BMP AG May Buy Majority of TFG Capital AG, Chief Executive Says

BMP AG, a German venture capital firm, may buy control of TFG Capital AG to step up cooperation between the two companies, BMP's Chief Executive Oliver Borrmann said.

``The purchase of the majority of TGF is an option for us because the two companies would be more powerful together,'' Borrmann said in an interview today. ``We can also envision merging the two companies at some point in time.''

BMP, based in Berlin, said last week it is acquiring 12.5 percent of TFG Capital AG and said Borrmann was appointed to the management board of TFG with immediate effect. BMP's management board member Ralph Guenther, responsible for business development, also joined TFG's management board. ``That construction already shows that both companies can and should act as a single unit,'' Borrmann said today.

The company aims to expand in Germany and Poland in the coming years as the venture capital market ``is definitely improving,'' Borrmann said. ``In both markets, it's currently possible to make excellent investments for a good price.''

The chief executive said new business and the expansion should help the company's share price to ``stabilize.'' Shares of BMP, which concentrates on venture capital and management consulting services for companies primarily in the information and communications markets, rose as much as 11 cents, or 6 percent to 1.96 euros today, and traded at 1.92 euros as of 4:25 p.m. in Frankfurt. The stock reached its highest price on March 17 in 2000 with 45.36 euros, after the company sold shares in 1999.

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