Hitachi Systems has acquired Micro Clinic India, an IT services company based in India, on a share purchase and shareholder agreement and formed a new entity called Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic Pvt. Ltd.
Financial details of the transaction are not disclosed.
The acquisition will help Hitachi expand its solutions portfolio to the thriving Indian market while Micro Clinic customers will benefit from the combination of two global system integrators, said Yoshinori Okami, chairman and director of Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic, after the announcement.
Apart from its existing IT services, Micro Clinic through this new business umbrella, will focus on new business opportunities in data center, managed services, cloud and outsourcing, said Tarun Seth, managing director of Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic.
As part of its expansion to new areas of businesses, Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic plans to aggressively hire people to all core activities, especially in infrastructure and services team, Seth said. Currently Micro Clinic employs over 650 people and boasts over 200 customers in India.
IT services is a critical business component for Hitachi. According to Okami, IT services contributed for 60 percent of the revenues of Hitachi IT Systems Group this year. Hardware contributed 30 percent while software contributed only 10 percent. With the addition of Micro Clinic IT services in its portfolio, Hitachi expects to build on this growth momentum.
India is not yet a matured market for data center and managed services. As IT encroaches every aspect of our lives, the need for robust IT infrastructure will grow further. Hitachi has perceived this market momentum and expects huge leap in these areas of businesses in the immediate future.
Hitachi aims to grow consolidated net sales in India by nearly three times to 300 billion yen (17,300 crore rupees) by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. IT and telecommunications are two key growth areas in Hitachi Group’s Social Innovation Business.
Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic will provide local corporations as well as foreign corporations including Japanese companies, with a one-stop service ranging from procuring IT equipment in India to system design and construction, operation and maintenance, the company said. The company aims to generate approximately Rs 240 crore by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.
Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic has aggressive growth plans in India, Seth added. “We will expand our presence in India, add human capital and also make this as the base to expand in Asia and Middle East. It will be our endeavor to make this a successful venture so that Hitachi group and other Japanese companies continue and increase their investments in India.”