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Mergers & Acquisitions

Although Intrum Justitia's primary aim is to grow organically, we continually study opportunities for acquisitions.

Acquisition strategy

Intrum Justitia are seeking to widen the scope of our operations and thus cut operating costs per case, leading in turn to superior overall efficiency and profitability. Although the primary aim is to grow organically, we continually study opportunities for acquisitions.

By conducting selective acquisitions, we can:

  • Strengthen its position and raise corporate awareness of the company in established markets;
  • Attain greater economies of scale;
  • Achieve cost synergies;
  • Crucial experience and know-how in existing or new services;
  • Broaden its client base; Launch the entire service range in countries in which the company is active;
  • Establish a presence in new European markets.

Acquisition of 1st Credit

In November 2016, Intrum Justitia entered into an agreement to acquire 1st Credit, a mid-sized purchased debt company in the United Kingdom. 1st Credit has a strong operation for collection of financial receivables and is one of few companies in the UK that are regularly invited to most of the panels where banks and financial companies invite selected buyers to purchase portfolios. 1st Credit has invested successfully to adapt to increased regulation in the UK market and it has received several awards as the most compliant debt collection company in the industry. The acquisition is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2017.

Acquisition of Dansk Kreditorservice A/S (DKS)

In October 2016, Intrum Justitia acquired the Danish company Dansk Kreditorservice A/S (DKS). DKS is a credit management company with a market leading position in the customer segment for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Acquisition of  Segestión Gabinete Técnico Empresarial, S.L

In October 2016, Intrum Justitia acquired the Spanish company Segestión Gabinete Técnico Empresarial, S.L.  Segestión is a credit management company with a market leading position in the customer segment for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Acquisition of Logicomer Gestão e Recuperação de Créditos SA

In Q4 2015, Intrum Justitia completed its acquisition of the Portuguese company Logicomer Gestão e Recuperação de Créditos SA. Logicomer is primarily engaged in credit management services, but also held a purchased debt portfolio. A more detailed description of the acquisition reporting can be found in the Intrum Justitia annual reports, in the notes section, under Acquisitions of Operations.

Acquisition of Credita AG

In February 2015, Intrum Justitia acquired a smaller credit management company in Switzerland, Credita AG. A more detailed description of the acquisition reporting can be found in the Intrum Justitia annual reports, in the notes section, under Acquisitions of Operations.

Acquisition of Advis A/S

In October 2014, Intrum Justitia agreed to acquire the shares in the Danish company Advis A/S, a leading credit management company in Denmark – a market leader in the telecom sector, also with a strong presence in the media and energy segments. Press release 

Acquisition of  Profidebt sro

In January, 2014, Intrum Justitia agreed to acquire the Czech company Profidebt sro. The company’s operations mainly comprise purchased debt and it held a portfolio of overdue receivables. Press release 

Acquisition of Aktiv Kapital’s Swiss operations

In July, 2013, Intrum Justitia agreed to acquire two companies encompassing Aktiv Kapital’s Swiss operations, which primarily involved purchasing of overdue receivables. A more detailed description of the acquisition reporting can be found in the Intrum Justitia annual reports, in the notes section, under Acquisitions of Operations.

Acquisition of Buckaroo B.V

In January 2012 Intrum Justitia Acquired the Dutch payment Service Provider Buckaroo B.V. The acquisition provides Intrum Justitia with a strong technical platform to offer clients financial services primiarily on-line. Press release 

Acquisition of Difko Inkasso A/S In September 2011 Intrum Justitia acquired the credit management company Difko Inkasso A/S in Denmark, making Intrum Justitia the number one player in the Danish market for credit management services. Press release 

Improved market position in the Nordic region

At the end of 2010, Aktiv Kapital's Nordic credit management operation was acquired. An acquisition that made Intrum Justitia as one of the three biggest players in the Norwegian market. By the end of the year we also acquired Nice Invest Nordic, a company that invests in overdue receivables from mail order and e-commerce clients. Press release 

Acquisition of Cronos Group and SSE In December 2008 Intrum Justitia acquired French companies Cronos Group and SSE.

Intrum Justitia acquires Belgian companies In March 2008 Intrum Justitia acquired the Belgian holding company Solutius Belgium NV, which in turn owned two debt collection agencies in the Belgian market, Juri-Desk and Krebes.

Acquisition of Creditexpress In June 2005, Slovakia's leading debt collection company was aquired, Creditexpress Slovakia s.r.o. Although the acquisition of Creditexpress was comparatively small for the Intrum Justitia Group, it has brought a strong market position in Slovakia. The country has 5.4 million inhabitants and the debt collection market is primarily consisting of consumer collection.

Acquisition of Legal & Trade In October 2004 Legal & Trade Collections (Ireland) Limited was acquired. The acquisition made Intrum Justitia the clear market leader in the Republic of Ireland.

Divestment of Créancia In December 2002, Intrum Justitia divested its 34% minority interest in French company Créancia, generating capital gains of SEK 6.4 M.

Acquisition of Jean Riou Contentieux and Cofreco Jean Riou Contentieux was acquired on December 31, 2002 and Cofreco was acquired in the beginning of 2003 (after the close of the fiscal year). Both companies are leaders in consumer debt collection in France. Combined, the two companies reported revenues of about SEK 78 M in 2001, with 96 employees at four offices.

Acquisition of Stirling Park Stirling Park was acquired in July 2002. This is one of Scotland's largest debt collection companies with a broad client base, including local public authorities. The company reported revenues of some SEK 56 M in fiscal 2001. Operations - comprising a workforce of 108 employees at six offices - were consolidated in the Group as of July 17, 2002. The acquisition strengthens Intrum Justitia's position in the British market of consumer debt collection.

Acquisition of Vía Ejecutive In December 2001, Vía Ejecutiva - a debt collection company with some 80 employees and operations in Spain and Portugal - was acquired. The acquisition cost was SEK 7.5 M, including a restructuring reserve of SEK 4.7 M.

Acquisition of D&B RMS In May 2001, Intrum Justitia acquired the European RMS operations of Dun & Bradstreet. D&B RMS was one of the largest European RMS players both in terms of revenues and gross collection value. On the acquisition date, the company had 510 employees and provided services in sales ledger management, consumer debt collection, commercial collection and international collection services to some 17,000 clients in twelve European countries.

Investor Relations contact

Erik Forsberg, CFO
Tel: +46 8 546 102 02

E-mail: ir@intrum.com