Collector divests Collector Ventures
Collector AB (“Collector”) has entered into an agreement to divest its entire holding in Collector Ventures 1 Kommanditbolag (“Collector Ventures”), which manages Collector’s investment business focusing on fintech, to NFT Ventures for SEK 330 million on a cash and debt free basis. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter 2021.
Collector Ventures was founded jointly with NFT Ventures in 2016 with the purpose of making investments in fintech companies. Since its establishment Collector Ventures has invested in 28 companies and carried out two exits. The investment business is part of Collector’s Corporate segment.
The purchase price amounts to SEK 330 million on a cash and debt free basis and is partly financed by a loan from Collector Bank AB on market terms. The book value of Collector Ventures amounted to SEK 321 million by 30 June 2020. The divestment is expected to have a limited effect on Collector’s result and financial position. Due to ownership restrictions in some of the portfolio companies of Collector Ventures the transaction is subject to approval from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (“SFSA”) (Sw. Finansinspektionen). The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter 2021 as soon as such approvals have been received from the SFSA.
– Collector Ventures has grown to a large operation with 26 portfolio companies and it is now time to separate from Collector. We are pleased that NFT Ventures as co-founder of the business is taking over as sole owner to continue this journey. The divestment of Collector Ventures is part of the streamlining of Collector. Going forward we continue to focus on our core business and increasing profitability, says Martin Nossman, CEO of Collector.
For more information, please contact:
Peter Olsson, CFO
Phone: +46 73 712 04 46
Madeleine Mörch, Finance & IR Manager
Phone: +46 73 712 04 52
This is information that Collector AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, on 10 September 2020 at 12:15 p.m. CET.
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