Source: www.ei.com.pl

Warszawa, 26 November 2020 – Polish Enterprise Fund VIII (PEF VIII), a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors (EI), has announced a tender offer for 100% of PragmaGO, a provider of financial services to the SME sector. PEF VIII has secured the right to acquire from the majority shareholder, Pragma Inkaso, a stake that will give the fund 72.07% of votes at the general shareholders’ meeting. The maximum value of the tender offer is EUR 11.9 million.

PragmaGO operates in the non-banking financial market, offering customers such products as factoring and purchase financing and providing businesses with both working and investment capital. The company’s offer is tailored to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises operating in Poland. By focusing its business model on automated online processes and distribution alliances with numerous partners, PragmaGO can offer customers a comprehensive range of solutions for improving their liquidity quickly and efficiently. After three quarters of 2020, PragmaGO held a portfolio worth EUR 21.2 million, had EUR 8.1 million of equity and EUR 0.4 million of net profit.

Dariusz Prończuk, the managing partner at Enterprise Investors responsible for the transaction, said: “Our aim is to delist the company from the Warsaw Stock Exchange. We believe that for PragmaGO to develop and make full use of the market’s potential it needs substantial capital injection, which we are willing to provide. In addition, we intend to support the company’s management with our broad experience from previous investments in the financial and technological sectors. All this can be achieved more efficiently and quickly once PragmaGO becomes a private company”.

To date, EI-managed funds invested EUR 322 million in 21 companies operating in the financial sector.

 

Enterprise Investors is one of the largest private equity firms in Central and Eastern Europe. Active since 1990, the firm has raised nine funds with total capital exceeding EUR 2.5 billion. These funds have invested EUR 2 billion in 145 companies across a range of sectors. The funds have exited 134 companies with total gross proceeds of EUR 4.1 billion.

 

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