United Kingdom’s AIM-listed legal and professional services organization – Gateley, has taken over Smithers Purslow, a chartered surveying and structural engineering firm, as it looks to further extend its property platform.
Gateley acquires Smithers Purslow
Gateley will reimburse an initial GBP 12.15 million for the business in a partial-share, partial-cash deal, possibly rising to GBP 20 million based on Smithers’ fiscal performance over the forthcoming two years. Smithers’ core business focuses on property insurance claims, assisting to resolve magnanimous value claims for insurers, policyholders, and their advisers. The business will strive to operate as a solo entity, renamed Gateley Smithers Purslow, and will be led by the prevailing Senior Director Andrew Bussey and Managing Director Stephen Fraser. Smithers possesses 10 regional offices throughout the United Kingdom and houses 130 employees.
Rod Waldie, Gateley’s Chief Executive Officer, stated that Smithers Purslow’s evolution over the past 10 years has been inspiring and that it was vastly regarded as a market leader in the property insurance claims sector, in which one sees vast prospects to develop vast and in-depth relationships with insurers and insurance mediators.
Smithers has posted a compound annual revenue and EBITDA of over 20% in the past half a decade. Revenue matured 22.3% in 2021 to GBP 11.7 million, resulting in an adjusted pre-tax profit of GBP 2.5 million.
The takeover is Gateley’s biggest to date and is a faction of the group’s vaster platform strategy of purchasing and maturing complementary professional service businesses.
Waldie additionally stated that the deal is a demonstration of that commitment to invest and develop its platform business, alongside continuing to augment its resilience via diversification away from conventional legal services.
The acquisition adds to recent contracts inclusive of the purchase of Belfast-based Paul Tweed, reputation management, and media law boutique, for GBP 2 million in 2020 and quantity surveyors Tozer Gallagher in 2021.
Gateley’s stock price returned positively to the latest takeover, trading close to 1% higher at GBP 2.13 per stock.
In March 2022, offshore company Ogier acquired with eight-partner Dublin outfit Leman, the most recent company to enter the Irish market in the wake of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Additionally, in March 2022, Clyde & Co and BLM agreed to a United Kingdom-focused acquisition to augment their amalgamated insurance capacities, in an agreement established to include almost GBP 100 million to Clydes’ top line.