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Capita: We've spent £150m on acquisitions... SHOW US the MONEY

Serial acquirer Capita IT Services reported a low-single digit revenue jump for the first half of calendar 2014, but given the numerous acquisitions made this looks to be something of a commercial damp squib. The techie arm bulked up sales by just 2.7 per cent year-on-year to £235m in the period, not including the £60m worth of …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jul 2014
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Summer of data centre acquisitions on the cards in the UK

The business climate for acquisitions is mirroring the hotter weather outside, with a sales process for data centre providers Pulsant and VTesse Networks taking shape, multiple sources are telling us. Investment bank Jeffries has distributed an Information Memorandum for co-location player Pulsant, with private equity owner …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014
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Google splurges $1.5bn on acquisitions in nine months

Google has managed to spend around $1.5bn on acquisitions in the last nine months, including $265m in the month of September alone, according to a regulatory filing. The official form for its quarterly earnings for the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also detailed that the Chocolate Factory had splurged $151m on …
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Arrow steers boss of enterprise wing towards ops control room

A bit of top-level reshuffling at global distie Arrow has led to the recreation of a COO position. The slot will be filled by current president of the enterprise computing wing, Andy Bryant. The last person to sit in the chief operations role was current CEO Michael Long, and the appointment should free up the big boss to tinker …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2014
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Calyx Software seals two reseller acquisitions for £6m

Private equity veteran Jon Moulton's buy-and-build vehicle Better Capital has forked out £6m for Cheshire-based developer Trinity Computer Services and the software reselling arm of Touchstone Group to bolt onto Calyx Software. These represent the first two acquisitions that Moulton has made since he rescued Calyx from …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011

For-sale sign erected outside UK reseller titan Kelway's HQ

Venture capitalists and prospective trade buyers will get the chance to take a look under the hood of London-based mega reseller Kelway this week – when investment bankers metaphorically drive the biz onto the forecourt. US finance house William Blair is in charge of selling off Kelway. Our sources close to the company expect a …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2014

Brit giant Daisy stuffs face with treats, but she ain't piling on ££££££s

Telecoms provider Daisy Group forked out tens of millions of pounds on acquisitions in fiscal 2014 – only to see its top line stagnate as organic growth fell off a cliff in its legacy calls business. Operating losses have widened and debts mounted. The British biz spent £35.3m on four buys: £7.5m to pick up two of 2e2's data …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014

Disappearing storage and server projects hit Arrow ECS

If ever proof were required that tanker sized distributors needs to keep acquiring to maintain growth levels then Arrow Inc's fiscal Q1 numbers provided the perfect test case. The Fortune 500 firm reported a five per cent rally in sales to $5.08bn but exclude the firms it hoovered up last fiscal year, including security distie …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014
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Datatec on the hunt for acquisitions

Channel conglomerate Datatec is on the lookout for further acquisition targets after pushing up its top and bottom lines in the first of the year. The parent of distributor Westcon and integrator Logicalis pushed up group sales 14 per cent to $2.44bn (£1.54bn) and profit before tax climbed 109 per cent to $60.7m (£38.5m) in H1 …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2011
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Alternative Networks hauls in heavy duty sales hand

Alternative Networks has turned to former Vodafone UK enterprise channel boss Chris Huggett to reinvigorate stagnating sales. The appointment as group sales director at the London Stock Exchange-listed biz comms provider comes after a disappointing 2013 for investors, when revenue stagnated at £114m and operating profit dipped …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2014
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Juniper on the prowl for acquisitions

Upstart networking-equipment maker Juniper Networks is on the prowl. Speaking at a conference in Hong Kong on Monday, Kevin Johnson, Juniper's CEO, said that the company was interested in making targeted acquisitions, specifically in the areas of mobile communications and cloud computing. According to a report in The Wall …

eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

Online tat bazaar eBay has copped a $3bn tax bill after bringing $9bn of cash held overseas back to the US. The firm hopes to use the remaining money to fund potential acquisitions at home. The firm announced as part of its first quarter earnings that it had paid a discrete tax charge of around $3bn to bring the cash pile back …

Former Insight boss Fenton slurps Microsoft ERP channel biz

Former Insight EMEA president Stuart Fenton has picked up the UK arm of global Microsoft ERP integrator Tectura - the first in a planned mid-market roll up. The acquisition of London-based Tectura UK, a subsidiary of US firm Tectura Corporation, was completed by Fenton and his investment biz QuantiQ. After a decade running …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2014

Datatec: turnover and profit went south in tough fiscal '14

Global tech goliath Datatec Group was left counting the cost of a botched ERP upgrade, margin chomping competition and legacy vendor claims at its distie wing Westcon in a year of declining profit. The South Africa-listed firm managed to push up revenues eight per cent to $5.69bn during fiscal '14 ended 28 February, helped by a …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2014
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Pricey buys bring home bacon for Alternative Networks...sort of

Hauling in a heavy duty sales director and forking out millions for acquisitions has finally got the revenue dial moving in the right direction for AIM-listed Alternative Networks. It's not done the same for profits, though. The top line had stagnated and operating profits dipped in the previous fiscal year, so the comms-managed …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2014
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Dimension Data hoovers up NextiraOne's Euro operations

Dimension Data has hoovered up certain subsidiaries of comms and networking integrator NextiraOne after the deal was given the green light by the European Commission's Mergers and Acquisitions team. The cash terms were not disclosed but initially Di Data will swallow 13 Euro country operations – including the UK – and, dependent …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2014

Web collab outfit Assemblage becomes Cisco's latest appendage

Cisco's vision for the enterprise might still be telepresence and $US1,500 Android tablets, but The Borg is at least prepared to consider that some people might want their collaboration to come as cheaply as possible. To that end, the company has just bought WebRTC/HTML5 collaboration startup Assemblage, which pitches itself as …
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Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

Google and Twitch were tight-lipped this morning in California – amid swirling rumors that the internet goliath will formally seal a $1bn deal to buy the video-streaming upstart. Twitch spokesperson Chase (just Chase) refused to rule out the speculation, and instead gave us "no comment" when we called. Given that Twitch is a few …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014
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Strap-on gumble biz GoPro files for stock market debut in US

Wearable camera-maker GoPro has filed with US regulators to raise at least $111m in an initial public offering. The firm, which markets its rugged wee point-and-shoots to sports enthusiasts, is breaking the mould for startups that want to go public by actually being profitable. The firm earned $60.6m in 2013, after it almost …
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IBM gorges on cheap debt for share buybacks, acquisitions

IBM sometimes behaves like a bank, and sometimes like a private equity firm. Sometimes it even behaves like an IT vendor. This week, in selling $1bn in debt for doing acquisitions, Big Blue is behaving like a private equity firm. The debt is being sold between Monday and Thursday this week and pays out 2 percent on 30 November, …
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Lenovo cracks its first ever $10bn quarter

Lenovo sold a record-breaking 32.6 million pieces of kit in the last quarter, passing the $US10 billion (£6bn) revenue milestone for the first time. The PC giant’s third fiscal quarter ending 31 December saw revenue up 15 per cent year-on-year to $10.8bn (£6.5) and profits up even more, growing 30 per cent to $321m (£193m). The …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Feb 2014

Lenovo hires ex-CIA bod to push through Moto deal

Lenovo has hired former CIA and Homeland Security legal wonks to help push through its deals to buy Motorola Mobility and IBM’s x86 server business with US regulators, according to Bloomberg. The Chinese outfit is spending $US5 billion on the two big name acquisitions to become a top three player in both markets. People …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Feb 2014
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Oracle swallows Corente, hopes to kick rivals in software networking bits

Oracle is buying software defined networking specialist Corente, upping the stakes in telecoms and cloud. Corente makes software to manage and provision applications and services regardless of IP network, transport type, access, security or provider over a wide area. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were not …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014
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Palo Alto Networks splashes $US200 million on Cyvera

Palo Alto Networks has announced that it's buying Tel Aviv-based Cyvera for $US200 million, including $US88 million in cash. The attraction is the Israeli company's TRAPS (Targeted Remote Attack Prevention System), an endpoint protection system for Windows machines, which PAN will add to its existing firewall and cloud security …

Quick as a flash: SanDisk gobbles Fusion-io for an Instagram (that's $1.1bn)

The end-game for flash supplier consolidation is in sight: SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for a paltry $1.1bn. The bare bones are: All-cash transaction for $1.1bn, tendering $11.25 for each Fusion-io share. Both boards are in favour. Fusion’s PCIe flash card and ioControl shared flash array businesses will be integrated with …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014
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NO SALE: IBM won't cash in its chips with GlobalFoundries after all

IBM's hopes of unloading its loss-making semiconductor division to GlobalFoundries have reportedly been dashed, with GlobalFoundries refusing to budge on price. Word that Big Blue was planning to sell off its chips business first surfaced in February, when the company retained investment bankers Goldman Sachs to help it put a …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2014
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Westcoast Group shuffles management deck

Westcoast has rejigged its management team to accommodate an expanding waistline having swallowed Viglen and QC Supplies in this month alone. Current UK and Ireland MD Duncan Forsyth has moved to a Group MD role overseeing Westcoast, XMA and new buys Viglen and consumables trader QC Supplies. In turn sales and marketing …
Paul Kunert, 16 Jan 2014
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UK reseller titan Kelway's valuation heading north of £200m, say insiders

The first round of Kelway's sales process is understood to be over and the buy price has drifted north of £200m, or so say our insiders. Interested venture capitalists are still believed to be at the negotiating table, as are some trade buyers, with investment banker William Blair, appointed in January, overseeing the …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2014

Azzurri exec set have a brand new CEO: Former BT bigster Chris Jagusz

Ailing integrator Azzurri Communications has charged former SSE Telecoms boss Chris Jagusz with revving up the stalling motor when he returns well oiled from a, er, "summer break". The start date for Jagusz was not specified by his new employer but he will take over from chairman Steve Andrews who is to become interim CEO from 8 …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014

Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

Sir Charles Dunstone once told your humble correspondent that he would never have more than 50 shops. Today his Carphone Warehouse empire has more 2,000 shops across Europe, and is rumoured to be about to add another 500 – through a merger with PC World and Currys owner Dixons. Discussions have been going on since February, we' …
Simon Rockman, 08 May 2014
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SGI flutters onto corpse of Starboard Storage, pecks away at assets

The Register is hearing that HPC bods SGI have bought the assets of the failed unified file/block access and hybrid array startup Starboard Storage, which crashed and burned in October. Some Starboard employees are now back at work and the product line technology is set to continue. What's SGI about here? Their CEO is Jorge …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
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OpenText says punters want low latency, sovereignty certainty

Last week, OpenText joined the growing number of international software outfits to stretch its cloud to Australia. Vulture South spoke to engineering senior VP Muhi Majzoub about the decision to host a local data centre. With 30 racks and what the company told El Reg is a multi-million dollar investment, Majzoub said the …
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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

Apple and Tesla reportedly met to discuss a deal that could clear the way for a Cupertino-designed iCar. The San Francisco Chronicle suggested that Apple and Tesla met last year to discuss a possible link-up. Citing an unnamed source, it claimed Apple's merger and acquisitions chief, Adrian Perica, met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Feb 2014
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Synaptics, longing for Apple's love, gobbles chip outfit Renesas SP

Touch tech kingpin Synaptics has agreed to buy Japanese chip firm Renesas SP Drivers for $475m in a bid to win a bigger presence in the exploding mobile device market. The Japanese company is a joint venture between Renesas, Sharp, and Powerchip that specializes in silicon for managing LCD displays – which, of course, are found …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2014
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Juniper Networks UK bigwig hotfoots it to Alternative Networks

Juniper UK and Ireland boss Mark Quartermaine is hot-footing it to one of the firm's biggest channel partners, Alternative Networks, where he will be COO from next month. The former IBM, C&W, BT Global Services and Azzurri exec initially joined LSE-listed Alternative as a non-exec director in January last year but his …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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Play.com tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will slurp messaging app Viber for $900m in cash as it continues its plans for world domination. The firm behind Play.com offers services from shopping to online video and is now adding messaging and VoIP to its repertoire courtesy of Viber, which is run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon …
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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

The founder of investment fund BlackRock has joined the Apple board of directors, perhaps giving a tantalising clue to the fruity firm's interest in entering the financial services arena. Susan L Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has replaced Bill Campbell, who was the longest-serving member of the board and …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jul 2014

Outsourcing giant Capita gets share boost from confident outlook

The London stock market was pleased by Capita's 14 per cent rise in annual profits (before tax) today, sending shares up almost six per cent in the first half of the day. Not only had the British outsourcing group pulled in more profits for fiscal 2013, it also said it was feeling pretty chipper about this year, after winning £ …
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iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

Michael Malone has resigned his position as chief executive officer of Australia's third-most-subscribed-to internet service provider iiNet. Malone's story is Australia's very own technology fairy tale: he founded the company in his parents' garage in 1993 and led the company to its current position as a listed entity with over …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014

Systemax goes Dutch, devours SCC Netherlands

Shape-shifting box shuffler Systemax has swallowed SCC's "sub-scale" Dutch division for an undisclosed sum. New York-listed Systemax last night confirmed the bid to the stock exchange, the most significant buy it has made in Europe - where it trades as Misco - since the acquisition of WStore some years back. "The European IT …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014

Daisy petals close around midge MoCo

Daisy Group has devoured Kent-based minnow MoCo Communications for an undisclosed sum to boost its challenged mobile distie operations. This is the third buy Daisy has made in the mobile airtime channel; it swallowed Anglia Telecom Centres in 2009; and Fone Logistics a year later. Founded in 1985, MoCo had operated as an …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2013

Confirmed: Salesforce partners with 'evil empire' Microsoft

Salesforce is teaming up with Microsoft, a company Salesforce chief Marc Benioff used to call the "evil empire". Putting to rest rumors from earlier today, the two companies have announced they are burying the hatchet – and will team up so that Windows users can more easily access Salesforce's tech from within Microsoft's …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014

Losses widen but Daisy Group plans to keep wolfing down companies

Daisy Group may be stepping ever closer to being one of the most hefty comms and tech services outfits in the UK mid-market but all that is just hubris if it can't turn a profit, and seemingly it cannot. Sales slipped 2.35 per cent to £173.1m in the first half of fiscal '14 ended 30 September, but one-off costs pushed up …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013

Yahoo! keen! to! slurp! news! video! distie! site!

Yahoo! is reportedly chatting up the folks at online video service News Distribution Network for a potential acquisition worth $300m. Sources whispered to the Wall Street Journal that the Purple Palace is in talks to slurp NDN for around $300m, although the negotiations are only in the early stages so they could still fall apart …
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Annus Horribilis for Avnet Inc

Enterprise tech distie Avnet closed off fiscal '13 on a relative high - well sort of - but the single digit sales hike came too late in the day for management to characterise the year as one of progress. The sector bellwether posted Q4 numbers for the three months ended 29 June showing a 4.5 per cent year-on-year rise in revenue …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013

$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

Insiders claim that Apple is close to acquiring Beats Electronics, the headphones-and-streaming-music company founded by music mogul Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr Dre, in what would be the largest purchase in Apple's history. Separate reports by Bloomberg and the Financial Times both value the proposed deal at $3.2bn. Previously, …
Neil McAllister, 08 May 2014

Brace! yourselves! startups! Yahoo! can't! wait! to! blow! $1bn! on! shiny! new! things!

Yahoo! has upped its share repurchase program by $5bn as part of its aggressive buyback of stock following the sale of some of its stake in Alibaba Group. The Purple Palace has already spent $3.1bn buying back common stock so far this year, boosting its share price by around 74 per cent, using the proceeds from selling half of …
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Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing

It has been 18 months since former Google golden girl Marissa Mayer took over the helm at Yahoo! and outwardly things look pretty good, but the latest financial analysis shows the Purple Palace might actually be worth less than zero. Since taking over control of the once-great internet portal, Mayer has worked hard to revamp the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Apr 2014

Big 20 cash hoovers: Slurp. Floop. Darn. Sluurrrp. Where's our public sector IT dosh?

Half of the top 20 software and IT services (SITS) suppliers to UK.gov saw their public sector biz decline last year as Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and his merry band of axemen waged war on the oligopoly. The names on the list collated by TechMarketView remains unchanged on a year ago but the proportion of revenues …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2014

Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

Chinese hardware manufacturer Huawei says allegations it provides backdoors for espionage in its kit remain unproven and would be “commercial suicide”. “The hypothetical - that our equipment could be used for espionage by the Chinese government - has never been proven,” spokesman Scott Sykes told press at the company’s annual …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2014