PS Auction has acquired Auktions- & Värderingshuset U.N.i.T.S AB and Slag 1 AB (“the Targets), creating a market leading online auction group within the market for surplus goods and bankruptcies. The acquisitions will add gross revenues of over SEK 100m to the group alongside solid profitability.
Stemming from the same roots as PS Auction, the Targets operate online auctions through two auction websites: Units and Slag1. The Targets share similar traits to PS Auction, however, with an exclusive focus on bankruptcy auctions, working toward bankruptcy trustees, as well as providing valuation services. Units possesses a market leading position within bankruptcies in Skåne, while Slag 1 complements the offering with a wide offering within liquidations, divestments, and surplus auctions.
The Targets have a strong presence in the geographical areas below Nässjö (southern Sweden) and a market leading position in Skåne. Units is headquartered in Nässjö but has warehouses in Ängelholm and Malmö. Slag 1 is operating without any warehouses as the company performs its auctions online with delivery on site. With a strong local position, the Targets have built a valuable network in the southern parts of Sweden.
MVI alongside PS Auction’s management have identified Units and Slag 1 as a solid addition to the platform. The acquisitions will widen PS Auction’s geographical footprint, especially in southern Sweden, and strengthen the service offering with additional online auction brands. Several synergy effects are realized as the finance function, customer support, IT platform, local management will be handled by PS resources.
MVI sees the acquisitions of the Targets as an important step in PS Auction’s journey toward market leadership within online auctions in the Nordics. The group’s continued strategy is an increased focus on circular growth, delivering sustainable services to clients in the Nordics. Growth will be driven through organic initiatives and acquisitions.