Multiconsult intends to apply for a listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange

Oslo, 27 April 2015: Multiconsult ASA (“Multiconsult” or the “Company”) today announce its intention to launch an Initial Public Offering (the "IPO") of its ordinary shares. The exact timing of the proposed IPO remains subject to receiving the relevant approvals from the Oslo Stock Exchange and the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanstilsynet), as well as the prevailing equity capital market conditions. Pre-marketing of the IPO is expected to commence in May 2015.


Multiconsult is a leading Norwegian multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm, with a proven track record of consistent and resilient growth and profitability. The Company is present in most parts of Norway and has an international footprint with offices in the UK, Poland and Singapore. The Company sees significant growth potential from a number of megatrends such as urbanisation, strong population growth, substantial maintenance backlog and an increasing demand for clean energy. Through its 100+ years of operational history, Multiconsult has built an outstanding market knowledge and a solid reputation as a reliable supplier of engineering consulting services. Amongst Multiconsult’s largest clients are state-owned companies with predictable service needs, which in turn generate recurring revenues.

The Company has grown its net operating revenues from NOK 552m in 2003 to NOK 1,987m in 2014, representing a CAGR of approximately 12%. More than 80% of the growth in this period has been organic, and the EBITDA margin has been stable between 8.5% to 12.4%, highlighting the Company’s robust business model and fairly low macro-cyclicality. Multiconsult has demonstrated strong historic value creation with an average return on equity of 27% since 2003. The Company’s “3-2-1 strategy” builds on a no. 1 brand position in Norway, and targets a 2x revenue growth from 2011 to 2017, as well as a 3x EBIT-growth in the same period.

The IPO will position Multiconsult for the next chapter in its history by securing a more flexible shareholder base that will support the Company in reaching its growth targets. Prior to the IPO, the current largest shareholder, Stiftelsen Multiconsult (“Multiconsult Foundation”), has agreed to purchase all of the WSP Group’s shares (24.7%), raising the Foundation’s ownership to 45.9%. The Foundation intends to reduce its ownership in the IPO, but will remain a major long-term shareholder in the Company.

Christian Nørgaard Madsen, CEO of Multiconsult, commented:

“For more than a century Multiconsult has played an important role in Norway’s development and economic growth. We are proud of our historical achievements, but Multiconsult has ambitious growth targets for the future. Securing a stronger and more flexible and shareholder base is a pre-requisite for realising these ambitions. A stock listing will also open up for an employee share purchase programme, which is important in attracting and retaining talent, as well as maintaining a high degree of employee ownership. ”

Eli Grøttheim, Chairman of the Board in the Multiconsult Foundation, commented:

“For more than four decades, the Foundation has been a major shareholder, working to promote the objectives and development of Multiconsult, at the same time increasing the influence and job satisfaction of its employees. The IPO is an important next step in establishing a sound framework for the future, enabling a new era of profitable growth. The Foundation will remain a significant long term shareholder in Multiconsult. We are now looking forward to welcoming a new generation of shareholders on our journey to realise the Company’s potential for the long term.”

Company Highlights

  • Leading Norwegian multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm with scale and strong market position in large, growing markets
  • Core competence in hydroelectric power generation and transmission, oil & gas, and coastal, marine and arctic construction allow for global reach
  • Robust and flexible business model diversified across projects, customers and range of services
  • Strong and long-standing client relationships ensuring repeat engagements through accumulated market knowledge and reputation
  • Management and organisation with proven track record of developing and growing the business
  • Proven track record of value creation through consistent growth and profitability whilst maintaining a solid financial position

Financial Highlights


NOKm 2011 2012 2013 2013[1] 2014
Net operating revenues 1,471 1,610 1,803 1,803 1,987
% Growth 17.0% 9.5% 12.0% 12.0% 10.2%
EBITDA 107 147 164 213 246
% Margin 8.5% 10.0% 10.2% 11.8% 12.4%
EBIT 104 123 139 172 212
% Margin 7.1% 7.6% 7.7% 9.6% 10.7%
Net income 78 95 97 131 167
% Margin 5.3% 5.9% 5.4% 7.3% 8.4%

[1] 2013 IFRS excluding one-off gain (NOK 48.1m pre tax) related to the curtailment of some pension plans


Current trading update

The Company’s underlying EBIT for Q1 2015, adjusted for calendar effects and non-recurring costs related to the stock exchange listing, does not deviate materially from the same quarter last year.

Offering Highlights

The IPO will comprise a public offering to institutional and retail investors in Norway and a private placement to certain institutional investors, where the current major shareholder, The Multiconsult Foundation, as well as other shareholders, intends to reduce their ownership in the Company. The Foundation will remain a major long-term shareholder after the IPO.

ABG Sundal Collier Norge ASA and Arctic Securities AS are acting as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners in the IPO.

Further announcements relating to the process will be made in due course.


Mitra Hagen Negård – Head of Investor Relations –

About Multiconsult

Multiconsult is a leading Norwegian multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm, with more than 1,700 employees and 30 offices in Norway and abroad. Multiconsult’s home market is Norway, representing 92% of 2014 net operating revenues. The Company focuses on six market areas ; Buildings and Properties (33%), Transport and Infrastructure (31%), Renewable Energy (16%), Oil and Gas (12%), Industry (4%) and Environment and Natural resources (4%). The Company has an operating history that spans more than a century, with the inception of Norsk Vandbygningskontor in 1908. In 2014, Multiconsult completed more than 8,000 projects for approx. 3,700 different customers.

Important Notice

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