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AURELIUS-owned Getronics family partners with NEC to address market opportunities and acquires NEC Enterprise Solutions’

  AURELIUS-owned Getronics family partners with NEC to address market
  opportunities and acquires NEC Enterprise Solutions’ direct sales and
  service activities in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland

  *NEC and the Getronics family to form a long-term strategic partnership in
    Enterprise Communications
  *Business expansion by addressing broader market opportunities and growing
    demand for Unified Communications with enhanced portfolio

Business Wire

HILVERSUM, Netherlands & LONDON -- October 1, 2013

NEC Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, and the Getronics
family today announce the forming of a long-term strategic partnership in
Enterprise Communications in Europe and the transfer of NEC Enterprise
Solutions’ direct sales and service businesses in four European countries to
the Getronics family.

This includes the transfer of NEC Enterprise Solutions’ business in the UK to
Getronics and in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland to Connectis, a member of the
Getronics family. The transfer of the businesses has been completed and both
parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

Furthermore, NEC and Getronics/Connectis have signed a long-term business
partnership agreement for the distribution and supply of NEC’s portfolio of
Enterprise Communications products and solutions in the four countries.

This partnership brings a very strong Pan-EMEA system integration channel to
NEC Enterprise Solutions, enabling growth and market penetration of its
solutions such as Unified Communications & Collaboration and Mobility. At the
same time, NEC Enterprise Solutions’ expertise and customer base in the four
countries allows Getronics and Connectis to further expand businesses by
addressing broader market opportunities with enhanced portfolio of Enterprise
Communications solutions and service.

Customers of both organisations will continue to be offered the highest
standards of services and quality. The Getronics family will continue to
consistently pursue its proven international IT challenger strategy in the
future, successfully combining local strengths with international reach.

The reshaping of activities in the four countries is in line with NEC
Enterprise Solutions’ strategy towards growth by taking full advantage of
indirect distribution to address the opportunities offered in the market for
IT & Communications products and services. Enhancing and strengthening its
indirect distribution model enables NEC to address a larger number of
customers with its expanding portfolio of systems and applications.

“The interest in and commitment to our portfolio of products and solutions
from such a leading solution provider is a clear recognition of our leadership
in enterprise networking solutions for the converged world”, said Paul Kievit,
Vice President, Enterprise Vertical, NEC Europe. “We will continue to develop
and deliver new systems and applications to fully conform to market
developments and customers’ requirements, in support of further growth of our
business in this region. Our channel-centric approach allows us to focus on
the development of new systems and applications, enabling us to offer a wide
range of cutting-edge solutions.”

Mark Cook, Managing Director of the Group Board of Getronics said “Enterprise
customers are increasingly looking to work with solution providers that offer
a bespoke, ‘best of class’ product portfolio. They want cutting edge solutions
without having to invest time and resource into assessing vendors themselves.
The Getronics family consistently invests in developing its portfolio,
incorporating the best solutions on the market to meet the needs of these
customers. Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to offering
leading solutions to clients as demand for Enterprise Communications continues
to grow.”

“We’re pursuing our policy of systematic growth in the IT segment,” comments
Matthias Täubl, Managing Director of the Group Board of Getronics and
responsible for the deal at AURELIUS. “Concentrating on regional markets is
yielding a healthy platform for future growth. Further purchases are planned.”

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About NEC Europe Ltd.

NEC Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a leader in the
integration of IT network technologies that benefit businesses and people
around the world. NEC Europe is building upon its heritage and reputation for
innovation and quality by providing its expertise, solutions and services to a
broad range of customers, from telecom operators to enterprises and the public
sector. For additional information, please visit the NEC Europe home page at:
http://www.nec.com/emea

About NEC Enterprise Solutions

NEC Enterprise Solutions provides IT & Communication solutions to small,
medium and large enterprises in both the private and public sectors. Designed
for open connectivity, high availability and flexible growth, our innovative
solutions incorporate the latest voice, data and video technologies and enable
real-time, collaborative working, increased productivity and customer
satisfaction. Our servers, storage solutions, software and virtualised
workstations enable businesses to maximise operational efficiency, performance
and profitability.

NEC Enterprise Solutions serves its customers across EMEA (Europe, Middle East
& Africa) through a network of direct sales organizations, business partners
and value-added resellers. For more information, please visit:
http://www.nec-enterprise.com.

NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other
product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their
respective owners. ©2013 NEC Corporation.

About the Getronics Family

The Getronics family is an ICT Services group consisting of the Getronics and
Connectis brands and is owned by the AURELIUS Group, a holding company
headquartered in Munich, Germany. With an extensive history that extends over
125 years, the Getronics family has approximately 4,000 employees in 13
countries across Europe, Asia Pacific & Latin America, and has a complete
portfolio of integrated ICT services for the large enterprise and public
sector markets. This includes Workspace, Applications, Unified Communications,
Data Centre, Cloud, Consulting, Partner Technology, Managed Services and
Security.

Getronics is the lead in the Getronics Workspace Alliance, a unique model that
provides customers with a consistent IT service throughout the world, with one
single point of contact and billing entity. According to independent research
by Ovum in September 2012, the alliance collectively manages 7.4M client
end-user devices, positioning it within the top 3 players in the world.

About AURELIUS

AURELIUS has been successfully operating in the international market for
company acquisitions for many years. The focus is on companies and corporate
spin-offs in markets with plenty of potential for development. Once under the
AURELIUS umbrella, the acquisitions are given a long-term strategic
orientation and their potential developed. Building on active operational
support, the subsidiaries benefit from the management experience and financial
strength of the parent company. This is what makes AURELIUS a “good home” for
companies and their employees.

At present, the AURELIUS Group encompasses 18 subsidiaries around the globe
with facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States. Among others, these
include traditional names like Blaupunkt and Berentzen together with numerous
industrial enterprises. Companies are acquired in accordance with strict
investment criteria, although there is no specific industry focus. Shares of
AURELIUS AG are listed in the m:access segment of the Munich Stock Exchange
and are traded on all German stock exchanges under ISIN DE000A0JK2A8.

To find out more, visit www.aureliusinvest.de.

Contact:

NEC Enterprise Solutions EMEA
Robert van Amerongen
robert.van.amerongen@emea.nec.com
+31 35 689 1521
or
NEC Europe
Shinya Hashizume
Shinya.hashizume@emea.nec.com
+44 20 8836 2167
or
AURELIUS
Anke Banaschewski
investor@aureliusinvest.de
+49 89 544799 0
or
3 Monkeys Communications on behalf of Getronics
Anna King/Laura Spence/Olivia Hughes
Getronics@3-monkeys.co.uk
+44 20 7009 3100
 
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