Endre Rangnes partners with a financial giant

The new company of Endre Rangnes, Finans2, partners with one of Brazil`s wealthiest families. Together, they have recently made their first acquisition. In the long run, the family will provide more than NOK 4,2 billion.

27 Oct 2021, 3:13 GMT

Endre Rangnes partners with a financial giant to introduce a new competitor in the credit management industry

We will most definitely benefit from Safra Group`s financial muscles and expertise. The partnership will give us many opportunities in the future, Endre Rangnes, CEO.

This spring Aleph Capital Partners made an agreement with Bank2 to acquire Finans2. The ambition is to use Finans2 as a starting point for further expansion in the European market. Finans2 will be managed by CEO Endre Rangnes, while Jon Harald Nordbrekken becomes the Chairman. Both Rangnes and Nordbrekken are also involved as investors.

Together they will create new pan-European platform with the desire to become a significant pan-European NPL purchaser and servicer.

Enters the market with NOK 4,2 billion

After a period of negotiations Finans2 agreed upon an extensive partnership with J. Safra Group, an international conglomerate controlled by the Safra family.

J. Safra Group is committed to contribute with 400 million euros, equivalent to NOK 4,2 billion. Rangnes says the company most likely will provide significantly more capital in the long run.

The credit management industry is fragmented and barely consolidated. We want to consolidate in the long run. As such, there is a need for more capital, says Rangnes to Finansavisen.

J. Safra Goup is a leading company within the industry, and the family-owned conglomerate owns banks and companies across the world. The Group`s has 270 billion dollars in total assets and 20 billion dollars in equity.

By having J. Safra Group on board we have a solid financial backing. The Group will be involved in all our purchases to ensure a good return on invested capital, says Rangnes.

Joseph Safra, the founder of J. Safra Group died last year, 82 years old. He was the wealthiest banker in the world and the richest man in Brazil. According to Forbes, Joseph had a fortune of 13.8 billion dollars in 2020. The conglomerate currently consists of the following banks: Banco Safra, the sixth largest bank in Brazil, J. Safra Sarasin, the sixth largest bank in Switzerland and Safra National Bank of New York.

We will most definitely benefit from Safra Group`s financial muscles and expertise. The partnership will give us many opportunities in the future, says Rangnes.

The first Acquisition

Finans2 has offices in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The ambition is to rapidly establish a presence in six to seven countries within a short period of time.

The new group has recently made its first acquisition outside the Nordic region, the Iberian company Multigestion.

With the acquisition of Multigestion, we are acquiring a solid platform in Spain and Portugal and will be well positioned in the financial services segment, focusing both on third party collections and portfolio acquisitions.

Multigestion is a well-established player in the Iberian NPL markets, having operated in Spain and Portugal for close to 30 years. Multigestion has scale, bringing with it circa 250 employees and EUR 5.7 billion of NPLs under management as a third-party collection provider, and mainly serves the financial services sector. Last year the company had a revenue of 8 million euros.

Previously, Multigestion has not bought non-performing portfolios. We are now scaling up this work, says Rangnes.

Rangnes has recruited the former Spanish CEO at Axactor to be in charge of the scale up.

Buys portfolio in Spain

Initially, Aleph Capital and Safra Gorup enters the partnership with 20 million euros each. As such, they will get an 80 percent ownership share in Finans2. Nordbrekken and Rangnes enters the company with a total of 5 million euros, giving them 20 percent ownership.

Going forward, J. Safra Group will provide significant equity making them the largest owner, says Rangnes.

In addition to Multigestion, the new platform has also made its first acquisition of a Spanish unsecured NPL portfolio. The portfolio has an outstanding principal of EUR 3.16 billion and consists of 650 000 claims. The portfolio will be managed by Multigestion.

With the accusation of Multigestion, Finans2 is already present in five countries. Our initial aim is to expand in the Nordics and Iberia. In parallel, we are working with two/three other countries. We want to enter larger markets such as Italy, France and Germany, says Rangnes.

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