QSC acquires Ventelo and accelerates its migration towards a full service telecommunication providerCologne, December 13, 2002. QSC, a professional DSL provider based in Cologne, announced today that it had signed a binding contract with the Ventelo Europe Group to acquire 100% of the share capital of Ventelo GmbH as of December 13, 2002. The transaction is expected to close on December 19, 2002.
Ventelo, based in Dusseldorf, is a nationwide voice carrier providing business customers with voice services and employing 126 people. In the six months starting April 1, 2002 ending September 30, 2002, Ventelo generated revenues well over EUR 25 million and is already cash flow positive.
QSC pays a purchase price up to EUR 13 million in two tranches. The exact purchase price depends on certain financial assumptions to be verified in Ventelo's audited accounts for 2002. Even on a consolidated basis, QSC continues to plan on reaching EBITDA break even during 2003 and cash flow break even during 2004.
Through the acquisition, QSC will expand its range of telecommunication services for business customers by adding Ventelo's voice services. Ventelo offers its voice services such as direct access, preselect, call-by-call and value-added services to small and medium sized enterprises as well as large corporations. As a result of the acquisition, both companies will benefit from complementary product and service portfolios which will enable QSC almost immediately to offer integrated telecommunications solutions to the business customer. QSC operates its own broadband network in 46 cities with almost 900 central offices. Access to QSC's local loop network coverage in these cities will allow Ventelo to increase its direct market access to many new locations.
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