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French HR group Proman to acquire Agilitas (Flanders)

Headquartered in Mechelen (Flanders), Agilitas officially announced that Proman, a leading independent HR agency, is coming on board as a shareholder. “This partnership will enable both companies to expand their international activities more quickly,” asserts Roland Gomez, CEO of Proman.

Growing internationally together

According to both firms, when the deal is finalized, Agilitas and Proman together will become the 6th largest European HR and temporary employment agency, with an expected yearly turnover of EUR 2.8 billion.

Roland Gomez, CEO of Proman: “Agilitas will enable Proman to significantly expand its activities in Belgium and acquire market share in the Netherlands, Poland and Croatia, where the group did not previously have a presence. In Agilitas Group, we are delighted to have found a partner that shares our values and our culture. We are excited to continue the excellent growth we have already achieved in recent years.”

The partnership will have no impact on day-to-day operations or employment at the two companies.

Previously known as t-groep

HR service provider Agilitas, known as t-groep until a year ago, was founded in 1980. It now has 800 employees spread over some 150 temporary employment agencies; 81 in Belgium, about 60 in the Netherlands, 10 in Poland and 1 in Croatia.

Three years ago, the Dutch investment fund Gilde bought t-groep from the government of Flanders for an estimated EUR 150 million. After the acquisition by Proman, Gilde will retain a minority share in the new entity. The management of Agilitas will also remain on board.

Tom Verhaegen, CEO of Agilitas Group, comments: “We are very enthusiastic about our new collaboration with Proman. Their years of experience and impressive growth path offer us new learning opportunities and extra inspiration to improve even faster.”

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Reported by
Newspaper De Tijd
29 January 2020

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