Paragon acquires Premier Asset Finance

Paragon Bank Asset Finance has added to its business with the acquisition of asset finance brokerage Premier Asset Finance.

Premier sources in excess of £100m of lending per annum to a range of SME customers. Headquartered in Edinburgh, Premier has a national presence, and was voted Broker of the Year in Leasing World’s 2015 awards.

Working together, Paragon Bank Asset Finance and Premier will focus on expanding their asset finance business across a range of asset classes including wheeled assets, plant and machinery and IT.

The initial consideration for the purchase is £8.5m, payable in cash. A further £12m is payable over the following five years, subject to performance conditions. The consideration is being paid from Paragon Group’s existing cash resources.

The acquisition has been given regulatory approval.

Richard Doe, managing director of Paragon Bank, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Premier team to Paragon Bank’s asset finance division. Premier is one of the UK’s leading, SME asset finance brokerages and, working together, we have a unique opportunity to expand our asset finance business by forging new and exciting relationships with SME customers.”

Kevin Davidson and Mark Ripley, joint managing directors of Premier, added: “Paragon has a first class reputation, a strong balance sheet and an impressive track record of delivering profitable growth. Paragon shares our ambitious growth plans and is an excellent cultural fit for Premier. We are very excited to be joining Paragon Bank’s asset finance division and look forward to this new chapter in our development.”