How Datatec plans to revive loss-making unit
Technology group is making progress in turning around its loss-making Westcon business
Technology group Datatec, which operates in more than 50 countries, expects its operational performance to further improve in the second half of the financial year as it hopes to turn around a loss-making unit. Its loss-making technology distributor, Westcon International, is expected to turn a corner from early 2019 while IT solutions unit Logicalis, the biggest contributor to profits, will benefit from a multiyear project in Latin America, the company said. Westcon International has undergone a shake-up, terminating its business process outsourcing in Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific. Datatec has said the outsourcing is costly and negatively affected customer service and financial performance.
Westcon recorded a $7.95m net loss in the six months to end-August, an improvement on the $11.71m loss recorded in the matching period a year ago, the results statement showed on Thursday. By contrast, Logicalis’s net profit doubled to $17.43m, from $8.28m the year befo...