IT & Telecommunications

Saudi solutions by stc acquires Giza Systems for $158m

Saudi Arabia-based solutions by stc, which is a leading enabler of digital transformation in the kingdom, has completed the acquisition of 88.19% stake in Giza Systems at an enterprise value of $158 million. 
The acquisition, which is the first of its kind, marks the leading role of solutions by stc in enabling digital transformation in Saudi Arabia in line with Vision 2030, where Saudi Arabia aims to increase the contribution of the Information Technology and Communications sector towards national GDP to reach $13.3 billion, and the development of the sector by 50% by 2030.
This deal represents an important step towards implementing the ambitious growth strategy set by stc Group to expand into new markets and business lines, and to invest in promising business opportunities, as a result of the increased demand for communications and information technology services in the region's markets.
Growth strategy
Commenting on the acquisition, Eng Omar Al Nomani, CEO of Solutions, said: “This acquisition confirms our commitment towards achieving the ambitious goals of our growth strategy of stc Group. Therefore, we made this strategic decision to acquire Giza Systems in order to accelerate our growth and consolidate our position as the leader in the telecommunications and information technology market at a regional level.” 
He added, "Giza Systems will remain independent and we will work together in order to diversify our offering to our clients within Saudi Arabia and beyond."
Osama Sorour, CEO, Giza Systems said: “solutions by stc’s acquisition of Giza Systems comes at a time when the regional markets are witnessing an exceptional growth in the ICT sector. Our synergies will enable us to expand our digital offers in the region. Giza Systems is proud to be part of this significant milestone, through which it can accelerate its growth and gain more access to the thriving Saudi market.”
The process
The first announcement of this acquisition was made in April of this year, when Giza Systems announced that it had received an offer from solutions which was approved by its board of directors.
Giza Systems is a pioneer in its field, providing services that include systems and application integration, as well as emerging technologies. The company’s offices serve its clients in more than 25 countries around the world.-- TradeArabia News Service