Atos to acquire IT services firm Syntel for $3.4 billion

Bangalore: Atos, a global leader in digital transformation said that it has agreed to acquire Syntel – a global IT services company for $3.4 billion cash deal.

On July 20, 2018, the Board of Directors of Syntel uninamously approved the transaction based on the unanimous recommendation of a special committee of the Syntel Board. Written voting agreements with Syntel shareholders, including founders, to vote in favor of the transaction represent 51% of the outstanding shares.

The Board of Directors of Atos meeting held on July 20, 2018 also expressed its full and unanimous support for the transaction.

Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO – Atos said: “I am very proud to announce such an important milestone in Atos’ leadership development with the acquisition of Syntel, a leading digital company, established 38 years ago, that perfectly fits our strategic priorities. It represents a transformational step for our Business & Platform Solutions Division as it will significantly enhance its growth and profitability profile through an extended digital services offering, cutting-edge India-based delivery platforms, as well as revenue and cost synergies.

“In particular, the highly complementary portfolio, customer base, and geographic footprint of the combination between Atos and Syntel will significantly enhance our presence in North America and accelerate the digital transformation of Atos’s customers worldwide. I am looking forward to welcoming the 23,000 Syntel engineers and their very strong management to continue delivering together the highest value to our clients and shareholders,” added Breton.

Bharat Desai, Co-Chairman and Co-founder – Syntel, said: “This is a very exciting development for Syntel. The Syntel board is committed to maximizing shareholder value and believes that the agreement with Atos achieves that objective and delivers a win-win proposition to our customers and employees.

“Our focus at Syntel is to help customers transform and succeed in the digital economy. Since its founding, our “Customer for Life” ethos has guided our investments in high-impact, domain-led services and intellectual property.I am grateful for the trust and confidence of our customers and the passion, commitment and innovative spirit of our employees. Together they have enabled Syntel to achieve great heights. I am confident that this combination will deliver significant value to all stakeholders,” added Desai.

With its innovative business model aligned to its client’s business challenges, Syntel generated $924 million revenue in 2017, of which 89% was in North America, with 25% operating margin. The Group employs 23,000 engineers in 30 countries, with over 18,000 staff based in India. All of Syntel’s management team is expected to join Atos.

This transaction is a major step in the strategy of Atos to reach a global scale and significantly expand in both Digital services and Business & Platform Solutions. The two organizations are fully complementary in their customer base, geographies, and services. Syntel will enhance Atos’s Digital Transformation Factory thanks to a powerful suite of digital and proprietary solutions recognized by leading industry analysts as being the most advanced in Cloud, Social Network, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and IoT.

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