Eckoh plc (AIM: ECK), has successfully reached agreement to acquire the freehold of its existing Hemel Hempstead head office for a consideration of £2.9m.
The purchase of the freehold will result in an annual rent saving of £0.2m. The new arrangement will also allow Eckoh to take ownership of an additional 4,050 square feet of office space in addition to the current 11,670 square feet currently rented, which will support ongoing growth and the Company's increasing head count. At the end of the current lease in March 2015, the freehold to the premises will be acquired for £2.9m. A deposit of £0.4m is payable immediately and will be funded from existing cash reserves with the remaining £2.5m to be paid upon completion in March 2015. Options for funding the remaining consideration are currently being explored.
Chief Executive Officer, Nik Philpot commented:
"The acquisition of the freehold is a very positive step for Eckoh, not only does it secure our office requirements for the immediate future at a lower overall cost, it also avoids what would have been an expensive and disruptive move to alternative premises. The additional space will allow us to comfortably accommodate our medium term planned increases in headcount and provide a better overall working environment for our staff."
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Nik Phipot, Chief Executive Officer