Computerlinks announces record results

Computerlinks, the distributor of IT security and Internet technology solutions, has announced a 22 per cent increase in revenue for the 2012 fiscal year compared to the same period last year. Group revenue across all the Computerlinks regions (Europe, ME/APAC and North America) rose from €772 million to €943 million compared to the 12 months to end of December 2011. EBITDA (before one-off items) also rose by 23 per cent compared to the previous year.

Computerlinks attributes its sustained success to organic growth fuelled by the continuing global demand for products and services designed to protect and optimise corporate IT networks. Established customer relations with globally operating system integrators have also contributed to the company’s success and international expansion strategy. Growth has been driven by all the regions in which it operates, with North America and ME/APAC growing at the fastest rate. Its well-established core market of Europe has also continued to develop, suggesting performance well ahead of the 4.2% growth predicted by Gartner in its Worldwide IT Spending Forecast Summary, Q4 2012 Update.

“The results not only mark the on-going development of our company, but also serve as confirmation of our organic expansion and growth strategy. As a financially robust company Computerlinks delivers a product and service portfolio with global appeal and largely independent of the economy,” said Stephan Link, CEO and founder of Computerlinks AG.

Following the establishment of additional locations in India and Eastern Europe in recent months, Computerlinks now operates in 25 countries worldwide with 660 staff.

“The positive development of the company has been shaped substantially by the goal-oriented, close cooperation with our majority shareholder Equistone Partners Europe (formerly Barclays Private Equity),” said Link. “The turnover of Computerlinks has soared by more than 75 per cent since EQUISTONE’s involvement in August 2008.”

Key milestones of this partnership include the setting up of a global support centre (2009), the expansion of the range of services offered to include various cloud and managed services for the IT channel (2010) and also tools and support services for the creation and expansion of new data centres (2011).

“IT security and Internet-based technologies around the areas cloud and mobility are highly consulting-intensive markets,” said Link. “With our investments, both geographically and technology-related, in these markets our products and services make a significant contribution to our customers’ success.”

The Management Board of Computerlinks AG is optimistic about the future against the background of the strong results for 2012 and an encouraging start to the current year. The company is also planning to develop markets in Latin America this year. “I am confident that we will also show growth in double figures in the fiscal year 2013,” said Stephan Link.

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