Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Promax Applications Group (PAG), a leading player in trade promotion planning, management, and optimization solutions space for a total purchase consideration of AUD 35 Million.
As per industry estimates, consumer focused companies spend 12 to 25% of their gross annual sales on trade promotions. Organizations are increasingly leveraging analytics to enhance effectiveness and maximize the return on investment (ROI) of their spend on trade promotions.
“Analytics is a key growth driver of Wipro’s growth strategy. The acquisition of Promax Applications Group will strengthen Wipro’s positioning and capability in management, analytics & optimization of trade promotions, and further extends our leadership in analytics and information management services. Combining PAG’s deep industry expertise with Wipro’s proven experience in delivering end-to-end large business solutions to global clients, will enable our clients to maximize the ROI of Trade Promotion spends”, said K.R Sanjiv, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Analytics and Information Management, Wipro.
Don Nicol, CEO of Promax Applications Group, added "We are excited and proud at the prospect of joining Wipro which is recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services and, strategic focus on advanced analytics capabilities. PAG will help Wipro to differentiate its offerings in the trade and marketing management space through an added value proposition. The combined entity will provide clients access to an enhanced portfolio of technologies and solutions, and provide employees enhanced training, growth and career opportunities."
Avendus Capital acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Wipro on this transaction.
Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and will be closed in the current April-June 2012 quarter. The newly formed entity will be called as Wipro Promax Analytics Solutions Pty Ltd.
About Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT)
Wipro provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, Information Systems outsourcing, IT enabled services, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally. Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. Wipro also has a strong presence in niche market segments of Infrastructure Engineering and Consumer Products & Lighting. For more information, please visit our websites at www.wipro.com
Promax Applications Group (PAG) is a world–leading specialist in trade promotion planning, management, and optimization solutions. With headquarter operations based in Australia and offices now in New Zealand, Japan, Central Europe, United Kingdom and North America, PAG boasts an impressive stable of global consumer goods companies. Promax solutions are result of more than twenty years’ experience working in close collaboration with leading consumer goods manufacturers, retailers and distributors.
Promax solution has been designed to allow a seamless, automated process to Track, Predict and Optimize promotions and trade spend. It incorporates the most sophisticated tools to maximize a client's return on trade spend investment, and deliver optimal outcomes for retail partners. For more information, please visit www.promaxtpo.com
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