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Applications Software Technology


Symatrix | Applications Software Technology

Cavendish is pleased to announce that it has advised IT and Oracle services provider, Symatrix, on its sale to Applications Software Technology (AST), a leading digital transformation solutions provider. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions.

Symatrix is a specialist in Oracle HCM, ERP & SCM cloud consulting and application management, with outsourced payroll expertise. The business has demonstrated double-digit growth in recent years, strengthening its presence in the public sector and central government.

The acquisition of Symatrix will bolster AST’s global expansion. Its established UK customer base will enhance AST’s vertical expertise across numerous industries and provides a platform to further expand in emerging sectors. The deep consulting capabilities of Symatrix will also expand AST’s capabilities across Oracle Cloud Applications, including Supply Chain and Human Capital Management.

Following the transition, Chris Brooks, CEO of Symatrix, and the leadership team will remain in their roles with a renewed focus on expanding the UK customer base with a new suite of offerings and delivery geographies from AST.

This deal is another significant addition to Cavendish’s expanding list of consulting and HR-tech services deals, and marks strong deal flow in the wider Business Services team following the firm’s recent sale of Perkbox, a leading provider of employee benefits solutions.

The transaction team comprised Andrew Jeffs, Head of Business Services, Mike Dinsdale and Harry Radburn.

Andrew Jeffs, Partner and Head of Business Services at Cavendish commented: “Symatrix is a trusted provider of consulting and implementation services to some major UK enterprises and public sector clients. This market presence was key to the cross-border interest we generated with AST emerging as the best fit.”

Mike Dinsdale, Director and HR-tech lead at Cavendish, said: “This deal is a fantastic strategic move for both companies, developing a powerful suite of combined Oracle capabilities in an increasingly global market – we expect overseas acquirors to continue driving consolidation in this space over the coming years.”

Chris Brooks, Symatrix CEO said “We selected Cavendish due to their industry knowledge, professionalism and international partnerships. They have lived up to, and exceeded, our expectations. Working alongside the Cavendish team for over 2 years they expertly guided us through all stages of the process with a clear and proven approach working tirelessly with us to achieve a successful outcome. Not only did they achieve a successful outcome for our shareholders, but we also found an acquiring organisation that offers a fantastic cultural fit and true synergies for the next stage of the journey.”

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