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Market Cap £24.25bn
Enterprise Value £55.92bn
Revenue £4.98bn
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BREAKINGVIEWS-Capital Calls: Norwegian digital bank hits M&A glass ceiling

Thu 15th April, 2021 10:07am
(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions
expressed are their own.)
    LONDON, April 15 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Concise insights
on global finance in the Covid-19 era.
DISRUPTION, INTERRUPTED. Sbanken  SBANK.OL , a 20-year-old
digital upstart, wanted to be Norwegians’ favourite bank. It’ll
now have to pursue that mission from within the financial
establishment after agreeing to a $1.3 billion takeover https://www.ir.dnb.no/press-and-reports/press-releases?page=/press/perma/1906257
 by $34 billion domestic behemoth DNB  DNB.OL . A chunky 30%
premium to its undisturbed price looks alluring. At 1.5 times
forward tangible book value, using Refinitiv data, it’s a
one-third premium to the multiples of big Nordic peers. For its
part, DNB can put excess capital to work, increase its mortgage
market share to 27% from 24% and nab some digital expertise in
the process. 
    Sbanken’s decision to sell is notable given all the hoopla
about digital lenders disrupting incumbents. It turns out that’s
harder than it sounds. Its loan growth slowed to 2.4% in 2020
and 2.9% in 2019, compared with 13.7% in 2017. Retail customer
growth was a humdrum 3% last year. Sbanken is about a decade
older than sexier European upstarts Monzo, Revolut, N26 and
Starling Bank. The risk for them is that Sbanken is a sign of
future mediocrity. (By Liam Proud)

    On Twitter http://twitter.com/breakingviews
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