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15 November 2021
Kin and Carta plc
Divestments of Edit and Relish for £18.6 million cash - ventures divestments now complete
Kin and Carta plc (the "Company" or "Kin + Carta"), the international digital transformation ("DX") consultancy, has now successfully completed the divestments of its two remaining venture businesses, Edit Agency Limited ("Edit") and Relish Agency Limited ("Relish"), for a total of £18.6 million in cash before costs and customary adjustments for debt and working capital. The net proceeds of the disposals move the Company into a net cash position, further strengthening the balance sheet and capacity for selective acquisitions.
Edit combines martech, customer data and media to drive growth for clients and has been bought by The Salocin Group, a UK-based marketing services group. The consideration of £13.35 million before costs and customary adjustments for cash, debt and working capital was received in full on completion.
Relish is a product sampling agency specialising in the beauty and fast-moving consumer goods sectors and has been bought by leading logistics specialist, Whistl. The consideration of £5.25 million before costs and customary adjustments for cash, debt and working capital was received in full on completion.
The financial results of Edit and Relish for the period up to divestment will be reported as discontinued operations within Kin + Carta's FY22 financial statements. Edit contributed net revenue of £10 million and adjusted operating profit of £1.9 million in FY21. Relish contributed net revenue of £2.5 million and adjusted operating profit of £1.0 million in FY21.
J Schwan, Kin + Carta CEO said "These divestments mark the culmination of our journey to a pure-play DX focused business. The cash received further strengthens our balance sheet and adds fuel for additional acquisitions. We expect further M&A in the fiscal year as part of our growth strategy and remain optimistic in our aspiration to double organic net revenue from FY21 over the next four years."
Kin + Carta
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About Kin + Carta
Kin + Carta is a London Stock Exchange-listed global digital transformation consultancy committed to working alongside clients to build a world that works better for everyone.
Kin + Carta's c1,600 strategists, engineers, and creatives around the world bring the connective power of technology, data, and experience to the world's most influential companies - helping them to accelerate their digital roadmap, rapidly innovate, modernise their systems, enable their teams, and optimise for continued growth. Headquartered in London and Chicago with offices across three continents, the border-less model of service allows for the best minds to be connected to collaborate on client challenges.
With purpose at its core, Kin + Carta is a Certified B Corporation in the United States and Europe, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and accountability to balance the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit.
For more information, please visit https://www.kinandcarta.com.
This announcement contains inside information and is issued on behalf of the Company by Daniel Fattal, Company Secretary.
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