Changing customer priorities suit ComputerLinks


Changing customer priorities suit ComputerLinks

Alex Scroxton

ComputerLinks says that demand for products designed to optimise and protect existing customer networks has helped it book full-year growth of 22%.

The distie first took the somewhat unusual step of revealing quarterly financial numbers – despite the fact that as a privately-held business it has no obligation to – in November 2012, and has now published its full year stats.

ComputerLinks founder and CEO Stephan Link said the numbers offered proof that the firm could “deliver a product and service portfolio with global appeal, and largely independent of the economy.”

“IT security and internet-based technologies around the areas of cloud and mobility are highly consulting-intensive markets,” he continued. “With our investments, both geographically and technology-related, in these markets, our products and services make a significant contribution to our customers’ success.”

Group revenue across all of its regions, Europe, Middle East and APAC, and North America, came in at $1.25bn (£822m) while EBITDA before one-off items also grew by 23% compared to 2011.

The firm said that although the Middle East, APAC and North American sectors were its biggest money-spinners, its core European business continued to show signs of healthy development, suggesting performance well above the 4.2% growth predicted by Gartner in its Q4’12 IT spending forecast.

Link said that the figures demonstrated that the business had grown its turnover by 75% since going in with Equistone Partners Europe – formerly Barclays Private Equity – in the summer of 2008.

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