Mitel’s proposal to acquire and merge with Inter-Tel has been approved by Inter-Tel stockholders. Here are the details:
- US$723 million merger
- Creates a market leader in SMB IP communications industry with the scale to strengthen and extend its reach in the enterprise market
- Anticipated revenues of over US$800 million
- Once the transaction is completed, Mitel will have approximately 3,400 employees in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia, and count an active worldwide distribution channel some 1,500 value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators covering over 90 countries.
My take on this is the deal is good for shareholders and customers as they will get the benefit of two strong technology-focused communications companies working synergistically. This does not mean the integration will be smooth as lately we have seen a number of larger telecom acquisitions causing indigestion and poor earnings.
In this case however, the deal size is not so big and the corporate cultures are very similar so I don’t see “M&A indigestion” as a major challenge.