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Ratos's subsidiary SB Seating has decided to carry out a refinancing of NOK 345m and in conjunction with this to pay a total of NOK 385m (approximately SEK 406m) to the owners, whereby Ratos will receive a cash payment of approximately SEK 400m. The refinancing has been made possible by the company's favourable development and cash flow in recent years.
SB Seating develops and produces high-quality, ergonomic office chairs in Scandinavian design for private and public environments. The products are sold under the brands HÅG, RH and RBM and distributed through retail outlets. The group has subsidiaries in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Singapore. SB Seating is also represented by importers in over 30 countries.
"SB Seating has been highly profitable since we acquired the company in 2007 and has strengthened its market positions through, for example, the commercial success of new products. We refinanced SB Seating in December 2011, and thanks to strong cash flows, a solid balance sheet and favourable future prospects, we are now able to carry out another one," says Ratos CEO Susanna Campbell.
In conjunction with the refinancing, SB Seating will pay NOK 385m (approximately SEK 406m) to its owners, of which Ratos will receive a cash payment of approximately SEK 400m. The refinancing will not affect the Ratos Group's earnings.
Ratos's holding in SB Seating amounts to 85% and consolidated book value at 30 September was SEK 1,120m. In 2007, Ratos invested SEK 747m in SB Seating and received SEK 303m in conjunction with the 2011 refinancing. Following the present refinancing, Ratos's net invested capital in SB Seating amounts to approximately SEK 44m.
For further information, please contact:
Susanna Campbell, CEO, +46 8 700 17 00
Emma Rheborg, Head of Corporate Communications and IR, +46 8 700 17 20