JZI invests in ERSIndustries
In November 2016, JZI finalized its investment in ERSIndustries (“ERSI” or the “Company”), a one-stop shop providing engineering expertise, steel procurement, local manufacturing and on-site assembly of pre-fabricated, reinforced steel modules for major international infrastructure projects.
ERSI’s business model and value proposition to its clients is unique. Contractors tend to use a wide array of different suppliers for engineering, steel procurement, manufacturing and on-site assembly. In contrast, ERSI delivers an integral solution to contractors that encompasses all the activities in the value chain, reducing complexity for the contractor and providing certainty on costs.
The Company is currently experiencing an exponential growth phase, underpinned by a substantial backlog of projects throughout Latin America and the Middle East, including several subway lines, rail lines and highways in Latin American and Middle Eastern capital cities.
JZI Invests in Finnish Loan Company MyLender
JZI finalized its investment in Finnish company MyLender Oy in November 2015. JZI owns a majority stake in the business, while the existing management team and co-founders retain a minority stake.
MyLender provides unsecured personal consumer loans in Finland, targeting a certain underserved customer niche in the country. The average loan ticket size is targeted to be in the range of €5,000-10,000, with an average tenor of 72 months. The management team provides an extensive experience in the sector, having set up Citigroup’s consumer finance business in Finland in the early 2000s as well as having founded and developed other businesses in the same space in the following years.
JZI will provide financial resources for MyLender Oy to expand its business in Finland; JZI also plans to incorporate MyLender Oy into a larger, pan-Scandinavian consumer lending platform. Future investments to expand the business may involve companies active in Sweden and Norway.
For more information on MyLender, visit www.mylender.fi
JZI Partners with Collingwood Insurance
In October 2015, JZI entered into a partnership with the founder and management of Collingwood Insurance Group.
Collingwood is a UK niche motor insurance company based and regulated in Gibraltar with its entire back office, claims, call center and processing functions situated in Newcastle, England. Collingwood currently focuses on non-standard motor risk where a non-automated approach to risk can deliver superior underwriting results.
The business is currently focused on four specific niche products in the UK motor market, namely: short-term taxi, learner drivers, fleet and younger drivers.
For more information on Collingwood, visit www.collingwood.co.uk