Combination strengthens position as leading provider of data-driven business services at scale
MONTRÉAL, Oct. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB) announced today the settlement of trades and payment to shareholders who have tendered in excess of 94% of the outstanding shares in connection with its previously announced public tender offer to acquire Affecto Plc, a leading provider of business intelligence and enterprise information management solutions and services. All necessary regulatory approvals for the completion of the offer have been obtained and all other conditions of the offer have been satisfied. The integration of the companies' business operations and the privatization of Affecto will now begin. This acquisition adds more than 1,000 highly-skilled professionals to complement CGI's deep expertise in data intensive technologies.
"We are pleased to welcome Affecto professionals as CGI members," said George D. Schindler, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Together, we will continue executing CGI's build and buy profitable growth strategy, generating value for clients and creating career opportunities for our professionals in the Nordics, Baltics and globally."
"CGI's combination with Affecto provides a strong local presence to support our thousands of commercial and government clients in achieving operational efficiencies while harnessing innovation to better serve the digital needs of their customers and citizens," added Heikki Nikku, CGI President of Nordic operations. "We look forward to creating additional business opportunities as a combined team."
Following the acquisition of Affecto, CGI has more than 9,000 professionals in Northern Europe. With a deep commitment to being the best in our industry across the Nordics and around the world, CGI serves as a market leader in end-to-end IT and business consulting services, solutions and outsourcing services.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
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