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Hungary: 4iG Plc. to acquire DIGI Távközlési Szolgáltató Ltd.

BUDAPEST, Hungary, 29-Mar-2021 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Digi Communications NV (The Company) would like to inform its investors and the market that on March 29, 2021 the Company’s Romanian subsidiary and 4iG Plc. (4iG Plc.) one of the leading companies of the Hungarian IT and ICT market, entered into a preliminary, non-binding agreement regarding the acquisition of DIGI Távközlési Szolgáltató Ltd. (Digi Hungary) and its subsidiaries, Invitel Ltd. and I TV Ltd. Pursuant to the understanding of the parties, 4iG would acquire a 100 percent stake in Hungary’s leading telecommunications and media service group. The acquisition is aimed to be completed by September 2021, subject to due diligence of Digi Hungary and its subsidiaries, the signing of a sale and purchase agreement, and the necessary competition authority approvals.

Digi Hungary is a leading telecommunications service provider in Hungary, with 23 years of experience and a broad service portfolio covering cable TV, fixed internet and data, mobile telecommunication services, fixed-line telephony and Direct To Home (DTH) services. It serves more than 1.1 million subscribers nationwide and has over 2.5 million Revenue Generating Units (RGUs) as of 31 December 2020.

In 2020, Group’s consolidated sales revenue in Hungary was HUF 70 billion (approx. EUR 200 million) and its adjusted EBITDA reached HUF 19 billion (approx. EUR 54 million).

4iG Plc. is one of the leading companies of the Hungarian IT and ICT market, plays a leading role in Hungary’s knowledge-based digital economy. 4iG has been present in the field of industry and industry-independent innovative technologies for more than 25 years.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

NASDAQ listed Ideanomics buys minority stake in Italian manufacturer of high performance electric motorcycles

 NEW YORK, 9-Mar-2021 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) (“Ideanomics” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has acquired 20% of Italian Energica Motor Company S.p.A. (Energica) for the consideration of $13.2 million. It develops high performance 100% battery-powered motorbikes. With this investment in Energica, Ideanomics expands its global footprint in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, and complements Treeletrik’s business in the ASEAN market. This investment marks continued investment in European-based OEM.

“Energica has combined zero emissions EV technology with high-performance engineering synonymous with Italy’s Motor Valley to create a range of exceptional products for the motorcycle market. It also has proprietary EV battery and DC fast-charging systems that have applications and synergies with Ideanomics Mobility. We are very impressed with Livia and her team, and we look forward to supporting them through their next phases of growth,” said Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics.

The rapid increase of EV sales that began in 2019 has continued to gain momentum over the past year. The global high performance electric motorcycle market is growing at a CAGR of over 35% from 2019-2024. With its state-of-the-art battery technology development, Energica was chosen by Dorna as a single manufacturer for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup. With this partnership, Energica has been able to test new battery solutions and innovations in extreme conditions with the best riders in the world to advance its high-performance battery technology.

“We are proud to be part of this unified global platform”, says Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company S.p.A. “Ideanomics’ network of innovative companies will help accelerate the growth and adoption of new EV technologies such as Energica. We look forward to leveraging Ideanomics to capture market share in the rapidly growing global electric motorcycle market”.

For more information, visit: ideanomics.com and energicamotor.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

New GVH decision approving the acquisition of Invitel Tavkozlesi Zrt. by DIGI Tavkozlesi es Szolgaltato Kft

(PRESS RELEASE) BUCHAREST, Romania, 19-Mar-2020 — /EPR FINANCIAL NEWS/ — The Company informs its shareholders and investors that the Hungarian Competition Authority (Gazdasagi Versenyhivatal, hereinafter “GVH”) has issued on 18 March 2020 a new decision approving the acquisition by our Hungarian subsidiary, DIGI Tavkozlesi es Szolgaltato Kft. (“Digi HU”) of shares representing in total 99.998395% of the share capital and voting rights of Invitel Tavkozlesi Zrt. (“Invitel”) (the “Transaction”)

As disclosed in the Company’s current report on 15 November 2018, GVH withdrew on 14 November 2018 its initial decision approving the Transaction, issued in May 2018 (the “Withdrawal Decision”) and opened a new merger control procedure with the purpose of reassessing certain limited aspects in connection with market overlaps between Invitel and i-TV Digitalis Tavkozlesi Zrt. (“i-TV”, Digi HU’s Hungarian subsidiary) (the “New Procedure”) and imposed a fine of approximately EUR 280,000 (HUF 90,000,000). For more details, please refer to the current report dated 15 November 2018, which can be found at http://www.bvb.ro/FinancialInstruments/SelectedData/NewsItem/DIGI-Actualizare-cu-privire-la-tranzactia-Invitel/309C6 or at https://www.digi-communications.ro/en/investor-relations/shares/current-reports/digi-current-report-update-regarding-the-invitel-transaction.

We would like to remind our shareholders and investors that the Withdrawal Decision has been appealed by Digi HU, with the decision issued by the competent Hungarian court in first instance reducing the amount of the fine in half. In addition, although the competent court has maintained the Withdrawal Decision in relation to Digi HU’s alleged failure to proactively act in a required manner, it also established that GVH had failed to properly gather the necessary information at the time of its initial approval in order to clarify the matter. Both GVH and Digi have filed appeals against the court’s decision. The appeal hearing was initially scheduled for March 25, 2020, but as consequence to the measures implemented by the Hungarian government in response to the COVID – 19 epidemics, the hearing has been postponed.

Although we firmly continue to believe that the Withdrawal Decision was incorrect, in the context of the New Procedure and in order to address the authority’s concerns formulated at the time of it issuing the Withdrawal Decision, in consultation with GVH, Digi HU proposed a remedy package. One of the main elements of this package is the sale by Invitel to a third party of its operations in 14 Hungarian settlements and parts of its network in the Szeged settlement that overlapped with DIGI Hungary’s own network there, the sale and purchase agreement having been executed on 9 January 2020. In response to the competition concerns identified by GVH in connection with 67 settlements where Invitel has overlapping services with i-TV, Digi HU proposed to ensure that i-TV’s rental agreements with the relevant local network operators will not be terminated until December 31, 2023 (but will be discontinued from 1 January 2024). Following its analysis of the proposal of this remedial package aimed at addressing competition concerns in connection with the Transaction, GVH authorised again DIGI Hungary’s acquisition of Invitel. Digi HU has to fulfil the remedial measures within three months as of the official communication of the new approval to it.

For details regarding the reports, please access the official website designated of Digi: www.digi-communications.ro (Investor Relations Section/Current Reports).

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications NV’s subsidiary in Hungary DIGI Távközlési és Szolgáltató Kft. acquires 99.998395% of the share capital and voting rights of Invitel Távközlési Zrt. for EUR 135.4 million

BUCHAREST, Romania, Jun-2-2018 — /EPR Financial News/ — The Company would like to inform its shareholders that, as a result of the completion of the conditions to closing provided in the share-purchase agreement (“SPA”) signed on 21 July 2017 between DIGI Távközlési és Szolgáltató Kft.(“Digi HU”), as the purchaser, and Ilford Holding Kft. and InviTechnocom Kft. (former name Invitel Technocom Távközlési Kft.), acting as sellers (the “Sellers”), the acquisition by Digi HU of shares representing in total 99.998395% of the share capital and voting rights of Invitel Távközlési Zrt. (the “Target”) was finalized today, 30 May 2018.

The total consideration paid by Digi HU to the Sellers for the acquisition of shares in the Target was of approximately EUR 135.4 million.

The Company welcomes the addition to the Digi group of a key Hungarian telecommunications operator positioned as the second-largest incumbent fixed line telecommunications and broadband internet services provider in the residential and small business customers segment in Hungary. The Target offers an extensive portfolio of services to residential and small business customers, including a variety of multimedia and entertainment services such as interactive, digital and HD television, fast internet offerings and fixed telephony services across its regional networks.

This transaction will allow the Company’s group to consolidate its position on the Hungarian telecommunications market, and to expand its customer reach and experience, as well as to create better operational synergies.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Who Buys Masterseek.com?

The B2B search giant has been in the news recently as rumors are ripe that it will be acquired by another technology company. There are rumors that Masterseek lies in negotiation with Yandex, the Russian search engine giant, recently listed in Ney York Stock Engine for more than 5 billion USD. There has been no official announcement as yet either from Masterseek or from Yandex about this supposed acquisition of Masterseek by Yandex. But trade analysts believe that a partnership between these two companies will be mutually beneficial for their business interests and also to the share holders.

Masterseek has a market value of over $ 275 million in terms of equities and trade analyst believe that acquiring it will give the share holders of a company, $ 300 million dollars in profit. This has made it interesting as many IT companies, venture capitalist, both in US and outside the US, are competing to acquire it for increasing their share values and also for getting a firm grip in the US search engine market.

Masterseek founded in the year, 1999 in Denmark, by Rasmur Refer. Their current headquarters is at Ney York City in Wall Street. It is believed to handle ninety thousand B2B searches on a daily basis. Also, on 30 th of October, 2008, Masterseek announced that they have acquired the B2B search engine Accoona, which has been quite successful in the countries of US and China. It was initially launched in 2004 and at that time, the former US president, Bill Clinton was its spokesperson. This acquisition has helped Masterseek in improving profitability of the shareholders and since then it has attracted many potential buyers who are looking to enter the US market.

“It is correct that we are open for bids but are in no hurry as we can make an alternative IPO as early as Q1 or Q2 2012,” says Rasmus Refer, the CEO of Masterseek. Experts in the financial environment had estimated that Masterseek can get a market capitalization of up to 450 million USD at an IPO on Nasdaq. So, they are in no hurry to get into a deal with any company, they are looking at their options and thinking if they should consider bids for acquisition or strengthen their business module through IPO. Due to the recent success of Linkelin IPO, we think that they might go for an IPO if they do not get any favorable offers. In all conditions and circumstances, we do feel that their share holders are bound to make a decent amount of profit in the long run.

If any company or venture capitalists want to buy Masterseek, they will need to offer a business deal that the management at Masterseek cannot resist and we feel that Yandex does have the ability at this moment to offer such a deal. Due to the success of their IPO recently they have a lot of surplus cash and they have hinted that they are looking at acquisitions option to capitalize on it.

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Cainvest Acquired Sul America International Bank

Cainvest controlled by the Cohab/Aboulafia family from Brazil has announced the acquisition of the totality of shares of Sul America International Bank (Cayman) Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. Cainvest announced an investment of US$ 30 million and renamed the acquired Bank to Cainvest International Bank Ltd.

“We were very impressed with the high level of regulation from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority and the number of top-of-class service providers with physical presence in the Island. We understand now why the country ranks as the fifth-largest banking center in the world and look forward for a long lasting presence in the country.” states Charles Aboulafia, co-founder and managing director of Cainvest.

The Cohab/Aboulafia family owns an asset manager specialized in Latin American Corporate Eurobonds and a boutique Investment Bank in Brazil. The family also controls Trisoft Group, a conglomerate of manufacturing companies leader in the non-woven industry in Brazil.

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Saxo Bank Acquires A 40% Stake In Initto

Saxo Bank, the online specialist in trading and investment, has announced the acquisition of a 40% stake in Initto, the Danish owned software and IT services provider. Initto has around 200 employees based mainly in India and Ukraine and the acquisition of Initto will enable Saxo Bank to continue to support and speed up the development of its trading systems.

Saxo Bank Acquires A 40% Stake In Initto

Designed to meet the varying needs and demands of financial investors and traders, Saxo Bank has developed four specialised and integrated trading platforms; the downloadable SaxoTrader, browser-based SaxoWebTrader, compact SaxoMiniTrader and phone-based SaxoMobileTrader.

Mikael Munck, CEO of Initto, commented: “Initto provides a wide range of customized IT services and software engineering solutions to clients. We have been very successful in offering and integrating our services into the organisation of our clients. We offer access to a wide range of international specialists that focus entirely on delivering high quality solutions to our clients’ allowing them to focus on core competencies, freeing up time for innovation and value creation. This is the secret of our success which we are certain Saxo Bank also will benefit from”.

Since its establishment in 2003, Initto has grown by an average of 50% per year and expects to enhance its service offerings with the support of Saxo Bank as a strong financial partner. Initto is headquartered in Ballerup near Copenhagen with a representative office in Oslo. Initto will continue to develop software and provide services to its existing client base.

In a joint statement, Kim Fournais and Lars Seier Christensen, Co-CEOs and co-founders of Saxo Bank, said: “We are thrilled to have acquired this stake in Initto, which has great synergies with Saxo Bank and fit perfectly with our business model. The acquisition is in line with our ambition to acquire fully developed businesses and utilize their expertise to develop and strengthen Saxo Bank’s products and services. Over the next few years, we will be working with Initto to further increase the value we offer our own clients. Initto’s current and future client base will also benefit from our commitment as client and shareholder. We want to remain a first class service provider and we believe Initto can help us achieve this goal.”

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Highway Insurance Group Acquired by LV

LV=, the UK based insurance, investment and pensions group, has announced its acquisition of the Highway Insurance Group, which includes Highway Insurance and Hero Insurance Services, further expanding the fast growing general insurance division of LV=.

The initial offer of 73.35p per share, which was recommended by the Highway Board, was made in August. Highway shareholders also received their interim dividend of 1.65p, payable at the start of October 2008. This gives an overall value of the entire issued share capital of Highway of £150m.

Fenchurch Advisory Partners acted as exclusive financial adviser to LV while Shore Capital Stockbrokers acted as corporate broker to LV=.

Mike Rogers, Group Chief Executive of LV= said: “We are pleased to have completed this deal quickly and we look forward to welcoming Highway into the LV= Group. This acquisition makes sound strategic sense and will assist us in our stated ambition to become a top five insurer in our chosen markets by 2012.”

He continued, “Highway is highly complementary to our existing general insurance operations and will provide a strong platform for growth. Putting the strengths of LV= and Highway together will enable us to compete even more effectively in the insurance broker market.”

Highway Insurance will become part of the LV= General Insurance business which is led by Managing Director John O’Roarke, who formerly headed up the Churchill and RBS Insurance businesses.

Andrew Gibson, Chief Executive of Highway, will be staying on in an advisory capacity until the end of the year, when he will be leaving to explore opportunities outside the LV= Group.

As LV= is a mutual organisation, owned by its members, Highway Insurance will be de-listed from the London Stock Exchange in due course.

About LV=:

LV= is a trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and LV= is a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. LV= employs over 2,700 people, serves more than 2.5 million customers and members, and manages more than £7.7 billion on their behalf. LV= is the UK’s largest friendly society and a leading mutual financial services provider, providing home insurance and car insurance well as travel and pet insurance direct to consumers. It also offers insurance products exclusively to brokers via the Highway and ABC Insurance brands.

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