2012 Buyout Track 100
Rank: 74 Skrill
Skrill says 20m people use its technology. It allows anyone with an email address to send and receive payments online securely and cost-effectively. Led by joint chief executives Martin Ott and Nikolai Riesenkampff, profits grew 29% a year, from £13.9m in 2008 to £23.2m in 2010, and the London firm has one of the league tableís highest margins. Investcorp bought a 51% stake in 2007 when it backed a £71.5m buyout, but Skrillís planned stock-market flotation last year was cancelled due to market uncertainties. However, overseas expansion is growing apace.
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|Profit growth||29.10% pa|
|Location of HQ||Central London|
|* annualised figure|