TCS to acquire France-based Alti SA for Rs 533 crore

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 09, 2013

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Tata Consultancy Services today said it is set to acquire France-based enterprise solutions provider Alti SA for Rs 533 crore in an all-cash deal.

The buy will help TCS become a major player in France, the third-largest IT services market in Europe, and provide the firm access to blue-chip French and European clients in banking, luxury, manufacturing and utilities sectors.

According to a statement released today, TCS said it has signed definitive agreements for the acquisition of 100 per cent equity shares in Alti SA, an IT services company in France, for a value of 75 million Euros in an all-cash transaction. “The acquisition will strengthen TCS’s ability and footprint to service its customers in France and other regions in Europe. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions,” the release said.

 “This acquisition underlines our long-term, strategic commitment to France, which is the third-largest IT services market in Europe. The acquisition of Alti SA will help us serve our clients in France and across Europe more comprehensively with an expanded set of services and solutions,” said N Chandrasekaran, TCS Managing Director and CEO.

Assessed at over Euro 30 billion, the France IT Services market is the largest in Europe, after the UK and Germany. TCS has been operating in France since 1992 and has over 50 clients in the country. Alti SA is a leading French technology services firm with expertise in IT services including Enterprise Solutions, Assurance and CRM solutions.

It is a privately-held company owned by its management and two private equity funds, CM-CIC LBO Partners and IDI, which supported its growth from a revenue base of 64 million euro in 2007 to 126 million euro in 2012.      Regarded as one of the top five system integrators of enterprise solutions in France, Alti’s key customers comprise several top French corporations in the banking, financial services, luxury, manufacturing and utilities sectors.

The company has 1,200 employees based in France, Belgium and Switzerland.