Empired buys NZ-based IT services firm Intergen

ASX-listed Empired has bought the New Zealand Microsoft services specialist for NZ$19.3 million.

Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)-listed company Empired has paid NZ$19.5 million for New Zealand IT services company Intergen.

The deal grants the Trans-Tasman Microsoft services provider 825 staff members across 15 Australasian locations and one North American office.

Intergen Group CEO Tony Stewart

Intergen's 370 New Zealand and North American staff members will continue to operate under the Intergen brand, Empired told the ASX this morning.

Intergen's Australian offices, however, will merge with Empired's operations, "where there is a strong alignment with Microsoft services, including SharePoint and Dynamics CRM".

Empired said Intergen's directors and senior managers will remain with the business, and Intergen shareholders will become shareholders in Empired's newly enlarged business.

Intergen CEO Tony Stewart said the company has been building its Australian business for a number of years.

Empired managing director Russell Baskerville said clients will benefit from a broader range of services, backed by an Australian listed company.

"Our combined organisation is positioned to take advantage of significant growth opportunities, capitalising on the burgeoning Microsoft opportunity with solutions clearly focused on 'as-a-service' and 'consumption'-based models around cloud, mobility, big data/business analytics, and the advent of social in the enterprise," Baskerville said.