A CRN article last week speculated Optus may be looking to purchase one of Commander’s subsidiaries, the Commander Centre. It quoted a source within Commander that Optus is the most likely suitor for the subsidiary that provides end-user services and support.
Commander Group went into voluntary administration in early August, and receivers McGrath Nicol have been tasked with selling the assets of the ASX-listed Group, while assuring clients that Commander will continue to trade during the period of administration.
The future of Commander has remained uncertain with its subsidiary companies available to be purchased as a whole sold off separately.
Intermedium research shows that in the 2005-06 financial year, Commander was ranked number 6 amongst ICT suppliers to the Federal Government, winning contracts worth more than $80 million.
Commander has been a significant ICT infrastructure outsourcing supplier in the Federal Government market (contracts with IPEX and Volante). Commander still has outsourcing contracts with seven agencies, including members of the previous 'Group 8' agencies, Department of Infrastructure, and Department of Finance and Deregulation.
The first of the Group 8 agencies went to the market with the release of an RFT by the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) in early July. Since then (early August), DEWHA has also issued a tender for infrastructure outsourcing.
As recently as June, Commander was awarded a one-year extension of the contract to supply Federal electorate offices, a contract worth $3.8m.
Agencies have provision for dealing with unforeseen circumstances in relation to suppliers, including entering a contract with alternative supplier without going to a competitive tender. It is understood that those agencies affected have been in discussions with the Commander receivers.
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