Maintel acquires Azzurri in £48.5m deal

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O2 Direct Partner will become part of managed services provider Maintel who announced revenues for 2015 of £50.6m

O2 Direct dealer Azzurri Communications has been acquired by managed services provider Maintel in a deal worth almost £50 million.

Azzurri, which offers airtime from both O2 and EE, will add revenues of around £95 million per year to Maintel’s £50.6 million turnover, which was announced today (April 8).

The Manchester-based Maintel billed the acquisition of the UC reseller, the latest in a long-string of purchases, as a “key component in it’s strategy to grow and diversify its revenue base.”

Maintel CEO Eddie Buxton said: “Azzurri Communications is a highly respected business with a complementary product offering and target market, which will provide enhanced scale and visibility for the combined group.

Chris Jag“This acquisition will accelerate Maintel’s shift into hosted cloud and data, ensuring we are well positioned to take advantage of these high growth areas of the unified communications market. It will also build scale in managed services, continuing the shift in our business mix, which we have been driving following previous acquisitions.”

The acquisition comes less than a month after Azzurri CEO Chris Jagusz exclusively told Mobile News the firm has put years of “financial distress” behind it. In 2013, it reduced its debt by more than 75 per cent, from £110 million to £25 million, as part of a refinancing package.

Jagusz (pictured, right) also denied claims that the reseller was on the verge of being bought, after Mobile News sources said it was on the verge of a buyout.

Speaking following the Maintel announcement, he said: “We are really pleased at the prospect of joining Maintel because this enables the combined business to offer its customers a broader range of services. Our employees will benefit too by being part of one of the most significant players in our market.”

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