New Services Capabilities Will Expand Avnet's HP Portfolio
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) announced today that it has acquired Pepperweed
Consulting, an IT enterprise management and integration provider. As an
HP Software Elite Partner and winner of multiple HP Partner-of-the-Year
awards, Pepperweed Consulting works with channel partners and customers
to buy, deploy, support and manage HP IT Performance Suite, Converged
Cloud and Insight software stacks. With more than 3000 successful
engagements at Fortune 500 clients and large-scale government agencies,
the company helps customers architect, implement and operate the right
solution to meet their data center and cloud initiative goals on time
and on budget. The company generated revenue of approximately US$12
million in the 2011 calendar year.
"The acquisition of Pepperweed supports our strategic focus of expanding
our services and software portfolio to help drive growth for both our
supplier and reseller partners," stated Jeff Bawol, president, Avnet
Technology Solutions, Americas. "The addition of Pepperweed Consulting
will complement our industry leading vertical market practices by
providing software and services to help our HP reseller partners
deliver increasingly complex and customized IT solutions needed by
customers in high growth markets such as government, healthcare, energy,
financial and retail."
Founded in 1996, Pepperweed Consulting provides multi-vendor technology
expertise, services and support, complemented by internally developed
components to meet each project's specific goals. This acquisition will
be integrated into the operations of Avnet Technology Solutions in the
This transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings and
supports Avnet's long-term return on capital goal of 12.5%.
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and pricing pressures, any material changes in the allocation of product
or product rebates by suppliers, other competitive and/or regulatory
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Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 Company, is one of the
largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and
embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries
worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the
world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than
100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and
solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 2, 2011, Avnet generated
revenue of $26.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.
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