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2020-08-17

DGAP-News: MBH CORPORATION PLC ACQUIRES ASHLEY DAVID TAXIS TO ESTABLISH NEW TRANSPORTATION VERTICAL

DGAP-News: MBH Corporation Plc / Key word(s): Investment
MBH CORPORATION PLC ACQUIRES ASHLEY DAVID TAXIS TO ESTABLISH NEW TRANSPORTATION VERTICAL

17.08.2020 / 08:30
The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.


MBH CORPORATION PLC ACQUIRES ASHLEY DAVID TAXIS TO ESTABLISH NEW TRANSPORTATION VERTICAL.

London, 17 August 2020, MBH Corporation plc (MBH), a diversified investment holding company, continues to pursue its ambitious acquisition strategy by acquiring its 5th company for 2020, which becomes the founder company of a newly established 'transportation vertical'.

MBH's acquisition drive continues this week with the 100% acquisition of Driven by Riide Ltd (trading as Ashley David Taxis (ADT)), a fast growing taxi company based in the East Midlands in the UK. For the 11 months ended 30 April 2020 ADT generated audited revenues of GBP3.9m and EBITDA of GBP 0.8m. With this acquisition the pro forma revenues of MBH climb to GBP 85.4m based on the financial year ended 31 December 2019 results. This is the 14th company in the MBH group.

The total consideration for the acquisition is approximately GBP 3.4m of which the majority is settled by way of a listed bond in accordance with the MBH bond programme with the following terms:

  • 5-year maturity with principal payable at maturity; and
  • 5% coupon rate per annum payable semi-annually


Driven by Riide Ltd is a well established business, having launched in 2002 and now owning 150 vehicles, with 600 drivers operating in and around Leicester, UK, covering over 18,000 jobs each week. As a taxi company, it has a significant advantage over Private Hire Vehicle (PHVs) companies in that their cars are allowed to wait in taxi ranks, be hailed on the street, as well as being able to be booked via their self-developed app which allows customers to pre-pay.

In addition, as a response to changing consumer needs in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, the company has introduced a food delivery service called EatMe app.

With a comprehensive list of other services including minibuses, airport transfer and web accounts, the company is currently undergoing an expansion phase with a view to doubling its driver number to 1200. Their acquisition by MBH will allow the company to achieve this significant growth in scale.

David Hunter, CEO of ADT, commented: "We are excited to be joining MBH at a pivotal moment for the company. Over the last few years we have become fully cloud based having automated our 600 vehicle fleet and 70% of our bookings come through our customer app. We have strong growth ambitions which MBH will be instrumental in helping us achieve; in the next 18 months our aim is to buy other fleets and expand our network and rebrand with a national tech focussed name. Our further ambition is to merge other profit making private hire fleets under one company and brand and to streamline them and modernise them to cloud based fleet management companies. I am very excited about the future and our potential with MBH."

Callum Laing, CEO, MBH Corporation plc, said: "David and his team have substantial growth plans and we are delighted to be working with them to achieve that. As David commented, it's an exciting moment both for his company and the industry in general - that has faced challenges from increased competition over the past years, but that is now poised for significant growth. As we move into a scenario where last mile logistics become increasingly valuable, having the experience and the network of drivers that Driven by Riide has will prove critical. People, parcels or your dinner, Driven by Riide will ultimately be able to deliver."
 

About MBH
MBH Corporation plc is a diversified investment holding company, listed on the Frankfurt and Dusseldorf Stock Exchanges. The company acquires small to medium enterprises across multiple geographies and sectors that are well established, profitable and looking to scale. By leveraging the Agglomeration strategy, MBH Corporation plc is able to create substantial shareholder value through the consistent and accretive acquisition of excellent companies.
www.mbhcorporation.com
 

About Driven by Riide
Driven by Riide Group is predominantly a taxi service with over 600 drivers in the East Midlands area. The group was established in 2002.

http://www.adt-taxis.co.uk/
 

Contacts for IR and media enquiries:
MBH Corporation plc, Charlotte Williams, charlotte@unity-group.com, +44 (0)770 396 3953
Kirchhoff Consult AG, Anika Heske, anika.heske@kirchhoff.de, +49 (0)40 609186 39
Perception A, Phil Anderson & Charlie Nelson, phil@perceptiona.com, +44 (0)776 749 1519




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Language:English
Company:MBH Corporation Plc
Studio 7-9, Royal Patriotic Victoria Building, Joh
SW18 3SX London
United Kingdom
E-mail:fo@mbhcorporation.com
Internet:https://www.mbhcorporation.com/
ISIN:GB00BF1GH114
WKN:A2JDGJ
Listed:Regulated Unofficial Market in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt
EQS News ID:1119227



 
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