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InterQuest Group PLC - Acquisition of Contract Connections Limited

Pubished 22nd July 2011

Acquisition of Contract Connections Limited


IT staffing specialist, InterQuest Group plc (AIM: ITQ.L), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Contract Connections Limited (“CCL”), a technology staffing business specialising in the provision of contract and permanent IT personnel to the legal sector. The acquisition will be for a total consideration of up to £4.6 million and is expected to be earnings enhancing in the first full year of ownership.

Founded in 1997, CCL has offices in London and Dublin. The acquisition is expected to strengthen InterQuest’s offering to the legal sector, while providing additional geographical reach for the Group. CCL generated revenue of £10m in the year ended 31 May 2011 and a normalised profit before tax of approximately £750,000. The acquisition is expected to add 170 contractors to the InterQuest business (1,091 at 31 December 2010). CCL also has a strong Managed Services Division, which is an area of the recruitment market identified by InterQuest as high growth.

Justin Madgwick (founder) and Louis Lafferty, both Directors of CCL, will join InterQuest’s operational management team.

Terms of the Acquisition

InterQuest will pay an initial £3.70m in cash and £296,000 in InterQuest shares on completion and up to a further £600,000 over the next two years, contingent upon an average of the first and second year’s earnings. The acquisition will be financed by the Group’s existing bank resources. The deferred consideration is payable in cash. The InterQuest shares are being issued to the vendors of CCL at a reference price of 63.5 pence per share and according application will be made for the shares to be admitted to AIM on 29th June 2011.

Gary Ashworth, Executive Chairman of InterQuest, commented, “We are delighted to welcome the CCL team into the InterQuest Group. CCL’s successful growth in recent years as a provider of technology professionals to leading law firms has been impressive and we believe that the company will prosper yet further as part of the enlarged InterQuest Group. This acquisition is very much in line with our acquisitive growth strategy, in which we are seeking to add profitable IT recruitment businesses with expertise in specialist areas. CCL’s reputation in the Legal industry is outstanding and will bolster our offering in this area.

“This is our first acquisition since 2007 and is an indication of our growing confidence of a return to growth within the technology recruitment sector.”

For further information please contact:

InterQuest Group plcThreadneedle CommunicationsfinnCap
020 7025 0100020 7653 9850020 7600 1658
Gary Ashworth, Executive ChairmanCaroline Evans-JonesMarc Young
Michael Joyce, Finance DirectorFiona ConroyCharlotte Stranner

About InterQuest

The InterQuest Group is a specialist IT recruitment Group providing contract and permanent recruitment services within niche disciplines in the UK and Europe. The Group comprises sixteen separately branded specialist divisions covering a broad range of skill sets and industries including Financial Markets, Public Sector, SAP, Oracle, CRM, Testing, Insurance, Retailing, Pharmaceuticals, Media, Analytics, Infrastructure and Communications.