Ingram Micro Expanding Reach of Value-Added Products and Services Into Central and Eastern European With Acquisition of RRC's CEE Division
Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Division of RRC Group, a leading value-added distributor, specializing in IT enterprise solutions. Headquartered in Poland, the CEE division business brings to Ingram Micro a comprehensive suite of service offerings including logistics, education and technical and marketing support. The business also supports a portfolio of higher value solutions focused on networking, security, IT infrastructure and auto identification products and services from world-class technology partners, including Cisco, IBM, EMC, Zebra and Avaya. The CEE division has operations in Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Albania, significantly increasing Ingram Micro's presence in the region. The addition is expected to contribute more than $250 million in annual revenue and be slightly accretive to Ingram Micro's 2016 non-GAAP earnings. The associated leadership team will join Ingram Micro upon close of the transaction to assist in the integration and help lead the combined business thereafter. The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.
Ingram Micro CEO Alain Monié commented, "The addition of RRC's CEE division is well aligned with Ingram Micro's global strategy to broaden our reach in higher margin, value-add and services businesses. In addition to bolstering our European portfolio of value solutions, we expect to leverage their established brand in Central and Eastern Europe to further increase revenue and profitability throughout this strategic territory, which has been a focus of expansion for Ingram Micro. We look forward to the CEE business and its associates becoming a part of Ingram Micro."
Konstantin Sidorov, RRC Group Chairman, added, "As a highly respected global brand, Ingram Micro is an ideal partner to help our CEE division expand its business and profitability throughout the region as we will benefit from Ingram Micro's established infrastructure and partnerships with leading technology companies."
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About RRC Group
RRC Group is an international niche VAD with its headquarters in Moscow, Russia. Since 1992 it promotes high end networking and telecommunication equipment, automatic identification devices, security and data protection systems for multi-level networks of various degrees of complexity in more than 20 countries of CEE and CIS.
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Additionally, we risk failing to realize the anticipated benefits of an acquisition due to, among other things, the unsuccessful integration of the acquired business. We face a variety of risks associated with our ability to integrate the RRC CEE division into our existing systems and organization including: management's ability to execute its plans, strategies and objectives for future operations, including the execution of integration plans; customer demand in these regions; currency fluctuation; the potential for political unrest; potential regulatory constraints; and our ability to achieve the expected benefits and manage the costs of the transaction. Further, despite its global presence, Ingram Micro may fail to proactively identify and tap into emerging markets and geographies. 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