Numerica adds up for Vantis

Acquisitive accountancy group Vantis has agreed to acquire rival AIM-quoted concern Numericafor £15.8 million and to then immediately sell on three practices to BDO Stoy Hayward for £12.1million in cash.

Acquisitive accountancy group Vantis looks to have pulled off a stunning deal, agreeing to acquire rival AIM-quoted concern Numerica for £15.8 million and to then immediately sell on three practices in Bristol, Southampton and Manchester to BDO Stoy Hayward for £12.1 million in cash.

Numerica last year reported a turnover of £46.6 million. The three businesses to be bought by BDO produced £16 million revenues. This means that – providing its shareholders approve the transaction – Vantis will be left with the residue, making turnover of £30 million, for a net cost of £3.7 million.

Tightly run Vantis should also be able to cut out costs. For example all except one of Numerica’s board directors will go. The group will also have opportunities to provide additional services, such as tax advice, to Numerica’s client base and so boost income.

Numerica made a £1 million profit before tax, goodwill and exceptional items in the six months to November. Vantis’ interims to October showed a 52 per cent rise in pre-tax profit to £1.95 million on sales up 48 per cent to £15.1 million. This bodes well going forward.

Leslie Copeland

Leslie Copeland

Leslie was made Editor for Growth Company Investor magazine in 2000, then headed up the launch of Business XL magazine, and then became Editorial Director in 2007 for the online and print publication portfolio...

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