Pliezhausen, April 6, 2017. Following the successful conclusion of a capital increase amounting to 10% of the share capital, DATAGROUP SE (WKN A0JC8S) has set its course for further growth. The inflow of proceeds from the issue of 759,000 new shares filled the coffers of the IT service provider with some EUR 21.7m. Hauck & Aufhäuser and M.M.Warburg acted as joint bookrunners of the capital increase.
The proceeds of the issue will strengthen the equity and thus provides the basis for further strong growth. The successful takeover of 306 IT specialists from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in September last year and the issue of a promissory note loan to secure low interest rates had extended the balance sheet by 55% at the end of the last fiscal year. Despite the operating business’ very good and high-margin development the equity ratio has dropped to below 20% because of this.
“We are very pleased about the trust our investors put in us with their strong demand”, commented DATAGROUP CEO Max H.-H. Schaber. “We want to continue DATAGROUP’s success story as well as its growth, organically and through acquisitions. The substantial improvement of the equity ratio provides us with the necessary scope of action to quickly and actively seize attractive opportunities for acquisitions in the future as well. We want to continue to play an active and dynamic role in the consolidation of the market.” Since its IPO in 2006, DATAGROUP has acquired 19 companies or divisions of companies, most recently Hamburg-based Cloud and outsourcing specialist HanseCom on April 3, 2017.
DATAGROUP also continues to accelerate organic growth. In the first six months of the fiscal year, the Cloud and outsourcing provider has acquired nine major customers for its full-service portfolio CORBOX, including the German Aerospace Center (DLR). From the summer, DATAGROUP will operate DLR’s business-management information systems (BWIS) that can be accessed by more than 10,000 users. The BWIS include both the SAP landscape and special as well as individual applications. As part of the application management, DATAGROUP will also assume a wide range of tasks in the development and enhancement of these applications. In the so-called 2nd level service desk, the company will solve specific inquiries and incidents that cannot be answered immediately by the upstream service units. DATAGROUP surpassed renowned competitors in a public call for tenders. The contract with DLR has a term of three years with a volume in the high single-digit millions and includes a renewal option for another two years.
“Thanks to this attractive order we can further expand our Cloud business”, said Dirk Peters, COO of DATAGROUP SE. “The public tender was subject to strict rules on awarding contracts. The contract award once again underlines that our offer of high-quality Cloud services from Germany provides optimal solutions for public-sector and private clients. And our sales pipeline remains well filled.”
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