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Aurecon to separate from its African business

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22 October 2019 – Demerging the Africa business from the overall Aurecon Group is in the best interests of both businesses.

  • Aurecon owners overwhelmingly approved the proposed separation of the African business from the Aurecon Group
  • The separation is the result of a proposal by the African business 
  • Global models are no longer considered an advantage in Africa
  • The separation is expected to become effective from 1 January 2020
  • Aurecon retains a strong international presence with businesses across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East

Aurecon owners have approved a demerger of the African business from the Aurecon Group, such that the Africa owners will no longer be owners of the demerged Aurecon Group.

The Aurecon Group was founded in 2009 through a merger of Australian firm Connell Wagner with Africon and Ninham Shand, both African based businesses. 

Aurecon Chief Executive Officer, William Cox, said: “Since its creation 10 years ago, the Aurecon business has provided outstanding service to clients, great experience and development for its people, contributed to its communities and grown. In recent years, conditions in Africa have changed. Global models are no longer considered an advantage with clients in Africa focusing instead on supporting and working with smaller local firms. 

“The overwhelming vote in favour of the separation reflects the collective belief of Aurecon’s owners that the separation of the Africa business from the overall group is in the best interests of both businesses.” 

The separation is expected to become effective from 1 January 2020, subject to certain regulatory approvals. At this time the management of the Africa business will assume full responsibility for the Africa business.

Aurecon clients will continue to benefit from dedicated Global Design Centres currently based in Africa. Where there is a client and business need to deliver services collectively, this will be achieved through a formal partnership arrangement.

It is anticipated the separation will: position each business to better focus on performance and growth; reduce complexity of business operations; provide greater financial security for both businesses.

“Aurecon’s strategy of building Future Ready capabilities as the source of its competitive advantage is proving effective in the geographies and markets in which it competes. The demerger allows us to increase our growth trajectory in Digital, Advisory services, and in Asia where we see immense potential,” added Mr Cox.

“The demerger allows the Africa business to re-engineer how we partner with our clients and capitalise on market opportunities available across our continent while remaining agile, digitally focused and an African employer of choice,” said Dr Gustav Rohde, MD of the Africa business. 

Transitional arrangements are being put in place to assist with separating the two businesses, which is expected to take six to nine months to complete.

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