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Tech Data Corporation Completes Acquisition Of Joint Venture Partner's Interest In Brightstar Europe Limited

Stocks in this article: TECD

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD), a leading distributor of IT products, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Brightstar Corp.'s (Brightstar) 50 percent ownership interest in Brightstar Europe Limited (BEL), a pan-European provider of distribution and integrated supply chain solutions for the mobility industry.

Tech Data paid Brightstar $165.6 million in cash for Brightstar's equity in the joint venture (reflected as "noncontrolling interest" within the Company's consolidated balance sheet) and the repayment of all loans advanced by Brightstar to the joint venture. As a result of this transaction, Tech Data will record an adjustment that decreases additional paid-in capital within shareholders' equity by $86 million to $90 million, representing the purchase price premium paid to Brightstar for its share of the joint venture and costs incurred associated with the transaction.

BEL had been a consolidated subsidiary of Tech Data Corporation. As such, the transaction is not expected to impact Tech Data's fiscal 2013 net sales, gross profit or operating income. With the transaction now complete, Brightstar's portion of BEL's operating performance, (reflected as "net income attributable to noncontrolling interest"), will be eliminated as of the closing date, resulting in an anticipated positive impact to fiscal 2013 net income and earnings per share attributable to shareholders of Tech Data Corporation.

"Acquiring full ownership of the joint venture reflects our commitment to and confidence in the European mobility distribution market," said Robert M. Dutkowsky, chief executive officer, Tech Data Corporation. "Mobility is one of Tech Data's fastest growing specialty businesses and an important element of our diversification strategy. We thank Brightstar for its partnership in helping to establish and expand the joint venture. Since the business already operates within our European infrastructure, Tech Data's shareholders will now benefit from owning 100 percent of this highly successful specialty division."

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