PARIS, December 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bull today announced having signed and executed an agreement with Eunics SpA, the Italian IT service provider and subsidiary of Eutelia SpA, for the sale of 100% of Bull Italia SpA, the Italian subsidiary of Group Bull. The companies have entered into a 5-year exclusive distribution agreement covering all Bull's products lines in Italy. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
PARIS, December 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Bull today announced having signed and executed an agreement with Eunics SpA, the Italian IT service provider and subsidiary of Eutelia SpA, for the sale of 100% of Bull Italia SpA, the Italian subsidiary of Group Bull. The companies have entered into a 5-year exclusive distribution agreement covering all Bull's products lines in Italy. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
Didier Lamouche, Bull's Chairman and CEO declared: "This agreement will allow Bull to focus on its core strategic initiatives, while ensuring Bull's long-term presence in Italy. Our customers are assured of the continuity of all existing support and service contracts, and can continue to build their most critical IT infrastructures using our products and technologies. We are pleased to welcome Eunics and Eutelia in the list of our strategic channel partners. Bull Italia and all its employees will join the Eunics Group reinforcing the latter's critical mass and growth strategy."
The distribution agreement with Group Bull grants to Eunics an exclusive right to distribute all Bull product lines over the next five years. Such products include notably the Bull NovaScale(R) server products, that can be used as mainframe systems (with the GCOS 7 and GCOS 8 operating systems), as open business computing platforms (with the Windows(R) and Linux(R) operating systems) and as the foundation of large High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems for the technical and scientific markets. Other main Bull offerings include the EscalaTM UNIX (R) server products, the StoreWay storage products as well as Bull's security products such as the Trustway cryptographic devices.
The partnership is expected to be positive for current Bull customers, who will benefit from the same products and service levels provided so far to them by Bull, while taking advantage of the wide scope of service offerings and the economies of scale provided by Eunics and Eutelia. Significant Bull product initiatives such as HPC will continue to be actively deployed in the Italian market by Eunics, with the strong support of Bull.
This first transaction, which has been closed, will be followed in the coming days by other measures in Italy.
In February 2007, Bull will announce results for 2006 and its objectives taking into account the new structure.
Conference call information
Bull will hold an investors and analysts conference call to discuss the transaction on Thursday December 21, 2006 at 2pm CET.
To access the conference call please call +33-(0)1-7099-3208. A replay of the conference call will be posted to the Investor Relations section of Bull's website following the conclusion of the call.
About Bull, Architect of an Open World(TM)
As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open, flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how and expertise in three main areas:
Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard technologies;
Building on its alliances with leading ISVs and long-standing involvement with Open Source, Bull develops and implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures which give business processes the freedom to evolve;
Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security, Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving customers' business integrity.
Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defense sectors. Its distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries worldwide.
For more information visit: http://www.bull.com
Eutelia, a company listed at the Milan Stock Exchange, is an Italian leading telecommunication provider, providing voice, data and Internet services to more than 200.000 business and residential customers and to other TLC providers. Company's total turnover in 2005 was EUR 480mln. Eutelia disposes of one of the most complete and performing fiber optics network in Italy with more than 10,000 km of proprietary IP backbone. Thanks to the coverage provided by its 213 "last-mile" sites, Eutelia is able to directly link its customers in the main 30 Italian cities, with a potential market of 3.7mln final customers.
With more than 1.600 employees, Eunics is a leading supplier of ICT solutions and services in Italy.
Eunics designs, develops, installs and manages end-to-end solutions, flexible and innovative, optimizing customer productivity through strategic partnerships with key players.
Eunics headquarter is based in Milan and local offices are present in all Italian main cities.
To know more: www.eunics.it Bull Press Contacts: Bull – Anne Marie Jourdain Tel: +33-(0)1-30-80-32-52 firstname.lastname@example.org Financial Dynamics Elodie Marchand Tel: +33-(0)1-47-03-68-17 email@example.com Bull Investor Relations contact: Peter Campbell Tel: +33-(0)1-30-80-32-36 firstname.lastname@example.org
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