Shortly after Enterasys Networks announced plans to cut its workforce in early April, Aprisma Management Technologies Inc. followed suit and quietly initiated its own round of layoffs that will affect 15 percent of its workforce.
News has also emerged that Enterasys, Aprisma's parent company, which is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, dipped into Aprisma's cash. According to an Aprisma spokesman: "Aprisma is a majority owned subsidiary of Enterasys. Enterasys transferred US$70 million cash from Aprisma in order to strengthen their balance sheet. Aprisma's balance sheet reflects a remaining $10 million with no long-term debt. Aprisma's cash position has not raised any concern with our auditors, nor does it affect the viability of Aprisma as a going concern."
Aprisma is currently in the process of letting go approximately 15 percent, or 65 individuals, from its workforce. "The restructuring began on April 12 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of April," says the Aprisma spokesman.
Enterasys and Aprisma, the network management software maker of the now defunct Cabletron, were two of four companies that were spun out of parent Cabletron in early 2000.
Earlier this month, Enterasys announced it would reduce its staff by 30 percent as part of a restructuring that would leave the company with about 1,700 employees. The Enterasys job cuts followed news that the company was under investigation by the SEC. The company allegedly revised its fourth-quarter 2001 books after discovering that two versions of a $4 million contract were drafted for a sale: one version for the auditors and one for everyone else.
A few Enterasys executives jumped shipped following news about the SEC investigation, including Enrique P. (Henry) Fiallo, former chairman, CEO and president. However, until now Aprisma seemed only slighted affected by its parent's hard times.