BDA Partners (“BDA”) is pleased to announce that its client, OEP Turkey Tech B.V., an investment managed by One Equity Partners (“OEP”), has sold 48.08% equity stake in Netas Telekomunikasyon AS (“Netas”), to ZTE Corp (“ZTE”), a Chinese multinational telecoms and IT provider.
Netas, based in Istanbul, Turkey, offers innovative and creative solutions in information and communication technologies, including end-to-end value-added solutions, system integration, and tech services to providers and corporations in international markets.
The transaction will provide Netas with broader product and service capabilities to grow in Turkey and in international markets. Coupled with Netas’ project delivery expertise, ZTE will enhance its service efficiency to customers in Turkey and key overseas markets, increasing its income and resource utilization.
BDA acted as financial advisor to OEP on the transaction alongside co-advisors UniCredit and Yapı Kredi Bankası A.Ş.
Dr. Zhao Xianming, CEO of ZTE, said, “ZTE welcomes collaboration between Netas’ R&D center and ZTE’s R&D capabilities. ZTE’s vision, know-how and patent portfolio, along with Netas’ expertise in areas of VoIP, IT, GSM-R and cyber security, among others, will bring more exciting solutions and breakthroughs to the ICT industry.”
Andrew Dunn and Joe Huffsmith, OEP Board Members, stated, “Netas has been a tremendous success story and flagship enterprise in Turkey, growing 400% since OEP invested 6 years ago. On our watch, the Netas team has executed a transformative acquisition to dramatically expand their ICT capabilities, expanded internationally beyond Turkey, and developed a service strategy yielding attractive margin increases. We are confident that with ZTE’s investment, global reach and product depth, Netas is now extremely well positioned for future success.”
Andrew Huntley, Senior Managing Director of BDA, commented, “This is a landmark cross-border transaction which sees two of the leading information and communication technology companies of their respective countries, China and Turkey, coming together. We are proud to have played a role in this and in helping deliver a successful exit for OEP.”
BDA Deal Team
Andrew Huntley, Senior Managing Director, London
Jeffrey Wang, Managing Director, Shanghai
Jennifer Lee, Associate, Hong Kong
One Equity Partners is a middle-market private equity firm focused on the industrial, healthcare, and technology sectors in North America and Europe. Since 2001, the firm has invested in more than 140 transactions worldwide. One Equity Partners was founded in 2001, and has offices in New York and Chicago, and an advisory office in Frankfurt. www.oneequity.com
ZTE Corp (SZSE:000063) has revenues of US$15bn. ZTE is a provider of advanced telecoms systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies, and public sector customers. Its products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Shenzhen, China. www.zte.com.cn
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