Eleco plc has acquired 100% of Vertical Digital group companies

LONDON, UK: Eleco plc (AIM: ELCO) wholly owned subsidiary Elecosoft Ltd has acquired 100% of the share capital of Vertical Digital group of companies, consisting of Vertical Digital SRL and Sons of Coding SRL for an initial consideration of €1.3m (c£1.1m), exclusively financed by the Company’s internal cash resources.

Vertical Digital has a proven track record, in providing agile and innovative software development, technical consulting and upskilling solutions across many European and multinational end-customers including Lufthansa Technik, PwC, VW Financial Services, Deloitte and Zoopla.

The Acquisition will add critical capabilities to Eleco, including the ability to service and scale its customers by connecting systems and providing technical consulting which will support their digital transformation  journeys, thus increasing the Group’s product breadth and focus on customer centricity.

The Acquisition will also provide for elastic augmentation of our internal research and development capacity which will further improve product time to value.

Vertical Digital meets Eleco’s acquisition criteria, having an established track record with the ability to deliver on common customer needs, enhance product digitalisation and advance Eleco’s roadmap.  In the year to 31 December 2023, Vertical Digital delivered revenue of €1.2m (c.£1.0m) and a net profit before taxation of €0.3m (c.£0.2m) based on unaudited figures and Vertical Digital’s accounting policies.

The transaction terms provide for a cumulative potential deferred and contingent outflow (Earn Out) of a maximum total of €250,000 payable in 2026, based on the Vertical Digital business attaining specific revenue and profitability performance targets set by Eleco plc during the financial years ending 31 December 2024 and 31 December 2025.

Jonathan Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Eleco plc, said: “We are pleased to welcome Vertical Digital to the Group, which will accelerate our ability to support our customers in solving the challenges they are face in delivering their digital transformation strategies.  Eleco is now better positioned to provide a broader range of solutions and engage with more of its customers and partners on their strategic technological direction.

We are impressed with the calibre of customers that Vertical Digital have serviced and the experience and talent of our new colleagues.  In addition, we are delighted that the two founders of Vertical Digital are committed to supporting the growth ambitions of the Group. Dan Pop will be responsible for expansion in Eastern Europe as Regional Managing Director, Eastern Europe and Alex Gheboianu will ensure the Group continues to innovate and retain world-class technical talent as Chief Technology Officer.

Vertical Digital expands Eleco’s capabilities and increases the opportunities available to the Group and we look forward to the future with confidence.”

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