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Friday's Company Report: BEAM, LU, DVN, ODP, FMO, SDL, ESPD
By Eileen Kinsella and Betsy Riley
Staff Reporter
5/26/00 6:24 PM ET

SBC Communications' (SBC:NYSE - news - boards) Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems unit chose Anglo-French software and services company Sema Group PLC for its short-messaging service. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. SBC Communications lifted 9/16 to 42 5/8.

Sema's short-messaging service center and other services will allow SBC customers to send and receive text messages over their phones.

Sema's managing director told a Credit Suisse First Boston technology conference in Barcelona that the company hoped to be listed on the Nasdaq Composite Index by July or August in order to boost its U.S. presence. The company signed an e-commerce alliance with Lucent Technologies' (LU:NYSE - news - boards) spin-off New Enterprise group in April, and bought German-American software house LHS Group (LHSG:Nasdaq - news - boards) for $4.7 billion in shares in March. Lucent advanced 3 1/2, or 6.7%, to 56 while LHS Group climbed 1 to 31.



Midday Stocks to Watch: A, BA, DVN, MAT, ODP, SBC, T
By Eileen Kinsella and Betsy Riley
Staff Reporter
5/26/00 1:26 PM ET

SBC Communications (SBC:NYSE - news - boards) climbed 7/8 to 42 15/16 after its Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems unit chose Anglo-French software and services company Sema Group PLC for its short-messaging service. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sema's short-messaging service center and other services will allow SBC customers to send and receive text messages over their phones.

Sema's managing director told a Credit Suisse First Boston technology conference in Barcelona that the company hoped to be listed on the Nasdaq Composite Index by July or August in order to boost its U.S. presence. The company signed an e-commerce alliance with Lucent Technologies' (LU:NYSE - news - boards) spin-off New Enterprise group in April, and bought German-American software house LHS Group (LHSG:Nasdaq - news - boards) for $4.7 billion in shares in March.



Friday May 26 5:21 AM ET
Sema Wins Messaging Deal With SBC Communications
LONDON (Reuters) - Anglo-French software and services company Sema Group Plc (SEMP.PA) said on Friday that SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC - news), the No. 1 U.S. local telephone company, had chosen its short-messaging service.

Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, a U.S.-based unit of SBC, has chosen Sema's Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) and Over-The-Air activation and Programming solution. Sema's programs will allow SBC customers to send and receive text messages over their phones.

A Sema spokeswoman declined to comment on the value of the SBC contract.

Sema Managing Director Gianni Linari told a Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) technology conference in Barcelona on May 15 that the group was set to announce a ``big contract'' from one of America's biggest telecoms operators.

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Linari added at the conference that Sema hoped to list on America's Nasdaq index by July or August in order to boost its U.S. presence. Last year, only five percent of the company's turnover came from the Americas.

Sema has completed a number of deals in the last couple of months to increase its U.S. market presence.

It signed an ecommerce alliance with Lucent Technologies' spin-off New Enterprise group in April (NYSE:LU - news), and bought German-American software house LHS Group Inc (NasdaqNM:LHSG - news) (LHSG.DE) for $4.7 billion in shares in March.

Tidu Maini, Sema senior executive vice president, told the CSFB conference that the company was still looking for a big U.S. acquisition, which he said could come before the end of the 2001 deadline Sema was aiming for.

Sema shares rose by 0.5 percent, or 4p, to 835p in London morning trading. The stock has outperformed the FTSE All Share Software & Computer Services Index by about two percent so far this year. It has underperformed the broader FTSE All Share Index by 18.3 percent over the same period.



Friday May 26, 4:57 am Eastern Time
Sema wins messaging deal with SBC
(UPDATE: Adds detail throughout)

LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) - Anglo-French software and services company Sema Group Plc said on Friday that SBC Communications Inc (NYSE:SBC - news), the No. 1 U.S. local telephone company, had chosen its short-messaging service.

Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, a U.S.-based unit of SBC, has chosen Sema's Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) and Over-The-Air activation and Programming solution. Sema's programmes will allow SBC customers to send and receive text messages over their phones.

A Sema spokeswoman declined to comment on the value of the SBC contract.

Sema Managing Director Gianni Linari told a Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) technology conference in Barcelona on May 15 that the group was set to announce a ``big contract'' from one of America's biggest telecoms operators.

Linari added at the conference that Sema hoped to list on America's Nasdaq index by July or August in order to boost its U.S. presence. Last year, only five percent of the company's turnover came from the Americas.

Sema has completed a number of deals in the last couple of months to increase its U.S. market presence.

It signed an ecommerce alliance with Lucent Technologies' spin-off New Enterprise group in April (NYSE:LU - news), and bought German-American software house LHS Group Inc (NasdaqNM:LHSG - news) for $4.7 billion in shares in March.

Tidu Maini, Sema senior executive vice president, told the CSFB conference that the company was still looking for a big U.S. acquisition, which he said could come before the end of the 2001 deadline Sema was aiming for.

Sema shares rose by 0.5 percent, or 4p, to 835p in London morning trading. The stock has outperformed the FTSE All Share Software & Computer Services Index by about two percent so far this year. It has underperformed the broader FTSE All Share Index by 18.3 percent over the same period.








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