Avnet to Acquire Softweb Solutions; Adds Software and Artificial Intelligence to Ecosystem and Bolsters IoT Capabilities

December 12, 2018 - 10:44
Avnet to Acquire Softweb Solutions; Adds Software and Artificial Intelligence to Ecosystem and Bolsters IoT Capabilities

Positions Avnet as the premierprovider for AI, IoT and digital data platform solutions


PHOENIX - Media OutReach - 13 December2018 - Avnet, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVT) today announcedthat it will acquire SoftwebSolutions, Inc., a privately held software andArtificial Intelligence (AI) company that delivers innovative softwaresolutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and systems designed toincrease efficiency, speed time to market, and help businesses transform.


Building on Avnet and Softweb's track recordfor bringing IoT solutions to market,today's announcement formalizes a game-changing element of Avnet's overallsolutions strategy. The integration of Softweb's best-of-breed AI software forIoT applications, along with its data services and digital process capabilities,provides Avnet with a rapid design, development, and deployment capability thatfurther enhances Avnet's unique end-to-end ecosystem and provides for new andrecurring, margin-enhancing revenue opportunities.


"By capitalizing on our longstandingpartnership with Softweb, we are adding new capabilities to Avnet's alreadyrobust ecosystem -- combining the power of theirsoftware expertise with the strength of our end-to-end hardware 'design todeploy' ecosystem," said Bill Amelio,Chief Executive Officer, Avnet. "Softweb's formidable IoT and data platforms,plus their expertise in AI, data advisory anddigital development services, will enable us to bring even greater value to ourcustomers as a single partnerresource while accelerating Avnet's growth."


SoftwebSolutions has approximately 500 employees who are located in Dallas, Chicagoand Ahmedabad, India. The Softweb team has delivered more than 1,400 projects to 600 clientssince its founding in 2004.


"We greatly value our existingbusiness partnership with Avnet, and are excited to officially jointhe Avnet team," said Ripal Vyas, CEO and owner of SoftwebSolutions. "We are pleased that Avnet sees the immense value of our AI andsoftware technology services and solutions, and we look forward to leveragingAvnet's vast infrastructure, resources and expertise as a global technology solutions leader that enhances customers' competitiveness and solvestoday's business challenges."


The transaction is expected toclose by the end of December 2018. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.The acquisition will be immediately accretive to Adjusted EPS. Softweb is expected toaccelerate Avnet's IoT efforts in addition to contributing $0.05 - $0.10 inAdjusted EPS by 2021.


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