EQT Scandinavia to sell StjärnTV to UPC

EQT Scandinavia I and United Pan-Europe Communications (”UPC”) have signed an agreement for the sale of 100% of StjärnTV to UPC.

UPC networks will, including the acquisition of StjärnTV, pass over 8.8 million homes and reach more than 5.5 million subscribers thereby positioning UPC as Europe’s second largest cable operator. StjärnTV is Stockholm’s leading cable TV company with a unique star-shaped network passing 770,000 homes and 30,000 businesses.

Claes Dahlbäck, Chairman of EQT Scandinavia Ltd., comments: ”EQT has worked closely with the management and employees of StjärnTV during a very dynamic period. StjärnTV is now a uniquely positioned company which will obtain access to UPC’s expertise within interactive and broadband services. This will facilitate the company’s launch of new services and the continued roll-out of high-speed Internet and enable the company to continue to deliver the highest quality services to its customers.”

For additional information, please contact:
Claes Dahlbäck, Chairman of EQT Scandinavia Ltd, +44-171-514 50 00
Conni Jonsson, Managing Director of EQT Partners AB, +46-8-440 5300
Kjell Hellberg, CEO of Stjärn TV, +46-8-578 250 00

EQT
EQT Scandinavia was established by Investor AB and the U.S. private equity firm AEA to invest in medium-sized companies in the Nordic countries. With its network of contacts, industrial and financial expertise, and capital, EQT Scandinavia works in close cooperation with the managements of the companies it acquires to develop and realize their earnings potential.

To date, EQT Scandinavia I (formerly Scandinavian Equity Partners Ltd), EQT Scandinavia II and EQT Danmark have invested over SEK 3 billion of equity in the following companies: Brukens Nordic AB, Sabroe Refrigeration A/S, Orrefors Kosta Boda AB (Royal Scandinavia A/S), Perlos Oy, Duni AB, FlexLink AB, Struers A/S, TAC AB, StjärnTV AB, Ballingslöv AB, Vaasan Baking Oy, Stenqvist AB, Dahl International AB and Contex A/S.

EQT Partners AB, and its Danish sister company EQT Partners A/S, act as the exclusive investment advisers to EQT Scandinavia I and II and EQT Denmark.