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Evolution Capital advises AdEPT Technology Group on the Acquisition of Datrix Ltd.

AdEPT, one of the UK’s leading independent providers of managed services for IT, connectivity, unified communications solutions, and cloud services, acquired Datrix Limited for £16m (an initial sum of £9m) which has been funded through the Group’s new bank facility. Datrix is an established, award-winning supplier of advanced cloud-based networking, communications, and cybersecurity solutions, headquartered in London, with expertise in the growing Software-Defined Wide Area Networking market.

Evolution Capital was appointed as advisors to AdEPT to investigate the market and identify and introduce suitable cloud-based specialists as acquisition targets. Datrix was identified as a substantial, strategically important acquisition that was in line with AdEPT’s stated strategy. The acquisition fulfilled the stated criteria of enhancing the Group’s capabilities and increasing its market share in key cloud-centric growth.

Ian Fishwick, Chairman of AdEPT, said, “The Datrix acquisition is the fourteenth transaction that we have completed with the advice and guidance of Evolution Capital. The best recommendation that I can give anyone when considering whether to engage with a professional adviser is that we continue to use Evolution Capital regularly and keep paying for them to deliver their services.”

Phil Race, Chief Executive of AdEPT, said, “Datrix is a high-quality business with a well-established customer base, generating strong levels of recurring revenue and a cash generative, capex light, business model. We are delighted that the key members of the Datrix senior management team have chosen to join us. I look forward to working with them over the coming years and, on behalf of the Board, welcome them wholeheartedly to AdEPT.”

Mark Thomas, Managing Director of Datrix, said “We are delighted to become part of the AdEPT Technology Group. From the outset, it was clear that the solution set we take to market is complementary to AdEPT’s, and that the combination of AdEPT and Datrix expertise will bring benefits to both parties, and crucially to our customers. Our joint presence in the NHS will undoubtedly create new opportunities and being part of a larger group will help us capitalise on the growing and substantial market for advanced cloud-centric networks and cybersecurity.”

Nigel Cook, Group MD of Evolution Capital said, “We are delighted to have advised AdEPT Technology Group with this, our fourteenth acquisition together. Each deal is unique and I am most pleased with the speed in which all the teams – Datrix, AdEPT and Evolution Capital –achieved our end of year deadlines and without compromising quality and value for all parties.”

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