VARs NWN, NetTeks Cancel Merger

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The marriage is off – NWN and NetTeks Technology Consultants no longer intend to merge.

The two companies seem to have split amicably; company representatives said their differences were not financial in nature, and that they will occasionally collaborate on future projects.

Ethan Simmons, a partner at Boston-based NetTeks, spoke to Jennifer Hagendorf Follett of CRN about the derailed merger.

“We couldn’t come to terms on some of the contractual issues. We just couldn’t agree on a couple of things,” he said. “Everyone is disappointed that it didn’t go through.”

Mont Phelps, president and CEO of NWN, also talked to CRN. His comment was, like that of Simmons, surprisingly pleasant. “We are disappointed,” he said. “We like those guys; it just didn’t work.”

NWN appears to be doing just fine on its own. According to Follet, Phelps said, “Over the past year, the company grew 500 percent.” And despite the disagreement with NetTeks, he “still plans to push a strategy that includes organic growth and potential acquisitions.”

“We’re seeing high growth in our commercial business with Cisco, and we’ve greatly expanded our managed services capabilities and facilities,” Phelps stated. “We’re also going to look for strategically aligned businesses,” he said. “NWN will consider acquisitions of other Cisco-focused solution providers,” Follett wrote.

Ethan Simmons was similarly confident of his company’s abilities.

“We’re not in a position to be Gold, but we are to be Silver,” he said, referring to NWN’s status in Cisco’s partner program. “We will push ahead on our own . . . . We’ll continue to grow and pursue our agenda, and they will, too,” he concluded.


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