Creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft successfully raises gross proceeds of EUR 16.5 million
- creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft has placed 206,250 shares with investors at a fixed price of EUR 80.00 per share
- Implied market capitalization amounts to approx. EUR 106.5 million with a free float of more than 20%
- First day of trading on Frankfurt Stock Exchange expected on July 25th, 2018
Frankfurt, July 18th, 2018 – creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft (“creditshelf” or the “Company”; ISIN DE000A2LQUA5), a pioneer of online direct lending for the small and medium sized enterprises (“SME”) segment in Germany that facilitates loans through a fast and easy to use online platform, www.creditshelf.com., has placed 206,250 shares in creditshelf with investors at a fixed price of EUR 80.00 per share.
Total gross proceeds raised in the capital increase amount to approx. EUR 16.5 million. 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.
Dr. Tim Thabe, CEO of creditshelf, comments: “Our growth strategy and business model have been very well received by investors. Our assumption that creditshelf as market and technology leader for digital SME financing is operating in a very dynamic market with great potential was again confirmed by the great investor interest. After the successful IPO, we are now looking forward to implementing our growth strategy.”
After the transaction the total market capitalization of creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft will amount to approx. EUR 106.5 million, with a free float of more than 20%. Approx. 39% of the total shares will remain with Hevella Capital GmbH & Co. KGaA (controlled by Rolf Elgeti) as the largest shareholder who will continue to act as long-term partner of creditshelf. Based on the strong demand, the backstop order previously provided by Hevella Capital, was not utilized. However, Obotritia Capital KGaA (controlled by Rolf Elgeti) has decided to subscribe for an additional amount of approx. EUR 1.5 million underlining its strong support for the Company. The founders Dr. Tim Thabe (via LDT Investment UG) and Dr. Daniel Bartsch (via DBR Investment UG) will hold 19.6% and 18.3% after the IPO.
Retail investors that placed orders with Commerzbank were allocated approximately 20% of the total placement volume of, in aggregate, 206,250 shares. All orders from retail investors will receive an allocation of approximately 90% of the respective order volume. The “Principles Governing the Allocation of Share Issues to Private Investors” were observed and the allocation to retail investors in connection with the offering followed the same criteria for Commerzbank and their affiliated institutions.
Trading in the shares on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is expected to commence on July 25th, 2018. The securities identification number (WKN) is A2LQUA, the international securities identification number (ISIN) is DE000A2LQUA5 and the trading symbol is CSQ.
Commerzbank acts as Sole Global Coordinator and Sole Bookrunner. Lazard acts as Financial Advisor to creditshelf.
creditshelf is a pioneer of online direct lending for the small and medium sized enterprises (“SME”) segment in Germany that facilitates loans 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 online direct lending segment for SME loans. creditshelf’s 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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