Wayside Technology Group to Acquire Spinnakar


Spinnakar Founder and CEO Gerard Brophy
Spinnakar Founder and CEO Gerard Brophy

Wayside Technology Group, a value-added global IT channel company providing innovative sales and distribution solutions for emerging technology vendors, has completed the acquisition of Spinnakar Ltd, a UK-based IT channel distributor, for an aggregate purchase price of €11.8m payable at closing (subject to working capital and other adjustments), plus a potential post-closing earn-out. The Company funded the acquisition of Spinnakar utilizing cash from the Company’s balance sheet.


Spinnakar is a UK-based, IT channel distributor focused on storage, cloud, security and data management businesses across Europe, the Middle East and South Africa (“EMEA”). Spinnakar brings scale and channel expertise to Wayside with more than 15 vendor partners, including Cloudian, Deep Instinct, Rubrik, Virtuozzo and most notably, Vast Data, a universal data platform providing simple, affordable and fast scaling data and storage capabilities. For the trailing twelve months ended July 31, 2022, Spinnakar reported pre-tax income of €2.0m.


Gerard Brophy, founder and CEO of Spinnakar, will continue to lead and scale Spinnakar’s EMEA business and will seamlessly integrate with Wayside's European business units, Climb UK and Grey Matter. Wayside anticipates various operating synergies and improvements for vendor recruitment and expansion in EMEA and across the globe. Mr. Brophy is a seasoned executive and brings a strong track record of success in the IT channel, including his leadership role at BigTec, which was acquired by Exclusive Networks, in addition to his deep relationships with various vendor partners throughout the EMEA region.


Spinnakar’s founders have a proven pedigree of over 40 years in building successful IT distribution businesses and bringing emerging vendors to market, where they have experienced exceptional growth”, said Wayside CEO Dale Foster. “Their European line card includes several vendors that we represent in the US, while also bringing several new key vendors such as Vast Data that provide significant cross-sell opportunities. Their deep knowledge and expertise in storage, cloud, security and data management match up seamlessly with our key verticals of focus. We expect this acquisition to be accretive to gross margin and net income, boosting both growth and profitability going forward.


Commenting on the acquisition, Spinnakar Founder and CEO Gerard Brophy stated: “we are thrilled to combine with the Climb and Grey Matter UK teams and look forward to scaling the integrated business across EMEA. Both organizations have very similar DNA with our focus on emerging technology products and services. As a new member of the team, I plan to further expand our line card through our combined expertise and shared vision of bringing new, innovative companies to market through our global network.

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