Banking services firm acquires City Forex in £6m swoop

Posted: 21st February 2018 09:00

Multicurrency payments and banking services company FairFX has acquired City Forex Limited in a multi-million pound deal.

FairFX paid £6m for the London-based business and expects the transaction to be immediately earnings enhancing.

City Forex’s services are based primarily on two key products; international payments and travel currency. It has three branches in the capital.

In its financial results for the 12 months to October 31 2017, the company reported a pre-tax profit of £300k against revenues of £4.4m.

Currently, City Forex’s international payments division services around 2,000 businesses and 8,000 private clients. Its travel currency arm, meanwhile, fulfils nearly 200k currency orders per annum.

The company has been a partner of FairFX since 2007.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, chief exec officer at FairFX, said: “The acquisition of City Forex is a key milestone in the evolution of FairFX and will immediately enhance the group’s earnings.

“City Forex is a long-standing partner of FairFX, we know the Company and its people well and we are delighted to welcome them into the FairFX Group.”

He added: “This transaction fits perfectly with our stated strategy as it increases our scale, rationalises our supply chain and brings their innovative system within the group.”


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