Investors in the EuroMicrocap Fund 2010 will make nearly double their invested capital on the deal. Fidor was one of the remaining assets in the fund after it completed a direct secondaries transaction in February that saw it offload six European businesses – four at an uplift to cost, and two at a discount – to an unnamed “major financial institution”.
JZ Capital Partners’ total proceeds from the secondaries sale were €96.3 million.
JZ Capital Partners is a listed fund that makes commitments to a family of funds managed by Jordan/Zalaznick Advisers, a firm led by New York-based duo David Zalaznick and Jay Jordan. The listed fund had a market cap of £371 million ($489 million; €437 million) as of 1 August, representing a large discount to its net asset value, which was $874 million according to its June 2016 monthly update.
As a limited partner in EuroMicrocap Fund 2010, JZ Capital Partners invested a total of $18.4 million in Fidor in 2013 and expects to receive around $34.3 million in proceeds from the sale.
Founded in 2009, Fidor Bank is one of a new generation of innovative retail banks that is entirely digital and leans on its 350,000 “community members” to actively participate in the bank’s decision-making processes. It offers retail and business banking products and currently has around 100,000 customers. The group also creates fintech applications that are used by other banking groups; Telefonica recently launched O2 Banking, its mobile-only bank account, using Fidor infrastructure.
The buyer – Groupe BPCE – said in a statement that the acquisition is in line with its strategic plan, entitled “Another Way to Grow”, and will help accelerate the rollout of the group’s digital strategy.
In January Jordan/Zalaznick Advisers raised its third EuroMicrocap Fund, with total commitments of €400 million. €75 million came from the listed entity JZ Capital Partners, a further €25 million from the firm founders and European investment team and the remaining €300 million from third party institutional investors.