In line with its strategic ambition to become a European market leader in technology enabled care, Doro has acquired UK based company Eldercare (UK) Limited. Together with its existing business in the UK Doro will handle over 230,000 connections and be one of the two largest players in the market.
Doro will pay in cash approximately GBP 2.2 million on cash and debt free basis for the acquisition of Eldercare (UK) Limited. Revenue for Eldercare (UK) Limited for the financial year 2018/19 was GBP 4.6 million (approximately SEK 52 million). The acquisition will be consolidated into Doro Group from August 11th, 2020 and is expected to have a negligible effect on earnings per share for 2020 including transaction costs.
“A strong position in the UK market is an important component in our ambition of becoming a leading technology enabled care service provider. The strategic acquisition of Eldercare gives us a strong position in the North of England, enabling us to reach out to new customers looking for a more local response. As a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered business, their domiciliary care services bring additional insight and services to our portfolio, enabling Doro to further extend its services to increase support to more people to live healthy, happy and secure lives” says Carl-Johan Zetterberg Boudrie, President and CEO of Doro Group.
Eldercare is one of the top five technology enabled care services in the UK providing services to local authorities, housing associations, the private sector and charities. The business employs 109 full time equivalent staff and monitors around 50,000 telecare connections, incorporating a wide range of devices as well as providing visiting services, including emergency mobile response.
Talking about their decision to sell the business to Doro, Chris Hopkinson CEO of Eldercare said: “When we decided the time was right to step-change the development of our telecare services, we knew we needed an excellent partner. We chose Doro because we were impressed by their record of providing quality products and experience of delivering digital telecare solutions. They have shown their commitment to continue to improve and innovate the services we offer to our customers, as well as facilitating the transition to digital telecare in the UK. We believe our customers will be in safe hands with Doro.”
Eldercare (UK) Limited is a leading provider of telecare services based in the North West of England. For more than a quarter of a century Eldercare has been providing technology-enabled care and response services, as well as traditional homecare, that enables safe and independent living for elderly and vulnerable people. As well as the provision of services to private individuals, Eldercare works in partnership with a large number of Councils, NHS Trusts, Housing Providers and charitable organisations, with their approach being to offer practical and valuable services and support on a national basis.