IT Distributor DEVIL AG Targets IPO
CEO Axel Grotjahn offers one of the motives for the IPO: "Our aim is to tactically expand our existing value chain also by using the IPO proceeds to acquire other companies. This will enable us to create synergies in our operating business and to tap additional profitable client groups." In addition, the company intends to forge ahead on its expansion course into the rest of Europe to additionally reinforce its upward trend in earnings and revenue growth.
During the last years DEVIL achieved steady growth rates: The company recorded revenues of approximately EUR 322 million for the 2006/07 fiscal year, up around 6% year-on-year (EUR 304 million). DEVIL also managed to increase EBIT from EUR 0.7 million to EUR 2.0 million, recording a return on equity of over 20%. The IT distributor generated about 90% of its revenues in Germany.
Growth was driven by DEVIL's strong and long-standing position in the specialist retail sector, where the company covers almost 50% of the market. Consumers have come to especially appreciate DEVIL's customer service, high product availability and attractive prices as well as fast ability to deliver compared with competing distributors: any order received before 6:30 pm is at normal case delivered the following business day.
In parallel to its IPO, DEVIL is in the process of establishing a new division - IT Logistics & Services. With service modules featuring warehousing, logistics and sales, this unit will help foreign IT manufacturers break into the German market. By strategically expanding this business, DEVIL plans to further increase its overall profitability.
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Mit der bundesweiten EDV-Distribution ist die Braunschweiger DEVIL AG etablierter Partner von rund 130 international renommierten IT-Herstellern und - Lieferanten. Zum Kundenstamm zählen über 7.000 Fach- und Systemhändler. Das Unternehmen erwirtschaftet mit etwa 200 Mitarbeitern einen Jahresumsatz von zuletzt 322 Millionen Euro und zählt zu den führenden Großhändlern am deutschen IT-Absatzmarkt. Das Portfolio umfasst stark nachgefragte Hardware- und Peripherieartikel rund um den PC in kontinuierlicher Verfügbarkeit zu stundenaktuellen, attraktiven Preisen. Rasche Kommunikation am Markt und zuverlässige, pünktliche Auslieferung verschaffen der DEVIL AG entscheidende Wettbewerbsvorteile. Kunden, die bis 18:30 Uhr Waren bestellen, erhalten diese am folgenden Tag. Seit Juli 2006 agiert DEVIL als selbstständiges Unternehmen unter dem Dach der niederländischen Nedfield NV (vorher Tulip Computers NV). Mehr Informationen unter www.devil.de