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|Target Group to be acquired by Tech Mahindra|
|Friday, 27 May 2016|
The management team behind Target Group, the financial services outsourcing and software provider, has welcomed today’s announcement of the acquisition of the business by global multi-national specialist in digital transformation, Tech Mahindra. The transaction is subject to FCA approval; completion will take place once this is confirmed.
Tech Mahindra will acquire 100% of the share capital of Target Group at an Enterprise Value of £112m. Following four years of expansion under the ownership of Pollen Street Capital the transaction represents the start of a new and exciting phase for Target and its growing client base.
Target Group is headquartered in the UK and has about 800 employees. The management team, led by Co-Group CEOs, Ian Larkin and Bill Alley, will all remain with the business and ensure continuity and acceleration of the current strategy.
Paddy Byrne, Chairman, Target Group described how the transaction was a logical and positive next step in Target’s ongoing growth. “Target Group has been focused on building expertise in the lending, investments and insurance sectors, becoming a market leading player in each of our verticals. We have delivered significant growth over the last four years, with the support of our current owner, Pollen Street Capital. We now look forward to the next stage in our growth. By joining with the $4bn Tech Mahindra, it will allow us to serve our clients better through greatly expanding the solutions and services we provide. We have built a strong and extremely credible management team which has enabled us to create a strong brand in our chosen markets, and we relish the opportunity to take the combined Target Group / Tech Mahindra proposition to broader sectors and geographies within the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance markets.”
CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra supported this view: “Target Group’s strong IP and disruptive proprietary platform significantly enhances our Fintech offerings. This acquisition will make us a formidable player in the UK BFSI market [Banking, Financial Services and Insurance] with over 50 major financial institutions as clients. There is also a significant opportunity to cross-sell offerings between the companies and extend the platform to other markets. The acquisition lies at the confluence of several of our strategic priorities – add IP, double BFSI revenue and expand European footprint. We look forward to welcoming Target Group’s employees into the Tech Mahindra family”.
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