HireQuest to Acquire Executive Placement and Short-term Consultant Firm in New York
GOOSE CREEK, SC / ACCESSWIRE / January 25, 2022 / HireQuest, Inc. (NASDAQ:HQI), a national franchisor of on-demand, temporary, and commercial staffing services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Northbound Executive Search, LTD., (northboundsearch.com) in New York, New York. Founded in 2010, Northbound provides executive placement and short-term consultant services primarily to blue chip clients in the financial services industry. The company generated over $15 million of revenue in 2021.
"The acquisition of Northbound continues to build out HireQuest's offerings in the higher margin executive placement and short-term consultant segments," commented Rick Hermanns, HireQuest's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The company is a natural fit for our growing family of brands and we are excited that Northbound's founders, Rachel and Greg Feder, will be staying on to lead Northbound into its next chapter."
Greg Feder, co-founder and Managing Partner of Northbound, commented, "With this partnership, Northbound will have the ability to draw from an organization that will help to fuel our next stage of growth."
Rachel Feder, co-founder and Managing Partner of Northbound, added, "As Managing Partners of Northbound, we will continue to operate the business on a day-to-day basis and our teams will continue to focus on providing a premium level of service to our clients."
At the close of the transaction, Northbound will be converted to HireQuest's franchise model. HireQuest will fund consideration at close for this acquisition with existing cash on hand, a modest draw on its line of credit, and $500,000 in HireQuest stock. A portion of the purchase price will be paid as a seller's note over three years. Completion of this transaction is subject to a number of closing conditions. Subject to such conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. During the interim, Northbound will remain open for business without interruption.
Richmond, VA based Transact Capital Securities, LLC served as financial advisor to Northbound.
HireQuest, Inc. is a nationwide franchisor that provides on-demand labor and commercial staffing solutions in the light industrial, blue-collar, and commercial segments of the staffing industry for HireQuest Direct, HireQuest, Snelling, and Link franchised offices across the United States. Through its national network of over 210 franchisee-owned offices in more than 35 states and the District of Columbia, HireQuest provides employment for more than 60,000 individuals annually that work for thousands of customers in numerous industries including construction, light industrial, manufacturing, hospitality, clerical, medical, dental, travel, and event services. For more information, visit www.hirequest.com.
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