News : Atento Announces Agreement to Acquire Majority Stake in Interfile
Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 21, 2017 -- Atento S.A. (NYSE: ATTO), a provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing services (CRM BPO) in Latin America, announced an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Interfile. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.
Alejandro Reynal, Atento’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The acquisition of Interfile advances the execution of our growth strategy, accelerates Atento´s penetration into higher value-add solutions and uniquely positon our company as the leader of the credit origination BPO services market in Brazil. As part of our growth strategy, we continue to expand our presence and gain scale in credit origination to address this high growth segment. Interfile´s acquisition provides Atento with a unique platform to deploy these strengthened capabilities across key countries in the Latin America region."
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Mario Camara, Atento Brazil Managing Director, added, "The joint capabilities of Atento and Interfile will make us the largest provider of credit origination BPO solutions in Brazil. We will offer a superior and integrated BPO services platform to manage all pre-sales and post-sales activities, with a unique expertise and experience in the provision of credit origination solutions. We look forward to unveiling a whole new set of opportunities for our clients."
Mauricio Menezes, CEO of Interfile, commented, "This event is a major milestone for Interfile. We are very excited about the great opportunities that joining a great Latin American leader, such as Atento, will bring for our clients and our employees. Our corporate visions are aligned and we look forward to generating higher value to our clients by providing the best BPO services in the market."
Following the acquisition, founders of Interfile, Mauricio Menezes and all key Interfile´s management team will continue to lead the company as it initiates this new phase within Atento.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Atento is one of the largest employers in Brazil, recognized in the country and the world as one of the Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute. The company has operations in six major Brazilian urban centers Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Goiania, and in the cities of Campinas, Sao Bernardo do Campo, Santo Andre, Sao Jose dos Campos, Santos, Ribeirao Preto and Feira de Santana. Additionally, Atento provides in-person services in more than 900 cities throughout the country. Atento is recognized in the CRM BPO sector in Brazil, providing the best customer experience through innovative solutions, its integrated multichannel platform and the investment in new technologies.
Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017