Avnet, Inc. Acquires Taiwan Based Distributor J.C. Tally Trading Co., Ltd

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PHOENIX, Ariz., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewsiwre-Asia – AsiaNet/ —

Strengthens Leadership Position in Asia IP&E Market

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) announced today that it has acquired J.C. Tally Trading Co., Ltd (J.C. Tally) and its affiliate Shanghai FR International Trading, an interconnect, passive and electromechanical components (IP&E) distributor in Asia with operations in Taiwan and mainland China. J.C. Tally generated revenue of approximately US$90 million in calendar year 2010. With this acquisition, Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia expands its position as the number one IP&E distributor in the region.

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Harley Feldberg, President, Avnet Electronics Marketing global commented, “This acquisition supports our stated strategy to expand our IP&E business globally and further expands our presence in the fast growing Asia market. The IP&E market in Asia is highly fragmented and this acquisition provides another opportunity to accelerate our growth in the region by adding new suppliers and customers.”

Founded more than 30 years ago, JC Tally has approximately 140 employees serving a broad base of customers from eight locations across Taiwan and mainland China. With a focus on strong technical support, J.C. Tally’s line card includes complementary suppliers such as NCC, Kemet, Panasonic, Coiltronics and Bussman. J.C. Tally will be integrated into the operations of Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings and supports Avnet’s long-term return on capital goal of 12.5%.

Stephen Wong, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing, Asia commented, “By extending the range of our product offerings, this acquisition enables us to provide more options to our customers, thereby strengthening our competitive position in the IP&E business in Greater China and providing cross selling opportunities to the combined customer base. The combination of the talented employees from J.C Tally and Avnet’s scale and scope advantages in the region will allow us to deliver superior value to our trading partners and enhance our position as the largest IP&E distributor in Asia.”

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About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 3, 2010, Avnet generated revenue of US$19.16 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com . (AVT_IR)

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