Ad hoc announcement §15 WpHG
Mergers & Acquisitions
Bechtle AG acquires Dutch company Artikona
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- The Bechtle Group strengthens ARP´s international expansion course with the
- Artikona´s profitable business development
- Synergy effects expected through e-commerce division
Neckarsulm, 23/12/2005 - With effect from January 1st 2006, the Bechtle Group
acquires the three Netherlands-based operative subsidiaries of the Artikona
Holding B.V. via its wholly-owned subsidiary ARP Holding AG, Rotkreuz,
Switzerland. The IT companies employ a total of 49 members of staff in
Maastricht and Amsterdam. The acquisition is part of the Swiss e-commerce
company´s international expansion strategy and will insofar be the first ARP
locations in a non German-speaking area.
In the 2004 financial year, Artikona recorded turnover of 20.1 million Euros
and achieved EBIT of 1.9 million Euros. The retail companies focus on sales of
high margin IT products, such as accessories and consumables, as well as
printer-related business including service and maintenance contracts. In the
Netherlands Artikona is one of the largest HP partners (HP Select Partner
Status) and is Microsoft´s largest Open Subscription Licence (OSL) reseller.
Positive effects and economies of scale from the integration of their
activities are particularly to be expected from Artikona accessing ARP´s e-
commerce know-how and ARP´s purchasing company based in Taiwan.
As is usually the case with Bechtle acquisitions, the continuity of the
business organisation will be preserved. This means that the managing
directors of the company and the management of the company´s location will
continue to be handled as under the previous management. Furthermore, the
well-established Artikona brand name is to be retained. Both parties have
agreed not to disclose details of the purchase price, which is to be paid in
Contact: Bechtle AG, Sabine Emich, Investor Relations, Tel.: +49 (0) 7132/981-
4115, Fax: +49 (0) 7132/981-4116, firstname.lastname@example.org ,
Bechtle Platz 1
ISIN: DE0005158703 (TecDAX)
Listed: Geregelter Markt in Frankfurt (Prime Standard); Freiverkehr in Berlin-
Bremen, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, München und Stuttgart
End of ad hoc announcement (c)DGAP 23.12.2005
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