American multispecialist Avnet has entered into an agreement to sell its Technology Solutions operating group to broadliner Tech Data in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately €2.35b, in what is surely the IT distribution biggest merger to date. The sale of this business provides both Avnet and Tech Data with immediate opportunities to focus on core strategies and scale their respective businesses, ultimately delivering greater profitability to their shareholders.
"We believe the acquisition of Technology Solutions by Tech Data is the best decision for our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders. This transaction presents us with the best strategic path for Avnet's future success and profitability, and puts Technology Solutions in position to achieve breakthrough business results with Tech Data", said William Amelio, CEO of Avnet. "Moving forward, Avnet will focus its resources and investments on becoming a leader in design chain and supply chain services not only for our current customers and suppliers, but also for new markets. We will drive targeted investments in embedded solutions, Internet of Things (IOT) and critical digital platforms. By investing in these high growth areas, we can expand the breadth of our portfolio and attract new customers worldwide who depend on us to deliver world-class solutions."
Avnet's Technology Solutions operating group is an IT solutions distributor focusing on the datacenter, network, storage and security markets in more than 80 countries (in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom for the EMEA region, which will all reinforce local TD Azlan teams, or ought to create new business, such as in Hungary, India, Romania or Turkey). It provides next generation solutions, marketing, training, resources and services that span the cloud to the data center and encompass the entire IT lifecycle. They work with value-added resellers to make it easier and more affordable to enter and excel in high-growth technology and vertical markets locally and around the world.
"We are excited to announce this transformative transaction, which creates a premier global IT distributor with the most diverse end-to-end solutions from the data center to the living room", said Bob Dutkowsky, CEO of Tech Data. "This combination complements our value-added distribution capabilities in Europe and the Americas, while establishing Tech Data's presence in Asia-Pacific, which will be a new market for us. As a result of the enhanced value proposition created through this transaction, Tech Data will be even better positioned to capture opportunities in next-generation technologies, deliver differentiated value to our customers and vendor partners, support career development for our employees, and generate strong returns for our shareholders. We believe the strategic and financial benefits resulting from this transformative combination are compelling for both our company and our stakeholders. We look forward to welcoming the Technology Solutions team to the Tech Data family and are excited about the future opportunities ahead."
Patrick Zammit, president of the Technology Solutions business, said, "Industry standardisation, innovation and converging technologies have transformed our industry. The broader portfolio created through this combination will enable both businesses to better capitalise on these trends, while also providing new opportunities for Technology Solutions to optimise and expand its offering, as well as unlock value in ways we could not historically. Given the strength of our customer and vendor relationships, our common cultures and values, as well as the skilled and engaged teams at both businesses, I am confident that this is a winning combination."
Tech Data + Technology Solutions: strong platform for growth and value creation
Terms and Financing
Under the terms of the agreement, which was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Avnet will receive €2.15b in cash and 2.785 million shares of Tech Data common stock, currently valued at approximately €180m and representing an approximate 7% ownership position in Tech Data. Tech Data intends to finance the cash portion of the consideration through a combination of cash on hand, drawings under its existing revolver, and proceeds from a new term loan facility and senior notes, which are backstopped by fully-committed debt financing from BofA Merrill Lynch. Following the close of the transaction, Tech Data will continue to benefit from strong cash flows to support debt reduction and organic growth initiatives. Tech Data expects to maintain an investment-grade profile and to reach a target leverage ratio of approximately 2.5x total debt-to-adjusted EBITDA within 18 to 24 months. The deal is of course subject to the approval of competition authorities throughout the world.
Semiconductor specialist EBV Elektronik has expanded its global franchise agreement with Cypress Semiconductor to include the portfolio of their recently acquired wireless Internet of Things (IOT) products. Effective immediately, EBV customers in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom will have access to the complete line of wireless connectivity solutions from Cypress, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee IOT product lines and intellectual property, as well as the WICED (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices) brand and developer ecosystem. This addition to the Cypress IOT product portfolio enables cloud and smartphone connectivity, smart sensors, automotive communication and media streaming.
"Integrating wireless technology into new or legacy applications is complex and time consuming. EBV can make it easier. Having access to the robust developer ecosystem for MCUs, systems-on-chip, wireless connectivity, modules and memories now available from Cypress will be of tremendous value to our customers", said Lynn Torrel, senior vice president, semiconductor business development, worldwide, Avnet Electronics Marketing. "In addition, EBV's technical experts are well-versed in this technology, and can help developers quickly navigate through the challenges that surround creating compelling wireless solutions."
"A key strategic component of Cypress' acquisition of these wireless IOT products is our ability to work with leading distribution partners such as EBV to bring these products to a wide range of customers across multiple markets", said Kamal Haddad, senior director of worldwide distribution sales at Cypress. "The combination of our state-of-the-art wireless radios and additional embedded systems solutions, the easy-to-use WICED SDK and EBV's strong design team will enable developers to build their innovative connected products and bring them to market quickly."
Multispecialist Avnet has reached agreement with the Board of Directors of Premier Farnell plc (“Premier Farnell”), the maker of the Raspberry Pi, on the terms of a recommended offer for Premier Farnell by Avnet or one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries. The all-cash offer of €2.24 per share represents an equity value of approximately €836m and a 12.1% premium over the previous offer of €2 per share by Datwyler Technical Components UK. Headquartered in Leeds, United Kingdom, Premier Farnell is a global distributor of electronic components and related products delivering engineering solutions to the electronic system design community utilizing multi-channel sales and marketing resources. The transaction is intended to be effected by means of an English court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement and is subject to satisfaction or waiver of several conditions, including the approval of Premier Farnell shareholders and the court, receipt of regulatory approvals in the European Union, United States and Israel, and other customary conditions.
"This acquisition will significantly strengthen Avnet's digital footprint worldwide. The convergence of Premier Farnell's innovative online services with Avnet's world class supply chain will create customer service unparalleled in the industry", said William Amelio, interim Chief Executive Officer of Avnet. "The talented team of people at Premier Farnell will allow Avnet to enhance our customer experience and accelerate our global growth."
Upon completion, the transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings even before considering positive effects from any synergies realized, and supports Avnet's return on capital goals.
"Premier Farnell will bolster our strategy to provide a differentiated digital experience from product ideation through its lifecycle. Premier Farnell's customers gain access to an extensive suite of supply chain services allowing them to ramp new products to production volumes. Our customers will be able to do more technical research online through the services provided by Premier Farnell", said Gerry Fay, President of Avnet's Electronics Marketing, Worldwide "Bringing these two companies together allows us to capture market share earlier in the design process. In addition to deepening our customer base, this acquisition will enhance our go-to-market strategy as we target the industrial Internet of Things with edge-to-enterprise products and solutions."
Avnet names Bill Amelio CEO
Multispecialist Avnet has appointed William (“Bill”) J. Amelio as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr. Amelio has been acting in the role of interim CEO of Avnet since July 11, 2016. Having spent most of his career in senior roles managing global technology enterprises and publicly traded companies, he brings more than 35 years of management and industry experience to Avnet.
William Schumann, Chairman of the Board said, "The board, under the leadership of the Corporate Governance Committee and with a nationally recognized executive search firm, conducted a review of both internal and external candidates that could be available and concluded that Bill is the best candidate for the CEO position. Avnet is fortunate to have someone of Bill’s character and experience. He brings energy and focus to the business, and the board unanimously agreed that making him the permanent CEO was in the best interest of our customers, employees and shareholders.”
Commenting on his new role, Mr. Amelio said, “For me, Avnet is all about passion and possibilities. We have an experienced management team and an engaged workforce comprised of talented employees who are dedicated to serving our customers, suppliers and partners. By better aligning these resources with our competitive solutions specialist, embedded and supply chain strengths, Avnet will undoubtedly be positioned to achieve profitable growth for our shareholders and deliver upon the ever growing market potential in our industry.”
Mr. Amelio was the president, chief executive officer and a director of CHC Group Ltd., an international oil-field services company, from 2010 to 2015. From 2005 to 2009, he served as president and chief executive officer of Lenovo, a multinational Fortune 500 technology company, and was previously a regional senior vice president and president, Asia-Pacific and Japan for Dell Inc. He began his career with the Microelectronics Technology Division of IBM in 1979 and later became the General Manager Worldwide Operations of the Personal Computer Division. Mr. Amelio also previously served on the Board of Directors of National Semiconductor. He has a chemical engineering degree from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.
Semiconductor specialist EBV Elektronik has signed a Europe wide distribution agreement with Taoglas, a provider of IoT (Internet of Things) and M2M (Machine to Machine). Taoglas provides a comprehensive range of SMD, external and embedded antenna solutions for M2M and IoT applications. By partnering with EBV, Taoglas will further expand its channels to market in the European region, thanks to EBV offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
"Taoglas antenna solutions portfolio for IoT and M2M applications is a great addition to our portfolio enabling our customers to get access to leading technology and solutions as well as benefitting from in-depth application know-how and industry expertise", comments Oliver Kanzler, Director Vertical Segment RF & Wireless at EBV Elektronik. "Besides the performance of the RF communication IC or wireless module, the efficiency and reliability of the antenna in conjunction with its mounting position in a system is crucial to achieve the best possible link range. As Taoglas also offers cable assemblies and RF connectors, EBV can now provide the complete ecosystem to their customers including services like pre-certification testing, layout review and customized antennas by Taoglas. Their broad range of high quality antennas with various mounting options is impressive and key for all kinds of wireless systems."
Ronan Quinlan, Joint CEO and Co-Founder of Taoglas states: "We are delighted to have signed a distribution agreement with EBV for the European region. EBV's leadership in the semiconductor distribution channel in Europe is well known. The challenges in the wireless market are that the applications become ever more complex and varied, the range of products increase, whilst time to development shortens. No one company can provide the answer. So partnerships between the leaders in IoT are needed more than ever to find the 'signal in the noise'! We provide the right antenna solution immediately, and EBV's logistical capabilities will provide products at shortest delivery times to customers large and small. The most important differentiator for us is that EBV has offices and real FAE engineering support in nearly every European country. All are backed up by a core team of wireless specialists, meaning our mutual customers receive real in person support with the solution to their needs."
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