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By | Team Register 10th January 2006 07:02

Logicalis completes Avnet reseller acquisition

Adds $100m-a-year revenues

Logicalis, the South African-owned reseller, has added $100m-a-year revenues to its North American subsidiary with the acquisition of HP end-user specialist, Avnet Partner Solutions (APS). Terms are undisclosed.

The acquisition, announced last November and completed today, brings Logicalis' US annual revenues to $450m and its American headcount up to nearly 400.

Based in Tempe, Arizona, APS will improve Logicalis' US geographic coverage, particularly in the South-West and Central regions, where APS' 700 customers are largely based. The company is "recognized for its Wintel-based server consolidation practice and is one of HP's top enterprise partners", Logicalis says.

It will also sit more comfortably with its new owner. For its old parent, Avnet, is also a major IT products distie, which is a sure-fire recipe for channel conflict. As part of the deal, Avnet has gained exclusive rights to supply Logicalis with HP and IBM enterprise products for an unspecified number of years.

APS is the third US reseller bought by Logicalis in the last year - the others were IBM specialists. The company also bought three UK Vars in recent months, of which the best-known is Hawke Systems.

Logicalis is part of the Datatec Group, which is quoted on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and which runs its international business out of London. The reseller claims post-acquisition turnover of $700m-a-year. ®

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