Announcement posted by rhipe 14 Oct 2021
APAC’s leading cloud and technology solutions provider, rhipe (ASX: RHP), is pleased to announce that the Scheme of Arrangement with, Crayon, a leader in innovation and IT services, is now legally effective. Crayon will acquire all of the shares in rhipe upon implementation of the Scheme (expected to be Wednesday, 3 November 2021). It is expected that trading in rhipe shares will be suspended from the close of trade today.
Crayon is a leading IT advisory firm in software and digital transformation services with more than 2,000 employees in 50 offices worldwide. It is a people-centric company that helps its customers with cloud capabilities such as cost optimization, data, and AI, cloud migration, and more. Crayon is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and has been listed on the OSE since 2017.
“The shareholders of rhipe and the rhipe Board have both overwhelmingly concluded the Scheme represents an attractive outcome for our shareholders, partners, customers, and staff,” said rhipe Chairman Gary Cox. “rhipe’s partners and customers will benefit from the broader global service capability from a combined Crayon and rhipe. In addition, Crayon’s offer is positive news for rhipe’s staff, as we believe there will be increased career opportunities in a larger and more diverse, combined company.”
Melissa Mulholland, CEO of Crayon said, “We are incredibly excited to welcome rhipe to the Crayon family as part of our global expansion strategy. rhipe is a leading distributor of cloud solutions and services in the Asia Pacific region and through our combined business models, we will help more customers and partners solve their business needs with a greater portfolio of solutions.”
The purchase includes all of rhipe’s activities across APAC, as well as the Azure services business Parallo which was recently acquired by rhipe in September 2020 and emt Distribution, the cyber security software company acquired in April 2021. rhipe’s approximately 600 employees based throughout APAC will also join the Crayon family.
Implementation of the scheme is expected to occur on Wednesday, 3 November 2021. Following implementation of the Scheme, rhipe will apply for the termination of the official quotation of rhipe shares on the ASX and for rhipe to be removed from the official list of the ASX.
rhipe, (ASX: RHP) is a global leader in cloud and technology solutions, providing partners with business advisory and deep domain technical expertise to thrive in the growing cloud market. rhipe is recognised as an expert in subscription software licensing in Asia Pacific. Its multi-award-winning services and support division is the industry leader in Microsoft Office 365 implementation and other global vendor solutions.
Crayon helps customers build the commercial and technical foundation for a successful and secure digital transformation journey. We provide guidance on the best solutions for our clients’ business needs and budget to thrive and innovate with software, cloud, AI and big data. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Crayon has over 2,000 employees across more than 50 locations and 35 countries worldwide.