Infrea is a quite young company whose brand was introduced in November 2017 when the investment company Grand Capital was re-branded to serve its new business strategy. After this we picked up speed quickly and we have had an eventful journey in our first year, both in terms of growth and in developing our offer to the market. We have developed three clear business areas in the infrastructure segment, one of which we have now sold after 50 percent growth in the first year. Now we are focusing on the remaining business areas of Asphalt & Ground Construction and Water & Sewage. In 2018 we were approved for listing on Nasdaq First North, a milestone for our strategy implementation and our coming endeavors.
How many staff members are on the team currently & do you find it difficult to find quality local and international staff?
Infrea’s own employee function is streamlined to the necessary roles of our capacity as an investment company and there are currently three roles; the CEO, the CFO and the Group Finance Controller.
Our subsidiaries employed a total of 329 staff at the end of 2018. Here we replaced some management in the last year with success. As any company in the infrastructure and industrial segments of Sweden, the competition for a qualified work force is always a factor. Here, I find that our leaders and the companies they run with a background as family owned, with an entrepreneurial culture, helps keep staff for a long time. This is something we treasure and appreciate.
Do any of the staff and or management team hold any shares within the company?
I as CEO own 22.235 shares plus 200.000 options and our CFO own 22.235 shares. The other members of our management team do not yet own shares (year-end 2018).
During your time at the company, what's been your greatest achievement thus far?
First, our listing on Nasdaq First North. This was a necessary step for implementing our strategy and leading us towards our aim at Nasdaq Small Cap Stock Exchange. Our sale of the company BST Brandskyddsteamet and with divesting our business area, Fire protection, has provided a good profit. This in turn will enable us to make strategic acquisitions in or other business areas and to expand our offer capacity in these areas.
What is your medium to long-term goal & has it been consistent for some time?
Infrea’s target is to list the share on the Nasdaq Small Cap Stock Exchange in the year 2021, via Nasdaq First North Premier. By setting clear objectives for our development in this way, also makes it clear what steps we should take to get there. At the same time, we have set a challenging growth target of about 20 percent annually and an equity ratio that should not be less than 30 percent.
This forces us to prioritize correctly and ensure strict due diligence on all acquisitions we make so these are sustainable in the long term. In the long term we are looking at a geographic expansion outside of Sweden, through acquisitions in the Nordic region.
What sets your company apart from others within your industry?
Infrea’s business concept is to acquire and develop businesses with a sound business and a clear improvement capacity to enable us to grow and to continue to develop our companies through long-term commitment and entrepreneurship.
This, we do well, and we believe we distinguish ourselves from other investment companies through this active involvement in our subsidiaries. It has been a catalyst for our success so far and a great reason to why an increased number of investors have acquired shares. Infrea’s Board and Management members are very experienced entrepreneurs, and it is the entrepreneurial drive we look for when scouting new unlisted companies to invest in.
Could you please share with us your favourite memory and or event since you joined the company?
I will never forget the exhilarating feeling when I had the privilege to ring the bell at Nasdaq First North. We had worked so hard, were so focused and seeing all the pieces coming into place was a truly happy moment. I will carry this with me always.