Steel Connect
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Steel Connect
Steel Connect, Inc.
Russell Microcap Index component
IndustrySupply chain management
Founded1968; 53 years ago (1968)
HeadquartersWaltham, Massachusetts
Key people
Warren G. Lichtenstein, (Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman)
RevenueIncrease $819 million (2019)
Decrease -$66 million (2019)
Decrease $731 million (2019)
Decrease $52 million (2019)
Number of employees
1,358 (2019)
Footnotes / references

Steel Connect, Inc. is a company that provides supply chain management services to software companies. During the dot-com bubble, the company, which was then known as CMGI, had a market capitalization of $41 billion and owned the naming rights to the home stadium of the New England Patriots. Between 1995 and 1999, its stock was the best performing stock in the United States, returning 4,921%.[2] After the crash of the bubble, the stock price fell 99%.

The company was formerly known as College Marketing Group, CMG Information Systems, CMGI Inc., and ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.


The company was formed in 1968 as College Marketing Group by Glenn and Gail Mathews. At first, the company sold mailing lists of university faculty to textbook publishers.[]

In 1986, after a leveraged buyout, David Wetherell became CEO.[]

In February 1994, the company became a public company via an initial public offering. That same month, Wetherell founded BookLink, in which the company invested $900,000. BookLink was sold to America Online in November 1994 and the company used the proceeds of the sale to set up CMG @Ventures, a venture capital firm that invested in internet companies.[2]

The company invested $1 million for an 80% ownership interest in Lycos, which was its most profitable investment.

In 1997, the company invested in Geocities and it also formed Navisite.[3][4]

In June 1999, the company agreed to acquire an 83% stake in AltaVista from Compaq for $2.3 billion.[5]

In September 1999, the company acquired AdForce, founded by Chad Steelberg, for $500 million.[6]

In November 1999, Altavista acquired after Wetherell noticed the website while on vacation.[7]

In March 2000, the company acquired Yesmail.[8]

In April 2000, the company acquired uBid.[9]

In May 2000, the company acquired Tallan, Inc. for $920M.[10]

In August 2000, the company agreed to pay $7.6 million per year for 15 years for the naming rights of the home stadium of the New England Patriots.[11] In August 2002, after the bursting of the dot-com bubble, the company modified the agreement and the stadium name was changed to Gillette Stadium.[12]

In 2000, the company recorded a $661 million gain when Yahoo! acquired its interest in GeoCities. By that time, its stock price had declined 78% from its high earlier in the year.[13]

In February 2004, the company acquired Modus Media.[14]

In September 2008, the company changed its name to ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.[15]

In December 2017, the company acquired IWCO Direct for $476 million in cash.[16]

In February 2018, the company changed its name to Steel Connect, Inc.[17]

On Nov. 19, 2020, Steel Partners Holdings LP delivered a non-binding proposal to Steel Connect's board of directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of common stock not already owned by Steel Partners and its affiliates. As of March 10, 2021, Steel Connect reported that it has not made a decision on the proposal.[18]


  1. ^ "Steel Connect, Inc. 2019 Form 10-K Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. ^ a b "CMGI Can Defy Gravity Only So Long". The New York Times. December 10, 2000.
  3. ^ Simons, David (May 31, 2001). "Making Sense Of CMGI". Forbes.
  4. ^ "CMGI cuts ties with past, sells NaviSite". The Register. September 12, 2002.
  5. ^ "CMGI inks AltaVista deal". CNN. August 5, 2002.
  6. ^ "CMGI acquires AdForce". CNN. September 20, 1999.
  7. ^ "CMGI's AltaVista acquires Raging Bull". American City Business Journals. November 29, 1999.
  8. ^ "CMGI completes acquisition of". American City Business Journals. March 13, 2000.
  9. ^ "CMGI Completes Acquisition; Integration of E-Commerce Auction Site to Leverage Synergies across CMGI Network" (Press release). Business Wire. May 1, 2000.
  10. ^ "CMGI sets $920M purchase". CNN. February 14, 2000.
  11. ^ Mannes, George (August 25, 2000). "CMGI buys stadium naming rights". ABC News.
  12. ^ "CMGI Field is now Gillette Stadium". CNN. June 29, 1999.
  13. ^ "CMGI beats estimates". CNN. September 21, 2000.
  14. ^ "CMGI Completes Acquisition of Modus Media to Form ModusLink" (Press release). Business Wire. August 2, 2004.
  15. ^ "CMGI Changes Name to ModusLink Global Solutions, Affirming Leading Position in Global Supply Chain Business Process Management" (Press release). Business Wire. September 29, 2008.
  16. ^ "ModusLink Announces Acquisition of IWCO Direct for $476 Million in Cash" (Press release). PR Newswire. December 18, 2017.
  17. ^ "ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. to Change Name to Steel Connect, Inc" (Press release). PR Newswire. February 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Barbour, Richard (May 24, 2021). "New Coverage: No Change of Control Under Steel Connect's OpCo Debt Documents by Steel Partners' Proposed Acquisition of the Company; CoC Put Triggered Under Corporate-Level Notes". Reorg.

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