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Vi förstärker Operations med en Business Analyst

Vi vill varmt välkomna Kim Nyblom som ny Business Analyst!

Kim kommer att rapportera till Head of Operations och ingå i det lokala Operationsteamet. Kim kommer senast från Lindorff och har en djup inkassokunskap med flera års erfarenhet inom Credit Management. Kim kommer främst att arbeta med kampanjstrategier, kundkanaler, segmentering, analyser och rapportering. Vi på Axactor är otroligt glada att få honom ombord!

Varmt välkommen Kim!

Vi förstärker Operations med en Manager för Collection

Vi välkomnar Philip Holmgren som ny Manager för Collection!
 
Philip kommer senast från Lindorff där han i flera år jobbat med hela kreditkedjan både inom Inkasso och egenägda fodringar. Philip har djup kunskap inom förhandling, processer och segmentering och har jobbat i flera olika ledarroller samt senast som Produktchef. Vi ser mycket framemot att få Philip ombord och i vårt team.
 
Varmt välkommen Philip!

Vi förstärker vår försäljningsavdelning

Vi välkomnar Johan Sandhaag!

Johan har en arbetslivserfarenhet från många olika branscher där han de senaste 8 åren har varit fokuserad på strategisk försäljning. Vi är otroligt glada över att få med Johan till sälj teamet och han kommer att rapportera till Head of Sales på vårt nya kontor i Stockholm.

Varmt välkommen Johan!

Vi förstärker vårt team med Head of Sales

Vi välkomnar Jörgen Krigsman!

Nu har vi förstärkt teamet med Head of Sales och är väldigt stolta över att kunna presentera Jörgen Krigsman. Närmast kommer Jörgen från Lindorff som Head of Sales och har en gedigen erfarenhet av försäljning.

Varmt välkommen Jörgen!

Vi förstärker vårt team med Head of Operations

Vi välkomnar Lisa Sohtell!

Vi är otroligt glada över att vi förstärker vårt team med Lisa Sohtell som börjar hos oss den 2 maj som Head of Operations. Hon har tidigare arbetat på Lindorff som Head of Operations och innan det som ansvarig för Transcoms verksamhet i Borås.

Varmt välkommen Lisa!

Axactor enters the Swedish market through the acquisition of Profact AB

Axactor AB (publ.) ("Axactor") acquires Profact AB from Aptic AB. Profact offering credit management services and customer services in the Swedish market. The company will serve as a stepping stone for implementing the full collection value chain in Sweden and hence play an important role in Axactor’s Nordic roll-out plan.

Located in Gothenburg, Profact has built solid foundations for further growth within the debt collection and debt purchase market in Sweden. The company has approximately 35 FTEs and has delivered strong growth particularly in the Customer Service area over the last few years. The 2016 revenues were approximately 2 mEUR with a moderate margin. The company is operated by the CEO Fredrik Kessler who has 24 years’ experience in collection industry. 

Axactor continues to establish a "Nordic value proposition". Through the acquisition of Profact, Axactor now has immediate access to the Swedish debt collection market. The company has a strong competence within the industry, particularly in the debt surveillance area, with Profact holding the necessary collection licence to collect on behalf of third party customers. Axactor, will as part of the transaction, sign a long term licence agreement with Aptic for the use of the Aptic core collection system in Sweden.

 "We clearly see customers requesting Pan Nordic value propositions in the 3PC business and portfolio sales area. In addition, Sweden represents an attractive market in its own right due to favourable regulatory framework and the possibilities to perform automated and efficient collections. With a market size approximately double that of the Norwegian market and a regular flow of NPL portfolio sales, Axactor is ready to make a solid footprint in the Swedish market. Furthermore, the acquisition will give additional geographical diversification to the company" says Endre Rangnes, CEO of Axactor.

Fredrik Kessler, CEO at Profact, said: "Axactor and Profact will be a very good match in the Swedish market. Combining Profact's experience of the Swedish credit management industry, with Axactor's Organisational and Financial support, the company will offer comprehensive debt collection solutions in Sweden".

Axactor will pay 1,25 mEUR for 100% of the shares in Profact AB. Closing of the transaction is expected to be 28 February 2017, and the acquisition will be financed using the existing credit facility with DNB/Nordea and available cash. 
 

Summary of the Extraordinary General Meeting in Axactor AB (publ) conducted today

The Extraordinary General Meeting in Axactor AB (publ) ("Axactor" or the "Company") was held in Stockholm today (the "EGM").

On the agenda was election of new Board of Directors and a new Nomination Committee.

The EGM elected, in accordance with the amended proposal from requesting shareholders, as announced on 10.01.17, the following persons as new Board of Directors:

Bjørn Erik Næss (Chairman of the Board from 01.03.17)
Dag Strømme (acting Chairman until 01.03.17)
Merete Haugli
Brita Eilertsen
Beate Skjerven
Nygårdshau
Terje Mjøs
Michael Hylander (deputy board member)

Due to Bjørn Erik Næss' current employment with DNB ASA up to 1 March 2017, Mr. Næss will be participating in board meetings as of 1 March 2017.

The EGM elected the following persons as new Nomination Committee:

Jarle Sjo, Chairman of the Nomination Committee
Magnus Tvenge
Cathrine Lofterød Fegth

The two first mentioned members of Nomination Committee are pursuant to the proposal in the notice of EGM dated 23.01.17 and Cathrine Lofterød Fegth replaces the third proposed member.

All resolutions were unanimously resolved by the EGM.

At the EGM a total of 395 702 319 shares were present directly or through proxies, corresponding to 32.26 % of the Company's 1 226 488 769 outstanding ordinary shares at the record date.

For further information:

Endre Rangnes, CEO, +47 4822 1111
Geir Johansen, CFO & Investor Relations, +47 47710451

About Axactor:

Axactor is a debt collection & debt purchase company, with presence in Spain, Italy, Germany and Norway. The company has a Nordic base and a pan-European growth strategy, which targets the market for non-performing loans in Europe. This market is estimated to about 1 500 billion euros, and Axactor's main focus is debt collection and purchase of NPL portfolios.

Axactor is investing in new technology and standardized systems, in order to deliver debt collection services that exceed the expectations of its customers. Axactor was established in 2015 and has approximately 900 employees.

Stock exchange announcement - 160110 - #1012169

Proposal from certain shareholders after consultation with the Nomination Committee to the Extraordinary General Meeting in 
Axactor AB to be held on 20 January 2017 

 
(Oslo, Norway, 9 January) On 23 December 2016, Axactor AB announced that upon request from certain shareholders (the “Requesting Shareholders”), an extraordinary general meeting is to be held on 20 January 2017, with the agenda to replace the current board of directors and nomination committee and to elect new a board of directors and to elect a new nomination committee.    
 
The Requesting Shareholders and the Nomination Committee, which consists of Gunnar Hvammen (leader) and Magnus Tvenge, has since the announcement on 23 December 2016 of the Extraordinary General Meeting, held meetings and discussions regarding potential new members of the board bearing in mind that Axactor AB is going from a start-up company into a new phase, requiring a different structure and involvement from the board of directors.  
   
The Requesting Shareholders have after consultation with the Nomination Committee, come up with the following proposal for a new Board of Directors to be elected at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 20 January 2017.   

  • Bjørn Erik Næss (Chairman of the Board from March 1 – 2017) 
  • Beate Skjerven Nygårdshaug 
  • Brita Eilertsen 
  • Merethe Haugli 
  • Terje Mjøs 
  • Dag Strømme (temporary Chairman until March 1 – 2017)
  • Michael Hylander (deputy board member) 

 
Due to Bjørn Erik Næss’ current employment with DNB ASA, the Requesting Shareholders and the Nomination Committee in consensus propose that Bjørn Erik will chair the board from 1 March 2017 and that Mr. Dag Strømme acts as chairman of the board in the period from the Extraordinary General Meeting until 1 March 2017. 
 
Further, it is proposed that the following new Nomination Committee is elected at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 20 January 2017:  

  • Jarle Sjo Chairman of the Nomination Committee 
  • Magnus Tvenge as re-elected Member of Nomination Committee 
  • Female Norwegian lawyer age 35. Awaiting formal approval of proposed engagement with employer, disclosed and proposed at Extraordinary General Meeting.  

 
 Further information 
Gunnar Hvammen, +47 908 99999 
Magnus Tvenge, + 47 970 44220  

The proposal for agenda items 7 and 8 at the Extraordinary General Meeting 20.01.17 will therefore be as follows:
 
Item 7, Determination of the number of directors and deputy directors 
We propose that the Board of Directors until the end of the next Annual General Meeting shall be composed of six (6) members and one deputy to be appointed.  
 
Item 8, Election of Directors 
We propose that the current Board of Directors are replaced and that the Extraordinary General Meeting elects the following six directors and one deputy board member, who have confirmed their willingness to be elected. 
 
Bjørn Erik Næss, Chairman of the Board 

Mr. Næss has been the CFO of DNB ASA as of March 2008, and will hold this position up to his retirement date on 1 March 2017. He was previously EVP and CFO in Aker Kværner ASA. Prior to this, he held similar positions in Orkla and Carlsberg (Denmark). Næss has extensive experience from executive positions both in Norway and abroad over the past 25 years.  
Næss is a graduate of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and has also completed an executive program at Darden Business School in the USA.  
Mr. Næss will take up his position as Chairman of Axactor as of his retirement date in DNB on March 1, 2017. 
 
Beate Skjerven Nygårdshaug, Board member 
 
Ms. Skjerven Nygårdshaug holds several board positions and provide consultancy services within strategic, organizational and legal matters. She has developed a Senior Board Competence program for NHO and holds ownership in startups within Tech, Real Estate and Retail China.   
Ms. Skjerven Nygårdshaug was head of Legal at Kistefos AS from 2006 to 2014 and legal counsel at TDC Song from 2003 till 2006. 
She has a Master of Law from Oslo University, and a Master of International Law (LLM) from San Francisco and an IEL program from Harvard University, Boston, USA, as well as an executive MBA from IMD, Switzerland. 
 
Brita Eilertsen, Board member 
 
Ms. Eilertsen has more than 15 years of experience from investment banking and consulting institutions like Orkla Finans, SEB Enskilda and Touch Ross Managements Consultants. She is, and has been, member of the board of directors in several listed and private companies over the last 12 years. Eilertsen holds several board positions, including, among others, in Pareto Bank ASA (board member), Next Biometrics Group ASA  (chairman),   NRC   Group   ASA   (board member) and Carnegie Kapitalforvaltning AS (board member). 
Eilertsen holds a Siviløkonom degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). In addition, she is a Certified Financial Analyst. 
 
Merete Haugli, Board member 
  
Merete Haugli has experience as a board member from several companies, most recently Comrod Communication ASA, Reach Subsea ASA , RS Platou ASA, Norwegian Property ASA and Aktiv Kapital ASA.. She has held several senior positions, including SEB, Formuesforvaltning AS, First Securities ASA and ABG Sundal Collier ASA. She was previously Assistant Chief in the Oslo Police, responsible for the economic crime section.  
She has education from Bankakademiet and Norwegian School of Management (BI). 
 
Dag W. R. Strømme, Board Member 

Mr. Dag W. R. Strømme is currently Chairman of Racom AS and Board member of Fortuna Fix Ltd. He has a background from private equity and investment banking. Mr. Strømme was a Senior Industry Expert at Triton from 2009 to 2015 and a Partner at Herkules Capital AS from 2007 to 2009.  Mr. Strømme was at Morgan Stanley from 1990 to 2007 and held various senior/management positions in London and New York, including the position of Managing Director and Co-Head of Nordic Investment Banking from 2002 to 2007. He has held a number of directorships, including in Cubility AS, Nordic Tankers AB, Aibel AS and Gothia Financial Group AB.  
Mr. Strømme holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley. 

Terje Mjøs, Board member   
 
Mr. Mjøs is the chairman of the Board of Solid Media Group since 2015 and is senior advisor to Apax Partners (private equity) since 2015.   
Mr. Mjøs was CEO of Evry ASA from 2010 to 2015 and before that CEO of Ergo Group AS from 2004 till 2010, as has held several senior positions in Hydro IS Partner AS from 1989 till 2004.  
He has a Cand. Scient. Degree in Computer Science from the University of Oslo, and an MBA from Norwegian Business School BI.
 
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Michael Hylander, Deputy Board member 
 
Michael Hylander has been a lawyer for twenty years, seventeen of which he has spent in corporate law firms. Since joining MAQS in 2004, he has assisted the firm’s clients with association and contract law matters. Mr. Hylander has extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions, and other related issues as well as complex agreements. He also works an external corporate counsel on a Nordic level for a number of multinational companies.  
Mr. Hylander has extensive experience as board director/ chairman in several companies, and has been a member of MAQS’ board for five years and its chairman for two years. 
He has a Master of Law from Uppsala University (LL.M.), as well as a Master from Amsterdam School of International Relations.

Requesting shareholders' proposal for new Board of Directors - Extraordinary General meeting on 20 Jan 2017 at 11.00 CET in Stockholm

With reference to the notice of EGM announced on 23.12.16, the Requesting Shareholders' have notified that their proposal for agenda items 7 and 8 are as follows:

Item 7, Determination of the number of directors and deputy directors
Requesting Shareholders propose that the Board of Directors until the end of the next AGM shall be composed of five members and no deputies to be appointed.

Item 8, Election of Directors
Requesting Shareholders propose that current Board members are removed and that the Extraordinary General Meeting elect the following five directors, who have confirmed their willingness to be elected.

Bjørn Erik Næss, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Næss has been the CFO of DNB ASA as of March 2008, and will hold this position up to his retirement date on 1 March 2017. He was previously EVP and CFO in Aker Kværner ASA. Prior to this, he held similar positions in Orkla and Carlsberg (Denmark). Næss has extensive experience from executive positions both in Norway and abroad over the past 25 years.
Næss is a graduate of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and has also completed an executive program at Darden Business School in the USA.
Mr. Næss will take up his position as Chairman of Axactor as of his retirement date in DNB on March1, 2017.

Brita Eilertsen, Board member
Ms. Eilertsen has more than 15 years of experience from investment banking and consulting institutions like Orkla Finans, SEB Enskilda and Touch Ross Managements Consultants. She is, and has been, member of the board of directors in several listed and private companies over the last 12 years. Eilertsen holds several board positions, including, among others, in Pareto Bank ASA (board member), Next Biometrics Group ASA (chairman), NRC Group ASA (board member) and Carnegie Kapitalforvaltning AS (board member).
Eilertsen holds a Siviløkonom degree from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). In addition, she is a Certified Financial Analyst.

Dag W. R. Strømme, Board Member
Mr. Dag W. R. Strømme is currently Chairman of Racom AS and Board member of Fortuna Fix Ltd. He has a background from private equity and investment banking. Mr. Strømme was a Senior Industry Expert at Triton from 2009 to 2015 and a Partner at Herkules Capital AS from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Strømme was at Morgan Stanley from 1990 to 2007 and held various senior/management positions in London and New York, including the position of Managing Director and Co-Head of Nordic Investment Banking from 2002 to 2007. He has held a number of directorships, including in Cubility AS, Nordic Tankers AB, Aibel AS and Gothia Financial Group AB.
Mr. Strømme holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley.

Merete Haugli, Board member
Merete Haugli has experience as a board member from a number of companies, most recently Comrod Communication ASA, Reach Subsea ASA , RS Platou ASA, Norwegian Property ASA and Aktiv Kapital ASA.. She has held several senior positions, including SEB, Formuesforvaltning AS, First Securities ASA and ABG Sundal Collier ASA. She was previously Assistant Chief in the Oslo Police, responsible for the economic crime section.
She has education from Bankakademiet and Norwegian School of Management (BI).

Michael Hylander, Board member
Michael Hylander has been a lawyer for twenty years, seventeen of which he has spent in corporate law firms. Since joining MAQS in 2004, he has assisted the firm’s clients with association and contract law matters. Mr. Hylander has extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions, and other related issues as well as complex agreements. He also works an external corporate counsel on a Nordic level for a number of multinational companies.
Mr. Hylander has extensive experience as board director/ chairman in several companies, and has been a member of MAQS’ board for five years and its chairman for two years.
He has a Master of Law from Uppsala University (LL.M.), as well as a Master from Amsterdam School of International Relations.

Axactor acquires the 6th unsecured Non Performing Loan (NPL) portfolio in Spain

Axactor has acquired another unsecured NPL portfolio originally generated by Unicaja Banco and España Duero, two large Spanish Banks. The portfolio includes unsecured loans with a total Outstanding Balance (OB) of approximately € 450 million, with close to one hundred thousand open accounts of individuals and SMEs.

The portfolio transaction is another primary market purchase as well as representing the company’s largest portfolio investment to date, securing a significant increase to the existing cash collection generated on Axactor’s owned portfolios.

“This is our 6th portfolio in Spain and with the existing paying book providing strong revenue growth as we move forward into 2017. This Portfolio also confirms Axactor’s commitment to making Spain a key market within the Group.”, says Endre Rangnes, Axactor CEO.

“The portfolio demonstrates Axactor’s ability to close key portfolio purchases, we expect many more to follow across the group in 2017.”, says Robin Knowles, Axactor EVP Portfolio.

The investments will be financed by Axactor’s available cash and our existing credit facilities.

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