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SYNNEX to acquire large chunks of Westcon-Comstor
2017-09-05

American distributor SYNNEX Corporation and South African group Datatec have unveiled a definitive agreement in which SYNNEX will acquire Datatec's Westcon-Comstor Americas business and become a minority shareholder in Datatec's Westcon EMEA and APAC businesses. "We believe this is a unique opportunity that is transformational to SYNNEX and is aligned to our strategy of positioning the business to where technology is growing. Westcon-Comstor is a recognized leader in the security, UCC and networking space", stated Kevin Murai, President and CEO of SYNNEX Corp. "The Westcon-Comstor brand has been built over time by a very deep and talented team and we are excited to welcome the Americas team to our family."

Jens Montanana, CEO of Datatec, stated: "I'm proud of our team and the business they have built over the past thirty years. The SYNNEX culture is similar to Westcon-Comstor and I'm excited about the opportunity to grow our businesses together on a global scale. We share a common vision and strategic objective in addressing the global complexities and emerging demands facing our partners."

Here are the transaction details and the impact of the acquisition to Consolidated SYNNEX Corporation Financials:

  • €460M in stock and €90M in cash at closing
  • Up to €185M earn out if certain financial targets are achieved through Feb 2018 - which will allow Datatec to own about 10% of SYNNEX
  • €27.7M for 10% ownership of Datatec's Westcon EMEA and APAC businesses (with an option to double that ownership, although no details have been unveiled on how and when). Synnex also gets first refusal on making an offer to acquire it in its entirety if Datatec ever looks to sell the remainder of the business in the future, out of which Datatec wishes to get better value in the future, once the (difficult as usually) SAP implementation in the region is achieved.
  • Approximately €106 million of net debt will be assumed and refinanced with the close of the transaction
  • Option to pay all cash, based on the average share price at closing
  • If stock is issued, the SNX Board of Directors will appoint Jens Montanana to the SYNNEX Board of Directors, subject to compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

"We are pleased to welcome a long-term shareholder like Datatec Ltd. The ownership structure serves us well as it aligns our collective long-term goals", stated Kevin Murai, President and CEO of SYNNEX Corp. "The composition of this transformative acquisition enables SYNNEX to further invest in long-term strategies to grow and diversify our business. Mr. Montanana brings to our board deep practical knowledge in doing business beyond North America."

For its fiscal year end ended February 28, 2017, the Westcon Americas business generated approximately €2B of revenue and approximately €82m in EBITDA. In the first 12 months after close, the Westcon Americas business, excluding integration costs, transaction expenses and intangible amortization, is expected to be mildly accretive to SYNNEX Non-GAAP EPS and then accelerate in year two. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2017, subject to the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and customary closing conditions. Until the transaction is completed, the companies will continue to operate independently.

Westcon joins forces with Speakerbus
2016-04-29

Speakerbus, a specialist provider of critical voice solutions for financial, emergency and command sectors, has signed an agreement with network and telecom VAD Westcon UC&C, to distribute Speakerbus' offerings in the EMEA region. Speakerbus' advanced telephony, hoot'n' holler and private line access solutions enable traders to exploit business opportunities through real-time information-sharing with their colleagues and counterparties. Command sector organisations can use our solutions to instantly share information with multiple parties across land, sea and air, for fast and effective emergency situation response.

Through this new partnership, Speakerbus' portfolio of voice collaboration solutions can be ordered directly from Westcon offices in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom and its channel partners as part of a complete telephony solution, making procurement faster and simpler. Financial institutions and command sector organisations such as first responders, government agencies, military and transportation, can benefit from multi-party voice collaboration capabilities, at the same time reducing their costs and improving operational efficiency and regulatory compliance.

"We are delighted to have signed this distribution agreement with Westcon. It's a first for us, and is set to become an integral part of our 'high-touch, channel-centric' strategy. Westcon's excellent reach and extensive experience, both in financial markets and in C2, will allow us to accelerate our growth", said James Loeber, VP Global Channel Partnerships at Speakerbus. He added, "As we grow and create opportunities in new markets, we look forward to Westcon helping to deliver our globally-proven software and hardware based voice collaboration solutions."

"We are pleased to enter this new partnership with Speakerbus, and to expand our offering of critical voice collaboration solutions to more markets", said Jeremy Butt, EVP EMEA at Westcon. He added, "Speakerbus' client base of tier 1 global banks, major defence installations and emergency services is testimony to the company's status as a provider of innovative, 'best-of-breed' products. The addition of its powerful trader voice and emergency communications solutions to our portfolio will help our partners to grow vertical businesses both in financial and command sectors."

Kindermann, ENO, VIDEOR, Westcon: some news from German distributors
2016-03-01

Germany: AV specialist Kindermann has expanded its portfolio with Ctouch LFD touchscreens, from Dutch vendor and distributor Sahara. On its side, telephony specialist ENO Telecom has added O2 business offers to its catalog. Swiss digital signage vendor SpinetiX has decided to complement its presence in the country with the appointment of AV and security VAD VIDEOR. Finally, VAD Westcon has opened a new warehouse in Houten, the Netherlands, in order to address more efficiently and rapidly the needs of its resellers in Central Europe, including Germany. The new warehouse, which, with 8000 sqm, is 60% larger than the previous one, also offers integration services for its UC&C, Comstor and Security customers in the region (source: Telecom Handel and IT Business).

Westcon opens up about Romanian outsourcing move
2015-11-25

Distributor Westcon has revealed a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm with operations in Romania will take charge of some of its EMEA finance and operations functions. Parent company Datatec announced yesterday that 300 of Westcon's 1,900 EMEA staff would be affected by a "BPO transformation" of its EMEA operations.

Westcon senior vice president David Grant revealed a phased migration of the functions in question will occur between now and mid-2017 and insisted service levels for resellers would not be affected. Although Grant was not in a position to divulge Westcon's BPO partner, he described it as a global outfit "in the top-right of the Gartner Magic Quadrant". "We separated our activities into those we see as transactional and those that add value to the customers and vendors," he said. "Anything that is very transactional we have decided to outsource to another organisation as it gives us scale and efficiency."

The outsourcing project will run alongside Westcon's impending European implementation of a global SAP project, Grant said, adding that affected employees may be offered other roles in the organisation. "It is not a case of everything changing on day one," he said. "Where roles are affected we will give people significant advance notice, as it's the responsible thing to do. We are growing, and while some transactional roles will be eliminated from the business, some new opportunities will be created so we will take as much time as we can to retrain and redeploy staff where it is appropriate to us."

Westcon, which operates through the Comstor and Westcon brands, has order-processing staff in 42 countries in EMEA, Grant said, adding that any staff whose roles are displaced will be offered the choice of staying on to help with the migration. Employee and other fees associated with the migration will cost parent Datatec about €11.5m in its current financial year.

Rival distributor Ingram Micro centralised more EMEA back-office functions to Sofia in Bulgaria last year.

Grant said it made more sense for Cisco, Avaya, Polycom, Juniper and Check Point partner Westcon to partner with a BPO outfit with knowledge of the region. "We have chosen an organisation where it is their core business to provide business processes and support," he said. "We are not experts in sourcing a facility or finding local language specialists and training them on what we do."

Romania, which is where the BPO firm in question will carry out Westcon's transactional work, was ranked fourth in an index of the top global BPO locations this year carried out by Cushman & Wakefield, behind Vietnam, the Philippines and Bulgaria. Grant emphasised that Westcon's "core value-add" will be retained in-house and claimed that neither customer service levels nor its ability to execute would be affected by the move. "Our top 10 vendor partners have all offered to make sure there is good knowledge transfer and are helping to train our BPO staff," he said. "If you think about it, most of our major vendors have some part of their organisation that is outsourced so are completely familiar with what support they can give us."

Graeme Watt, EMEA president at rival distributor Avnet Technology Solutions, confirmed his company has also made some steps towards centralising transactional functions, "but nothing like on the scale we are seeing with Westcon". "It is fair to say that everybody is looking to see how much of that non-technical, more run-rate, transactional operations they can centralise," he said. "We have been talking about it for a while and we will centralise functions and operations where we think it makes sense and keep things local where we think it makes sense." (source: Channelweb United Kingdom).

Westcon gets Smart
2015-10-21

Switzerland: network and telecom VAD Westcon UC&C has added Smart interactive whiteboards to its portfolio (source: Inside Channels Schweiz).

Recent additions

Our directory is updated daily through information sent by vendors and distributors. Here are the latest updates :
Achab Ltd
United Kingdom - VAD
Nuaware Ltd
United Kingdom - VAD
ALSO Cloud España
Spain - VAD
WorldTell Mobile LLC
United Arab Emirates - Specialist
JLC Distribution Ltd
United Kingdom - Specialist
Cyberton Global DMCC
United Arab Emirates - VAD
Rainbow International Distribution srl
Romania - Specialist
GT Distribuzione Srl
Italy - Specialist
Caetano Group Ltd
Cyprus - Broadliner
1nfinitx Distribution
France - Specialist

 

Westcon Swiss - Collaboration & Networking division
Address

Westcon Swiss - Collaboration & Networking division
Balz-Zimmermann-Straße 7
CH-8302 Kloten
Switzerland
Phone : +41-582698131
Fax : +43-223644444
Website : http://ch.westcon.com

Information

Creation year : 2007
RCS/Handelsregisternummer/registro delle imprese : CH-241.4.006.839-2
VAT number : CHE113756912
Indirect turnover : 100%
National/regional/export split : 100/0/0
Export : Liechtenstein
VAD : Networks and telecoms
Main brands : Broadcom div. Symantec Enterprise (Blue Coat Systems), F5 Networks, LifeSize
Clients : Cabling companies, dealers, IT consulting, system integrators and VARs, service providers, specialized and corporate resellers, telecom operators
Employees : 6 people

Products

Accessories and connectivity
Batteries and chargers
Poly
Cabling and connectivity
LifeSize, Poly
PC and notebook accessories
Poly

AV
Personal and home audio
Poly
Professional AV hardware
SMART Technologies

Computers and peripherals
Adapters and controllers
Poly

Mobility
Fixed phones, faxes and accessories
Mitel, Poly
Mobile accessories
Mitel, Poly
Walkie-talkies
Poly

Networks and telecoms
Network infrastructure
Broadcom div. Symantec Enterprise (Blue Coat Systems), F5 Networks, F5 Networks (Crescendo Networks), HPE (Silver Peak), Infovista, Infovista (Ipanema Technologies), LifeSize, Mist Systems, Mitel, Poly
Voice- and video-over-IP hardware and software
LifeSize, Mitel, Mitel (Comdasys), Mitel (ShoreTel), Poly, SpeakerBus

Security
IT security
Broadcom div. Symantec Enterprise (Blue Coat Systems), F5 Networks, LifeSize, Poly

Services and cloud computing
Cloud
Blue Jeans Network, Broadcom div. Symantec Enterprise (Blue Coat Systems), F5 Networks, Infovista (Ipanema Technologies), LifeSize, Poly
Services
Broadcom div. Symantec Enterprise (Blue Coat Systems), Extreme Networks, Extreme Networks (Enterasys), F5 Networks, F5 Networks (Crescendo Networks), HPE (Silver Peak), Infovista (Ipanema Technologies), LifeSize, Mitel, Mitel (ShoreTel), Poly

Storage
Storage infrastructure
F5 Networks
Storage software
F5 Networks


 

Recent additions

Our directory is updated daily through information sent by vendors and distributors. Here are the latest updates :
Achab Ltd -  United Kingdom - VAD
Nuaware Ltd -  United Kingdom - VAD
ALSO Cloud España -  Spain - VAD
WorldTell Mobile LLC -  United Arab Emirates - Specialist
JLC Distribution Ltd -  United Kingdom - Specialist
Cyberton Global DMCC -  United Arab Emirates - VAD
Rainbow International Distribution srl -  Romania - Specialist
GT Distribuzione Srl -  Italy - Specialist
Caetano Group Ltd -  Cyprus - Broadliner
1nfinitx Distribution -  France - Specialist

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