West Palm Beach, FL – October 22, 2013 – BG Strategic Advisors (“BGSA”) is pleased to announce that Quality One Wireless, LLC ("Q1W"), a global leader in wireless distribution, has acquired BGSA client Personal Communications Devices, LLC ("PCD"), a leading provider of wireless devices to service providers in the Americas for more than 25 years. The purchase completes Q1W’s “stalking horse bid” to acquire substantially all of the operating business assets of PCD through a sale under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The purchase price of the acquisition was in excess of $125 million, and the companies will operate under the Quality One Wireless brand.
“PCD’s products and market segments are an ideal fit for our global distribution channels,” said John Chiorando, President and Chief Executive Officer of Q1W. “Acquiring PCD allowed a natural extension of our core business, and will accelerate the product and market penetration strategies that benefit our global Telecom customers.”
The completion of the transaction unites two wireless industry leaders to provide carriers, OEM’s and other wireless technology partners with a rich array of distribution, go-to-market, and product life cycle solutions across the globe.
“This acquisition brings together very complementary capabilities and distribution channels to dramatically increase the overall value added to device makers, telecom carriers, and retailers alike,” said George Appling, President and CEO of PCD. “We are confident that it will result in an expanded customer base to include both the traditional Tier 1 carrier focus of PCD and the regional carrier and dealer focus of Quality One. Moreover, both companies have been aggressively growing their accessories and M2M businesses and that focus will continue.”
About Personal Communications Devices
A global gateway for its technology partners throughout the Americas, PCD provides both carriers and manufacturers a rich array of product life cycle management services that includes planning and development; inventory; technical testing; quality control; forward and reverse logistics; sell-in and sell-thru, marketing & warranty support. Its extensive portfolio of high-quality and versatile wireless devices includes feature phones, smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots, modems, routers, fixed wireless, M2M, GPS, and other innovative wireless connectivity devices and accessories. PCD is based in Hauppauge, New York; and maintains operations facilities in Brea, California; and Toronto, Canada.
About Quality One Wireless
Quality One Wireless is a leading global distributor of wireless handsets, accessories, and communication equipment throughout North America, South America, and the Caribbean, providing one-point product and device solutions. The company specializes in customized solutions that include refurbishing, repair, and distribution of wireless devices. Collaborating with industry partners, our team develops optimum mobility strategies to maximize benefits and minimize your risks. We ensure satisfaction through innovative products and superior services. Based in Orlando, Florida, Quality One Wireless offers complete solutions to wireless operators, MVNO’s, insurance providers, retailers, dealers, wholesalers, and e-commerce partners.
About BG Strategic Advisors
BGSA is the leading M&A advisory firm focused on the logistics and supply chain industry. BGSA is a registered FINRA broker dealer and a member of SIPC. The firm specializes in providing CEOs in the logistics and supply chain industry with the tools to maximize their company's value. BGSA has completed several well-known supply chain transactions, including the sales of Open Mile to Echo Global Logistics, NESA to Liquidity Services, Access Computer Products to Waste Management, Converge to Arrow Electronics, Dixie Warehouse Services and Wilpak to Jacobson Companies, Churchill to BirdDog, Raytrans to Echo Global Logistics, Unicity to PBB, Air-Road to Reliant Equity, and many others.