08 Aug CLAIRFIELD ADVISES BECHTLE AG ON THE LARGEST ACQUISITION IN ITS HISTORY
Bechtle AG, the European IT retail leader with EUR 3.5 billion in revenue, acquired Inmac Wstore, the remaining European business of Systemax Inc, a US-based industrial group. The sale to Bechtle, once completed, will be the largest acquisition in Bechtle’s history.
In 2017, Inmac Wstore recorded sales of around EUR 420 million while employing more than 400 people. The company has been a part of the American Systemax Group since 2009 and was formed after the merger of Inmac, founded in 1984, and Misco, founded in 1991. The company sells IT products on the French market under the names Inmac Wstore and Misco.
The acquisition of Inmac Wstore pushes Bechtle into the top 5 French IT companies. Bechtle has been active in the French market with the brands Bechtle direct, Bechtle Comsoft and ARP since 2000. France is the third largest IT market in Europe after the United Kingdom and Germany. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.
Clairfield International acted as exclusive financial advisor to Bechtle AG.