Mitie Group plc (“Mitie”) announces today that it has acquired 8point8 Support Limited, 8point8 Training Limited and Vantage Solutions Limited (collectively “8point8”), a leading provider of design and construction services in the UK, predominantly for mobile telecoms tower infrastructure. Total consideration is £10m and the acquisition will be accretive to earnings and funded through existing facilities.
With the growing demands of the 5G rollout, network upgrades and passive infrastructure investment, Mitie’s strategy is to build a leading Telecoms Support Services company, providing acquisition, design and construction (ADC) services, and maintenance to the mobile telecoms tower infrastructure sector. Following Mitie’s recent acquisitions of DAEL Ventures UK and P2ML Limited, integrating 8point8 into its telecoms division will give Mitie greater capacity to self-deliver additional end-to-end services.
8point8 also includes two associated businesses, 8point8 Training - an industry leading training provider - and Vantage Solutions - a specialist contract lifting business. Together, these capabilities will provide Mitie with the opportunity to set the standard in health and safety for the industry whilst adding the capacity to increase self-delivery of critical services.
For the 12 months ended 31 December 2021, 8point8 generated combined revenues of £18.3m and profit before tax of £0.6m, with gross assets of £6.2m. Performance since 31 March 2021 has seen 8point8 make a strong recovery from the significant operational disruption associated with the COVID pandemic.
- Revenue is expected to grow significantly as the mobile telecoms industry gears up to establish a full 5G network over the next 3-5 years and replaces the installed Huawei infrastructure.
- 8point8's key customers include some of the UK’s leading mobile telecoms operators and will expand our existing portfolio.
- The consideration of £10m will be paid in cash and will be funded from existing facilities.
- The management of 8point8 will be joining Mitie Telecoms and Sam Storer, currently MD of 8point8, will be appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Mitie Telecoms.
- The transaction is structured as an acquisition of three separate legal entities 8point8 Support Limited, 8point8training Limited and Vantage Solutions Limited.
Andy Train, MD Mitie Telecoms, said:
“The acquisition of 8point8 substantially increases our capacity within the fast-growing mobile telecoms sector and adds another well-respected team to the Mitie Telecoms business. We are now one of the largest Telecoms Support Services businesses in the UK, with strong capabilities to support all aspects of cell site acquisition, design, construction and ongoing site maintenance, allowing us to better serve our existing customers and to continue to add new clients as the rollout of 5G in the UK gathers pace.”
Notes to editors
Founded in 1987, Mitie’s job is to look after places where Britain works and is the leading facilities management company in the UK. We offer a range of services to Central Government and Defence customers; Communities (Healthcare, Education and Local Authorities); Technical Services (Engineering Services, Energy, Water and Real Estate Services) and Business Services (Security, Cleaning and Office Services) to Private Sector clients in Financial Services, Manufacturing, Transport, Retail and Telecoms and increasingly to the public sector. Finally, our Specialist Services (Care & Custody, Landscapes and Waste Management) division serves both the public and private sectors in these niche businesses.
Mitie acquired Interserve’s FM business in November 2020 and now employs 75,000 people. We are the champion of the ‘Front-Line Heroes’ who have kept Britain working during the COVID-19 pandemic. We take care of our customers’ people and buildings, through the ‘Science of Service’, delivering essential services and deploying industry leading technology to create safe and effective workspaces.
The business continues to execute its technology-led strategy and in the past six months has received multiple awards.
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