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Ashley Services Group acquires major shareholding in CCL Group

Ashley Services Group Limited has acquired a major shareholding in the CCL Group.

As outlined back on 26th September 2019, the due diligence process identified issues which saw the FY19 EBITDA estimates adjusted downwards, largely due to period start and end cut off related matters. Audited FY19 results produced a normalised EBITDA of $2.85m from revenue of $39.36m.

The resultant estimated acquisition price for the 80% purchase of the CCL Group is $7.89m but will be adjusted for subsequent earn-outs for FY20 and FY21 (currently estimated at FY19 EBITDA levels). The initial payment comprises 80% of the total purchase price based on the audited FY19 results (being for 80% (of the 80%)), with subsequent earn-outs based on FY20 (10%) and FY21 (10%) audited results.

Ashley Services’ managing director, Ross Shrimpton, commented, “The acquisition of the CCL Group is an ideal fit for Ashley, with a broadening of our Victorian business, aligning with our existing Concept Engineering operations. Both businesses have strong service offerings in the infrastructure sector and will operate under existing management as independent operations. We are delighted to have been able to retain both the founder and key management as shareholders moving forward”.

The acquisition is expected to be EPS accretive in FY20 and the purchase provides Ashley Services Group Limited with the economic benefit from 1st July 2019.

The CCL Group is one of the primary suppliers of contract labour in Victoria with a focus on the infrastructure, building and civil construction sectors. The CCL Group is also a key supplier of traffic management services for a range of construction-based organisations.

The CCL Group has experienced strong growth in recent years, in part due to the significant investment in infrastructure by the Victorian state government, coupled with an extremely skilled labour force and a highly capable management team.

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