​MYOB hammers home NZ commitment with $9.7 million Hawkes Bay acquisition

"We are investing substantially in developing the next generation of online payroll solutions."

James Scollay - SME Solutions General Manager, MYOB

James Scollay - SME Solutions General Manager, MYOB

MYOB has strengthened its commitment to the New Zealand payroll market by acquiring Information Management Services Limited (IMS), based in Hawkes Bay, for a purchase price of $9.7 million.

IMS has been serving New Zealand businesses with a range of payroll solutions for over 30 years and was founded by Kevin Atkinson, a prominent Hawkes Bay community leader, in 1983.

“IMS is the third New Zealand payroll solutions company acquired by MYOB recently, following the successful acquisition and integration of PayGlobal in August 2014, and Ace Payroll in May 2015,” says James Scollay, SME Solutions General Manager, MYOB.

“In addition, we are investing substantially in developing the next generation of online payroll solutions.

“We estimate over 30 percent of the New Zealand workforce is paid using MYOB software and we’re committed to providing easy online payroll solutions for all employers - whether they have just one employee or employ over 500 staff.”

MYOB Chief Financial Officer Richard Moore says the IMS acquisition will help drive the company’s growth strategies, as outlined in its recent 1H results announcement.

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of IMS, which is in line with our strategy of targeting value-add acquisitions which enhance MYOB’s core business,” Moore adds.

“IMS is a leading provider of payroll solutions to over 10,000 small and medium businesses in New Zealand.

“This acquisition will help deepen our relationship with New Zealand clients as we continue to roll out MYOB’s next generation of cloud accounting and payroll solutions.”

IMS and MYOB unite

Speaking as IMS founder, Atkinson says he is proud of the business’ range of payroll solutions, which are supported by the company’s customer service team.

“IMS has provided a market leading range of payroll solutions for businesses over the last three decades,” he adds.

“Uniting with leading cloud accounting provider MYOB is the natural next step for our business and an exciting outcome for our customers.”

Scollay says while IMS clients can expect the same standard of customer service to continue, they can also look forward to benefitting from “new innovation” in the delivery of payroll.

“In addition to enjoying the same great service, IMS customers will soon have access to MYOB’s full range of market-leading cloud solutions, including the next generation of online payroll, which is currently being developed following our announcement in May,” he adds.

For Scollay, the move to online payroll solutions will “boost productivity and reduce complexity” for New Zealand employers.

“New Zealand has a complex payroll compliance regime, with employers grappling with a range of considerations such as annual leave requirements, KiwiSaver and parental support obligations. In addition, a large number of New Zealand employers pay their staff weekly, which has a big impact on the time spent by employers ensuring each pay is accurate,” he adds.

“MYOB’s goal is to re-imagine what payroll solutions can deliver for SME operators in terms of productivity, compliance and helping to strengthen their trusted relationship with employees.”

Scollay says payroll is core to MYOB’s offering and has contributed to the company’s success in New Zealand over the past 15 years.

“From the beginning MYOB has continued to innovate, and to invest in payroll solutions that make it easy for New Zealand businesses,” he adds.

MYOB has been operating in New Zealand for over two decades and currently serves over 1.2 million businesses across New Zealand and Australia.

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