CapMan to publish its 1–6 2021 Half-Year Report on Thursday 5 August 2021

Capman

CapMan Plc press release
29 July 2021 at 8.30 a.m. EEST

CapMan to publish its 1–6 2021 Half-Year Report on Thursday 5 August 2021

CapMan will publish its Half-Year Report for the period 1 January–30 June 2021 on Thursday 5 August 2021 around 8.00 a.m. EEST. The company will present the results for the review period over a webcast press conference starting at 9.30 a.m. EEST accessible at https://capman.videosync.fi/2021-08-05-q2. The conference will be held in English. The report and presentation material will be available at CapMan’s website (https://www.capman.com/shareholders/financial-reports/).

Webcast participation does not require advance registration. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not arrange an in-person press conference at our office.

For further information, please contact:
Linda Tierala, Director, Communications and IR, tel. +358 40 571 7895, linda.tierala@capman.com

Webcast:
5 August 2021 at 9.30 a.m. EEST
https://capman.videosync.fi/2021-08-05-q2
About CapMan
CapMan is a leading Nordic private asset expert with an active approach to value creation. We offer a wide selection of investment products and services. As one of the Nordic private equity pioneers, we have developed hundreds of companies and real estate assets and created substantial value in these businesses and assets over the past 30 years. With close to €4 billion in assets under management, our objective is to provide attractive returns and innovative solutions to investors. We have a broad presence in the unlisted market through our local and specialised teams. Our investment strategies cover Private Equity, Real Estate and Infra. We also have a growing service business that includes procurement services, fundraising advisory, and analysis, reporting and wealth management services. Altogether, CapMan employs around 150 people in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London and Luxembourg. We are a public company listed on Nasdaq Helsinki since 2001 and a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2012. Read more at www.capman.com

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Outcome of the optional dividend for the financial year 2020/2021: 63% of the dividend rights on the financial year 2020/2021 are distributed in the form of new ordinary shares, resulting in a capital increase of EUR 28.7 million

GIMV
Topic: Dividend

Gimv today announced that 63% of the dividend rights on the financial year 2020/2021 had been presented in return for 607 374 new ordinary shares, for a total amount of EUR 28.7 million.

Gimv’s AGM on 30 June 2021 approved the distribution of a gross dividend of EUR 2.50 per share (EUR 1.75 net) for the financial year 2020/2021. In addition, Gimv offered shareholders the option of subscribing to new ordinary shares, each share being exchanged for 27 dividend rights on the financial year 2020/21 (EUR 47.25), or of taking a cash dividend or a combination of both. The new shares will be of the same type as the existing shares (with no right to a reduced withholding tax) and give entitlement to payment of a dividend from Gimv’s profits as from 1 April 2021. Gimv shareholders were asked to communicate their choice between 7 and 27 July 2021.

16 399 098 dividend rights on the financial year 2020/2021 were presented in exchange for 607 374 new ordinary shares, for a total amount of EUR 28.7 million. 49% of the shareholders in free float opted for payment in shares, VPM for 100% of its participation. These new shares will be issued on 30 July 2021 and will be admitted to listing on Euronext Brussels on the same date. The balance of the dividend will also be distributed on 30 July 2021 in cash, amounting to a gross total of EUR 36.4 million.

As a result of this capital increase, Gimv’s equity (group’s share) will amount to EUR 1 303.0 million (1) and will be represented by 26 654 508 ordinary shares. Each of these shares carries one voting right at the general shareholders meetings and the total number of shares indicated above will represent the denominator for purposes of notifications under the transparency regulations. VPM, Gimv’s reference shareholder, opted for payment in shares on 100% of its shareholding and now holds 7 342 899 shares, equating to 27.55% of the capital. Consequently, Gimv’s free float amounts to 72.45%.

This capital increase adds EUR 28.7 million to Gimv’s equity, in contrast to the situation that would have prevailed had the dividend entirely been paid in cash. The cash which is not paid out will be used by Gimv to finance growth and further expand its portfolio.

Key financial dates

  • Payment date dividend for 2020/2021 financial year and listing new shares on Euronext Brussels – 30 July 2021
  • Results 1H 2021/2022 (1 April 2021 -30 September 2021) – 18 November 2021

(1)  Most recently published equity value (group’s share) as at 31 March 2021, increased with the amount of the capital increase.

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DIF Capital Partners signs agreement to acquire leading Spanish technical inspection services company Grupo Itevelesa

DIF

DIF Capital Partners (“DIF”) is pleased to announce that its DIF Infrastructure VI fund has signed an agreement to acquire a 100% ownership stake in Grupo Itevelesa (“Itevelesa” or the “Company”), a leading independent provider of vehicle inspection services, from funds managed by Hayfin Capital Management (“Hayfin”).

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Madrid, Itevelesa is one of Spain’s largest independent providers of periodical technical inspection services for vehicles, which are conducted under contracts with regional governments of which the majority is long-term concession-based. The Company operates 72 fixed locations and 20 mobile units across 11 autonomous communities; it also provides industrial safety, metrology and environmental inspection services. Hayfin has been the Company’s majority shareholder since 2015. With the long-term support of DIF, Itevelesa will aim to continue its strong growth path and further consolidation of its market position.

Jesús García Gil, CEO of Itevelesa, said: “DIF is a highly regarded infrastructure investor with a strong and long-standing track record in the Spanish market. We are all delighted to welcome them on board as our new investor and shareholder. DIF is the ideal partner to support the Company’s growth and diversification business strategy; this transaction ensures that we can continue delivering the highest possible safety and quality service to our customers under the highest ESG standards. Hayfin has been a highly supportive shareholder to us over the past six years and we’d like to thank them for their confidence and contribution to the business’ growth.”

Gijs Voskuyl, Partner and Head of Investments for DIF Infrastructure VI at DIF, said: “Itevelesa is largely long-term concession based and provides an essential service across Spain through its extensive network of vehicle inspection service stations and industrial inspection offices. It therefore aligns closely with our core strategy of making stable and long-term equity investments in best-in-class operational infrastructure assets with a strong market position and predictable cash flows. We are looking forward to working closely with the Itevelesa team to continue to deliver a high-quality service to its customers.”

DIF has been advised by Cantor Fitzgerald (Financial) and Herbert Smith Freehills (Legal). Hayfin has been advised by Alantra (Financial) and Linklaters (Legal).

About DIF Capital Partners

DIF Capital Partners is a leading global independent fund manager, with €9.0 billion of assets under management across nine closed-end infrastructure funds and several co-investment vehicles. DIF Capital Partners invests in greenfield and operational infrastructure assets located primarily in Europe, the Americas and Australasia through two complementary strategies:

  • Traditional DIF funds, of which DIF Infrastructure Fund VI is the latest vintage, target equity investments with long-term contracted or regulated income streams including public-private partnerships, concessions, utilities, and (renewable) energy projects.
  • DIF CIF funds target equity investments in small to mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, energy and transportation sectors.

DIF Capital Partners has a team of over 160 professionals, based in nine offices located in Amsterdam (Schiphol), Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Paris, Santiago, Sydney and Toronto. For further information please visit www.dif.eu

Contact: Thijs Verburg, IR & BD; t.verburg@dif.eu.

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Nordic Capital-backed Signicat acquires Spanish Electronic IDentification (eID) to enhance leadership position in European Reg Tech market

Nordic Capital

This acquisition strengthens Signicat’s identity proofing and electronic signing offerings and expands reach into more European and Spanish-speaking markets.

Signicat, the Trusted Digital Identity™ company, has acquired Spanish Electronic IDentification (eID), a digital identity pioneer and world leading provider of asynchronous video identification services. With the acquisition, Signicat will strengthen its European presence and take a further step towards becoming the market leader in providing digital identity and electronic signing solutions globally. This is the second major acquisition Signicat has made this year, after buying Encap Security recently in June.

Nordic Capital-backed Signicat acquires Spanish Electronic IDentification (eID) to enhance leadership position in European Reg Tech market Image

“Through our long cooperation, we were convinced that eID is a perfect match for us. Their unique services are a great compliment to our offering, and they bring with them a stronger foothold into the European market and competency to further fuel our growth ambitions. Together, we will solve some of the most advanced digital identity challenges for our customers” says Asger Hattel, CEO of Signicat.

eID brought to the market the disruptive solution of asynchronous video identification based on video-in streaming with end-to-end coverage of the identification process. This, combined with their Qualified Electronic Signature (QES) service, generates a strong and fully digital identification flow. As the Spanish market leader, eID began marketing its products in 2016 and currently has a strong track record with more than 250 customers spread across 30 countries.

Signicat has had a partnership with eID for the past four years, through which eID’s solutions are also available on Signicat’s platform. The coming together of these two organisations creates a company with unrivalled strength in identity proofing, authentication, and electronic signature solutions. The joint offering ensures the highest level of security and compliance of digital identity solutions in the European market, all based on the ‘Strong Digital Identity’ (SDI) concept, developed by eID. This enables a common end-to-end digital onboarding process across the EU in compliance with the most restrictive legislation, creating a game changer in regulated sectors such as finance and governments.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership and becoming part of the Signicat family. Joining forces will enable us to achieve the rapid expansion we have been working on for the last eight years” says Iván Nabalon, CEO of eID.

After the acquisition, eID will continue as an independent organisation with a separate brand, with a goal of full integration within two years. The acquisition is subject to normal requirements, including approval by the Spanish competition authorities. The transaction figure is not made public.

About Electronic IDentification

Electronic IDentification (eID) brought to the market the disruptive solution of asynchronous video identification based on video-in streaming with end-to-end coverage of the identification process. This, combined with their Qualified Electronic Signature (QES) service, generates a strong, fully digital identification flow. As the Spanish market leader, eID began marketing its products in 2016 and currently has a strong track record with more than 250 customers spread across 30 countries.

For further information about Electronic Identification visit: https://www.electronicid.eu/en

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Nordic Capital to invest in Dutch Equipe Zorgbedrijven in partnership with founders and management

Nordic Capital
  • Nordic Capital will further strengthen Equipe Zorgbedrijven’s successful concept of high-quality outpatient specialist care

  •  The investment will drive Equipe Zorgbedrijven’s international expansion and investments in digitalisation and innovation, benefitting both employees and clients

Nordic Capital, a leading global healthcare investor, has signed an agreement to invest in Equipe Zorgbedrijven (“Equipe” or “the Company”), a fast-growing private provider of outpatient healthcare in the Netherlands. The investment will be made in partnership with Equipe’s founders and management and aims to further strengthen the Company’s relentless focus on quality of care. It will also help Equipe to present its offer to a wider group of patients by providing further resources to accelerate growth by digitalisation and international expansion. Equipe’s current investors, the European investment company Gimv, will transfer its holding to Nordic Capital at the completion of the transaction.

Equipe is one of the leading providers of specialised care and outpatient clinics in the Netherlands. The Company was founded in 1995 and is active in hand and wrist surgery & therapy and aesthetic care, with a growing presence in orthopaedics, ophthalmology & general surgery. Equipe’s management has a strong focus on growing the Company in a sustainable way to deliver high-quality care, innovative treatments and high standards, which in turn allows for greater specialisation and additional sub-specialities.

“Nordic Capital is excited to support Equipe’s successful strategy in partnership with its strong management team and skilled employees. Nordic Capital will help Equipe to further accelerate growth by strengthening and expanding Equipe’s differentiated integrated high-quality care model and customer offering by investing in medical excellence and digitalisation initiatives,” says Philippe Neuschäfer, Partner, Nordic Capital Advisors.

Equipe has experienced strong development in recent years and has grown significantly in size. It currently has 6 large clinics (serving 87,000 patients in total in 2020) and over 20 outpatient centres in the Netherlands. In 2020, Equipe performed more than 110,000 treatments with over 700 employees, of which 130 are physicians.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Nordic Capital as our new partner. Together, we will focus on further developing Equipe’s strategic agenda in line with our emphasis on quality, patient care, operational excellence and our entrepreneurial DNA. Nordic Capital has extensive experience in successfully growing healthcare companies and is the ideal partner to help us reach more patients with our care offering” says Jak Dekker, CEO and Founder of Equipe Group.

“Equipe has an ambitious agenda, with quality and patient orientation at the forefront. I look forward to working together with Nordic Capital to further focus on a sustainable development and leverage on their operational knowledge, broad network and strong expertise,” says Joris van Eijck, CEO of Equipe Netherlands.

Nordic Capital is one of the most experienced healthcare investors with 30 investments across Europe and North America and over EUR 7 bn invested in the sector since its inception in 1989. The investment in Equipe lies at the heart of Nordic Capital’s healthcare investment strategy and focus on responsible investments and will be made as part of its mid-market strategy.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

 

Media contacts:

Nordic Capital
Katarina Janerud, Communications Manager
Nordic Capital Advisors
Tel: +46 8 440 50 50
e-mail: katarina.janerud@nordiccapital.com

Equipe Zorgbedrijven
Marco van der Broeck, Marketing & Sales Manager
Tel. +31 636 408 763
e-mail: m.vanderbroeck@equipezorgbedrijven.nl

 

About Equipe Zorgbedrijven  

Equipe Zorgbedrijven was founded in 1995 and is one of the leading providers of specialist care in the Netherlands. In 2020, over 87,000 patients were treated at the 6 main locations (clinics) and over 20 outpatient clinics throughout the Netherlands. Equipe Zorgbedrijven includes Xpert Clinics (hand and wrist care, orthopaedics and proctology), Xpert Handtherapie, Velthuis kliniek (cosmetic treatments),CosMedic and Oogkliniek Heuvelrug (ophthalmology). In total, there are more than 700 employees, including 130 doctors, working at the aforementioned brands. Equipe Zorgbedrijven continually invests in its staff, clinics, facilities, IT infrastructure and e-Health applications with the ambition of offering the right care in the right place at the right price. Equipe Zorgbedrijven has been a pioneer in the field of entrepreneurship in healthcare in the Netherlands for years. For more information please see www.equipezorgbedrijven.nl.

 

About Nordic Capital

Nordic Capital is a leading private equity investor with a resolute commitment to creating stronger, sustainable businesses through operational improvement and transformative growth. Nordic Capital focuses on selected regions and sectors where it has deep experience and a long history. Focus sectors are Healthcare, Technology & Payments, Financial Services, and selectively, Industrial & Business Services. Key regions are Europe and globally for Healthcare and Technology & Payments investments. Since inception in 1989, Nordic Capital has invested more than EUR 17 billion in close to 120 investments. The most recent funds are Nordic Capital Fund X with EUR 6.1 billion in committed capital and Nordic Capital Evolution Fund with EUR 1.2 billion in committed capital, principally provided by international institutional investors such as pension funds. Nordic Capital Advisors have local offices in Sweden, the UK, the US, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Norway. For further information about Nordic Capital, please visit www.nordiccapital.com.

 

“Nordic Capital” refers to any, or all, Nordic Capital branded funds and vehicles and associated entities. The general partners and/or delegated portfolio manager of Nordic Capital’s funds and vehicles are advised by several non-discretionary sub-advisory entities, any or all of which are referred to as “Nordic Capital Advisors”.

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CONSORTIUM LED BY NPM DECLARES OFFER UNCONDITIONAL; 80.1% OF ICT GROUP SHARES TENDERED OR COMMITTED UNDER THE OFFER

NPM Capital

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

This is a joint press release by ICT Group N.V. (“ICT Group” or the “Company“), NPM Investments XI B.V. (the “Offeror“) (a wholly-owned subsidiary of NPM Capital N.V. (“NPM Capital“)) and Teslin Ipanema Acquisition B.V. (Teslin Acquisition”) (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teslin Participaties Coöperatief U.A. (“Teslin“), and together with NPM Capital the “Consortium“) pursuant to the provisions of Section 13, paragraphs 1 and 2, Section 16, paragraphs 1 and 2, and Section 17, paragraphs 1 and 3 of the Netherlands Decree on Public Takeover Bids (Besluit openbare biedingen Wft, the “Decree“) in connection with the recommended public offer made by the Offeror for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of ICT Group (the Offer”). This announcement does not constitute an offer, or any solicitation of any offer, to buy or subscribe for any securities in ICT Group. The Offer has been made by means of the offer memorandum dated 27 May 2021 (the “Offer Memorandum“). This announcement is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into, directly or indirectly, in any jurisdiction in which such release, publication or distribution would be unlawful. Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning as set forth in the Offer Memorandum.

CONSORTIUM LED BY NPM DECLARES OFFER UNCONDITIONAL; 80.1% OF ICT GROUP SHARES TENDERED OR COMMITTED UNDER THE OFFER

Rotterdam/Amsterdam/Maarsbergen, the Netherlands, 26 July 2021

  • 80.1% of the Shares have been tendered or irrevocably committed under the Offer
  • All Offer Conditions are now satisfied
  • The Offeror declares the Offer for ICT Group unconditional
  • Settlement of the Offer will take place on 30 July 2021, at which date the Offer Price of EUR 14.90 adjusted to EUR 14.50 will be paid
  • Remaining Shares can be tendered during the Post-Acceptance Period, commencing on 27 July 2021 and ending on 9 August 2021

 

Offeror declares the Offer unconditional

ICT Group and the Offeror are pleased to jointly announce today that, considering all Offer Conditions having been satisfied, the Offeror declares the Offer unconditional (doet gestand). The number of Shares that have been tendered for acceptance or irrevocably committed under the Offer, is equal to 80.1% of the Shares.

As announced on 23 July 2021, during the Offer Period, that expired at 17:40 hours (CEST) on 23 July 2021, 7,549,314 Shares were tendered under the Offer, representing approximately 77.9% of the Shares and an aggregate value of approximately EUR 112.5 million.

Alychlo NV, holding 215,858 Shares (representing 2.2% of the Shares), has irrevocably committed to tender all Shares held by it (the Committed Shares) in the Post-Acceptance Period on the terms and conditions of the Offer, including the Offer Price of EUR 14.90 (cum dividend) in cash per Share, adjusted to EUR 14.50 (cum dividend) in cash per Share for the dividend of EUR 0.40 per Share. Alychlo NV did not receive any information relevant for a Shareholder in connection with the Offer that is not included in the Offer Memorandum or this press release. At the date of this press release, the Offeror on the one hand, and Alychlo NV on the other hand, do not hold shares in each other’s capital.

Together with the Committed Shares, a total of 7,765,172 Shares have now been tendered or irrevocably committed to be tendered under the Offer, representing 80.1% of the Shares and an aggregate value of approximately EUR 115.7 million (at an Offer Price of EUR 14.90 (cum dividend) in cash per Share, adjusted to EUR 14.50 (cum dividend) in cash per Share for the dividend of EUR 0.40 per Share).

As a result, all Offer Conditions described in the Offer Memorandum have now been satisfied, and the Offeror declares the Offer unconditional (doet gestand).

Settlement

With reference to the Offer Memorandum dated 27 May 2021, holders of Shares who accepted the Offer shall receive the Offer Price for each Tendered Share tendered during the Offer Period and transferred (geleverd) for acceptance pursuant to the Offer, under the terms and conditions of the Offer and subject to its restrictions.

Settlement of the Shares and payment of the Offer Price will take place on 30 July 2021. Following Settlement, the Offeror will hold (directly or indirectly) 7,549,314 Shares which together with the Committed Shares amounts to 7,765,172 Shares, representing 80.1% of the Shares.

Upon Settlement the changes to the composition of the Supervisory Board of ICT Group, as approved by the EGM on 9 July 2021, will become effective.

Post-Acceptance Period

The Offeror hereby announces that Shareholders who have not tendered their Shares during the Offer Period will have the opportunity to tender their Shares under the same terms and conditions applicable to the Offer, during the Post-Acceptance Period which will start at 09:00 (CEST) on 27 July 2021 and end at 17:40 (CEST) on 9 August 2021 (the Post-Acceptance Period).

The Offeror will publicly announce the results of the Post-Acceptance Period and the total number and total percentage of Shares held by it in accordance with Section 17, paragraph 4 of the Decree ultimately on the third Business Day following the last day of the Post-Acceptance Period.

The Offeror shall continue to accept for payment all Shares validly tendered (or defectively tendered provided that such defect has been waived by the Offeror) during the Post-Acceptance Period and shall pay for such Shares as soon as reasonably possible and in any case no later than on the fifth Business Day following the last day of the Post-Acceptance Period.

During the Post-Acceptance Period, Shareholders have no right to withdraw Shares from the Offer, regardless of whether their Shares have been validly tendered (or defectively tendered, provided that such defect has been waived by the Offeror) during the Offer Period or the Post-Acceptance Period.

Delisting

If, following the Settlement Date and the Post-Acceptance Period, the Offeror has acquired 95% or more of the Shares, it will together with ICT Group seek to procure delisting of the Shares from Euronext Amsterdam as soon as possible in accordance with Applicable Rules. This may adversely affect the liquidity and market value of any Shares not tendered. Reference is made to Section 6.12 (Consequences of the Offer for non-tendering Shareholders) of the Offer Memorandum.

Buy-Out

If, following the Settlement Date and the Post-Acceptance Period, the Offeror has acquired 95% or more of the Shares, the Offeror intends to initiate, as soon as possible, a Buy-Out procedure. Reference is made to Section 6.13(b) (Buy-Out) of the Offer Memorandum.

Merger and Liquidation

If, following the Settlement Date and the Post Acceptance Period, the Offeror holds less than 95% of the Shares, the Offeror may determine to have ICT Group implement the Merger and Liquidation as described in further detail in Section 6.13(c) (Merger and Liquidation) of the Offer Memorandum. The listing of the Shares on Euronext Amsterdam will also terminate after a successful Merger and Liquidation.

Further implications of the Offer being declared unconditional

Remaining Shareholders who do not wish to tender their Shares in the Post-Acceptance Period should carefully review the Sections of the Offer Memorandum that further explain the intentions of the Offeror, such as (but not limited to) Section 6.12 (Consequences of the Offer for non-tendering Shareholders), which describes certain implications to which such Shareholders may become subject with their continued shareholding in ICT Group.

Offer Memorandum, Position Statement and further information

This announcement contains selected, condensed information regarding the Offer and does not replace the Offer Memorandum and/or the Position Statement. The information in this announcement is not complete and additional information is contained in the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement.

Digital copies of the Offer Memorandum are available on the website of the Offeror (www.npm-capital.com) and digital copies of the Offer Memorandum and Position Statement are available on the website of ICT Group (www.ictgroup.eu). Such websites do not constitute part of, and are not incorporated by reference into, the Offer Memorandum.

Copies of the Offer Memorandum and the Position Statement are on request also available free of charge from ICT Group and the Settlement Agent at the addresses below:

ICT Group:
ICT Group N.V.
Weena 788
3014 DA, Rotterdam
The Netherlands

The Settlement Agent:
Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.
Croeslaan 18
3521 CB, Utrecht
The Netherlands

 

For more information, please contact:

Press enquiries ICT Group
Carla Stuifzand, marketing director
+31 (0)88 908 2000,
Email: investor.relations@ict.nl
Website www.ictgroup.eu                                                      

Press enquiries Consortium
Confidant Partners
Ward Snijders
+31 20 303 60 20,
Email: ward.snijders@confidantpartners.com

About ICT Group
ICT Group is a leading European industrial technology solutions provider. Our dedicated technical professionals offer our clients services in the field of consultancy, software development, project-based solutions and IT system maintenance. It is our mission to make the world a little smarter every day. Our specialist knowledge in a variety of industries enables us to realise innovative solutions by linking people, technologies and ideas. With around 1,500 dedicated technical specialists in the field, we are capable of building and integrating new and innovative technologies into relevant business solutions for our customers.

Our Industries solutions serve the automotive, manufacturing, high-tech, food, chemicals & pharma, oil & gas and logistics industries. Our Public & Infra solutions are focused on water, rail and road infrastructure as well as public transport and mobility. Across all industries ICT Group offers proprietary industry-specific software solutions, including its own cloud-based platform for IoT, digital transformation and artificial intelligence. ICT Group is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and has a presence in the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Portugal and Sweden.

About NPM Capital
NPM Capital invests in mid-market companies in the Benelux and supports companies to enter the next growth phase in their development. NPM Capital, with SHV as its sole shareholder, has sufficient capital in order to apply a long investment horizon. Currently, NPM Capital has a portfolio of 26 participations (majority as well as minority holdings, including growth capital) and focuses on the following trends: Everything is Digital, Future of Energy, Feeding the World and Healthy Life. For more information, please visit: www.npm-capital.com.

About Teslin
Teslin is an investment fund managed by Teslin Capital Management. Teslin invests in promising small- and midcaps. Based on fundamental analysis Teslin selects companies active in attractive markets with a strong market position, healthy cash flow and a proper corporate governance structure. Teslin focuses on responsible value creation in the long term and acts as an active and involved shareholder. Teslin has been a long-term significant, active and committed shareholder of ICT Group since 2002 and is delighted to support ICT Group in accelerating and realizing its potential in the coming years, growing into a leading Northern-European industrial technology solutions provider. For more information, please visit: www.teslin.nl.

General restrictions
The information in this announcement is not intended to be complete. This announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer or an invitation to acquire or dispose of any securities or investment advice or an inducement to enter into investment activity. This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or issue or the solicitation of an offer to buy or acquire the securities of ICT Group in any jurisdiction.

The distribution of this press release may, in some countries, be restricted by law or regulation. Accordingly, persons who come into possession of this document should inform themselves of and observe these restrictions. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Consortium, the Offeror and ICT Group disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of any such restrictions by any person. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of that jurisdiction. Neither ICT Group, nor the Consortium, nor Offeror, nor any of their advisers assume any responsibility for any violation by any person of any of these restrictions. ICT Group shareholders in any doubt as to their position should consult an appropriate professional adviser without delay.

Forward-looking statements
This press release may include “forward-looking statements” such as statements relating to the impact of this transaction on the Offeror and ICT Group and language that indicates trends, such as “anticipated” and “expected”. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Although ICT Group and the Offeror believe that the assumptions upon which their respective financial information and their respective forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, they can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, receipt of regulatory approvals without unexpected delays or conditions, the Offeror’s ability to achieve the anticipated results from the acquisition of the Company, the effects of competition (in particular the response to the transaction in the marketplace), economic conditions in the global markets in which the Offeror and the Company operate, and other factors that can be found in the Offeror’s and the Company’s press releases and public filings. Neither ICT Group nor the Consortium nor the Offeror, nor any of their advisers accept any responsibility for any financial information contained in this press release relating to the business or operations or results or financial condition of the other or their respective groups. Each of the Company, the Consortium and the Offeror expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 

Notes to the press release

This is a public announcement by ICT Group N.V. pursuant to Section 17 paragraph 1 of the European Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014).

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Gimv transfers stake in Equipe Zorgbedrijven – Dutch group of specialised care clinics – to Nordic Capital

GIMV
Topic: Divestment

Equipe Zorgbedrijven today announces an important step in its further (international) growth. Following the group’s successful development, based on its high-quality concept of specialist outpatient care, Gimv is transferring its stake in Equipe Zorgbedrijven to Nordic Capital. Together, the founders, management and the new shareholder will focus on international expansion, digitalisation and innovation.

In 2015 Gimv acquired an equity stake in Equipe Zorgbedrijven (Eindhoven – NL, www.equipezorgbedrijven.nl), a leading provider of specialist care through outpatient clinics in the Netherlands. Founded in 1995, the company is today the market leader in the Netherlands in hand and wrist surgery & therapy, has a strong position in aesthetic care and a growing presence in orthopaedics, ophthalmology & general surgery. In recent years, Equipe Zorgbedrijven’s management has focused on growing the company in a sustainable way to deliver high quality care, innovative treatments and improving standards. These in turn have opened the way to greater specialisation and additional sub-specialties, ultimately resulting in demonstrably better and meaningful care.

From the start, Equipe Zorgbedrijven has continuously invested in staff, care paths, clinics, facilities and an optimal IT infrastructure aimed at offering the right care in the right place at the right price. Creating sufficient critical mass, strengthening management and being at the forefront of developments and innovations have been essential here. During the years of Gimv’s shareholding, Equipe Zorgbedrijven has grown strongly in size and quality.

The company currently has 6 larger clinics and over 20 outpatient centres, with 700 employees, including 130 physicians, where more than 110,000 treatments were performed in 2020 in hand and wrist surgery & therapy, cosmetic surgery & dermatology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and proctology.

The transaction announced today will strengthen the company’s relentless focus on quality care. Nordic Capital’s investment will help Equipe Zorgbedrijven to facilitate the roll-out of its successful concept abroad and to invest further in its organisation and digitalisation to become an even better partner for both patients and staff.

Jak Dekker, CEO and co-founder of Equipe Zorgbedrijven, explains: “With Gimv’s support, Equipe has been able to develop strongly in recent years. Through a number of targeted acquisitions we have taken our model for value-driven, integrated care provision to a higher level and expanded into multiple specialties. We have also invested in our network of clinics, our IT infrastructure and applications and have expanded our research activities. The partnership with Gimv has brought us to the point where we will be taking our first steps abroad. We are grateful to Gimv for this and look forward to working with Nordic Capital in realising our national and international ambitions.”

Elderd Land, Partner in Gimv’s Health & Care platform, on this growth story: “Gimv is proud to have been able to support Equipe Zorgbedrijven in its growth strategy where focus on quality and meaningful care has always been paramount. The company has developed strongly in recent years, growing both in size and quality. The result is a well-established player with a strong position in the Netherlands and now also great opportunities abroad. We thank the management of Equipe Zorgbedrijven for the successful and excellent cooperation and wish them – together with Nordic Capital – all the best in their further growth trajectory.”

The transaction is subject to customary conditions, including the approval of the healthcare and competition authorities. This transaction has a positive impact of about 1 euro per share on the net asset value of Gimv as of 31 March 2021. No further financial details will be disclosed.

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Gilde Equity Management new growth partner of Bruynzeel Storage Systems

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Bruynzeel Storage Systems, the European market leader in mobile storage systems, has attracted Gilde Equity Management as new majority shareholder. With the new shareholder Bruynzeel will execute their growth strategy in various international markets. The transaction is made for an undisclosed consideration and will be concluded after approval by the antitrust authorities. Bruynzeel booked revenues of around  60 million last year and aims to grow to more than  100 million in 2026, partly as a result of the strong growing international demand for space creating solutions and by adding new innovative solutions to its product offering.

Next growth phase
Bruynzeel, with head office in the Netherlands, provides space creating storage solutions for the storage of a wide variety of objects. It helps organizations worldwide to use space in the most efficient, sustainable and effective way to preserve their valuable collections, documents and inventory. Gilde Equity Management and Bruynzeel both see strong demand for space creating solutions.

Alexander Collot d’Escury, CEO of Bruynzeel Storage Systems comments: “We are proud to be able to join forces with Gilde. They will help us to accelerate our growth and seize the enormous international market opportunities for space saving solutions. Gilde has an impressive track record in creating value with medium sized companies with strong market positions. We are very pleased that with this step, Bruynzeel Storage System is now, after more than 30 years, back in Dutch hands. I would like to thank our former shareholder Altor Equity Partners. They played an important role in establishing our position as European market leader in various segments.”

Pål Stampe, Partner at Altor Equity Partners and Chairman of Bruynzeel added: “We have had a long journey together, and seen a very positive development in recent years. Led by today’s strong management team, we believe that Gilde Equity Management is the right owner for the next growth phase.”

Bas Glas of Gilde Equity Management adds: “We are delighted to support Bruynzeel executing their already successful growth strategy. We are impressed with their strong performance this year. As an investor we recognize the growing importance of space creating storage solutions. We think our partnership represents an attractive opportunity given Bruynzeel’s superior technical knowledge and capacity for innovation. As European market leader in various international storage markets we will support them expanding their product platform and seizing the growth opportunities in Europe and abroad.”

Growth strategy
With the support of Gilde Bruynzeel will accelerate the execution of its international growth strategy by further gaining market share, growing through geographical expansion, by developing new promising segments and be leading in sustainability. Besides autonomous growth, acquisitions in key geographies and segments are part of the growth strategy. In February 2021, Bruynzeel acquired the American distributor RDT Concepts. This partnership gives Bruynzeel more commercial opportunities on the American market, which is the largest market in storage solutions in the world.

Growing number of segments
Bruynzeel Storage Systems is the market leader in the European market for intelligent and space saving storage systems in the archive, library and museum segment and is also growing rapidly in storage solutions in pharma, horticulture, industry, retail, urban farming and hospitals. In addition, many organisations are looking for ways to increase their inventory levels. Due to the current Covid-19 crisis and global supply chain disruptions, deliveries of crucial parts in many industries are delayed, often resulting in costly production losses.

About Gilde Equity Management
Gilde Equity Management (GEM) is an independent private equity firm with €1.5 billion in committed capital. With roots dating back to 1982, GEM is a leading investor in medium-sized companies and has helped many of them to realize international growth.

Examples of GEM investments include: Dunlop, a leading manufacturer of safety boots for industrial applications; Fruityline, a fast-growing producer of freshly squeezed premium fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies; Wasco, a technical wholesaler active in the area of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and sanitary facilities; Actief Interim, one of the biggest independent employment agencies in Benelux and Germany serving the SME sector; Eiffel, a consultancy firm with expertise in Legal, Finance and Process; and Kwantum & Leen Bakker, home-furnishing and decoration retailers in the Benelux..

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About Bruynzeel Storage Systems
Bruynzeel Storage Systems is the market leader in the European market for intelligent and space saving storage systems in the archive, library and museum segments and is also growing rapidly in storage solutions in pharma, horticulture, industry, retail, urban farming and hospitals. Each Bruynzeel storage solution is designed and based on the client’s specific needs.

Bruynzeel Storage Systems was founded in 1953 as part of the Bruynzeel group that grew into bathrooms, doors, cabinets, kitchens, floors and pencils. Bruynzeel Storage Systems has been privatized since the 1980s. With its ‘best-in-class’ production process, it is able to realize storage systems with high-quality design and quality within the fastest production and delivery times.

In addition to its own offices in Europe and the United States, the company operates through an extensive network of distributors in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, North America, Australia and Asia. All systems are produced in the factory in Panningen, the Netherlands. The company has more than 200 employees and often collaborates with architects and designers to design custom-made mobile and fixed storage systems for each application.

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Eight Roads Ventures Europe continues to back Spendesk

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Eight Roads Ventures Europe continues to back Spendesk, the leading all-in-one spend management platform for finance teams, participating in the €100 Series C funding round led by General Atlantic. Spendesk will focus on hiring top talent and accelerating product innovation to bring more automation and insights to every aspect of business spending.

Spendesk offers an intuitive SaaS spend management solution that provides full visibility and control on all company spending — with every purchase trackable to a person, a project, and a budget. The platform combines payments, processes and data into one source of truth, with virtual and physical cards for employees, expense reimbursements, invoice management, automated spend approvals, and budgets. The solution aims to liberate finance teams from day-to-day admin tasks, freeing them to focus on proactive and strategic value-add.

“In the past few years we have built the reference spend management solution for finance teams in Europe, which frees businesses and their people from administrative constraints of spending and managing money at work. While our solution is about empowering finance teams, we are actually delivering value to the entire business through the finance team.” said Spendesk’s co-founder and CEO, Rodolphe Ardant.

Lucile Cornet, Partner at Eight Roads Ventures added, ““Not only is Spendesk emerging as a category leader in spend management but it has also built a fantastic team and culture on the way, which is essential!”

The new investment follows a strong year of growth as Spendesk doubled its revenue, despite adverse market conditions during the pandemic, and grew the team from 150 to 300 employees. Membership in Spendesk’s global finance community, CFO Connect, has doubled as well, now counting 6,500 members worldwide.

With the new funds, Spendesk plans to affirm its position as a leading spend management solution in Europe. This includes doubling headcount within the next two years, and accelerating product innovation, with Slack and Microsoft alumnus James Colgan having recently joined as Chief Product Officer.

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EQT Exeter Europe Logistics Value Fund IV closes at EUR 2.1 billion hard cap – fortifies commitment to logistics value-add investments across Europe

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  • EQT Exeter Europe Logistics Value Fund IV closes at EUR 2.1 billion hard cap following strong support from existing and new international blue-chip investors
  • EQT Exeter Europe Logistics Value Fund IV will pursue a value-add strategy to acquire, develop, redevelop, lease, operate, and sell supply chain and e-commerce focused big box warehouse, last mile and light industrial properties serving major markets throughout Europe
  • The Fund is the first vehicle to close after the combination of EQT’s real estate business and Exeter Property Group, which was completed in April 2021

EQT is pleased to announce that the EQT Exeter Europe Logistics Value Fund IV (the “Fund”) has held its final close at its hard cap of EUR 2.1 billion in fee-paying assets under management. Demand from both existing and new investors was exceptional resulting in the Fund being significantly oversubscribed with commitments coming from a diversified group of high-quality investors across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The Fund will pursue a value-add strategy to acquire, develop, redevelop, lease, operate and sell supply chain and e-commerce focused big box warehouse, last mile and light industrial properties serving major markets throughout Europe. EQT Exeter has employed similar value-add strategies throughout its series of US and European logistics value-add funds which have significantly outperformed the market. The senior management team of EQT Exeter focused on logistics has worked together for over 17 years, averages 22+ years of experience in the real estate industry and has demonstrated its ability to manage the full value chain of logistics real estate investments across numerous markets and through multiple growth, income, recessionary and recovery real estate market cycles.

The Fund benefits from EQT Exeter’s “local with locals” approach with 40 global offices (14 in Europe) and its vertically integrated team of 260+ real estate professionals (60+ in Europe) with deep expertise in acquisitions, dispositions, development, construction, leasing, asset and property management, finance, legal, compliance and accounting. EQT Exeter’s local presence enables a targeted selection of submarkets and properties, favorable cost basis due to one-off, small deal sourcing, and full ownership/control of assets. Furthermore, with over 1,200 global tenant relationships, the Fund will capitalize on EQT Exeter’s “tenant-centric” philosophy whereby customer demand, discussions with corporate executives and up-to-the-minute information from corporate heads of real estate and their tenant broker representatives will strongly influence the Fund’s investment and property operating decisions. Knowledge gained through EQT Exeter’s presence in the field and frequent communication with tenants is expected to allow the Fund to offer properties which provide the functionality and location that tenants most desire.

Ward Fitzgerald, Partner and Head of EQT Exeter, commented, “I would like to thank our repeat and new investors for their support of the latest flagship vehicle in EQT Exeter’s European logistics value-add fund series. The successful fundraise of EQT Exeter Europe Logistics Value Fund IV validates our proven 15+ year track record of value creation due to our locals with locals vertically integrated operating model. We look forward to working with our new colleagues at EQT to continue to outperform and provide strong returns to the Fund’s investors.”

Paul Rubincam, Partner and Co-Head of the EQT Exeter Europe Advisory Team, commented, “We are confident that given the strong pipeline and the team’s ability to utilize its leasing, tenant relationship, development and asset management skills to effectuate value-add outcomes, we will successfully advise on the deployment the Fund’s capital and delivery of its superior performance.”

Lennart Blecher, Head of Real Assets’ Advisory Teams, Deputy Managing Partner and Chairperson of EQT Exeter, commented, “The closing of the Fund marks an important milestone following the completion of the combination of EQT’s real estate business and Exeter. This represents not only a great fundraising by Ward and the Exeter team but also a concrete contribution to the scaling of our real estate platform which is a crucial part of EQT AB’s global growth strategy. EQT Exeter will be working closely together with the entire EQT platform across Europe and the Fund will be able to capitalize on thematic real estate investment opportunities in the market.”

EQT Exeter Europe Logistics Value Fund IV is backed by a highly regarded, international investor base including public and corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, global asset management firms, commercial banks, endowments, foundations and family offices.

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About EQT
EQT is a purpose-driven global investment organization with more than EUR 67 billion in assets under management across 26 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas with total sales of approximately EUR 29 billion and more than 175,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

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About EQT Exeter
EQT Exeter was created through the combination of EQT’s real estate business and Exeter Property Group in 2021. EQT Exeter is among the largest real estate investment managers in the world, focused on acquiring, developing and managing logistics/industrial, office, life science and residential properties. EQT Exeter applies a thematic investment strategy and value-creation approach.  With almost 40 regional offices and 260+ professionals across the Americas, Europe and Asia, EQT Exeter combines local execution with global scope to deliver superior real estate solutions to tenants while providing investors with some of the industry’s leading and most consistent returns across value-add and core-plus strategies.

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