Konica Minolta strengthens position in France with acquisition of Dactyl Buro and OMR

| 18 January 2016

Subject to the prior approval of the French Competition Authority, Konica Minolta Business Solutions France S.A.S. is planning to acquire the independent printing solution distributors Dactyl Buro du Centre (headquartered in Bourges, hereinafter “Dactyl Buro”) and OMR Impression (headquartered in Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, hereinafter “OMR). Upon the completion of the acquisition, the two companies will operate as wholly owned subsidiaries of Konica Minolta Business Solutions France.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions France intends to acquire a 100% stake in Dactyl Buro and OMR. Both entities will become wholly owned subsidiaries. Both Dactyl Buro and OMR are major multi-functional peripheral sales companies with more than 40 years of business expertise in their regionally focused services and solid positions in the French market. In 2010 the two companies jointly established Finance et Conseil du Centre as their holding company in order to share administrative and back-office operations and to encourage combined purchases which would further enhance their competitive advantage. In 2014 Dactyl Buro and OMR generated a turnover of € 72 million.

“We are offering Dactyl Buro and OMR the opportunity to join an innovative company that continues to create added value for its customers and whose resources will enable them to strengthen their leadership position in France”, says Jean-Claude Cornillet, Chairman of Konica Minolta Business Solutions France.

The planned acquisition is part of Konica Minolta Business Solutions France’s development plan within France, which involves consolidating Konica Minolta’s presence in the French provinces and in promising cities, as well as boosting Konica Minolta´s market share in France. In addition, the planned acquisition is in line with the Pan-European mid-term business plan of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta, Inc., Tokyo, Japan, forming part of its Business Technologies business area. As a leading global services provider in the field of IT- and document processes as well as digital production printing solutions the company excels in services-led business consulting, implementation and management and provides a range of world-leading printing systems and solutions. In this context, Konica Minolta’s Optimized Print Services concept (OPS) combines consultancy, hardware, software implementation, and operation in order to enhance business process efficiency and cost-effectiveness. To support customers optimally with powerful and sustainable solutions, technology leader Konica Minolta continuously invests in research and development work and regularly sets new standards.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 70 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With over 33,000 employees around the world (as of March 2015), Konica Minolta’s Business Technologies business area earned net sales of over € 5.8 billion in financial year 2014/15.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions France
Konica Minolta Business Solutions France supports companies of all sizes in managing and processing information in all its forms. Konica Minolta Business Solutions France offers a range of software solutions, production and printing systems that deliver internationally renowned performance. Through Serians, its IT Services subsidiary, the company has strong expertise in information system audits from IT solutions integration to supervision.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions France, based in Carrières-sur-Seine, is owned by Konica Minolta, Inc. and Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. In France Konica Minolta employs 1,500 people and achieved a turnover of € 400 million in financial year 2014/15. Its global offering is distributed via a sales network consisting of 10 regional entities, and 120 dealers and resellers.