Consolidator Harwood Wealth Management has acquired Castleton Financial Planning, an independent financial advisory (IFA) firm with offices in Somerset and Dorset.

The consolidator will pay a maximum consideration of £1.6m for the transaction, which is expected to close this April.

Of the total deal amount, Harwood will pay 50% following completion of the transaction.

An additional 25% will be paid on the first anniversary of deal completion, while the remaining 25% will paid on the second anniversary of completion.

The consideration will be “contingent upon results”, the consolidator said.

Harwood chairman Peter Mann said: “The acquisition of Castleton is our second this financial year, and in line with our strategy has a strong cultural fit to the Group.

“It is very pleasing to have started 2019 with the purchase of two quality businesses, and we continue to see a healthy pipeline of opportunities available to us.”

Recent acquisitions by Harwood:

Last month, Harwood bought Hampshire-based IFA GD White for a total consideration of £1.5m.

Harwood’s IFA consolidation activity was at full steam in 2018 as well.

In April 2018, Harwood acquired Berkshire-based Fund Management.

In the same month, the consolidator acquired the assets of retirement solutions firm Plan65, also based in Berkshire.

Earlier last year, Harwood snapped up Southampton-based AE Financial Services.