On June 12, 2017 the European Commission approved the combination of Intrum Justitia and Lindorff. The Commission’s decision is conditional upon the divestment of Lindorff’s business in Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Sweden as well as Intrum Justitia’s business in Norway (see press release dated May 18, 2017 for more information).
The combined company will, through its scale and diversification, be ideally positioned to capture the strong market growth in the Credit Management Services (CMS) industry. By joining forces, both local and global clients will benefit from a strong pan-European platform, enhanced service offering, innovative solutions and best in class compliance.
“I am very pleased that the combination of these two strong companies has now been approved and that we are able to close the transaction as planned. The combined business has the potential to deliver significant value to clients, shareholders and society by creating a very well-positioned and respected player in our industry both in terms of skill and geographic spread,” says Lars Lundquist, Chairman of the Board in Intrum Justitia.
“This is the day that we have been waiting for. These two companies are a great fit and will become a leading force in shaping the future of credit management services. Nordic Capital looks forward to continuing to support the combined business as a listed company and sees strong potential for further value creation,” says Kristoffer Melinder, Managing Partner, NC Advisory AB, advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds.
“I am dedicated to the success of this combination and I am of course thrilled that we now have the necessary approval from the European Commission. Realizing the full potential of the combined company will be a team effort which I am proud to lead once the transaction is closed”, says Mikael Ericson, CEO & President of Intrum Justitia.
On June 9, 2017, the Board of Directors of Intrum Justitia AB announced the decision that Mikael Ericson will be the CEO and President of the combined company once the transaction is completed. The decision was made in agreement with the proposed new Board members nominated by the Nomination Committee on June 7, 2017. Per E. Larsson, currently Chairman of Lindorff has been nominated as new Chairman of the combined company. Per is the former CEO of OMX, Dubai International Financial Exchange and Borse Dubai, as well as former Chairman of the Board of the Stockholm Stock Exchange and board member of Helsinki Exchanges.
The transaction is expected to close within the next 10 working days. Lindorff will be consolidated into the financial statements of Intrum Justitia from late June 2017.
Lindorff has been in the business of helping people manage credit for over 100 years. Its headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway, the same city as Eynar Lindorff founded the company back in 1898. Today it has 4,400 people in 12 countries across Europe helping customers back to a life of sustainable spending. Nordic Capital Fund VIII is a majority shareholder in the company which offers services within debt collection and debt purchase as well as payment and invoicing services. In 2016 Lindorff generated EUR 647 million in net revenue (2015 EUR 534 million). For further information, please visit www.lindorff.com
About Intrum Justitia:
Intrum Justitia offers comprehensive services, including purchase of receivables, designed to measurably improve clients’ cash flows and long-term profitability. Founded in 1923, Intrum Justitia has some 4,000 employees in 20 markets. Consolidated revenues amounted to SEK 6.1 billion in 2016. Intrum Justitia AB is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm since 2002. For further information, please visit www.intrum.com
About Nordic Capital:
Nordic Capital private equity funds have invested in mid-market companies primarily in the Nordic region since 1989. Through committed ownership and by targeting strategic development and operational improvements, Nordic Capital enables value creation in its investments. The Nordic Capital Funds invest in companies in northern Europe and in selected investment opportunities internationally. The most recent fund is Nordic Capital Fund VIII with EUR 3.5 billion in committed capital, principally provided by international institutional investors such as pension funds. The Nordic Capital Funds are based in Jersey, Channel Islands, and are advised by the NC Advisory entities in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany and the UK. For further information about Nordic Capital please see www.nordiccapital.com