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creditshelf sets fixed price for IPO at EUR 80.00 per share

 

  • Total IPO size of EUR 15 to EUR 20 million from the offering of up to 250,000 new shares from a capital increase at a price of EUR 80.00 per share
  • Long-term shareholder Hevella Capital GmbH & Co. KGaA (controlled by Rolf Elgeti) will place a backstop order of up to EUR 15 million
  • Implied market capitalization of EUR 105 million to EUR 110 million post IPO
  • Offer period to commence on July 11, 2018, and expected to end on July 18, 2018
  • First day of trading on Prime Standard expected on July 25, 2018
  • Securities prospectus approved by BaFin and published on the Company website

Frankfurt, 10 July 2018 – creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft (“creditshelf” or the “Company”), a pioneer of online market place lending for the small and medium sized enterprises (“SME”) segment in Germany that connects borrowers and investors through a fast and easy to use online platform, www.creditshelf.com., sets the fixed price for its envisaged IPO at EUR 80.00 per share, aiming for total gross proceeds of approx. EUR 15 to EUR 20 million. The offering will comprise a total of up to 250,000 newly issued ordinary bearer shares from a capital increase.

The period, during which investors may submit purchase orders will commence on July 11, 2018 and is expected to end on July 18, 2018 at 12:00 (CEST) for retail investors and at 14:00 (CEST) for institutional investors.

Dr. Tim Thabe, CEO and co-founder of creditshelf, comments: “We observe that the demand for our products is constantly increasing. In the first quarter of 2018, we already received loan applications with a volume of approx. EUR 251 million, compared to only approx. EUR 66 million in the first quarter of 2017. We intend to use the proceeds from the capital increase to address this dynamic growth in our business.”

Dr. Daniel Bartsch, COO and co-founder of creditshelf, explains: “As a financing partner for small and medium-sized enterprises, we are operating in a so far underpenetrated market with great potential. We estimate the addressable market for our products at around EUR 39 billion due to the existing credit gap for SMEs in Germany. Accordingly, our mid-term target is to reach a loan volume of EUR 500 million annually brokered through the creditshelf Platform.

Dr. Mark Währisch, CRO of creditshelf, adds: “We already have extensive know-how in the field of automated, data-driven credit analysis. The proceeds from the IPO will help us to make our analysis even more accurate and efficient and to further reduce our process costs.”

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund further development of its proprietary data-driven risk analysis algorithm, to expand its product portfolio, to implement bank cooperations and to increase brand awareness via increased marketing. In addition, proceeds will be used to hire key personnel, to optimize working capital and for certain payouts under certain employee incentive agreements.

Hevella Capital GmbH & Co. KGaA (backed by Rolf Elgeti) will place a backstop order of up to EUR 15 million if and to the extent the shares are not subscribed for by investors in the course of the offering, underlining its strong, long-term support for the creditshelf business model.

creditshelf intends to list the shares on the regulated market segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with simultaneous admission to the Prime Standard under the German securities code (WKN) A2LQUA, the international securities identification number (ISIN) DE000A2LQUA5 and the ticker symbol CSQ. July 25, 2018 is expected to be the first day of trading. Lock-up agreements will be concluded for the Company (12 months), Hevella Capital GmbH & Co. KGaA (18 months) and members of the Management Board (24 months).

Commerzbank is acting as Sole Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner. Lazard is acting as financial adviser to creditshelf.

The securities prospectus that has been approved by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin)) as well as further information about creditshelf are available at https://ir.creditshelf.com.

About creditshelf
creditshelf is a pioneer of online market place lending for the small and medium sized enterprises (“SME”) segment in Germany that connects borrowers and investors through a fast and easy to use online platform, www.creditshelf.com. Founded in 2014, creditshelf is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and considers itself the market- and technology leader in the fast-growing German market place lending segment (peer-to-peer lending) for SME loans. creditshelf’s peer-to-peer platform (“creditshelf Platform”) is designed to match the financing needs of German SME borrowers with investors willing to invest in SME loan receivables. In this process creditshelf offers to broker unsecured loans and thereby acts as an intermediary offering access to a highly attractive funding alternative for SMEs. At the same time, it offers access to the SME loan asset class for professional investors seeking for attractive investment opportunities. creditshelf’s main competences are selecting suitable credit projects, analyzing the creditworthiness of potential borrowers, providing a credit scoring as well as an indicative coupon range. For its services, creditshelf receives fees from both, SME borrowers as well as from investors.

In the period from the launch of the creditshelf Platform in 2015 until end of Q1 2018, creditshelf received in total more than 1,100 loan applications with a total requested volume of approx. EUR 900 million. In total, 127 loans have been brokered through the creditshelf Platform with a total volume of approx. EUR 58 million.

creditshelf considers itself to be ideally positioned for future growth due to the high scalability of its platform business model, the strong demand from SME borrowers and the low market place lending penetration in the German SME segment to date. In addition, the company has identified three pillars of additional growth: software development, potential future bank cooperations and a potential product portfolio expansion.
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