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    23.12.05 DGAP-Ad hoc: Bechtle AG <DE0005158703>: Ad hoc announcement §15 WpHG / Mergers & - 500 Beiträge pro Seite

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    Ad hoc announcement §15 WpHG

    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Bechtle AG acquires Dutch company Artikona

    Ad hoc announcement transmitted by DGAP.
    The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
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    - The Bechtle Group strengthens ARP´s international expansion course with the
    acquisition
    - 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
    cash.

    Contact: Bechtle AG, Sabine Emich, Investor Relations, Tel.: +49 (0) 7132/981-
    4115, Fax: +49 (0) 7132/981-4116, sabine.emich@bechtle.com ,
    http://www.bechtle.com

    Bechtle AG
    Bechtle Platz 1
    74172 Neckarsulm
    Deutschland

    ISIN: DE0005158703 (TecDAX)
    WKN: 515870
    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

    Autor: import DGAP.DE (© DGAP),14:45 23.12.2005





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