Tech Mahindra buying into RFID companies Infotek Software, Vitaran Electronics
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Tech Mahindra Ltd said on Tuesday it will acquire an 18.1% stake each in Infotek Software & Systems Pvt. Ltd and Vitaran Electronics Pvt. Ltd for a total of up to Rs 13 crore.

The software services company said it will use the target companies’ presence in the radio-frequency identification (RFID) segment to build a footprint in the asset monitoring, tracking and automated billing solutions market.

The investment will also help expand Tech Mahindra's portfolio of solutions to cater to smart-city projects, the company said in a stock-exchange filing.

Infotek, which was set up in 2000, sells RFID products and provides installation and software maintenance services. The company clocked revenues of Rs 29.28 crore in the 12 months ended 30 September 2018. 

Vitaran, which was incorporated in 2006, sells RFID products in access control systems. The company registered revenue of Rs 12.68 crore in the 12 months ended 30 September 2018.

Tech Mahindra is part of the diversified Mahindra Group. The company posted revenue growth of 6% at Rs 30,773 crore and net profit growth of 35% at Rs 3,800 crore in the fiscal ended 31 March 2018 on a year-on-year basis.

In its 2018 annual report, Tech Mahindra had said it is aggressively setting up and acquiring platforms.

In January last year, it had bought 17.5% stake in US-headquartered telecom software development firm Altiostar Networks Inc. for $15 million.

In December 2017, it had agreed to buy an additional stake in Comviva Technologies Ltd - a mobile financial and value-added services (VAS) solution provider - from the Bharti Group and private equity firm WestBridge Capital. After this acquisition, the company’s holding in Comviva Technologies increased to 99.17%.

In March 2017, the company acquired US-based healthcare software provider CJS Solutions Group LLC for an enterprise value of $110 million (Rs 734 crore).

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