Alantra reports nine-month revenues of €122.4m (-25.9%) and net profit of €4.4m (-83.0%)

Date 26 October 2023

Type Financial Results

The Group’s nine-month net revenues came in at €122.4m. This represents a 25.9% decrease YoY primarily due to significantly lower net revenues in Investment Banking (€79.1m, -21.9% YoY) and Credit Portfolio Advisory (€20.9m, -44.4% YoY). Asset Management revenues decreased by 15.5% YoY to €22.0m.Revenues continue to reflect tough conditions for M&A in the present year, with global M&A activity down by 27% and PE exits at its lowest point in the last decade[1].

Operating expenses in the first nine months of 2023 decreased by 10.0% to €120.5m, driven by lower variable compensation (-58.2% YoY), which is linked to performance.

Nine-month net profit attributable to the parent company stood at €4.4m (-83.0% YoY), of which €3.7m corresponded to the fee business, €0.3m to the portfolio, and €0.4m to other businesses.

As of 30 September 2023, the Group maintained a solid balance sheet with a net treasury position of €124.7m[2], and, additionally, €38.9m of a portfolio of investments in products managed by the Group. The Group has no leverage. Shareholders’ equity amounted to €287.0m. Building on the strength of its balance sheet, the Group continues to analyze acquisition opportunities in a market environment with more attractive valuations.

In Investment Banking, Alantra started a transformation process at the beginning of the year, aimed at progressively shifting from a country-led business to a sector- and product-driven model. As part of this strategy, the Investment Banking headquarters have been relocated to London and a globally integrated service has been set up for the advisory of technology transactions, structured around the sub-sectors of Tech Consulting, Managed Services, Software, Fintech, Online/e-commerce and Gaming.

Year-to-date, the Investment Banking division has advised on 107 deals (+7% YoY). Noteworthy transactions include Alantra advising the shareholders of Objectivity on the sale of the business to Accenture, advising Grupo Planeta on the issuance of a €100m private placement with an 8.5-year tenor, and BreakFree Solutions on its acquisition by H.I.G. Capital portfolio company ThoughtFocus.

Alantra also advised on 32 Banking deals (-18% YoY) year-to-date, including advising Tandem Bank on its Tier 2 capital raise, acting as sole arranger for Permira’s portfolio company Lowell with the execution of both a UK and a Danish ABS transaction, and advising Banco Montepio on its second residential synthetic securitization on a long weighted average life mortgage portfolio.

In Asset Management, Alantra completed eight direct lending transactions worth more than €100m; add-ons for its PE portfolio companies Health in Code and Surexport; and an add-on for EQMC’s portfolio company Guala Closures. In addition, as part of the European Union’s InvestEU Guarantee Program, the Spanish Official Credit Institute (Instituto de Crédito Oficial) announced that Alantra has been shortlisted to receive a commitment of up to €50m for Alantra’s 1.9 GW photovoltaic investment platform.

As of 30 September 2023, assets under management from consolidated business stood at €2.1bn, while assets under management from Strategic Partnerships were more than €13.8bn.

Alantra strengthened its new cross-divisional businesses with the appointment of a team specialized in energy transition advisory services; and the development of an advanced technological offering encompassing Venture Capital as a Service and Data Analytics.

[1] Source: Refinitiv (Global Mergers & Acquisitions Review) and Pitchbook data

[2] (i) €98.1m of cash and cash equivalents and (ii) €26.6m invested in a monetary fund included under non-current financial assets