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DDM Holding AG
DDM Debt AB
Q1 interim report January – March 2023
Strong cash position providing optionality
Highlights first quarter 2023
- Gross collections amounted to EUR 10.0m (15.7)*
- Net collections amounted to EUR 8.0m (12.7)*
- Cash EBITDA amounted to EUR 4.4m (11.8)*
- Net loss for the period of EUR 0.7m (loss of 1.0)
- Gross ERC at the end of March 2023 was EUR 271m (283 at December 2022)
- Cash at the end of March 2023 was EUR 57.5m (52.3 at December 2022)
Significant events after the end of the quarter
- Acquisition of a further 25% of AxFina Holding S.A, a pan European debt servicing provider and business outsourcing company, taking DDM Debt’s total holding to about 75%
- Nordiska terminated the planned acquisition of Swiss Bankers and the combination with Omnio
Comment by the CEO
We ended the quarter with a strong cash position of EUR 57.5m which provides flexibility in a market where we see an increasing amount of interesting investment opportunities in assets, loans and financial services businesses. This provides optionality, particularly in combination with adjusted gross collections ahead of expectations in the first quarter of 2023 despite the challenging macroeconomic environment and geopolitical uncertainties, which shows the resilience of our underlying NPL portfolio, especially in Croatia and Slovenia. However, if the NPL markets continue to remain challenging (from supply and pricing levels) in our core markets, it will allow us to focus on our other investments in financial services.
In January and February 2023, as part of a wider fund raising of Omnione S.A., the DDM Debt Group converted a total amount of EUR 33m of convertible bonds and existing investments into shares of Omnione S.A. “Omnio”, a global BaaS technology partner for companies looking to offer its customers financial services.
In February 2023 we entered into a super senior lending facility of EUR 4.5m with a Swedish bank, which further strengthened our liquidity profile. Further optimizing our financing structure will be a key focus area for the DDM Debt Group in 2023.
We have continued to work on further improvements to the DDM Debt Group platform and set-up in 2023. At the beginning of April we acquired an additional 25% of the debt servicing and business outsourcing company AxFina, bringing our total holding to about 75%. The DDM Debt Group expects to profit from the intended growth of the service revenues of AxFina, both in (third party) debt servicing as well as in digital solutions, which complement the asset intensive business of the DDM Debt Group.
In April Nordiska Kreditmarknadsaktiebolaget (publ) ("Nordiska") informed us that they were aborting the process regarding a combination of Nordiska with Swiss Bankers and Omnio. We worked on these transactions jointly with Nordiska for eight months and, after having obtained legal advice, the board of the DDM Debt Group considers Nordiska’s unilateral decision to abandon the transactions and related actions by Nordiska as a violation of Nordiska’s obligations under the agreements between the parties. The DDM Debt Group therefore reserves all contractual, legal, and other rights, including its right to claim damages that may result from Nordiska’s actions.
As borrowers across Europe are faced with the challenges from rising interest rates and an increasingly uncertain macroeconomic environment, banks and other holders of credit exposures will again take a more pro-active approach to managing their NPL portfolios. We therefore expect the NPL investment market to become more attractive again in the course of 2023. We will continue to be disciplined in the sourcing of new business and monitor investment opportunities across our region on an opportunistic basis.
DDM Debt AB (publ) intends to publish financial information on the following dates:
Q2 report for January – June 2023: 29 August 2023
Q3 report for January – September 2023: 29 November 2023
Q4 report for January – December 2023: 29 February 2024
Other financial information from DDM is available on DDM’s website, www.ddm-group.ch.
Presentation of the report
The report and presentation material are available at www.ddm-group.ch on 30 May 2023, at 08:00 CEST.
Acting CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors Andreas Tuczka and CFO Fredrik Olsson will comment on the DDM Group’s results during a conference call on 30 May 2023, starting at 10:00 CEST.
The presentation can be followed live via the webcast at www.ddm-group.ch, or via teleconference with prior registration at https://conference.financialhearings.com/teleconference/?id=2001223.
The information in this report requires DDM Debt AB (publ) to publish the information in accordance with the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Market Act. The information was submitted for publication on 30 May 2023 at 08:00 CEST.
For more information, please contact:
Andreas Tuczka, Executive Chairman
Tel: +41 41 766 14 20
Fredrik Olsson, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +41 79 331 30 17
DDM Debt AB (publ) (Nasdaq Stockholm: DDM Debt 2026) is a wholly owned subsidiary of DDM Holding AG. DDM Holding AG (Nasdaq First North Growth Market, Stockholm: DDM) is a specialized multinational investor in situations arising out of the general strategic challenges in the European banking markets. This includes investments into assets and companies previously held by financial institutions, including performing and non-performing loans and special situations. DDM strives to create value for its stakeholders by combining significant expertise in financial services, credit underwriting and technology with a focus on operational excellence. DDM Holding AG is domiciled in Switzerland and was founded in 2007.