Interim report January – June 2019
Successful refinancing supports future growth
Highlights second quarter 2019
- Net collections amounted to EUR 13.5M (15.4)
- Cash EBITDA amounted to EUR 10.5M (13.7)
- Net loss for the period of EUR 2.2M (profit of 0.6)
- Investment in a significant corporate secured portfolio in Croatia made through a 50/50 joint venture with B2Holding was finalized. Entered into an agreement to acquire a further significant portfolio in Croatia
- Successful refinancing issuing a new EUR 100M senior secured bond with a three-year term replacing the existing EUR 85M bond, priced at Euribor plus a margin of 925 basis points
Highlights six months 2019
- Net collections increased by 22% to EUR 31.6M (25.9)
- Cash EBITDA increased by 20% to EUR 27.0M (22.5)
- Net loss for the period of EUR 2.7M (profit of 1.5)
- Secured super senior RCF of EUR 27M significantly lowering the cost of funding, undrawn at 30 June
- Sale of portfolios in Russia resulted in EUR 2M operating gain
Significant events after the end of the quarter
- Financing finalized for part of the joint venture with B2Holding, at a lower cost of borrowing than the existing senior secured bond framework
- Equity injection to be received after EUR 6M of bonds were issued by DDM Debt’s parent company
- Strengthened management team with Chief Operating Officer to further increase focus on portfolio management, business development and servicing of third party portfolios
- Buy-out of co-investor in Greece
Comment by the CEO
The first half of 2019 has been a significant step forward in the strategic growth of the DDM Debt Group as a specialized investor in non-performing loan (“NPL”) portfolios. We have finalized the acquisition of a significant corporate secured portfolio in Croatia made through a 50/50 Joint Venture structure together with B2Holding and secured third party financing to partially fund this acquisition after the end of the second quarter. We have further committed to a significant acquisition in Croatia of a distressed asset portfolio that is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019.
Significant acquisitions in Croatia
During the quarter we finalized the significant acquisition through a 50/50 joint venture with B2Holding of a distressed asset portfolio containing secured corporate receivables in Croatia with a Gross Collection Value (face value) of the total portfolio amounting to approximately EUR 800M. This has significantly increased our ERC, with the majority of collections expected to be received in the first three years. Our ERC will increase further in light of the recently announced agreement to acquire a distressed asset portfolio in Croatia with a face value of approximately EUR 200M and the buy-out of the co-investor in Greece.
Strengthening of our operations
Following the launch of a partnership with the company 720 Restructuring & Advisory focusing on the servicing of our portfolios, we have further strengthened our management team to increase focus on portfolio management and business development services. This will complement our existing network of outsourced debt collection agencies and work out specialists and enable us to be closer to the market. It will also ensure increased control and management by servicing DDMs own portfolios, whilst also gradually providing third party work out servicing and adjacent professional services. We believe our servicing platform will build further value to our shareholders by actively networking with vendors and work out specialists to further identify profitable business opportunities to invest across the NPL market. Initially it is expected there will be a period of development to build the servicing platform, in order to generate third party revenues from work outs, increasing the scalability of our existing operations.
Successful refinancing supports future growth
We have also successfully refinanced our debt structure to support our future growth, improving flexibility and extending the maturity of our existing financing. We secured a new Revolving Credit Facility (“RCF”) of EUR 27M at a significantly lower cost of funding with an international bank in March, and then successfully refinanced the existing EUR 85M bond by issuing a new EUR 100M bond in April with a three-year term. The EUR 27M RCF was undrawn at 30 June and is available until March 2021. Cash on hand available for investment of EUR 15M at the end of June 2019 will be utilized to fund acquisitions that will improve financial performance.
The DDM Debt Group secured third party financing together with B2Holding in July to partially fund the joint venture acquisition in Croatia. The financing within the joint venture structure is at a lower cost of borrowing than the existing senior secured bond framework. It also confirms the portfolio quality following extensive due diligence by the financing provider and enables the DDM Debt Group to invest the proceeds into future acquisitions.
In July DDM Debt’s parent company, DDM Finance AB also issued EUR 6M of bonds gross of financing costs. Part of the net proceeds will be used to provide a shareholder loan to DDM Debt, which thereby qualifies as equity under the current DDM Debt senior secured bond terms. This strengthens the opportunities for DDM Debt to support continued growth.
We aim to deliver sizeable and profitable growth as we continue to focus on our core markets across Southern, Central and Eastern Europe where we have strong market knowledge and relationships.
As part of the outlook we expect ERC to increase further with the majority of collections expected to be received in the first three years in light of committed investments including the acquisition of a significant distressed asset portfolio in Croatia and the buy-out of the co-investor in Greece. DDM’s rate of growth and financial results will continue to vary from quarter to quarter, as DDM invests further in secured corporate portfolios that are impacted by the timing of significant investments and larger settlements.
Having a strong investment track record and directly owning local servicing capabilities for secured portfolios in our core markets, the DDM Debt Group is uniquely positioned to capitalize on economic growth. The regions have shown macro-economic growth over recent years and we expect continued positive market environment supporting our continued development.
Stockholm, 1 August 2019
DDM Debt AB (publ)
Henrik Wennerholm, CEO
DDM Debt AB (publ) intends to publish financial information on the following dates:
Interim report for January – September 2019: 7 November 2019
Q4 and full year report 2019: 20 February 2020
Annual report 2019: 27 March 2020
Other financial information from DDM is available on DDM’s website, www.ddm-group.ch.
This report has not been reviewed by the Company’s auditors.
Presentation of the report
The report and presentation material are available at www.ddm-group.ch on 1 August 2019, at 08:00 CEST.
CEO Henrik Wennerholm and CFO Fredrik Olsson will comment on the DDM Group’s results during a conference call on 1 August 2019, starting at 10:00 CEST. The presentation can be followed live at www.ddm-group.ch and/or by telephone with dial-in numbers: SE: +46 8 566 426 93, CH: +41 225 675 632 or UK: +44 333 300 9272.
For more information, please visit DDM’s website at www.ddm-group.ch or contact:
Henrik Wennerholm, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +41 79 539 88 59
Fredrik Olsson, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +41 79 331 30 17
This is information that DDM Debt AB is obliged to publish in accordance with the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the contact person set out above, on 1 August 2019 at 08:00 CET.
DDM Debt AB (publ) (Nasdaq Stockholm: DDM2) is a wholly owned subsidiary of DDM Holding AG. DDM Holding AG (First North: DDM) is a multinational investor in and manager of distressed assets. Since 2007, the DDM Group has built a successful platform in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe, and has acquired 2.3 million receivables with a nominal value of over EUR 4 billion. Arctic Securities is DDM Holding AG’s Certified Adviser (tel: +46 8 44686080, e-mail: email@example.com).