NatWest and Santander UK are supporting Ideagen’s growth strategy with a funding package worth up to £100m. The package for the UK-based software management solutions comprises a three-year revolving credit facility split evenly across the two banks. £75m of the package is committed, and there is scope for a further uncommitted £25m to support future growth.
As part of its targeted acquisition strategy, Ideagen has acquired 21 companies in the UK and overseas in the past decade. Its next phase of growth will involve moving into additional new markets through further acquisitions, with support provided by the funding package from NatWest and Santander. The two banks are also delivering additional support to Ideagen, which has a presence in 150 countries, through international banking, cash management and FX solutions.
Ideagen provides quality, audit and risk software to organisations operating in highly regulated industries. Its clients span sectors including aviation, financial services, life science, healthcare and manufacturing, and it has ‘centres of excellence’ in the UK, Europe, America, UAE and South East Asia. In the past decade, Ideagen has increased its client base by 23,000%, expanded its geographical presence by 500% and grown its staff by 5,000%.
Emma Hayes, Ideagen Chief Financial Officer, commented: “Securing an additional line of credit with Santander UK, in addition to our existing facilities with NatWest, is a fantastic endorsement of our strategy from two leading financial institutions. Despite the pandemic, we have had another successful year and I am looking forward to working with Santander UK and NatWest to deliver further growth for our business and more good news for our shareholders.”
Mike Malone, Director, UK Financing Solutions at NatWest said: “We’re delighted to provide continued and increased financing support to our longstanding, much-valued customer, Ideagen. Having had the privilege to work alongside them as their strategic banking partner for a number of years, we’ve been incredibly impressed by their values, their ambition and the market leading growth the management team have delivered. We’re excited that we can actively contribute to social, economic and environmental progress in the UK by supporting customers such as Ideagen to grow and succeed.”