Begbies Traynor Group buys Daniells Harrison Surveyors for £2.0mn

LONDON, UK: Begbies Traynor Group has completed the acquisition of Daniells Harrison Surveyors LLP. The acquisition is for consideration of £2.0m based on current levels of financial performance, on a cash free, debt free basis.

Daniells Harrison is a firm of chartered surveyors employing 27 staff who will integrate with Eddisons, the group’s property advisory and transactional services division. The team provide valuation and property consultancy services to a wide range of clients across the south coast of England from offices in Fareham, the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and Hailsham.

In its financial year ended 31 March 2021, Daniells Harrison Surveyors generated revenue of £2.1m (unaudited) and normalised pre-tax profits of £0.4m (when reported on the same basis as the group). Trading has been maintained at these levels in the current financial year to date. It had net assets of £0.5m (including £0.3m cash) as at 31 March 2021.

Reasons for and benefits of the acquisition

The group’s strategy is to increase the scale and quality of its businesses both organically and through value-accretive acquisitions, enabling increased shareholder value through the delivery of strong, sustainable financial performance.

Our strategy in property services is to enhance and broaden our service offerings and geographical coverage. Since the creation of the division through the acquisition of Eddisons in December 2014, the group has built a strong track record of acquisitions that have met these criteria. This strategy has increased the scale of the division from annual revenue of c£13m at inception to a current run rate of c£26m, together with strong and growing profitability.

The acquisition is in line with our strategy, as the Daniells Harrison Surveyors team will extend the geographical coverage of the division which has now broadened from its original northern base, to include London and Eastern England as well as now the South Coast.

Anthony Spencer, Director at Eddisons, commented: “I am very pleased to welcome the Daniells Harrison team to Eddisons, which extends our geographical coverage across the South Coast. They are a highly experienced team with a proven track record in delivering high quality professional advice. We continue to seek further opportunities for expansion across the UK.”

Ric Traynor, Executive Chairman of Begbies Traynor Group plc, commented: “The acquisition of Daniells Harrison is in line with our strategy to develop our property advisory and transactional services division, by increasing both its scale and market position, as well as the scope of its service offering and geographical coverage. Daniells Harrison has excellent relationships with a broad range of clients which have been developed over many years and we are very much looking forward to working with them.”

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