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France's Altran buys out Aricent from KKR for $2 bn

The US-based design & engineering services firm, Aricent, has over three-fourths of its workforce in India

Romita Majumdar  |  Mumbai 

Dominique Cerutti, Chairman & CEO of the Altran Group
Dominique Cerutti, Chairman & CEO of the Altran Group. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@Altran)

The Paris-based technology company said it would buy design and engineering services firm from a group of investors led by for $2 billion.

The US-headquartered has over 10,500 employees, a majority of whom operate at centres located in India, who cater to the needs of the firm’s global clients. The firm competes with Indian IT service providers such as Wipro, HCL Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services and Tech Mahindra to sevice clients globally.

has made several acquisitions in the recent past, including the Bengaluru-based product engineering company GlobalEdge Software, the Pune-based Pricol technologies and the Bengaluru-based Sicon Design technologies.

will now have superior scale and scope, and master all criteria necessary to lead the industry-  a global presence and reach, leadership across most industries, strong expertise in key technology domains and a superior global delivery supply chain,” said Dominique Cerutti, Chairman & CEO of the Group in a statement.

was earlier known as Flextronics comprising the Delhi-based Hughes Software Systems and the Chennai-based Future Software communications.  The company was acquired by almost a decade ago for almost $900 million and has strong employee base of 10,500 staff members, most of whom are located in India. It has operations in Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

is one of the first investments by the New York-headquartered in India.

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“We are well-positioned to merge our engineering and design capabilities with those of to create a global leader in R&D engineering services with enormous scale, unparalleled capability, and unique and differentiated innovation. We look forward to working closely with and his leadership team to bring even greater value to our clients,” said Frank Kern, CEO,

brings design and engineering capabilities to help its clients get to market faster, transform legacy products to digital, and create new revenue opportunities. Among the company’s assets is the iconic brand frog.

With this acquisition, is expected to complete the operational and financial objectives of the 2020 Ignition plan as early as 2018 and will be in a position to accelerate and capture emerging demand and new opportunities, said the company. 
expects a profit boost of over €50 million from additional revenue and cost cuts arising out of these acquisitions.

The latest is expected to generate €150 million of additional revenues, translating into €25 million EBITDA run-rate synergies and €25 million of delivery and cost synergies, claimed the Nasdaq-listed

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 00:14 IST
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