Beres sells Dataplex to Wallis group
Monday, September 5, 2005, 16:22
Wallis, a holding company owned by Hungarian investors, has led a consortium in the purchase of Dataplex, an infocommunication instructure service provider with the biggest data storage centre in Central Europe, Wallis announced. Wallis paid an undisclosed amount to the company's owners, who include Beres Befektetési, the investment arm of diet supplement maker Beres, with 74%, a Japanese financial investor (20%) and Dataplex's management (6%). Beres bought the company in 2002 as a financial investment, and will use the proceeds from the sale to build a Ft 1billion factory and warehouse in Szolnok (central Hungary). Dataplex had revenue of Ft 700 million in 2004, double the amount a year earlier. Last year was also the first year Dataplex became profitable, and had EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization) of Ft 100 million. Dataplex's data centre is already 60 % full, and the number of
long-term leases so far this year has tripled. Dataplex also offers 2,400 square metres of office space at the site of the data centre.