ThinkSmart Launches In Italy

ThinkSmart Launches In Italy

ThinkSmart Commences Trading In Italy – Adds To European Operations In The UK And Spain

– Now operating in three European Territories with DSG International

– UK operations infrastructure offers low-cost platform for entry

– FY 2008 prospectus forecasts exclude revenue from Italy

ThinkSmart Limited (ASX:TSM), an international computer and office equipment financing company, today announced it has commenced trading in Italy, adding to European operations in the UK and Spain. ThinkSmart has expanded its B2B point-of-sale funding product into the Italian market through an agreement with PC City, the computer retailing arm of electrical retailing giant DSG International. ThinkSmart will roll out to all 16 stores across the country.  Customer contracts are funded by the Italian arm of Banco Santander, with whom ThinkSmart also trades in Spain.

Commenting on the expansion, ThinkSmart founder and CEO, Ned Montarello, said: “Our growth into Italy with DSGi will help meet the demand of small businesses in Europe for B2B technology financing solutions at the point-of-sale. “By using our existing processing infrastructure base in the UK, our expansion into Italy has mirrored the low-cost entry model we successfully launched in Spain three years ago.  We anticipate PC City’s Italian store growth will emulate that of Spain.  We have also implemented a fully online process for the stores which will yield further operating cost reductions. “It’s the same business model and platform we will use for Stages 1 and 2 of our expansion into North America with Office Depot, the world’s second-largest office supplies retailer, commencing in the second quarter.” ThinkSmart trades with DSG International in the UK, Spain and Italy through DSGi’s PC City / PC World stores. ThinkSmart also has an established processing infrastructure and funding relationships for France, where it  is targeting trading in 2008.

No revenue estimates from Italy are included in ThinkSmart’s FY 2008 prospectus forecasts

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