Datatec to acquire German IT company

15 July 2011

JSE-listed global ICT group Datatec is to acquire entrada Kommunikations, a German-based IT security products distributor and service provider, for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition will be carried out by Datatec’s subsidiary, Westcon, and will be settled entirely in cash from Westcon’s resources.

The acquisition enhances Westcon’s German presence and, with entrada’s Swiss operations, allows Westcon to expand into a new geography to better service its pan-European customers’ needs.

“The acquisition of the second largest security distributor in Germany allows Westcon to significantly penetrate Europe’s biggest economy and gives its European Security division a wider geographic footprint to better service its customers’ requirements,” Datatec CEO Jens Montanana said in a statement this week.

Portfolio of solutions

Founded in 1996, entrada is the second-largest value added distributor of security products in Germany – with a portfolio of solutions that includes Trend Micro, McAfee, Juniper and Riverbed. Since its founding, entrada has grown to achieve annualised revenues of over €63-million.

It will now form part of Westcon’s European Security operations.

“Entrada’s complementary vendor portfolio further strengthens Westcon’s security offering in Europe, bringing significant possibilities for cross selling into both customer bases,” Montanana said.

The transaction is still subject to cartel clearance.

Earlier this month, another Datatec subsidiary Logicalis acquired Netarx, a provider of managed services, data centres and IT solutions to customers in the mid-west USA, for about US$34-million.

SAinfo reporter

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