The BTD Group (2006 revenues of 54 million euros; a staff of 700) is an IT service company founded in 1981. It is very strong in the French market, particularly in the banking-finance-insurance industry. In addition to obeying the simple logic of sector concentration, GFI Informatique was also motivated by the high value added horizontal expertise that the BTD Group had developed. GFI acquired all equity in BTD in a cash payment. It financed the acquisition with a medium-term loan of €30 million, and paid for the rest out of its own cash resources.
In 2006, GFI Informatique generated revenue of €633.1 million, and had more than 8 000 employees. The Group has more than 40 branches in France and 9 additional offices in Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Morocco and Canada.