NFON AG (together with its subsidiaries referred to as “NFON” or the “Company”), the only true pan-European cloud PBX provider (cloud telephone system), today signed a share purchase agreement with the shareholders of Deutsche Telefon Standard AG. The company plans to acquire the shares in Deutsche Telefon Standard AG after the audit of Deutsche Telefon Standard AG’s 2018 annual financial statements. NFON AG expects the transaction to be completed during the first quarter of 2019. After NFON had already laid the foundation for additional growth impulses on the product side with its communication platform Cloudya by adding new collaborative services at the end of 2018, the company is consistently continuing its expansion strategy in the current year with this acquisition.
Deutsche Telefon Standard AG, a company founded in 2007 and based in Mainz (Germany), specialises in SIP communication (Session Initiation Protocol) in Germany. With 65 experienced employees and an extensive partner network, the company offers customers DSL and SIP trunk solutions. With its SIP PBX system CentrexX, Deutsche Telefon Standard AG also sells a cloud telephone system in the mid-market segment.
NFON finances around EUR 17 million of the purchase price (cash and debt free) for Deutsche Telefon Standard AG from the proceeds of the IPO in 2018 and from debt. In addition, Deutsche Telefon Standard AG existing shareholders will participate in NFON by receiving new shares as part of a capital increase with a total volume of around EUR 2.5 million from authorized capital. To this end, the share capital of NFON will be increased by 284,738 shares; the share capital amounts to 14,091,554 after the capital increase euros and will be divided into 14,091,554 no-par value shares.
Hans Szymanski, CEO and CFO of NFON AG, sees the acquisition as an important further step in the growth strategy: “We want to become the number 1 for cloud telephony in Europe. Acquisitions are an essential part of this strategy. The merger will create a comprehensive cloud product portfolio that is currently unique in Europe. This will give us another clear competitive advantage in the future market for cloud telephony. Through the acquisition, we are gaining excellent employees for our company. At the same time, we will complement our product portfolio, broaden our customer base and open up additional sales channels by expanding our partner network.”
The acquisition of Deutsche Telefon Standard AG will increase NFON’s customer base from more than 305,000 seats to over 355,000 seats (as of 30 September 2018) and over 35,000 SIP trunk channels. At the same time, the DSL and SIP trunk solutions will complement NFON’s current product portfolio. Furthermore, the expansion of the partner network to more than 2,000 partners throughout Europe opens up additional sales channels.
The NFON Group, now with in future more than 280 employees, can serve smaller customer segments in a more focussed and flexible manner. In the light of the ongoing conversion from ISDN to All-IP by the European network operators, NFON offers its customers a smooth transition to future-proof cloud PBX technology.