Valtech Acquires eFocus - a Leading Digital Agency in the Netherlands

Paris and Amsterdam, 01. Jul. 2016 - Increasing the group's leadership in digital marketing solutions.

Valtech SE [Euronext Paris: FR0011505163 - LTE], the leading independent European digital and technology agency, announced today the acquisition of Dutch company eFocus.

Founded in 2000, eFocus has earned consistent growth over the years, both in revenue and profitability, to become one of the top three digital agencies in the Netherlands.

The eFocus team has demonstrated strong expertise delivering end-to-end omnichannel solutions that shape customer experiences for clients. With creativity and a passion for technology, eFocus has earned the business of an impressive portfolio of clients such as Heineken, Philipps, Eneco, JDE and others, with a strong presence in verticals like mobility, FMCG, B2B, Finance and energy.

Current management will continue to lead the team of over 200 employees across the four Valtech Netherlands offices.

Establishing a home base in the Netherlands will allow Valtech to embrace new opportunities in an entrepreneurial, internationally-focused economy with impressive growth.

“16 years ago we founded eFocus. Back then we never could have dreamed that we would become one of the biggest digital agencies in the Netherlands. The world is not only transforming rapidly for our customers, but also for digital agencies. A year ago we focused our strategy even more on making an impact for our clients. This decision brought new insights. We needed to develop a strong international position, not only from a geographical point of view, but also because there is a continuously growing need for deeper expertise in the digital field of marketing, design and technology. When we met Valtech, it was evident from the start that we were meant for each other. There are many things we share and many synergies to explore,” said Marc-Paul Brandt, eFocus’ Founder and CCO.

“When we met Valtech it was like we shook hands with ourselves in 2020. It is an entrepreneurial agency that combines technology, design and marketing in multidisciplinary offices all over the world. The people are smart and excited about their work, but keep their feet on the ground. We share exactly the same technology stack (Adobe, Hybris, Sitecore and Episerver), and we both serve clients in automotive, FMCG, finance, B2B and e-commerce. In our day-to-day business, this means that we can serve our clients ever better and we can make more impact. For complex projects you need more execution power and deeper expertise these days. By joining Valtech we now have that all over the world. For us, this is a giant leap forward,” said Arnoud Martens, eFocus’ CEO.

“It’s quite an exciting moment for Valtech to welcome the eFocus team to the Valtech group. This acquisition reinforces our position in Europe and definitely increases Valtech’s leadership in digital marketing solutions, as well as strengthens our global presence. Our DNAs match perfectly and we can only expect the best from the synergies that arise from joining our two companies,” said Sebastian Lombardo, Valtech’s CEO.

“Over the years, eFocus has made quite impressive accomplishements with the great clients and global brands they serve. Therefore, when we had the opportunity to join forces in such a dynamic market like Netherlands, with a strong and talented team led by great managers, we had to move forward and make it happen. The Dutch economy is very entrepreneurial and internationally focused with very strong brands. Our two forces combined make us the partner of choice for these global brands,” said Olivier Padiou, Valtech’s COO.

ABOUT eFOCUS

eFocus is a full service digital agency located in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Amersfoort and Eindhoven (the Netherlands). Over 200 digital professionals work for large clients such as Eneco, DSM, DAF, Heineken, PHILIPS, Rabobank, FrieslandCampina and JDE. We influence and design our clients’ customer journey – multi-channel and digitally driven – to add value for both the brand and the consumer.

eFOCUS CONTACT

Freek Bijl

+31 6 50 88 33 36

freek.bijl@efocus.nl

ABOUT VALTECH

Valtech [Euronext Paris : FR0011505163 - LTE] is a digital marketing firm, pioneer in technologies with a presence in thirteen countries (France, USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, India, Australia, Singapore, Argentina) and over 2,000 employees. As a full-service digital agency, Valtech brings value to its customers at all aspects of their digital activities: Strategy consulting, service design, technology services, and optimization of business-critical digital platforms for multichannel e-commerce and marketing. With its renowned commitment to innovation and agility, Valtech helps brands to develop and grow their business across their digital touch points while optimizing time-to-market and return on investment.

INVESTORS CONTACT

Sebastian Lombardo

CEO

investors@valtech.com

PRESS CONTACT

ACTUS – Nicolas Bouchez

+33 1 53 67 36 74

nbouchez@actus.fr

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