Germany, Great Britain, Spain and the United States, the BVRP Software Group is a worldwide leading publisher of communications and mobility software and a major provider of personal and professional software designed for utilities, office productivity and multimedia. Founded in 1984, BVRP Software celebrates 20 years of innovation in 2004. BVRP products are marketed in over 100 countries, through e-commerce, OEM partnerships and IT resellers. In June 2003, BVRP Group formed Avanquest Global Software Publishing, a coalition of software publishers offering worldwide publishing resources to software developers everywhere. The group posted revenue of €48.6M and a net income of €3.9M in 2003, and revenue of €27.4M and a net income of €3.2M in the first half-year of 2004. Listed on Euronext (ISIN FR0004026714) since December 1996, BVRP Software is part of the NextEconomy segment and the SBF 250 index. Additional information on BVRP is available at

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