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Doro acquires Welbeing, a UK based telecare company

Freitag, 1. Juni 2018 10:13:00 Europe/Berlin

Press release
Lund, 1 June 2018

Doro acquires Welbeing, a UK based telecare company

To expand their telecare business and strengthen their platform and service revenue, Doro has acquired the UK based telecare company Welbeing, based in Eastbourne, UK. Doro will initially pay approximately 130 MSEK.

“We are adding Welbeing to the Doro Group as the next step in expanding our telecare business. This strategic move is in line with our long term ambition to increase our services business. Doro moves closer to becoming a full technology enabled services provider for seniors. With our strong position in the mobile phone market, the combination creates a foundation for further growth in the UK telecare sector as well as new service-based offerings for our customers, for example Response and SmartCare by Doro,” says Robert Puskaric CEO of Doro Group.

The UK is the largest telecare market in Europe with an estimated 1.7 million connections. Market penetration amongst seniors is 13%, compared to the average in Europe of 5%. The market is fragmented and mainly analogue although undergoing a digital transformation, on the back of BT’s stated intention to switch off the analogue network by 2025.  Doro will add value being the market leader within digital telecare and from its experience driving the digital transformation of the Swedish market. “For Doro it is a natural step to acquire a well-positioned telecare services company in one of the largest markets in Europe, fully in line with our strategy and continuing our transformation to a complete technology enabled care services provider”, continues Robert Puskaric, CEO of Doro Group.

Welbeing is one of the leading telecare companies in the UK. The company services around 75 000 connections from various locations of which 21 000 are private customers. Organic growth has been significant, thanks to strong management and a track record of winning tenders and commercial bids. The number of employees is approximately 180. Revenue for the financial year ended September, 2017 was GBP 7.6m (approximately SEK 90m) of which the main part is from services. The acquisition will be consolidated into Doro Group from 1 June 2018, and is expected to have a negligible effect on earnings per share for 2018 including transaction costs.

“Our two businesses are a perfect match, Doro creates safety and security for all stages of a senior’s life, with complete technology enabled care solutions that allows seniors to live life independently. Welbeing’s long-term local experience in supporting and reassuring customers and their families, is a value-adding complement, empowering people to stay safe and independent in their homes. Doro develops solutions for use on digital networks. This experience will be invaluable considering BT’s intention to switch off its PSTN and ISDN networks by 2025”, concludes Steve Smith, CEO of Welbeing.

Doro will initially pay approximately 130 MSEK for the acquisition of Welbeing, equal to eight times estimated EBITDA for the financial year 2017/2018. 85% of the acquisition price will be paid in cash and 15% in newly issued shares in Doro AB. In addition, the sellers are entitled to receive an additional consideration if Welbeing’s EBITDA for the financial year 2017/2018, which ends on 30 September 2018, exceeds the estimated EBITDA. The final acquisition amount will be calculated and published after the end of Q3-2018.

The shares will be issued pursuant to the authorisation granted to the board of directors by the annual general meeting on 27 April 2018. A total of 449 313 shares will be issued, entailing a dilution of approximately 1.89 per cent of the total number of shares and votes in the company prior to the share issue. The price per share has been set at SEK 43.60, equal to the volume weighted average price of Doro’s shares on Nasdaq Stockholm during the period 17 April 2018–30 May 2018.

Doro was advised by JZ Capital Partners in Stockholm.

For more information, please contact:
Robert Puskaric, President and CEO Doro Group, +46 (0)46 280 50 05
Steve Smith, CEO Welbeing, +44 (0) 1323 636218

About Doro
Doro develops telecom products and services for seniors to lead full and rich lives: to do things they want to do more easily as well as the things they thought they might never do. The global market-leader in senior mobile phone, Doro offers easy-to-use mobile phones and smartphones, mobile applications, fixed line telephony with loud and clear sound. Within Doro Group, Doro Care offers social care and telecare solutions for elder and disabled persons for independent and safe living in their own homes. Doro AB is a Swedish public company and its shares are quoted on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm exchange, Nordic List, Small Companies. Net sales of SEK 1,924 million (EUR 200 million) were reported for 2017. www.doro.com

About Welbeing
Welbeing is one of the leading telecare companies in the UK, registered company name Wealden and Eastbourne Lifeline. They offer high quality, fully integrated managed services and work closely with their customers to develop innovative, cost effective solutions. Welbeing help their partners to provide high-quality services, manage risk, achieve efficiencies and add value, satisfying individuals and commissioning bodies alike. Their proven track record and reliability is reflected in their TSA Quality Standards membership and ISO 9001 accreditation. With their size and experience, comes an efficient, cost-effective person-centred and innovative service. Welbeing pride themselves on a high level of customer service and now support over 75,000 individuals across the UK.
www.welbeing.org.uk

This information is information that Doro AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on 31 May 2018, at 23:00 CET.

Posted in News By Jan Leitinger

Press release
Lund May 29th 2018

Doro enters in to a new financing structure to support strategy execution

In order to support the overall strategy to use and develop their current position as leader in senior mobile phones in Europe and develop their service offer for Doro Care and Response across their footprint, Doro have entered into a new financing structure with SEB. The new bank facility of SEK 450m will be used to close existing financing agreements, drive the geographical expansion of telecare and create a strong foundation for the roll out of new services such as Response and SmartCare by Doro.

During the Capital Markets Day 2017-11-14 Doro announced new long term financial targets, in relation to capital structure they announced a long term target of Net debt / EBITDA ratio < 2,5x.  At end of Q1 Doro had a Net debt / EBITDA ratio of 0.5, well below the sector average and the long term target.

“I am pleased to have a new financing structure in place that enables us to continue our planned execution of our long term strategic ambitions. We appreciate the approach from SEB showing that they want to be part of the transformation with a competitive and flexible solution”, says Robert Puskaric CEO Doro Group.

For more information, please contact:
Robert Puskaric, President and CEO Doro Group, +46 (0)46 280 50 05
Carl-Johan Zetterberg Boudrie, CFO, +46 (0)46 280 50 47

About Doro
Doro develops telecom products and services for seniors to lead full and rich lives: to do things they want to do more easily as well as the things they thought they might never do. The global market-leader in senior mobile phone, Doro offers easy-to-use mobile phones and smartphones, mobile applications, fixed line telephony with loud and clear sound. Within Doro Group, Doro Care offers social care and telecare solutions for elder and disabled persons for independent and safe living in their own homes. Doro AB is a Swedish public company and its shares are quoted on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm exchange, Nordic List, Small Companies. Net sales of SEK 1,924 million (EUR 200 million) were reported for 2017. www.doro.com

This information is information that Doro AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, of the contact person set out above, at 08:00 CET on May 29th, 2018.

Posted in News By Jan Leitinger

Doro erhält Auszeichnung als Beste Marke und Bestes Produkt 2018

Montag, 28. Mai 2018 11:07:50 Europe/Berlin



„Ähnlich wie bei der Auszeichnung „Bestes Produkt des Jahres“ würdigt der Plus X Award auch verdiente Marken insgesamt – mit der Auszeichnung „Beste Marke des Jahres“. Nur wenige Unternehmen erhalten die Auszeichnung, die ebenfalls nur einmal im Jahr vergeben wird.“

Mit dem Red Dot Design Award, wie auch dem Plus X Award für das beste Produkt des Jahres hat das Doro 8040 bereits zwei der begehrten Trophäen in diesem Jahr abgeräumt und setzt damit seinen Erfolgskurs aus dem Jahr 2017 fort.

Doro, als die Marke mit den am meisten ausgezeichneten Produkten, wurde deshalb nun die Auszeichnung „Beste Marke des Jahres“ verliehen. Damit bestätigt der Plus X Award was viele Kunden bereits wissen, dass Doro stets Funktionalität, Innovativität und Kreativität verbindet, um den Kunden beste Lösungen bieten zu können.

Posted in News By Jan Leitinger

Tipps zur Smartphone-Nutzung 4

Mittwoch, 2. Mai 2018 13:11:04 Europe/Berlin

Nachrichten aufs Handy

Wenn Sie auch unterwegs gerne die neuesten Nachrichten lesen möchten, gibt es ganz verschiedene Möglichkeiten. Die meisten Zeitungen bieten ihre Dienste auch über Apps an, welche sich in den App-Stores runterladen lassen. Auch haben die Tagesschau, n24 und nTV beispielsweise Apps, die Sie mit den neuesten Nachrichten versorgen. Wenn Sie es wünschen bekommen Sie sogar Benachrichtigungen, wenn besonders wichtige Nachrichten passieren. In den App-Stores gibt es aber nicht nur die deutschen Nachrichtenformate, wollen Sie beispielsweise eine Sprache, die Sie sprechen üben oder wollen sich über die Nachrichten in Ihrem ehemaligen Heimatland informieren gibt es auch die meisten internationalen Zeitungen mit Apps dort zum Herunterladen.

Posted in Tips and tricks By Jan Leitinger

Tipps zur Smartphone-Nutzung 3

Mittwoch, 2. Mai 2018 11:53:59 Europe/Berlin


Nachrichten versenden


Mit einem Mobiltelefon gibt es einige verschiedene Möglichkeiten Nachrichten zu versenden. Wir stellen Ihnen hier die meistgenutzten vor.

SMS – Die SMS ist eine der traditionelleren Formen der Nachrichtenformen. Über das Handynetz werden Kurznachrichten, ohne dass Internet benötigt wird, versendet. In einigen Handytarifen ist eine bestimmte Menge an SMS kostenlos im Grundpreis des Vertrages enthalten, häufig muss man jedoch auch für jede einzelne abgesetzte SMS den vom jeweiligen Tarif abhängigen Preis zahlen (Meist zwischen 5 und 10 Cent).

E-Mail – Auch über das Mobilfunkgerät lassen sich E-Mails schreiben. Dienste wie G-Mail, Web.de und Outlook haben extra für Mobiltelefone optimierte E-Mail Dienste. Das Versenden und Empfangen ist dabei kostenlos. Alles was Sie brauchen ist einen Mail-Account und die E-Mail Adresse des Empfängers.

WhatsApp – Der Kurznachrichtendienst WhatsApp ist eine eher neue Form der Kommunikation, die aber enorm häufig genutzt wird. Über die gleichnamige App werden Kurznachrichten, wie SMS, versendet. Der Unterschied zur SMS ist der, dass der Dienst vollkommen kostenlos ist und dass auch Bilder, Videos und Dateien geschickt werden können. Der Dienst ist ein Online-Dienst, weshalb sich bei regelmäßiger Nutzung eine Internet-Flatrate bei Ihrem Netzbetreiber anbieten würde.

Messenger – Dieser Dienst ein Kurznachrichtendienst über Facebook. Zur Nutzung benötigen Sie ein Facebook-Konto. Wie bei WhatsApp ist der Messenger auch komplett kostenlos und Nachrichten, Bilder und Videos können schnell online an Ihre Facebook-Kontakte gesendet werden.

Posted in Tips and tricks By Jan Leitinger
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