Capita acquires translation and interpreting specialists

Capita Group plc has acquired the translation and interpreting services company Applied Language Solutions Ltd (ALS).

Jan 12, 2012
By Paul Jacques

Capita Group plc has acquired the translation and interpreting services company Applied Language Solutions Ltd (ALS).

ALS works with the public and private sector and in August 2011 was awarded a framework agreement with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

The MoJ and its partners, including Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty’s Prison Service and police forces across England and Wales, will be able to sign contracts under the agreement for the delivery of interpreting and translation services.

The framework is expected to deliver cost savings in excess of £60 million over five years, greatly reducing the criminal justice sector’s spend in this area.

Capita is acquiring ALS for £7.5 million, on a cash free, debt-free basis, with a further contingent consideration of up to £60 million, based on profit performance and staged over the next four years. This is based on ALS achieving growth targets in line with the successful roll-out of the MoJ contract and greater penetration of the UK language services market.

Capita Group Chief Executive Paul Pindar said the acquisition adds a new service to the range of those the group is able to offer to both the public and private sectors and will allow it to become a very strong player in the language services industry.

ALS, which will form a new standalone business within the Capita Group, has around 130 employees based in the UK, India, Europe and the US and contracts 17,000 translators across the globe.

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