South Africa: Datatec Boost Shares with New Sale Deal

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Datatec Ltd, a South African information technology firm on Tuesday said it will sell its Westcon-Comstor Americas business to Synnex Corp for up to $800 million, sending its shares up 25 percent.

Westcon-Comstor is responsible for more than a third of Datatec’s sales and a quarter of profit generated by Datatec.

“The transaction provides a unique opportunity for Datatec to partner with a leading distribution business in North America and benefits from its significant scale,” Datatec said in a statement.

U.S.-based Synnex will buy Westcon-Comstar’s North American and Latin American businesses for $500 million in Synnex shares, $130 million in cash and a further $200 million cash payment subject to Westcon’s full-year performance.

Datatec’s market value was around 11 billion rand ($850 million) before the announcement, but its shares had rallied by 25 percent to 63.70 Rands by 0711 GMT.

In addition, Synnex will take a 10 percent stake in the remaining part of Westcon International for $30 million.