LDC backed Linley & Simpson makes biggest acquisition to date

Property agency Linley & Simpson has acquired the residential lettings and sales business of another leading independent agency in Yorkshire, Morgans.  

The acquisition – completed for an undisclosed sum – is the 8th to take place since Linley & Simpson secured the backing of LDC, the UK’s leading mid-market private equity investor, in June 2018 to accelerate its growth plans.

The link-up adds more than 1,450 homes to the lettings portfolio of the agency – founded by Will Linley and Nick Simpson. It now stands at 8,000 properties across its 16 branches in North and West Yorkshire

It also brings together the land and new homes specialisms of both agencies, as well as their property consultancy services, as part of a key strategy to assist the ever-growing pipeline of new-build across the city.

“This is a milestone moment for two like-minded, home-grown Yorkshire agencies who both launched in Leeds in 1997,” said Will Linley, Chief Executive of Linley & Simpson.

“The combination of Morgans’ city living expertise and our wider Yorkshire reach is a perfect fit for providing a market-leading service – one that meets the needs of buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, as well as developers.

“For us, this is a bullseye acquisition that underlines our confidence in the future of Yorkshire’s residential property market. We view now as the perfect time to expand at scale and pace.”

While the deal signals the biggest acquisition in its history, Linley & Simpson is actively pursuing other opportunities as part of an ambitious growth strategy.

Gareth Marshall, investment director at LDC in Yorkshire & North East, added: “It’s been a year since we partnered with Will and Nick to support their ambitious buy-and-build strategy, so it’s only fitting that the business’s largest acquisition to date marks the milestone. 
 
“Linley & Simpson’s footprint in Yorkshire has expanded at an impressive rate in the last 12 months and we’re confident its position as a leading agent in the region will continue to grow. The UK’s estate agency and lettings market is competitive and an expanded offering to customers is an effective way to stand out from the crowd.” 

• Funding to Linley & Simpson for this latest deal was provided by Santander Corporate and Commercial Bank; and legal advice was provided by Simon Morris, Head of Corporate at Harrogate solicitors Raworths.

• Linley & Simpson also received legal advice on debt facilities from Womble Bond Dickinson. Santander Corporate and Commercial Bank was advised by Addleshaw Goddard.  

 
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Notes to Editors

  1. LDC is the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  
  2. LDC backs ambitious management teams from UK-based medium sized companies seeking up to £100m of investment to fund management buyouts or development capital transactions.
  3. LDC invests in a broad range of sectors and has particular experience in Healthcare, Industrials, Retail & Consumer, TMT, Travel & Leisure, Support Services, Construction & Property and Financial Services.
  4. LDC has a UK regional network with locations in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading.