Vienna, 15 April 2019 – 08h00

Coface strengthens its market position in the Adriatic region by acquiring SID - PKZ, the leading credit insurance company in Slovenia

Coface announces today the acquisition of SID - PKZ, the market leader in credit insurance in Slovenia with a high market share. As Coface has acquired all SID - PKZ shares, the business will operate under the new brand name Coface PKZ. The acquisition supports Coface’s strategy of profitable growth in Central & Eastern Europe region.

Founded by SID Bank in 2005, SID - PKZ recorded EUR 14.3 m of gross written premium in 2018. The transaction will have a neutral impact on Coface’s solvency ratio.

With this strategic step, Coface strengthens its market position in the Adriatic region. Offering a broad range of services and a vast international network, Coface will enhance the support of Slovenian exporters thus adding value to its clients and contributing to the economic development of the country. Coface PKZ will be integrated into the Central and Eastern Europe region under the leadership of regional CEO Declan Daly.

Xavier Durand, CEO of Coface added:

“The acquisition of SID - PKZ marks the first external growth initiative of Coface in more than 10 years. It will reinforce our presence in this important part of the world and it is perfectly in line with the objectives of our Fit to Win strategic plan. Through this acquisition, Coface is proud to contribute to enhancing the Slovenian Economy and excited to welcome a very experienced and highly recognised team of 74 experts from SID – PKZ.”

At the conclusion of the sales process, Sibil Silvan, President of the Board of SID Bank, stated:

"We believe that the new strategic owner of SID - PKZ can provide opportunities for development and for a further expansion of the company´s operations. This will enable SID - PKZ to access a wider spectrum of foreign markets, which will undoubtedly help the Slovenian economy. This will also have a positive impact on a more competitive insurance and reinsurance of non-marketable risks, which we will continue to implement in SID Bank. We believe that this will further stimulate Slovenian exports and sustainable economic development in Slovenia."

Sergej Simoniti, President of the Management Board SID – PKZ, added:

“We are delighted to become part of the Coface family. As part of SID Bank group, we have served the Slovenian economy in its expansion for the past 27 years. We are very proud that Coface has acknowledged our achievements and recognised our value. We are convinced that being part of Coface group will enable us to offer our clients an even better service. We believe that together with Coface we will strengthen our position as market leader and trade credit insurer of choice in the Adriatic region.”


CONTACTS

 
MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Verena SCHWARZ
T. +43 (0)1 515 54-540
verena.schwarz@coface.com

 

Maria KRELLENSTEIN
T. +33 (0)1 49 02 16 29
maria.krellenstein@coface.com

 
ANALYSTS / INVESTORS

 

Thomas JACQUET
T. +33 (0)1 49 02 12 58
thomas.jacquet@coface.com

 

Benoit CHASTEL
T. +33 (0)1 49 02 22 28
benoit.chastel@coface.com

FINANCIAL CALENDAR 2019 (subject to change)
Q1-2019 results: 24 April 2019 (after market close)
Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2018: 16 May 2019
H1-2019 results: 25 July 2019 (after market close)
9M-2019 results: 23 October 2019 (after market close)

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
This press release, as well as COFACE SA’s integral regulatory information, can be found on the Group’s website:
http://www.coface.com/Investors

For regulated information on Alternative Performance Measures (APM)
please refer to our Interim Financial Report for S1-2018 and our 2018 Registration Document.

 

Coface: for trade - Building business together
70 years of experience and the most finely meshed international network have made Coface a reference in credit insurance, risk management and the global economy.  With the ambition to become the most agile, global trade credit insurance partner in the industry, Coface’s experts work to the beat of the world economy, supporting 50,000 clients in building successful, growing and dynamic businesses. The Group’s services and solutions protect and help companies take credit decisions to improve their ability to sell on both their domestic and export markets. In 2018, Coface employed ~4,100 people and registered turnover of €1.4 billion.

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COFACE SA is quoted in Compartment A of Euronext Paris
Code ISIN : FR0010667147 / Mnémonique : COFA

 

DISCLAIMER - Certain declarations featured in this press release may contain forecasts that notably relate to future events, trends, projects or targets. By nature, these forecasts include identified or unidentified risks and uncertainties, and may be affected by many factors likely to give rise to a significant discrepancy between the real results and those stated in these declarations. Please refer to chapter 5 “Main risk factors and their management within the Group” of the Coface Group's 2018 Registration Document filed with AMF on 3 April 2019 under the number No. D.19-0261 in order to obtain a description of certain major factors, risks and uncertainties likely to influence the Coface Group's businesses. The Coface Group disclaims any intention or obligation to publish an update of these forecasts, or provide new information on future events or any other circumstance.

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