Stargroup adds $1.7 million annually without EPS dilution

By Trevor Hoey. Published at Dec 2, 2016, in Technology

Financial technology and ATM machine company, StarGroup (ASX:STL) has executed the asset sale agreement for the acquisition of the Indue Automatic Teller Machine switching, settlement, processing, telecommunications and reseller business.

While a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in relation to the acquisition was signed in September, final terms have only just been announced. These appear extremely favourable from a number of perspectives.

Firstly, the acquisition is being fully funded by debt which implies zero earnings per share dilution. Also, the acquisition multiple appears attractive at less than four relative to projected annualised EBITDA of $1.7 million.

However, potential investors should note that STL is still an early stage play and earnings projections may not be met and as such should not provide the basis for an investment decision. Those considering STL should seek independent financial advice.

As a backdrop, Indue provides ATM switching, settlement and processing services (ATM Switch), telecommunications services (ATM Telco) and also resells ATMs (ATM Sales) to approximately 70 ATM deployers, 1700 ATMs, 1350 modems, and it also processes 12 million transactions per annum.

Combined revenues from the Switch, Telco and Sales businesses will increase STL’s current annualised revenue from its ATM division from $8 million to $12.1 million with management expecting that figure to increase to $18 million by fiscal 2018 as a result of organic growth.

STL’s Managing Director, Todd Zani, highlighted the strategic benefits of the acquisition in saying that it strengthens the company’s vertically integrated model.

To a large extent, this is facilitated by its direct ownership interest in the manufacturer of its ATM technologies, namely NeolCP, a South Korean private company.

This development builds on what has been a transformational year for STL as highlighted below.

In August 2015 STL became the exclusive distributor of the cashPod ATM range, including the recycler ATM, back-office and payment technologies in Australia for the next five years.

Other affiliations include the group’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, StarPOS and StarApps, which embed STL’s position as a provider of EFTPOS and payWave technologies and developer of the source code in its terminals via its five-year distribution agreement with West International AB, a Swedish NASDAQ listed company. This enables STL to distribute next generation EFTPOS payment terminals and solutions in Australia and New Zealand.

Zani said STL was on the lookout for further merger and acquisition opportunities, noting the $15 million debt facility leaves considerable head room for such initiatives.

View Our Investment Portfolios

S3 Consortium Pty Ltd (CAR No.433913) is a corporate authorised representative of LeMessurier Securities Pty Ltd (AFSL No. 296877). The information contained in this article is general information only. Any advice is general advice only. Neither your personal objectives, financial situation nor needs have been taken into consideration. Accordingly you should consider how appropriate the advice (if any) is to those objectives, financial situation and needs, before acting on the advice.

Conflict of Interest Notice

S3 Consortium Pty Ltd does and seeks to do business with companies featured in its articles. As a result, investors should be aware that the Firm may have a conflict of interest that could affect the objectivity of this article. Investors should consider this article as only a single factor in making any investment decision. The publishers of this article also wish to disclose that they may hold this stock in their portfolios and that any decision to purchase this stock should be done so after the purchaser has made their own inquires as to the validity of any information in this article.

Publishers Notice

The information contained in this article is current at the finalised date. The information contained in this article is based on sources reasonably considered to be reliable by S3 Consortium Pty Ltd, and available in the public domain. No “insider information” is ever sourced, disclosed or used by S3 Consortium.

Australian ASX Small Cap stocks | Why is Australia’s leading small cap publication

Founded seven years ago, is Australia’s leading and longest standing website for investor and finance news, education and expert opinion.

Published by StocksDigital, Finfeed was created to report daily on the comings and goings of ASX listed stocks in the small cap market.

As the first digital publication dedicated specifically to this space, Finfeed soon became the most trusted publication in the market, quickly garnering over two million page views – a number that continues to rise. provides its readers with informative articles that tackle the latest in market moving #ASX small cap news, plus exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else. It is aimed at those with an interest in investing, market education, company performance, start-ups and much more. is the only media organisation operating under the strength of a Financial Services License and is backed by leading journalists and analysts all with brands of their own.

The website aims to inform, educate and entertain with content that drills down into the heart of financial matters.

Finfeed is a leading source of investor and market information, with everything investors need to know about how to invest written in a way that anyone can understand. 

Over the years, the website has expanded beyond exclusively reporting on small caps, to profile Australia’s leading ASX listed small, mid and large caps as well as some of the country’s most successful CEOs and business leaders to find out what makes them tick.

Every day you will find fresh content covering:

Fast Facts

Over 4,000 articles published

Over 2.3 Million Page Views and counting

Over 10,000 followers on social media

Subscriber list growing by 2% monthly

Thanks for subscribing!