Poindus Systems Announces Acquisition of Varlink Limited

Poindus Systems (6599) held a press conference today (April 26th) to disclose a significant announcement. The board of directors has approved the acquisition of 100% equity of Varlink Limited, a UK-based hardware channel distributor, for £1.5 million (approximately NT$60 million). The transaction is set to be completed on April 30th with internal funding. It is anticipated that this move will expand Poindus Systems’ footprint in the UK and European markets and increase its market share.

Following the acquisition, the Varlink management team will remain unchanged.

Established in 2005 Varlink distribute Automatic Identification (Auto ID) and Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) products and related services to UK & Ireland based System Integrators, App developers, Value Added Resellers, EPoS, Hospitality & Auto ID Solution providers and hardware resellers.

Sectors addressed by Varlink customers include Retail, Hospitality, Transport & Logistics, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Warehousing.

Varlink operates from its distribution centre in York where stock is held for day of order despatch to customers based throughout the UK and Ireland. Varlink’s Technology Support team offers technical training and has staging, configuration and warranty support capabilities as well is providing pre & post sales telephone support.

Varlink’s product range includes barcode scanners & hand-held data capture terminals, label, ID card and receipt printers, label design software, printer consumables, EPoS & Hospitality fixed position & hand-held terminals, payment terminals, EPoS peripherals and support contracts.

Brands distributed by Varlink include Zebra Technologies, Sunmi Technologies, Newland and TSC.

The addition of Poindus, predominately, Windows based terminals will add considerable strength to Varlink’s EPoS product range which includes its own brand SBV windows terminals and Sunmi Technologies Android products providing customers with a comprehensive product range which meets the needs of Hospitality, Leisure, Food & Beverage and Retail sectors.

Mr. Hu Muzhen, CEO of Poindus Systems, stated that “Alliances with established regional distributors have always been a strategic focus for the company’s development. Varlink brings onboard a highly experienced management team. We are confident that Varlink’s team will bring our combined business to a new level. The acquisition is expected to enhance Poindus’ channel sales capabilities whilst delivering enhanced levels of pre & post-sales service to its customers. Varlink will leverage Poindus Systems’ design and manufacturing capabilities to achieve strategic partnerships in the UK.”

Mr. Mike Pullon, CEO of Varlink, commented “I am excited at the prospect of bringing together Varlink’s Sales, Marketing, Support and Distribution skills and Poindus Systems’ product development capabilities and manufacturing advantages to strengthen Varlink’s Value Added proposition. I believe that this combination will bring tangible value to customers which will result in long term mutually beneficial relationships being established “.