Acquisition of Compagnie Fiduciaire Trustees Limited
10 January 2008
STM Group PLC (AIM:STM), the cross border financial services provider, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Compagnie Fiduciaire Trustees Limited (“CFTL”), based in Jersey, Channel Islands, for a fixed consideration of £315,000 plus deferred consideration equal to the amount by which CFTL's net assets at 31 December 2007 exceeded the regulatory minimum Adjusted Net Liquid Assets requirements (the “Acquisition”). The Acquisition is subject to final approval by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (“JFSC”). The fixed consideration was satisfied wholly in cash on 28 December 2007 from STM's existing cash resources and the deferred consideration is payable in cash following finalisation of CFTL's accounts to 31 December 2007 and in any case before 31 March 2008.
CFTL is incorporated in Jersey and became licensed by the JFSC as a professional trustee in August 2002. In March 2006, CFTL's licence was extended to include company management. CFTL has an established client base which, in December 2007, comprised 23 trusts, holding in some cases sizeable investment portfolios.
In the year ended 31 December 2006, the last date to which audited accounts were prepared, CFTL reported revenues of approximately £0.4 million and net profit after tax of approximately £0.1 million.
Commenting on the Acquisition, Tim Revill, Chief Executive Officer of STM Group Plc, said: “We are extremely pleased with the acquisition of CFTL, particularly since this is our first acquisition within the Channel Islands. Whilst CFTL itself is small scale, it immediately provides us with a CTSP licence and a bridgehead into a strategically important jurisdiction. STM Group has numerous existing client entities in Jersey which are currently receiving corporate and trustee services from third parties and these can now be transferred into our own operating subsidiary. In keeping with our acquisitive strategy we expect this transaction to contribute to shareholder value.”
For further information, please contact:
|STM Group PLC|
|Tim Revill, Chief Executive Officer||Tel: 00 350 51610|
|Matt Wood, Non-executive director||Tel: +44 (0) 20 7752 0215|
|Daniel Stewart & Co. Plc|
|Lindsay Mair / Tessa Smith||Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6550|
|Henry Harrison-Topham||Tel: +44 (0) 20 7398 7702|
Notes to editors:
STM is a multi-jurisdictional financial services group listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. The Group specialises in the delivery of a wide range of financial service products to professional intermediaries and in the administration of assets for international clients in relation to retirement, estate and succession planning, and wealth structuring.
Today, STM has trading operations in Gibraltar, Malta, Jersey, and Spain. It has also recently opened satellite offices in South East Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa. The Group continues to expand through the development of additional products and services that its ever-more sophisticated clients demand.
STM has, for example, a dedicated international pensions division which specialises in Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) and Qualifying Non-UK Pension Schemes (QNUPS); it also has a Gibraltar Life Insurance Company, STM Life Assurance PCC PLC, which provides life insurance bonds - wrappers in which a variety of investments, including investment funds, can be held.
Further information on STM Group can be found at www.stmgroupplc.com