Good things have been happening in bunches for HAHT Commerce.

Despite the bleak economy, the e-commerce management software company has been having a solid year, setting revenue records for three straight quarters. Now, investors are even coming to them offering money.

Canaan Partners of Rowayton, Conn., has provided HAHT with $6 million in Series B financing, bringing the total amount the company has raised since it was restructured a year ago to $33 million. HAHT spokesman Bob Gallagher says the company wasn’t even looking for money when Canaan offered the deal.

“They expressed an interest in us earlier, but we were closing off our Series A round so they couldn’t participate,” Gallagher says. “They came to us again with this deal, and we said, ‘Sure, we’ll take it.'”

HAHT raised $17 million in November from Granite Ventures, Adobe Ventures, Aurora Funds, BankAmerica Capital Investors, CIBC Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures, Sippl McDonald Ventures and Southeast Interactive Technology Funds.

“We are very selective with our investments and look for companies with A-list executives, strong products, a healthy market, and a plan for profitability,” Tom Mawhinney of Canaan Partners says. “HAHT had all of these, and we are very excited about its prospects for the future.”

The added capital will be used for general operating expenses, according to Gallagher, including a continuation of HAHT’s push into international markets. The company recently opened sales offices in the United Kingdom and France, although he says there are no immediate plans for any additional offices.

The company also acquired channel management vendor iMediation and brand content management software developer arcadiaOne in January, and the new investment will help the company integrate those operations, he says.

HAHT’s software unites customer transaction activities with pre- and post-transaction communications, marketing actions and customer services into a comprehensive system that is fully integrated with the manufacturer’s enterprise resource planning system. This helps companies cost-effectively manage orders, product and brand information and customer services and interactions, regardless of the channel or the technology used.
The company has focused primarily on the chemical and consumer products industries, with customers such as Dow Corning and plumbing products supplier Kohler. Gallagher says HAHT now is pursuing the manufacturing industry as well.

Because the software produces a fast return on investment by letting companies refocus resources to cut costs, improve revenues and retain customers, it has been popular during the economic downturn. HAHT reported in February that its revenue was up 33 percent from a year ago following three consecutive quarters of record sales. The company didn’t disclose precise figures.

Founded seven years ago as HAHT Software, the company has reorganized itself from a developer of software tools that companies could use to build e-commerce websites to a provider of customized applications for managing customer transactions and relations.

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