Företagsuppdatering till aktieägarna i linq capital ps rev.
Corporate Update to shareholders in Linq Capital, February 2013.
The purpose of this letter is to give all shareholders in Linq Capital Sweden AB (publ) a status update on
what's happening in the company and information about our portfolio of holdings.
First and foremost, I would like to remind you that Linq Capital operates with a minimum of resources to
keep its costs down. We manage the company's assets, which consist of shares in Bahnhof, VideofyMe
and Nitro Food, without any unnecessary expenditure. Earlier redemption of shares in 2012
As you all know, Linq Capital (formerly Sting Networks) made an offer to its shareholders to buy back
their shares at 0.30 SEK per share, which at the time (January 2012) was equal to the value of the
company's assets. Linq Capital's single biggest asset at that time consisted of the shareholding in
Bahnhof. Shareholders who elected to redeem their shares thereby received a cash payment for each
Under the current circumstances no further redemption is planned. From now on, Linq plans to increase
the long-term value of its existing assets and to make new investments using existing capital. Performance
In 2012, the value of Linq Capital's shares in Bahnhof increased by about 30 percent. As a result Linq´s
share value increased by about 20 percent after deducting operating expenses and costs incurred in
connection with Linq´s buy back of its own shares. Unlisted shares
As Linq Capital is a relatively small company, it is not currently feasible to list its shares. Listing implies
increased costs, both in terms of services that must be purchased and demands on internal resources.
Listing a company at this early stage of its growth is neither of benefit to existing or future shareholders.
The remaining existing shareholders should therefore be aware that shares will remain private indefinitely.
In the event that the general economic situation and the company's development and size make a listing
appropriate in the future, this decision will of course be reconsidered. Linq Capital's portfolio of holdings
I will provide the following brief update on the different portfolio holdings.
Bahnhof has already announced that, after a major decline, its share price rebounded and it reported its
strongest quarter ever in September 2012.
Bahnhof is now focusing more on their core business and has taken action in relation to unprofitable
ventures. Unfortunately, the purchase of Sting's VoIP proved less successful and Bahnhof has decided to
give lower priority to this segment. At the end of last year the company announced it has acquired a new
operating data center that provides increased capacity. The company has also signed a deal with Netflix,
the world's fastest growing player in the online movie space, under which the company buys data
capacity from Bahnhof for the entire Nordic region.
Bahnhof is still part of Linq Capital's portfolio of holdings and Bahnhof's stock increased in value during
the year by approximately 30%.
Read more about Bahnhof by visiting www.bahnhof.se
VideofyMe is a company offering an online service that makes it easy for anyone to capture, edit and
publish video posts. The service is similar to Instagram, but users share video instead of images. Posted
videos can easily be shared via its own app, via blogs, Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. As
the shares are not listed, the value is difficult to determine.
The company has an advertising-supported business model where short commercials are inserted at the
beginning of each video, and where revenue is divided between VideofyMe and whoever posted the
Read more about the company at www.videofy.me
Nitro Food is a company that has its own production facility in Thailand producing classic Thai dishes.
After cooking, the meals are frozen using liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees. This freezing method allows
them to be thawed and cooked without the consumer being able to detect they have been frozen. The
method and the concept is unique in the Swedish grocery market and leading wholesalers including
Martin & Serve have taken the company´s products into their product lines, providing meals to restaurants,
caterers and shipping companies. As the shares are not listed, the value is difficult to determine in the
The company has only been active since 2012, but in a short time has succeeded in attracting more
customers to purchase their ready-made sauce and vegetable bases, and which when cooked, enable
them to offer authentic Thai meals on their menus.
Through its ownership in Nitro Food, Linq also provides the management resources of Chairman and
CEO during the startup period.
Read more about the company at www.nitrofood.se
Another interesting extension of the investment portfolio is underway. We will get back to you on this a
little later in the year. Other issues dating back to Linq´s time as a Telecoms company
After Linq Capital (formerly Sting Networks) sold its telecom business to Bahnhof, Linq was able to pay
off all of its previous debts. Linq is therefore debt free as of today, and have also paid off earlier
overdrafts with banks and loans from ALMI. Nevertheless two outstanding issues remain.
As a result of a decision of the Administrative Court in 2011 the Swedish telecoms company Telia was
granted the right to levy charges on some of its clients, including the former Sting Networks (today
renamed Linq Capital). The background to this is a protracted dispute between the Swedish
authority ”Post & Telestyrelsen” and Telia. Telia has indicated that Sting, today Linq, may be required to
pay an additional 1-2 million SEK. Although the judgment is unique and has been appealed by all major
Swedish telecom companies, after almost 18 months we still have not heard from Telia. We believe that
as the judgment has been dismissed in the EU and due to the the time that has elapsed, it will be difficult
for Telia to achieve the required support to actually require supplementary tax payments from their
Another dispute that needs to be resolved relates to the 2009 acquisition of a Norwegian company. Under
the purchase agreement the price was paid in 36 monthly installments based on operating income. As far
as we can tell, Linq has fulfilled all its obligations under the agreement, but the Norwegian sellers have
questioned the accounting model that was used for the final settlement that took place in April 2011. Linq
participated in the hearing at Oslo Forliksråd in November 2011. The previous owners have demanded
that the matter be finally settled by Oslo City Court, which will now take place. Linq believe they have a
good chance of winning and has hired Norwegian lawyers. The disputed amount is less than 95 TNOK
but Linq has chosen not accept any further payments, as the company claims to have fulfilled its
obligations to the seller. Conclusion
This was a summary of the current situation in Linq. We will come back to you in a short while with a new
update, first, on whether or not Linq has to pay taxes from its time as a telecom company, and overall, on
the development of our current and future portfolio investments.
Solna, February 7, 2013
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