The ICT-equipment supplier Infotheek, located in Leiden, takes a big step forward by taking over industry partner from Nijmegen, Scholten Awater. Through this take-over, Infotheek adds €230 million profitable sales to its own revenue of €352 million. Since March last year, the Swedish investment fund Altor became shareholder of Infotheek, besides ceo Jordy Kool and an administration office which manages’ the employee shares. With the new Swedish investor Infotheek aims a fast growth in order to strengthen its position in Europe, up to circa €1 billion revenue.
Scholten Awater fits seamlessly into Infotheek, says Kool in an explanation to FD. The company has a strong position in the Netherlands as supplier of new equipment to large enterprises and public institutions, such as universities. The international oriented Infotheek is a supplier of secondhanded pc’s, laptops, servers and smartphones, which the company repairs. Besides selling refurbished equipment, Infotheek also sells new ICT-equipment. In the Netherlands it delivers to companies and institutions such as primary schools, high schools and ROC’s. Scholten Awater (founded in 1993 with nowadays 250 employees) is property of Saphin Investment Group, in which Scholten and Awater are still involved. The ACM still needs to approve the acquisition. The companies are not disclosing any financial details. The past year, Scholten Awater achieved a net profit of €6,3 million. Infotheek still needs to establish the annual figures.