RNS Number : 9966X


10 May 2021

STM Group Plc

("STM", the "Company" or the "Group")

Unconditional disposal of Jersey CTS business

STM Group Plc (AIM: STM), the cross-border financial services provider, is pleased to announce the unconditional sale of its Jersey based trust and company services businesses (the "Sale Companies" or "STM Jersey") for a minimum net cash consideration of GBP1.40 million.

The sale completes the Company's strategy to exit the CTS sector, and focus on its core activities of pension administration and life assurance. The sale proceeds will further contribute towards funding organic growth opportunities and build on the cash resources available for further M&A activity.

The Sale Companies are principally STM Fiduciaire Limited, along with a number of non-revenue generating support companies, including nominee companies. Together these companies generated revenue of GBP1.48 million during 2020 and made a profit before tax contribution of GBP0.10 million to STM Group's 2020 profits. STM Jersey was very much a stand-alone business, and thus there are minimal shared group costs that will need to be absorbed within the remaining Group.

The sale has two staged consideration payments totalling GBP1.86 million, with the amount payable upon completion being GBP1.26 million, with the final payment of GBP0.60 million being paid six months after completion. Cash of GBP0.46 million will be left within the Sale Companies representing the Jersey capital requirement, thus giving a net minimum cash consideration for the Sale Companies of GBP1.40 million. In addition, the sale agreement allows for a further consideration payment of 50% of any revenue surplus above GBP1.15 million of revenue that is categorised as recurring revenue. This calculation will be based on the twelve months trading from date of completion.

In addition to the consideration receivable from the buyer, certain net assets relating to debtors and work-in-progress are ringfenced by the Sale Companies for the benefit of STM, and these will be paid as these assets are converted to cash at bank. It is anticipated that this will amount to GBP0.42 million and will be principally received in the first six months post completion.

The Sale Companies have been sold to the privately-owned Imperium Group which has its head office in Guernsey. The purchase of the Sale Companies, complete with its staff and office resources, is a clear statement of its intentions to have a solid business platform in Jersey as well. Following regulatory approval from the Jersey Financial Services Commission, the signing of the sale and purchase agreement and subsequent completion occurred on Saturday 8 May 2021.

Alan Kentish, CEO of STM Group Plc, commented:

" We are delighted that the Jersey businesses and our colleagues that work within them, as well as our clients, have gone to a good home at Imperium. Imperium have confirmed that there will be minimal changes, whilst at the same time bringing new business opportunities, and I am confident that this will ensure a smooth and seamless transition to new ownership.

"For STM, exiting the Jersey trust and company businesses is an important deliverable to allow the executive to focus on our core activities of pension administration and provision of life assurance wrappers. The additional cash resources will allow for further investment in our organic growth initiatives, as well as further potential M&A activity."

For further information, please contact:

 STM Group Plc 
 Alan Kentish, Chief Executive Officer               Via Walbrook PR 
  Therese Neish, Chief Financial Officer         www.stmgroupplc.com 
 FinnCap                                             www.finncap.com 
 Matt Goode / Emily Watts - Corporate Finance   Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 
  Tim Redfern / Richard Chambers - ECM                          0500 
 Walbrook                                         www.walbrookpr.com 
 Tom Cooper / Paul Vann                         Tel: +44 (0) 20 7933 
                                                Mob: +44 (0) 797 122 

Notes to editors:

STM is a multi-jurisdictional financial services group which is listed on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. The Group specialises in the delivery of a wide range of financial service products to professional intermediaries and the administration of assets for international clients in relation to retirement, estate and succession planning and wealth structuring.

Today, STM has operations in UK, Gibraltar, Malta, Jersey and Spain. The Group is looking to expand through the development of additional products and services that its ever more sophisticated clients demand. STM has developed a specialist international pensions division which specialises in SIPPs, Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS), Qualifying Non UK Pension Schemes (QNUPS). STM has two Gibraltar life assurance companies which provide 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

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