Eide Bailly to merge in France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn

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Eide Bailly LLP plans to add France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn, a CPA firm based in Gooding, Idaho, effective May 14, 2018.

The deal will add four partners and 12 staff to the firm and Eide Bailly’s Idaho practice. Eide Bailly already has an office in Boise staffed with 16 partners and 73 staff members. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eide Bailly’s fiscal year 2017 revenue was $263 million, while FBWB’s was $3 million.

“We’re excited to extend the Eide Bailly experience into the Magic Valley,” said Eide Bailly managing partner and CEO Dave Stende in a statement. “France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn has a dedication to client service and an outstanding culture that mirrors closely with our own. This union will give businesses in the region more access to services that will help them grow and reach their goals.”

After FBWB officially becomes part of Eide Bailly, the office will move from Gooding to new offices in nearby Twin Falls, Idaho.

“Gooding has been a great place to grow, and we’ll continue to serve clients here with a level of dedication and expertise that will only get better,” said FBWB managing partner Steve France in a statement. “Moving to Twin Falls is going to greatly increase the opportunities for both our clients and our staff. We will have the resources and solutions to help our clients in nearly every aspects of their business, no matter where they are in their journey. And we’ll now be able to recruit the best talent and offer our staff the ability to specialize and follow their passions in their careers.”

Eide Bailly, based in Fargo, N.D., ranked 19th on Accounting Today’s 2017 list of the Top 100 Firms. The firm frequently engages in mergers. On Monday, Eide Bailly announced a merger with Decipher Forensics in American Fork, Utah. Mergers last year included Heider, Tanner & Dirks in Denver; Davis Kinard in Texas; Spring2 Technologies in Lehi, Utah; Hawkins Advisors in Orem, Utah; Roth & Co. in Des Moines, Iowa; and Langenhorst & Self-Merritt CPAs in Spokane, Wash.

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