April 2014

Transaction Background

Harlands Group is the leading outsourced payment services provider to the UK leisure and fitness sector, specialising in direct debit collection, administration and management services.

The company processes approaching 1 million payments each month on behalf of approximately 1,500 clubs, including a number of leading health and fitness chains. Outside the UK, Harlands has established a strong and growing presence in continental Europe.

Debitsuccess is part of privately-owned Transaction Services Group, based in New Zealand. It is Australasia’s leading payment solution company, processing over 22 million payments annually.

Our Role

Clarity was the sole corporate finance advisor to the shareholders of Harlands.

Clarity was responsible for planning and managing the overall sale process, marketing to prospective acquirers in the UK, North America and Australasia, in a highly competitive process.

“Clarity were instrumental in getting us a great result. They were exceptionally tenacious in driving the transaction forwards, enabling us to focus on managing our fast-growing business. We are very grateful for their support and hope to have the opportunity to work together again in the future.”

Mark Collison & Kevin Scott
Joint Managing Directors, Harlands Group