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Bechtle acquires Swiss Gate Informatic AG (E)

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Bechtle acquires Swiss Gate Informatic AG

Neckarsulm, 05.08.2004. Via its Swiss daughter ARP Holding AG, Bechtle has taken over a full shareholding in the Swiss Gate Informatic AG (www.gate.ch) with its head office in Bern. With revenues of 70 million CHF (approx. 45 million Euros) in 2003 and an expected slight increase for 2004, Gate is profitable with around 50 employees. As an IBM Premium Business Partner, its core competence lies in the consultance and the sale of high-end IBM computer systems and the services that go with it. The previous main shareholder, Gilbert Pfeiffer, will continue to run the company autonomously.

This acquisition will allow the Bechtle Group to considerably expand its market position in Switzerland in the up-market segment of IT- system solutions and will complement regionally the Swiss daughter Bechtle Data AG (www.bechtle-data.ch) which already operates in this sector. It was agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Contact: Rudi Schmidt, ir@bechtle.com, + 49 (0)71 32/ 981-41 11, www.bechtle.com

end of announcement            euro adhoc 05.08.2004
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Further inquiry note: Rudi Schmidt +49(0)7132 981-4111 ir@bechtle.com

Branche: Software
ISIN:      DE0005158703
WKN:        515870
Index:    CDAX, Prime All Share, Prime Standard, Technologie All Share
Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
              Niedersächsische Börse zu Hannover / free trade
              Berliner Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bayerische Börse / free trade
              Hamburger Wertpapierbörse / free trade
              Bremer Wertpapierbörse (BWB) / free trade
              Börse Düsseldorf / free trade
              Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse / free trade



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