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Cellnet hunts for acquisitions in new financial year

Cellnet hunts for acquisitions in new financial year

The distributor has recorded $1.5m in net profit and aims to look for merger and acquisition opportunities

Queensland-based distributor, Cellnet, is the back in the black and has reportedly managed to turn its profit around for the financial year ending June 30.

Net profit reached $1.5 million. Last year, Cellnet recorded a $6.7m loss, and since then has managed to turnaround $7.9m.

Earlier this year Cellnet managing director, Stuart Smith, said the turnaround reflected its strong focus on core business lines along with a leaner and more efficient organisation.

Cellnet chairman, Sandy Beard, said its journey over the last couple of years had turned it into a big loss making company and since its restructure, it has managed to turn itself into a profitable business.

The distributor scaled down its IT business in November 2008 and it sold its IBM business to Avnet last year.

“We cleaned up the balance sheet,” Beard said. “We’re sticking to the products that we can make good money out of, we’ve been working better with our customers and have been concentrating on doing all the little things right.”

The distributor has cash reserves of about $20m. During FY10 about 1 million in shares were bought back and it is now well groomed for merger or acquisition opportunities.

Beard said it was more interested in acquiring companies that would create shareholder value.

“We’ve got an open mind,” he said.

The distributor claimed it would continue to grow across A/NZ and is hopeful it would be able to improve its earnings in the first half of the new financial year.

Beard said it relied on a strong retail economy to gain good results in FY11.

“We're linked to the economy and a good retail economy always helps,” he said.


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