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Avnet to sell Technology Solutions biz unit to Tech Data

Company will accelerate strategy to bring world-class design chain and supply chain services to high-growth customer markets


Leading global technology distributor Avnet Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell its Technology Solutions operating group to Tech Data Corporation in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $2.6 billion.

The sale of this business provides both Avnet and Tech Data with immediate opportunities to focus on core strategies and scale their respective businesses, ultimately delivering greater profitability to their shareholders.

Best decision for our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders

“We believe the acquisition of Technology Solutions by Tech Data is the best decision for our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders. This transaction presents us with the best strategic path for Avnet’s future success and profitability and puts Technology Solutions in position to achieve breakthrough business results with Tech Data,” says William Amelio, chief executive officer of Avnet. “Moving forward, Avnet will focus its resources and investments on becoming a leader in design chain and supply chain services not only for our current customers and suppliers, but also for new markets. We will drive targeted investments in embedded solutions, Internet of Things (IOT) and critical digital platforms. By investing in these high growth areas, we can expand the breadth of our portfolio and attract new customers worldwide who depend on us to deliver world-class solutions.”

Avnet’s Technology Solutions operating group is a global IT solutions distributor serving customers and suppliers in more than 80 countries. It provides next generation solutions, marketing, training, resources and services that span the cloud to the data center and encompass the entire IT lifecycle. They work with value-added resellers to make it easier and more affordable to enter and excel in high-growth technology and vertical markets locally and around the world.

Position us as a premier global IT distributor

“This transformative transaction will position us as a premier global IT distributor with the most diverse end-to-end solutions from the data center to the living room,” adds Bob Dutkowsky, chief executive officer of Tech Data. “Tech Data has competed with and admired Avnet Technology Solutions for many years. We’re thrilled to start this journey together and are confident that our customers, vendor partners, employees, and shareholders will appreciate and benefit from the value that we will bring to the market. We look forward to welcoming the Technology Solutions team to Tech Data and are excited for the opportunities that this combination creates.”

Additionally, Avnet and Tech Data intend to partner on delivering world class IOT end-to-end solutions to the market.