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Speedy Hire PLC
13 December 2018

Speedy Hire Plc

("Speedy", "the Company" or "the Group")

Training acquisition

13 December 2018

Speedy, the UK's leading tools, equipment and plant hire services company, operating across the construction, infrastructure and industrial markets, today announces that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of training provider Geason Holdings Limited ("Geason") from Ian and Robert Kilpatrick and connected family trust companies.

Geason is a leading provider of construction and professional services training across the UK, operating from a head office in Glasgow, with over 1,100 apprentices and 500 NVQ learners currently on programmes. Geason's unaudited accounts for the twelve months to 31 October 2018 reported revenue of £8.3m, EBITA of £1.7m and gross assets of £2.6m.

Cash consideration paid on completion amounted to £9.0m with net cash assumed of £0.3m.  Contingent consideration of up to £26.0m may be payable in cash based on a multiple of 3.25x EBITA, dependent on the combined performance of Geason and Speedy's training business in the three years post acquisition.

The acquisition will allow the Group to better support its customers in training and developing their staff and accelerate the growth of Speedy's services businesses.  

 Commenting on the acquisition, Russell Down, Chief Executive of Speedy, said:

"This acquisition expands our training services offering and allows us to deliver flexible, progressive training programmes to support customers across the UK. I warmly welcome Ian, Robert and Geason employees to Speedy."


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Russell Down, Chief Executive


Chris Morgan, Group Finance Director





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Andrew Jaques

Ollie Hoare

Luke Briggs


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Notes to Editors: Founded in 1977, Speedy is the UK's leading provider of tools, equipment and plant hire services to a wide range of customers in the construction, infrastructure and industrial markets, as well as to local trade and industry.  The Group provides complementary support services through the provision of training, asset management and compliance services. Speedy is certified nationally to ISO50001, ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001. The Group operates from over 200 fixed sites across the UK and Ireland together with a number of on-site facilities at client locations throughout the UK, Ireland and from an international office based in Abu Dhabi.


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