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MBH Corporation acquires fast growing sports education firm

by LLB Finance Reporter
26th Nov 20 1:15 pm

MBH Corporation PLC (MBH), a diversified investment holding company, bolsters its largest vertical, education, with its acquisition of Academy One Group, a leader in sports education programmes.  This is MBH’s 11th acquisition of 2020 to date and brings the Group’s education vertical to a total of 10 companies, growing the pro-forma revenues of the MBH group companies to £102m for the financial year 2020.

MBH today grows its largest vertical yet further with the 100% acquisition of Academy One Group, MBH’s 11th acquisition for the year so far. Academy One Group is a well recognised training organisation with a primary focus on sports education programmes in partnership with colleges, professional and semi professional football clubs. They also have deep expertise in Trainee programmes in sports coaching and Apprenticeships in a wide variety of sport, business and health pathways.

Academy One started seven years ago with just 25 students and has now grown to over 750 students across its extensive range of programmes. With the UK being one of Europe’s largest national fitness markets boasting total annual revenues of over 5.5bn the stage is set for further future growth for Academy One Group. 

For the year ending 31 March 2020 Academy One Group generated revenues of £3.7m  With this acquisition, the pro-forma revenues of the MBH portfolio companies grow to £102m for the financial year 2020.  The estimated earnings per share growth as a result of this acquisition is approximately 1.1%.

The estimated total consideration for the acquisition is approximately £2m to £3m. The consideration will be finalised once the 31 December 2020 audit has been completed. The majority of the consideration will be paid fully in unlisted bonds in MBH Corporation plc and would convert to listed bonds upon completion of audited accounts.  The terms of the listed and unlisted bonds are as follows: 

  • 5 year terms and principal payable on maturity
  • 5% interest per annum payable semi-annually

Callum Laing, CEO MBH Corporation PLC said, “Education forms a significant part of our portfolio and Academy One represents the best of the sector, innovative, future facing and highly ambitious to grow.  We’re delighted to welcome Paul and his team to the group and can see huge opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing.  The depth of their expertise in the sports and physical activity market will be a hugely valuable asset to us.”

Paul Vaughan, Managing Director Academy One Group added, “We have extensive plans for our future and have already shown a clear ability to grow our business at pace.  Joining the MBH Group represents a major step for us and the resources and skills within the group that we can call on will allow us to accelerate our growth at the rate we know we are capable of.”

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