Tech Data Corporation (commonly referred to as Tech Data) was an American multinational distribution company specializing in IT products and services headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. It merged with competitor Synnex to form TD Synnex. Synnex is to be the primary owner (55% share).[2] Tech Data provided a broad range of product lines, logistics capabilities and value-added services that enable technology manufacturers and resellers, such as Google, Apple, Cisco, Dell, Fortinet, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Inc., IBM, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Sony, Trend Micro, Viewsonic, TP-Link and VMware, to deploy IT solutions.

Tech Data Corporation
IndustryDistribution (business)
Computer hardware
Computer software
IT consulting
FoundedClearwater, Florida, U.S.
(1974; 49 years ago (1974))
FounderEdward C. Raymund
5350 Tech Data Drive, Clearwater, Florida
Area served
Key people
Rich Hume (CEO)
Charles V. Dannewitz (CFO)
RevenueIncrease US$36.775 billion (2018)[1]
Increase US$410 million (2018)[1]
Decrease US$116 million (2018)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$12.653 billion (2018)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$2.921 billion (2018)[1]
OwnerApollo Global Management
Number of employees
~14,000 (January 2018)[1]

Tech Data is now one of the world's largest distributors of IT products and services, generating $37.7 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2017.[3] The company ranked No. 83 on the 2018 Fortune 500[4] and one of Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies."[5]

History Edit

Founded in Clearwater, FL by Edward C. Raymund in November 1974, Tech Data Corporation marketed data processing supplies for mini and mainframe computers. In 1983, Tech Data began to transition from a reseller to full-line national distributor of personal computer products, a transition led by Steven A. Raymund, Edward's son.

Steve A. Raymund succeeded Edward C. Raymund as Chief Executive Officer in 1986, the same year Tech Data announced its initial public stock offering on NASDAQ (ticker symbol: TECD).

Over the past 20 years, Tech Data expanded its business into Canada, Mexico and Europe by acquiring 18 companies. Some companies acquired included Canada-based ParityPlus, Paris-based Softmart International, Munich-based Computer 2000 AG, Globelle Canada, UK-based Azlan Group PLC, Actebis AG Switzerland, Nordics-based IT distributor Scribona, Netherlands-based Triade Holding B.V., Specialist Distribution Group (SDG), and Signature Technology Group (STG).[6]

In 2013, Tech Data lost out on nearly 27 million euros in profit following an accounting error by their former financial comptroller.[7]

On August 25, 2015, Talkin' Cloud ranked Tech Data one of the world's top cloud service providers for the second consecutive year, naming Tech Data No. 24 on the annual list.[8]

In the second quarter of 2015, Tech Data posted record earnings, increasing net income by 22.4% and sales by 8%. Tech Data's data-center business is attributed with the record earnings.[9]

In September 2016, Tech Data announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the Technology Solutions operating group from Avnet, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately US$2.6 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Avnet received at closing approximately US$2.4 billion in cash and 2.785 million shares of Tech Data common stock, representing an approximate 7 percent ownership position in Tech Data. The acquisition was closed in February 2017.

ExitCertified is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Data Corporation with head offices in Canada (Ottawa) and the USA (Sacramento).

In November 2019, Tech Data announced that Apollo Global Management would acquire the company for approximately $6 billion.[10][11] The deal was closed on June 30, 2020.

On March 22, 2021, it was announced that Synnex would acquire 55% of Tech Data for a sum of $7.2 billion including debt.[2]

Merger with Synnex Edit

On September 1, 2021, Tech Data completed a merger with Synnex. This merger created a new company with $59.8 billion in revenue, TD Synnex. Through the combination of both companies, TD Synnex becomes the largest IT distributor, surpassing Ingram Micro. TD Synnex is led by former Tech Data CEO, Rich Hume.[12]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tech Data Corporation FY2018 Annual Report (Form 10-K)". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Kilgore, Tomi. "Synnex stock rallies toward a record after $7.6 billion merger deal with Apollo's Tech Data". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  3. ^ "Tech Data". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  4. ^ "Fortune 500". Fortune Magazine.
  5. ^ "World's Most Admired Companies 2015". Fortune Magazine.
  6. ^ "Tech Data History". Tech Data Corporation.
  7. ^ Kunert, Paul (20 December 2017). "One more beancounter given a spanking over Tech Data chicanery". The Register. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  8. ^ "2015 Talkin' Cloud 100: Top Cloud Services Providers". Penton.
  9. ^ "Channel Beat: Earnings From HP, Salesforce, Tech Data Soar". CRN. 21 August 2015.
  10. ^ Coffey, Lauren (13 November 2019). "Tech Data acquired in $5.4 billion deal". Tampa Bay Business Journal. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  11. ^ "Warren Buffett Failed to Spend His $128 Billion Cash Pile in Unusual Bid". Observer. 2019-12-03. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  12. ^ Kovar, Joseph F. (2021-09-01). "It's Official: Synnex-Tech Data Is TD Synnex, The Industry's Largest IT Distributor". CRN. Retrieved 2021-11-08.

External links Edit