NTT Splashes $3.2B on DiData
DiData, which helps companies build, integrate, and run their data, voice, video, data center, and security networks, has more than 6,000 customers in 49 countries, employs 11,500 staff, and generated revenues of $4 billion and net income of $135 million in 2009.
NTT, meanwhile, serves more than 3,000 Japanese companies and multinationals outside of its home turf and generated about $3 billion in revenues in 2009.
NTT is offering £1.20 per share for the South African-based company. News of the offer, which is supported by the boards of both companies and expected to close by the end of October, sent DiData's share price up by more than 20 percent to £1.22 on the London Stock Exchange.
It seems clear that the potential growth in cloud services, a big focus for the Japanese giant domestically and globally, is a key driver behind NTT's move, though the two say their combined strengths will also cover messaging, VoIP, and security. (See NTT Takes Biz Hosting to Singapore, NTT Com Dons Red Hat in Its Cloud, NTT Offers Cloud Hosting, NTT Develops Cloud-Based Security, NTT America Touts Cloud Support, NTT, OpSource Bring Cloud Services to US, and NTT Trials Cloud Services.)
"By leveraging the complementary strengths of both companies, we are confident that we will provide end-to-end, global-one-stop and high quality ICT services," said NTT's CEO Satoshi Miura in a prepared statement. "Dimension Data and NTT share the common vision to create new services and values to succeed in the coming age of cloud computing."
DiData executive chairman Jeremy Ord added: "NTT’s network carrier capabilities and assets coupled with Dimension Data’s global system integrator expertise create an incredibly powerful and unprecedented combination of capabilities and skills. The combined companies will hold a strong competitive position serving global corporations [that are] moving to managed infrastructure services and cloud computing."
Ord added: "NTT and Dimension Data have a shared vision of how the market will evolve. The combination of NTT's global resources and Dimension Data's system integrator capabilities is an extremely powerful combination."
NTT also sees DiData as a way to become a force in regional markets -- Latin America, West Coast US, Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and Australia -- where it currently isn't a force, but where the IT services firm is strong. The Japanese operator regards Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and East Coast US as its areas of international strength.
In addition, NTT is hoping some of DiData's energy will rub off: Part of the official "rationale" for the acquisition is the aim to create a "new corporate culture" that will "accelerate growth by leveraging Dimension Data's entrepreneurial corporate culture."
The move will undoubtedly make NTT a greater international rival to the likes of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), BT Global Services , Orange Business Services , and Verizon Enterprise Solutions , all of which are pushing cloud and IT services to their domestic and global customers. (See AT&T Shifting Capex to App Support, AT&T Joins Cloud Computing Set, BT, Cisco Claim Cloud Coup, BT, Microsoft Get Cloudy , Orange Unveils Cloud Formation, Verizon Eats Its Own Clouds, Cloud Formation at Verizon Business, Verizon Trials Cloud Unified Comms, Verizon Puts Security in the Cloud, and Verizon, IBM Offer Cloud-Based Data Backup.)
— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading