Nordic Capital acquires Trustly, the leading next-generation direct payment provider - Accelerating the path towards becoming the leading global online banking payments provider
March 14 2018
Nordic Capital Fund IX (“Nordic Capital”) today announced the acquisition of Trustly AB (“Trustly”). Trustly is the leading next-generation direct payment provider, enabling fast, simple and secure account-to-account payments, present in 29 European countries with connections to more than 3,000 banks. Nordic Capital will support management in its plan to establish Trustly as the leading global online banking payments provider.
Founded in 2008, Trustly is an online payment provider that enables direct account-to-account payments, in partnership with merchants across Europe. Trustly has ~200 employees and is headquartered in Stockholm, with regional offices in Spain, Malta, Germany and the UK. The Company processes more than 3.5 million payments with payment volumes of ~SEK 6 billion each month.
Nordic Capital sees significant potential in supporting management to accelerate Trustly’s growth agenda in current and new geographies, as well as expand the product portfolio. Nordic Capital will also support Trustly by investing in its large bank network and technology platform, in order to drive payment innovation and leverage their first mover advantage to become a leading global account-to-account payment champion. Together with Nordic Capital, Alfvén & Didrikson, the Company founders, and management will remain as significant shareholders.
"The shift towards online banking based payment solutions is only in its infancy. We are looking forward to continuing to innovate and execute so as to make it easier, safer and quicker for both consumers and merchants to make payments online. We are delighted to partner with Nordic Capital whose expert support will be of great value as we grow across merchant verticals, products and geographies,” says Oscar Berglund, CEO of Trustly.
"Direct bank payments are the future of payments, and Trustly is leading this transition. This investment is at the core of Nordic Capital’s payment investment strategy, a sector where we have significant experience and excellent results. Having followed the Company for many years, we have developed strong conviction in the business and are impressed by what the founders and management have built over the last 10 years. Nordic Capital views Trustly as a highly strategic payment platform with unique capabilities. We intend to support the management team and founders in the journey to become the leading global online banking payment champion, by providing capital and experience from previous successful investments in payments.” says Fredrik Näslund, Partner, Advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds.
The Nordic Capital Funds have a long history and proven track record of investing into the payments industry. In 2017, Nordic Capital Fund VIII sold Swedish payment platform Bambora after three years of ownership, having in that time completed 12 material add-ons and transformed the company into a global payment market leader. The investment in Point, a Swedish payment terminal and software company, by Nordic Capital Fund V, is another success story in the sector.
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and approval by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. The parties have agreed to not disclose any financial details.
Katarina Janerud, Communications Manager
Advisor to the Nordic Capital Funds
Tel: +46 8 440 50 50
Founded in 2008, Trustly is an online payment provider that enables fast, simple and secure account-to-account payments. The company offers cross-border payments to and from consumer bank accounts at over 3,000 banks in 29 European markets and connects businesses and consumers within e-commerce, travel, gaming and financial services. In 2017, the Financial Times ranked Trustly as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe on the FT1000 list and the London Stock Exchange recognized Trustly as one of Europe’s most inspiring, fast-growing companies. Trustly has ~200 employees and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional offices in Spain, Malta, Germany and the UK. Trustly is a licensed Payment Institution under the supervision of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. Read more at www.trustly.com
About Nordic Capital
Nordic Capital is a leading private equity investor in the Nordic region with a resolute commitment to creating stronger, sustainable businesses through operational improvement and transformative growth. Nordic Capital focuses on selected regions and sectors where it has deep experience and a proven track record. Core sectors are Healthcare, Technology & Payments, Financial Services, Industrial Goods & Services and Consumer & Retail, and key regions are the Nordics, Northern Europe, and globally for Healthcare. Since inception in 1989, Nordic Capital has invested EUR 12 billion in close to 100 investments. The Nordic Capital Funds are based in Jersey and are advised by advisory entities, which are based in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany and the UK. For further information about Nordic Capital, please visit www.nordiccapital.com