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Cornerstone FS PLC
20 September 2023

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20 September 2023


Cornerstone FS plc

("Cornerstone" or the "Company" or the "Group")


Sale of Non-Trading Subsidiary

Value realisation from non-core API licence to generate £150k


Cornerstone FS plc (AIM: CSFS), a foreign exchange and payments solutions company offering multi-currency accounts to businesses and individuals through its proprietary technology platform, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a share purchase agreement ("SPA") for the sale of its non-trading subsidiary, Capital Currencies Ltd ("Capital Currencies"), which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") as an authorised payment institution ("API"), for a consideration of £150,000 to be paid in cash on completion.


The Company acquired Capital Currencies in February 2022 to accelerate the Group's growth and its transition to a direct customer base as Capital Currencies' focus was on providing high-level currency exchange and international payments services directly to larger UK-based SMEs. All of Capital Currencies' customers were subsequently transferred to the Cornerstone technology platform and its staff became employees of the Group following the acquisition, such that Capital Currencies has not been a trading entity since November 2022. In addition, the Group's primary operating subsidiary, Cornerstone Payment Solutions Ltd., is authorised and regulated by the FCA as an authorised electronic money institution, which gives the Group more extensive regulatory permissions than the more limited API licence held through Capital Currencies.


Accordingly, the Board believes that it is in the best interests of the Company to realise the value of this non-core asset through its disposal to a non-competing entity. The proceeds from the sale of Capital Currencies will be used to strengthen the Company's existing cash resources.


Completion of the SPA, and receipt of the £150,000 cash proceeds, is conditional upon receipt of regulatory approval from the FCA.


James Hickman, CEO of Cornerstone, said: "This is a great outcome for Cornerstone, generating value from the sale of a licence, that is surplus to our requirements, to a non-competing business. As with the sale of our Avila House subsidiary at the start of the year, which was acquired for its small e-money licence, this transaction also demonstrates the importance of payments and e-money registrations and the value that purchasers place on them. As we noted in our recent interim results, we had an excellent first six months of the year with that momentum continuing into H2, and this additional £150k, when received, will further strengthen our cash position."          




Cornerstone FS plc 

+44 (0)203 971 4865

James Hickman, Chief Executive Officer 

Judy Happe, Chief Financial Officer 




SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nomad) 

+44 (0)203 368 3550

Mark Brady, Adam Dawes 




Shore Capital (Broker) 

+44 (0)207 408 4090

Daniel Bush, Tom Knibbs (Corporate Advisory)

Guy Wiehahn (Corporate Broking)




Gracechurch Group (Financial PR) 

+44 (0)204 582 3500

Harry Chathli, Claire Norbury 




About Cornerstone FS plc


Cornerstone FS plc (AIM: CSFS) is a foreign exchange and payments company offering multi-currency accounts and payment solutions to businesses and individuals. Headquartered in the City of London, Cornerstone combines a proprietary technology platform with a high level of personalised service to support clients with payments in over 150 countries in 58 currencies. With a track record of over 12 years, Cornerstone has the expertise, experience and expanding global partner network to be able to execute complex cross-border payments. It is fully regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as an Electronic Money Institution.


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