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Avnet, Inc. Announces Acquisition of ExitCertified

Phoenix, AZ – January 8, 2016 − Avnet, Inc. announced that it has acquired ExitCertified®, a leading provider of certified IT training in North America. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, ExitCertified offers education through its training centers as well as on-site, self-paced and instructor-led online training with its market-leading MVP/iMVP virtual training platform. The company is authorized by vendors including Amazon Web Services, Brocade, Cloudera, ForgeRock, Oracle, Pivotal, Red Hat, SAP, Symantec and VERITAS, adding a highly complementary portfolio to the training already delivered by Avnet Education Solutions through Avnet Academy, which includes authorized training from HP, IBM, Linux Foundation, Nutanix, Veeam and VMware in more than forty countries worldwide.


"This acquisition is of strategic importance to Avnet Technology Solutions' global services as it provides our customers with agile training solutions through 9,500 authorized IT training courses from more than 20 leading technology vendors,” said Mike Hurst, senior vice president, Avnet Global Services. “In an IT environment where the pace of change continues to accelerate, our customers are looking for solutions to help them remain competitive in this evolving and complex technology landscape. With ExitCertified, we expand our offering of leading, award winning courses with connected and virtual classrooms in high growth areas including big data, cloud and security along with converged and hyper-converged solutions. In addition, this acquisition will enhance Avnet Education Solutions’ market position in North America and provide a solid foundation to continue to expand our education services portfolio in Latin America, APAC and EMEA."


ExitCertified® was founded in 2001 and offers strategic training paths for the skills required to support today’s technologies while offering a broad curriculum of application focused courses for clients looking to implement new/upgraded business applications. ExitCertified generated revenue of approximately US $24 million in the fiscal year ended June 2015, and will be integrated into the Education Solutions group within Avnet Technology Solutions’ Global Services business.


This acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings and achieve Avnet's corporate return on capital target of 12.5 percent.


About Avnet

From components to cloud and design to disposal, Avnet, Inc., accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology globally by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. Avnet is a Fortune 500 company with revenues of $27.9 billion for the fiscal year 2015.