Orange signs agreement to acquire Business & Decision and accelerate Orange Business Services’ growth in Data
Oct 26, 2017
26/10/2017 - Paris - 08:25 GMT
Orange has agreed to acquire 63.98% of the capital of Business & Decision, an international consulting and systems integration group, listed on Euronext Paris.
This acquisition aims to strengthen Orange Business Services’ activities as a data services integrator and operator in France and internationally.
Orange today announces the signature of a contract between Network Related Services (an Orange Group subsidiary) and the majority shareholders of Business & Decision (the Bensabat family) concerning the acquisition of 63.98% of the capital of the company.
This acquisition project, which was announced on 18 May 2017, has led to the launch of an information and consultative procedure with employee representative bodies of Network Related Services and of Business & Decision.
The acquisition of a majority stake would be made in cash on the basis of a maximum price of 7.93 euros per share. The transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant competition authorities and the closing of share transfers regarding certain subsidiaries within the Business & Decision group.
Following the acquisition of this majority interest, Orange will file a proposed simplified takeover bid at 7.93 euros per share covering all of the shares it does not already hold in Business & Decision. This offer is pending approval by the French Market Authorities (AMF) and the appointment of an independent expert as required by article 261-1 of the authority’s general regulations. This price represents a premium of 34% compared to the average share price over the 12-month period preceding the announcement of exclusive negotiations.
This acquisition is part of the development strategy of Orange Business Services as a global player in the digital transformation and a leader across the value chain of data services.
“The acquisition of Business & Decision and of its expertise in business intelligence and data science will significantly strengthen Orange Business Services’ operations in data analysis and governance in France and internationally, and will strengthen our knowledge of our customers' businesses, a key lever for accelerating the digital transformation of our enterprise customers,” explains Thierry Bonhomme, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Group in charge of Orange Business Services.
“Business & Decision’s staff and customers will benefit from the extent of Orange Business Services’ skills as operator and integrator in the Internet of Things, cloud computing, cybersecurity and applications development, as well as from the global reach of its marketing and sales network to support multinationals throughout the world. Business & Decision’s values, that were so dear to the company’s founder Patrick Bensabat, are focused on the respect of employees and clients. These same values will now contribute to the success of Orange while providing all the expertise and skills of its teams”, says Jean-Louis Didier, Chairman and CEO of Business & Decision.
The deal is expected to close early 2018.
About Business & Decision
Business & Decision, a global consulting and systems integration group, is a leader in Business Intelligence (BI) and CRM, and a major player in e-Business. The Group leverages a unique combination of technical, functional and industry specialisation, as well as partnerships with all of the key software vendors, to deliver maximum-value projects and help clients break through barriers to innovation such as Big Data and digital transformation. Business & Decision operates in 12 countries and employs over 2,500 people in France and worldwide.
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