Ratos company Vestia signs contract for approximately SEK 700m with City of Mölndal to build new school


Vestia Construction Group (Vestia) has signed a contract with the City of Mölndal for the new construction of Västerberg School and Bifrost Preschool in Mölndal. Västerberg School will accommodate 570 pupils from the age of six to 12 (Year F–6) in 9,500-square-metre premises including a full-size sports hall and is scheduled to be completed in March 2025. Bifrost Preschool will be the largest preschool in northern Europe with 14 classes housed in 4,200 square metres. Two classes will be specifically tailored for children with functional diversity and two will be open preschool classes offering activities for children who are not yet enrolled in preschool. The preschool will be completed in December 2024.

Västerberg School and Bifrost Preschool are part of the Lyftet programme, a strategic partnership between the City of Mölndal as the developer and Vestia as the general contractor. The programme includes eight projects: preschools, schools, and education centres. The ground was broken in December 2022 for the extensive refurbishment and extension of Building C at Almås School in Lindome, which is also part of the programme.


“Ratos’s construction companies are building a sustainable society by constructing sustainable commercial real estate and providing the state and municipalities with buildings that are important for society. We are very proud that we have been entrusted to build these schools in Mölndal. It is important to help provide a good environment for children and young people,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, Chairman of the board of SSEA Group, which includes Vestia, and President, Business Area Construction & Services, Ratos.


In total, Västerberg School, Bifrost Preschool and Almås Building C entail a contract cost/order intake of SEK 669m for Vestia.

“The strategic partnership between the City of Mölndal and Vestia means that we are now initiating three additional school projects. It is incredibly gratifying to see how our strong partnership in 2022 has now resulted in the start of production for future school premises in the municipality,” says Christian Wieland, CEO of SSEA Group, which includes Vestia.


As part of the Lyftet programme, the refurbishment of Building H and Building L at Fässberg School has been completed, and at Stretered School one building is being refurbished and planning of another is in progress. Future projects will be carried out at Hålsten Preschool, Östergård School and Rävekärr School.


About the school projects

–          Developer: City of Mölndal

–          General contractor: Vestia Construction Group

–          Architect: Liljewall

–          Size: Västerberg School, gross area 9,500 square metres; Bifrost Preschool, gross area 4,200 square metres; Almås Building C, gross area 4,100 square metres

–          Contract cost: SEK 669m


About SSEA Group

SSEA Group is a Swedish construction group with operations throughout the country. The Group contributes to building sustainable communities. The focus for the operations is projects with implementation in collaboration/partnering where the customer’s most important priorities are high on the agenda. The group has the two subsidiaries: Vestia and SSEA AB.

För mer information, vänligen kontakta:
Josefine Uppling, VP, Communication, Ratos, +46 76 114 54 21, josefine.uppling@ratos.com

About Ratos

Ratos is a business group consisting of 16 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer and Industry. The companies have approximately SEK 30 billion in net sales (LTM). Our business concept is to own and develop companies that are or can become market leaders. We have a distinct corporate culture and strategy – everything we do is based on our core values: Simplicity, Speed in execution and It’s All About People. We enable independent companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas.

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Ratos Company Aibel wins contract for the construction of unmanned platform on the Norwegian continental shelf


Aibel has been awarded a contract by Aker BP for constructing the Munin platform (formerly Krafla) in the Yggdrasil area. The contract has a value of around NOK 7 billion.

The contract is an EPChc contract where Aibel is responsible for engineering, procurement and construction connected with delivering an unmanned process platform, also known as an UPP.

The project will be based on Aibel’s FEED (Front-End Engineering and Design) for Krafla UPP, now Munin, which was awarded in 2021. Key priorities for the project have been safety in design, minimal maintenance requirements and simplification of systems and functions on the platform using high-reliability equipment, automation, and digitalisation, applying a so-called “design to operate” philosophy.

Munin will be the first process platform on the Norwegian continental shelf designed from start for ordinary operation without a crew.

“We will soon close a fantastic year for Aibel. In times of geopolitical unrest and following energy crisis, Aibel contributes to secure energy supply in our part of the world. That, together with the fact that the order book continues to contain many contracts within renewables, means that we are very proud owners today,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, member of the board of Aibel and President, Business Area Construction & Services, Ratos.

Project management, procurement and engineering services will mainly be carried out at Aibel’s Oslo office, with peak staffing of around 300 people. Construction will take place at Aibel’s yards in Haugesund, Norway and Thailand.

“We are proud and honored to enter into a partnership with Aker BP. With this contract award, we are once again consolidating our position as a leading supplier within critical infrastructure. We really look forward to delivering on the UPP concept, which we have developed together with Equinor, and being among the pioneers of future platform solutions,” says Aibel’s President and CEO, Mads Andersen.

The development of the Yggdrasil area is subject to approval by the Norwegian Parliament (the Storting).

For further questions, please contact:
Josefine Uppling, VP Communication, Ratos, +46 76 114 54 21

About Ratos
Ratos is a business group consisting of 16 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer and Industry. In total 2021, the companies have approximately SEK 28 billion in net sales. Our business concept is to own and develop companies that are or can become market leaders. We have a distinct corporate culture and strategy – everything we do is based on our core values: Simplicity, Speed in execution and It’s All About People. We enable independent companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas.

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British chain Jewson to join STARK Group

CVC Capital Partners

600 branches and distribution centres change ownership in a GBP 740 million (in EUR 850 million) transaction from the French manufacturer of building materials Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA to STARK Group A/S, which is headquartered in Copenhagen and has operations in the Nordics, Germany, and Austria. The Group is a European leader in retail and distribution of heavy building materials to professional craftsmen.

Saint-Gobain has chosen STARK Group in a competitive process as the best future owner of the British retailer and distributor of building materials from 1836, which since the year 2000 has been owned by Saint-Gobain.

The parties have signed an agreement that will see STARK Group acquire and operate Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Ltd, which includes Jewson the general builders’ merchant, strong local brands Gibbs & Dandy and JP Corry in Northern Ireland, the specialist brands Jewson Civil Frazer and Minster, as well as International Timber.

The transaction is based on an enterprise value of GBP 740 million (in EUR around 850 million). The acquired business is expected to generate net sales of around GBP 2.3 billion (in EUR 2.7 billion) in 2022.

STARK Group is among Europe’s fastest-growing retailers and distributors of building materials, achieving annual pro forma net sales of around EUR 9 billion (in GBP 7.75 billion), including the British acquisition.

In 2019, STARK Group acquired Saint-Gobain’s German distribution business, including strong brands such as Raab Karcher, Melle Gallhöfer, Keramundo, and Muffenrohr. The German company has since doubled net sales through organic growth and acquisitions.

Group CEO Søren P. Olesen says: “We have a strategy that successfully focuses on professional craftsmen and the renovation and maintenance market, which this acquisition fits very well into. In 2019, we bought Saint-Gobain’s German distribution business, and there are many similarities in this acquisition. We will do our utmost to develop, grow and invest behind the company making it the professional craftsmen’s preferred choice in the UK. We have acquired a business with whom we can continue our growth journey.


We are on a strong growth trajectory, at the heart of which is being a good corporate citizen

Søren P. Olesen CEO, STARK Group

“Despite the current tough macro-economic environment, the fundamental drivers for the renovation and maintenance market in the UK with its large need for energy renovation in the coming decades are attractive. We are on a strong growth trajectory, at the heart of which is being a good corporate citizen, we value all of our existing employees and are proud of our contributions to bringing down emissions.”

Focus on professional craftsmen and passion for sustainability

STARK Group went through a financial and strategic turnaround from 2016 to 2018, which set the company on its current path to growth. The company has since developed its business with the aim to make life simpler for professional craftsmen, offering better advice and services, as well as investing in the branch network and distribution centres. STARK Group is known for its employee engagement and customer satisfaction, both of which are among the best in the industry.

Sustainability is a key focus area for STARK Group. Across all of its markets, the Group explores and provides sustainable and innovative offerings, including its recycled wood ‘Rewood’ concept, as well as partnerships with suppliers and other partners. The Group has committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and is progressing well in bringing down emissions to zero by 2050 at the latest. STARK Group is rated among the top 1% of 75,000 companies rated on sustainability by EcoVadis. Earlier this year, the Group was awarded the prestigious Auditors’ CSR Award 2022, together with Mærsk, for its reporting on sustainability.

The transaction is expected to close in the spring of 2023.

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Nordstjernan to forge new partnership with OBOS in the construction company NCC


The Norwegian company OBOS, a leading property developer in Norway that is also growing rapidly in the Swedish market, is to acquire 6.5 percent of the capital and 23.1 percent of the votes in NCC from Nordstjernan. OBOS possesses broad and in-depth industry know-how of the entire value chain, both as a residential developer and as the principal owner of the listed construction companies Veidekke and AF-Gruppen.


“We are very pleased about the opportunity to acquire this shareholding in NCC, which is one of the leading construction companies in the Nordic region, and we are looking forward to assuming an active role in developing the company together with Nordstjernan, the company’s Board of Directors and management,” says Daniel Kjørberg Siraj, CEO of OBOS.


“We look forward to having OBOS as a partner that is an expert in the sector. As an active owner, Nordstjernan has positive experiences of working in various forms of partnership. This year alone, we have, for example, invested in the diagnostics company Aidian and entered a partnership with the Norwegian holding company Ferd. The transaction with OBOS is similar to this model. NCC’s Board of Directors and management do a great job, and we believe in the company. As a continued active owner of NCC, we see that considerable long-term value creation remains,” says Peter Hofvenstam, CEO of Nordstjernan.


The transaction consists of 5 million Class A shares and 2 million Class B shares, with a purchase consideration amounting to SEK 772.5 million, corresponding to a volume-weighted price per share of about SEK 110. Following the transaction, Nordstjernan’s ownership amounts to about 5.0 million Class A shares and 4.7 million Class B shares, corresponding to 8.9 percent of capital and 24.3 percent of votes.


“For the last number of years, Nordstjernan has been undergoing a strategic transformation. This year alone, we have invested SEK 3 billion in new companies such as engcon, Norva24 and Aidian. From investing almost exclusively in a single sector – construction – we now have active investments in five sectors,” concludes Peter Hofvenstam.


Peter Hofvenstam

President and CEO

Nordstjernan AB


Questions will be answered by:


Stefan Stern, Head of Communications, Nordstjernan

Telephone: +46 70 636 74 17

E-mail: stefan.stern@nordstjernan.se



Nordstjernan is a family-controlled investment company whose business concept is to be an active owner that creates long-term value growth. More information about Nordstjernan can be found on www.nordstjernan.se.


At the start of Nordstjernan’s modern history in 1999, the only company in which it owned a stake was NCC. Since then, the portfolio has been diversified through returns, value creation and investments based on the sole company owned at that time.


Since 2020, Nordstjernan has developed a new sector-based strategy with long-term active investments in high-quality companies in sectors with sustainable competitive advantages and strong structural market trends. Less than one-fifth of Nordstjernan’s net asset value is currently comprised of holdings in the Construction & Real estate sector. Instead, the Health sector accounts for about one-third of the portfolio and the Industry & Trade sector accounts for more than two-fifths. The majority of the net asset value is currently derived from privately owned companies. The business consists of both listed and unlisted portfolio companies as well as corporate credits. More mature companies have also been supplemented with investments in smaller growth companies.

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BGF invests £5 million in Northern Irish façade specialists, Clarke Group


BGF has invested £5 million in Clarke Group, a building façade specialist based in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to support its growth across the UK and Ireland.

Founded in 1996 by Michael Clarke, the family-owned business specialises in innovative design-led façade projects, providing an end-to-end service to blue-chip construction industry clients such as Berkeley, Morgan Sindall, and Balfour Beatty.

With a strong market reputation for producing high quality, sustainable products and cutting-edge designs for high-rise commercial and residential buildings, Clarke has recently experienced growth averaging 25% each year since 2018 and delivered revenue in 2022 of close to £30 million.

In June 2022, the business also opened a new high-spec head office and state of the art offsite manufacturing facility in Ballymena to support team expansion as it aims to become an industry leader in the coming years.

The investment from BGF will support a strong order book as Clarke continues to scale across the UK and Ireland.

BGF’s Talent Network has also introduced Adrian Ringrose, an experienced leader within the construction industry, to the business as Non-Executive Chair.

With increased regulation regarding the fire safety of high-rise buildings post-Grenfell, the demand for safe and sustainable façades and cladding has increased. Our market leading designs and sector-experienced team mean we’re fast becoming the partner of choice for top tier construction firms across the UK.

Eugene Clarke, managing director of Clarke

“It was important for us to find an investment partner that could provide not only capital, but also expertise at Board level to support the company as it scales. The access to BGF’s network has been invaluable and we’re also delighted to welcome Adrian to the team.”

BGF has now invested c.£65 million into Northern Irish businesses, making it one of the most significant investors in the region.

Chris Nixon, investor at BGF, added: “The UK façade market dynamics are extremely strong and double-digit sector growth will be underpinned in the long term by fire safety and ESG-related demand. When you combine this with Clarke’s track record of quality and excellence, its impressive customer base, and a focussed and experienced management team, we believe the business is perfectly primed to take further market share in the coming years. We’re delighted to be supporting the business at such a pivotal point in their growth journey.”

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AURELIUS Equity Opportunities subsidiary BMC Benelux acquires Vandevoorde Bouwmaterialen

Aurelius Capital
  • Second strategic add-on acquisition for BMC Benelux in 2022
  • Strengthening of BMC´s market coverage in Belgium

Munich, November 25, 2022 – AURELIUS Equity Opportunities announces the second strategic add-on acquisition for BMC Benelux, a leading Belgian building materials merchant operating the two brands in the B2B sector (Youbuild and Mpro). BMC Benelux acquires the family-owned builders’ merchant Vandevoorde Bouwmaterialen NV.

The acquisition will enhance BMC Benelux´s customer service and better align the company with its supplier partners. Furthermore, Vandevoorde will contribute to the development of the BMC Benelux national network and expand the company´s footprint in the Belgium region of East and West Flanders. The site will be developed to a new hub for the Youbuild network. With approximately 90 % of Vandevoorde´s customers being B2B-professionals, the firm is well-positioned to support BMC Benelux’s growth strategy.

BMC Benelux is one of the top five players in a large market that remains highly fragmented. Operating two brand names: YouBuild and Mpro, BMC Benelux primarily targets small and medium-sized professional customers in the construction industry. The retail chain has a dense branch network throughout Belgium, a wide product range and excellent services, such as delivery, cutting and rental of specialty tools. BMC Benelux has been part of AURELIUS since October 2019.

Vandevoorde Bouwmaterialen is a building materials merchant based in Wortegem—Petegem. The company offers a site with approximately 19,000 m2, a showroom and four trucks.

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Adelis exits Mobilhouse

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Adelis Equity

Adelis Equity Partners Fund II (“Adelis”) has divested its majority stake in Mobilhouse, a provider of temporary modular buildings for offices, schools, kindergartens and offices, to a consortium led by investment firm Kirk Kapital.

Following the acquisition by Adelis in 2019, Mobilhouse executed a successful roll-out of its modular space offering fuelled by, amongst other, ESG initiatives targeted towards public customers. In addition, the company has successfully shifted towards a 100% rental model.

In connection with the transaction, Steffen Thomsen, Senior Adviser at Adelis, will become the Chairman of the Board at Mobilhouse.

“Thanks to the strategic shift during recent years, Mobilhouse now has a solid and scalable business, with a strong management team. On behalf of Adelis, I would like to thank management and employees for their strong efforts these past years. At the same time, I am looking forward to continuing my involvement with management and the company, with a focus on further accelerating the growth of the business in the coming years” says Steffen Thomsen.

Benny Møller, CEO of Mobilhouse says: “The activity level at Mobilhouse has never been higher and I am grateful for the support we have received from Adelis and the board of directors over these past years. I am looking forward to working with the new ownership group to continue the development of our business”.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Adelis was advised by Carnegie and Kromann Reumert on the transaction.

For further information:

Steffen Thomsen, Adelis Equity Partners, steffen.thomsen@adelisequity.com

Caroline Lundgaard, Adelis Equity Partners, caroline.lundgaard@adelisequity.com

About Mobilhouse

Mobilhouse is a leading Danish provider of temporary modular buildings for offices, schools, kindergartens, offices and building sites to private and public customers across Denmark. The business was founded in 1961 and has a build strong ESG focus and offering during recent years – Mobilhouse was for example one of the first provider of Swan ecolabelled buildings in the Nordics.  Mobilhouse is headquartered in Fredericia. For more information, please visitwww.mobilhouse.dk.

About Adelis Equity Partners

Adelis is a growth partner for well-positioned, Nordic companies. Adelis partners with management and/or owners to build businesses in growth segments and with strong market positions. Since raising its first fund in 2013, Adelis has been one of the most active investors in the Nordic middle-market, making 36 platform investments and more than 160 add-on acquisitions. Adelis today manages approximately €2.5 billion in capital. For more information, please visit www.adelisequity.com.

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Ratos company SSEA signs contract with the Swedish Police Authority and Hemsö to build a new police building in Borlänge



The construction company SSEA, which is part of SSEA Group, has signed an agreement to build a new police building in Borlänge. The agreement is a collaboration contract and includes project development and production.

The police building will be built at the Gymnasium 2 property in Borlänge. The finished premises will comprise 20,000 square metres, and the building will be customised according to the Swedish Police Authority’s need and requirements. The project is divided into two phases and is being carried out in a partnership between SSEA, Hemsö and the Swedish Police Authority. Project development and preparations for production will be completed in Phase 1, while Phase 2 will focus on contract completion.

“The construction companies in the Ratos family are building a sustainable society. This includes being a world leader when it comes to building in wood – and being trusted to build society’s most important properties. As the owner, we’re pleased with this development and would like to congratulate SSEA on an impressive collaboration contract with the Swedish Police Authority and Hemsö,” says Christian Johansson Gebauer, Chairman of the Board of SSEA Group and President Business Area Construction & Services, Ratos.

“We’re proud of the trust placed in us to work with organisations like the Swedish Police Authority and Hemsö. Our partnering model is attractive when procuring this kind of project. Building Borlänge’s new police building is an important step for SSEA’s development in the region,” says Christian Wieland, CEO of SSEA and SSEA Group.

About SSEA
SSEA is part of the Ratos-owned construction group SSEA Group. SSEA has solid expertise in carrying out large and technically complex collaboration/partnering projects. The company is also a world-leading general contractor within wood buildings. SSEA carries out construction projects for customers in the private and public sectors across Sweden. The head office is in Stockholm, with regional offices in Malmö and Luleå.

About SSEA Group
SSEA Group is a Swedish construction group, with operations throughout the country. The Group’s operations focus on collaboration/partnering projects in which the customer’s most important priorities are high on the agenda. The Group has two subsidiaries: Vestia and SSEA. SSEA Group has approximately 200 employees, 60 projects in ten cities and a Satisfied Customer Index (SCI) of 96%.

For more information and media, please contact:
Josefine Uppling, VP Communication, Ratos, +46 76 114 54 21

About Ratos
Ratos is a business group consisting of 16 companies divided into three business areas: Construction & Services, Consumer and Industry. In total 2021, the companies have approximately SEK 28 billion in net sales. Our business concept is to own and develop companies that are or can become market leaders. We have a distinct corporate culture and strategy – everything we do is based on our core values: Simplicity, Speed in execution and It’s All About People. We enable independent companies to excel by being part of something larger. People, leadership, culture and values are key focus areas.

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Balance Point Announces its Investment in CraneTech Inc.

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Balance Point Capital
Westport, CT, October 31, 2022 – Balance Point Capital Advisors, LLC (“Balance Point”), in conjunction with its affiliated fund, Balance Point Capital Partners IV, L.P., is pleased to announce its investment in CraneTech Inc. (“CraneTech” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Steel River LLC (“Steel River”). Balance Point delivered a comprehensive financing solution that provides meaningful capital to support the future growth of the business.
Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Stockton, CA, CraneTech is a leading provider of overhead crane inspection, maintenance, and manufacturing services across the U.S. CraneTech serves a variety of customers and end markets, including the manufacturing, aerospace & defense, automotive and metals industries, among others. The Company was acquired in 2021 by Steel River, which is a permanent holding company created to build the next generation of industrial services businesses across the lower middle market. Steel River has completed six tuck-in acquisitions at CraneTech since its initial investment.
“We are pleased to partner with CraneTech and Steel River on this transaction,” said Seth Alvord, Managing Partner at Balance Point. “We believe there is significant white space for growth in this business and we are excited to support the Company and team going forward.”
Austin King, CraneTech CFO and Co-Founder of Steel River, said “We are thrilled to have Balance Point as a partner. Their deep understanding of our business, long-term alignment, and capital flexibility will provide the support necessary to execute on our growth objectives.” Eric Factor, CraneTech CEO and Steel River Co-Founder, added, “Balance Point provided a creative and unique solution that matched our needs and boosts our ability to pursue our growth initiatives while creating the best workplace in the industry for crane technicians and providing best-in-class, mission-critical services for our customers.”
About Balance Point
Balance Point is an alternative investment manager focused on the lower middle market. With approximately $1.7 billion in assets under management, Balance Point invests debt and equity capital in select lower middle market companies across a variety of investment vehicles. Balance Point takes a long-term, partnership approach to investing and is committed to building lasting relationships with its partners, management teams and intermediaries.
Balance Point is a registered investment advisor. Further information is available at www.balancepointcapital.com.

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Gladstone Investment Corporation Acquires Dema Plumbing


DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / July 6, 2022 / Headquartered in Denver, CO, Dema Plumbing is the largest plumbing and mechanical systems installation and services provider to single-family residential homebuilders in Colorado’s Front Range (including Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins). By combining high-quality workmanship, advanced plumbing knowledge, and the region’s largest labor force of licensed plumbing professionals, Dema Plumbing provides unmatched service to national homebuilders throughout the Front Range region.

Simultaneous to this acquisition, Dema Plumbing will merge with Mai Mechanical, LLC (“Mai”), an existing portfolio company of Gladstone Investment. Based in Denver, CO, Mai is a leading provider of plumbing and mechanical services focused on multi-family residential construction in the Denver area. “We are very excited to partner with John and his team at Dema, and to continue our relationship with Mai through the formation of a larger platform better positioned to continue expanding in Colorado’s Front Range,” said Travis Steele, Director of Gladstone Investment.

“We believe that these businesses are a natural strategic fit, combining the largest plumbing and mechanical contractors serving the single-family and multi-family residential markets in the Front Range, respectively. We are very excited to partner with this talented team and look forward to helping the company as it enters its next phase of growth,” said Peter Roushdy, Managing Director of Gladstone Investment.

Gladstone Investment is a publicly traded business development company that seeks to make equity and secured debt investments in lower middle market businesses in the United States in connection with acquisitions, changes in control and recapitalizations. Additional information on the transaction can be found at www.gladstoneinvestment.com.

For Investor Relations inquiries related to any of the monthly dividend paying Gladstone funds, please visit www.gladstonecompanies.com.

Forward-looking Statements:

The statements in this press release regarding the longer-term prospects of Gladstone Investment, Dema Plumbing, Mai and their management teams, and the ability of Gladstone Investment, Dema Plumbing, and Mai to grow and expand are “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements inherently involve certain risks and uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Although these statements are based on Gladstone Investment’s current plans that are believed to be reasonable as of the date of this press release, a number of factors could cause actual results and conditions to differ materially from these forward-looking statements, including those factors described from time to time in Gladstone Investment’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gladstone Investment undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

For further information: Gladstone Investment Corporation, 703-287-5893

SOURCE: Gladstone Investment Corporation

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