Auden AG continues on growth course following successful capital raising
- Berlin-based investment company places 2.3 million new shares at price of EUR 7.00 per share - Inclusion of new institutional investors from throughout Europe - Company seeks to reach market capitalisation exceeding EUR 100 million by 2017
Berlin - Auden AG, the Berlin-based investment company, has announced the successful completion of the capital increase resolved by this year's annual general meeting of shareholders. A total of 2.23 million new shares have been placed at a price of EUR 7.00 per share with German and international institutional investors, primarily with a long-term investment orientation. With this transaction, Auden has brought aboard new key investors from the UK and Switzerland, demonstrating the increasing attention which it has been gaining through the shareholder value focus of its management, its business model, and its investment strategy in rapidly growing companies in the digital economy.
With the completion of this transaction, Auden's senior management team can look back upon 12 extraordinarily successful months since taking over control of the company, in the course of which almost EUR 21 million has been raised from investors to fund the company's growth strategy. This impressive success, and the confidence of the capital markets in Auden AG, is likewise reflected in its stock market performance over this same period of time: Since the beginning of December 2015, the investment company's share price has risen roughly tenfold.
With this infusion of fresh capital, Auden's management team now has all the necessary ingredients in place to drive forward with its plan to build the long-term, sustained value of its portfolio by making carefully targeted investments into new portfolio companies with extraordinary growth potential, as well as by increasing its shareholdings in existing portfolio companies - for example, as in the case of its recently announced investment deal with Curated Shopping Group, owner of the successful MODOMOTO curated e-store for men's fashion. Over the coming year, a particular focus of the company's investment activities will be forthcoming financing rounds for two of its portfolio companies, OptioPay and Fanmiles, which are together already valued at EUR 65 million.
Auden AG has set an ambitious goal for itself for 2017, namely reaching a market capitalisation in excess of EUR 100 million. A company valuation above this mark would open access to entirely new investor segments.
Christofer Radic, CEO of Auden AG, expressed his satisfaction with the successful capital placement and plans for the coming year: "With this capital increase now completed, all of the playing pieces are now perfectly positioned for us to drive forward with our winning strategy. I would like to express my appreciation to all the shareholders of Auden AG, both existing and new, for the great confidence they have shown in the work which we are doing. We will not disappoint them."
As to the company's investment portfolio, Christian Frenko, Portfolio Manager, had this to add: "Over the coming year, we will strive to provide even stronger and closer support to our existing and future holding companies, particularly in the areas of corporate communication, strategy and fundraising."
About Auden AG: Auden AG (Frankfurt Stock Exchange; ISIN DE000A161440), headquartered in Berlin, invests a portfolio of carefully selected high growth businesses. The company follows an active investment approach focused on portfolio support and value generation. Through its stringent selection of targets and active engagement with each portfolio company, Auden AG offers family offices, institutional and private investors a diversified vehicle to invest in European high-growth companies, a market that is both highly complex and difficult to penetrate for investors. Auden AG is a listed investment company majority owned and funded by its senior management, ensuring complete alignment of interests between investors and funds manager. This alignment is also reflected in Auden's policy of not charging management fees, carried interest or profit share.
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