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Barneveld, 21 oktober 2008
Op 28 juli 2008 informeerden wij u over het aandelenbod van Dimension Data op Datacraft Asia Ltd. Nu kan gemeld worden dat aandeelhouders van Datacraft Asia Ltd hun goedkeuring hebben verleend en dat de overname van Datacraft Asia Ltd is bevestigd. Hieronder volgt de samenvatting en verderop in deze e-mail het oorspronkelijke Engelstalige bericht.
Definitieve overname Datacraft Asia Ltd door Dimension Data
Dimension Data, wereldwijd leverancier van netwerkinfrastructuur- en (IP-)telefonieoplossingen, kondigt aan dat de aandeelhouders van Datacraft Asia Ltd hebben ingestemd met het aandelenbod dat op 21 juli 2008 is gedaan. Hiermee komt de resterende 44,9 procent aandelen van Datacraft Asia Ltd volledig in handen van Dimension Data. Dimension Data betaalt hiervoor US$1,33 per aandeel. Dit is 34 procent boven op de prijs van US$0,99 per aandeel bij het sluiten van de aandelenmarkt op maandag 21 juli 2008. In totaal komt het bod van Dimension Data hiermee neer op ongeveer US$276 miljoen. Zodra de transactie volgens het Singaporese recht wordt bekrachtigd, zal Datacraft Asia Ltd een dochteronderneming worden van Dimension Data Holdings plc. Datacraft Asia Ltd zal dan niet meer genoteerd zijn aan de Singapore Stock Exchange.
Over Dimension Data
Dimension Data plc. (LSE: DDT) is een gespecialiseerde leverancier van diensten en oplossingen waarmee klanten hun IT-infrastructuur kunnen ontwikkelen, bouwen en ondersteunen. Het bedrijf combineert expertise in netwerken, beveiliging, besturingsomgevingen, storage- en contactcentertechnologie met advies op het vlak van integratie en managed services. Hiermee biedt Dimension Data klanten op maat gemaakte oplossingen.
Voor meer informatie: www.dimensiondata.com/nl.
Datacraft shareholders vote in favour of Dimension Data Offer
privatisation positions Datacraft ‘as a stronger force’
Singapore – 21 October, 2008 – Dimension Data, a $3.8 billion leading global IT solutions and services provider, announced today that shareholders in its Asian subsidiary, Datacraft Asia Ltd had voted in favour of an offer by Dimension Data to purchase the remaining 44.9% stake that it does not already own. When the transaction is completed, Datacraft Asia Ltd will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dimension Data Holdings plc.
In terms of the transaction which was effected by way of a Scheme of Arrangement under Singapore law, shareholders were offered US$1.33 a share - a 34% premium to Datacraft’s closing share price of US$0.99 cents on Monday 21 July 2008. The total cost of the acquisition is approximately US$276 million, and is financed by cash, part of which was raised by an equity issuance.
The Scheme is still to be approved by the Singapore Court, and when that is done, Datacraft will be delisted from the Singapore Stock Exchange.
Dimension Data CEO, Brett Dawson says, “We are delighted our offer has been accepted by Datacraft shareholders. Datacraft has been part of the Dimension Data family for 11 years and a strong alignment between the two companies already exists. Datacraft also has a strong competitive position in the key markets in Asia. We believe the company will continue to go from strength to strength, capture market opportunities and expand its footprint in the growing Asia Pacific market.
Datacraft CEO, Bill Padfield adds, “Apart from offering tremendous benefits to our employees and clients, Datacraft’s privatisation also positions us as a stronger force, given that we are wholly-owned by a global multinational group.”
“In addition, we will be able to operate with greater flexibility and leverage opportunities internationally, which in turn will accelerate growth in key markets.”
“Looking to the future, the transaction enhances Datacraft’s operational effectiveness. We will be able to share group-wide resources and capitalise on the cashflows and capital structures of Dimension Data,” Padfield concludes.
For further information, please refer to the Investor Relations section of www.dimensiondata.com or www.datacraft-asia.com.
About Dimension Data
Dimension Data (LSE:DDT), a specialist IT services and solutions provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their network and IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact center technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customized client services. www.dimensiondata.com The directors of Dimension Data (including any director who may have delegated detailed supervision of this press release) have taken all reasonable care to ensure that the facts stated and opinions expressed in this press release (other than those relating to Datacraft) are fair and accurate and that no material facts have been omitted from this press release, and they jointly and severally accept responsibility accordingly. Where any information has been extracted from published or publicly available sources, the sole responsibility of the directors of Dimension Data has been to ensure through reasonable enquiries that such information is accurately extracted from such sources or, as the case may be, reflected or reproduced in this press release.
Datacraft is the leading independent IT services and solutions company in Asia Pacific. The company helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT infrastructures. Datacraft combines an expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact centre technologies, with advanced skills in consulting, integration and managed services, to craft IT solutions for businesses. A member of the Dimension Data Group, Datacraft is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange. Headquartered in Singapore, Datacraft operates in more than 50 major offices and has over 1,460 employees across 13 Asia Pacific markets.
The directors of Datacraft (including any director who may have delegated detailed supervision of this press release) have taken all reasonable care to ensure that the facts stated and opinions expressed in this press release (other than those relating to Dimension Data) are fair and accurate and that no material facts have been omitted from this press release, and they jointly and severally accept responsibility accordingly. Where any information has been extracted from published or publicly available sources, the sole responsibility of the directors of Datacraft has been to ensure through reasonable enquiries that such information is accurately extracted from such sources or, as the case may be, reflected or reproduced in this press release.