SYNNEX, Tech Data Enter Merger Agreement

SYNNEX Corporation and Tech Data announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which SYNNEX and Tech Data will combine in a transaction valued at approximately $7.2 billion, including net debt.

The combined company, with approximately $57 billion in estimated pro forma annual revenues and a team of more than 22,000 associates and colleagues, will provide customers and vendors with expansive reach across products, services and geographies to accelerate technology adoption.

SYNNEX President and CEO Dennis Polk said, “This transaction allows for accelerated revenue and earnings growth, an expanded global footprint, and the ability to drive significant operating improvements while continuing to create shareholder value. We look forward to working with the talented colleagues at Tech Data and expect our combined business will create the opportunity for team members to produce the highest levels of service to our partners.”

Tech Data CEO Rich Hume added, “This is transformational for Tech Data, SYNNEX and the entire technology ecosystem. Together, we will be able to offer our customers and vendors exceptional reach, efficiency, and expertise, redefining the experience and value they receive. The combined company will also benefit from significant financial strength to invest in its core growth platform as well as next-generation cybersecurity, cloud, data, and IoT technologies, which are experiencing explosive growth due to work from home and return to office trends. We could not have reached this milestone without the hard work of our colleagues, and we look forward to working together with the SYNNEX team to seamlessly bring our companies together and to create meaningful value for all our stakeholders.”

Tech Data is wholly owned by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management Inc. and their co-investors.

The Merger creates these strategic benefits:

  • Creates a diversified global solutions aggregator with significant breadth and depth of capabilities. The combined company will have a global footprint that serves more than 100 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions, and abroad, diversified portfolio of more than 200,000 product and solutions offerings. This meaningful scale will provide increased value and purchasing efficiencies to the combined company’s 150,000 customers and more than 1,500 vendors and enable it to accelerate technology adoption and attract the world’s most innovative OEMs.
  • Capitalizes on premier core growth platforms and establishes best-in-class product offerings in next-generation, high-growth areas. The transaction combines each company’s core growth platforms to establish a differentiated end-to-end solutions portfolio and best-in-class product offerings in some of the largest, highest growth product segments including cloud, data centers, security, Internet of Things (IoT), services, 5G, and intelligent edge.
  • Brings together companies with complementary cultures and a commitment to being an employer of choice in the global IT industry. Both SYNNEX and Tech Data have corporate cultures centered on innovation, agility and customer service. These shared principles, as well as the expertise and talent from both organizations, will support a smooth integration following the close of the transaction.

Hume will lead the combined company as CEO and Polk will be Executive Chair of the Board of Directors and will take an active role in the ongoing strategy and integration of the business, among other responsibilities.

The combined company will have an 11-member board, including Hume, with six individuals appointed by SYNNEX and with Apollo Funds to have board designation rights based on ownership, initially including four total directors, two of whom will be independent.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of calendar year 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including approval by SYNNEX stockholders and regulatory approvals.