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May 18 (Reuters) - Swedish debt collection firm Intrum Justitia proposed a string of divestments on Thursday which it believes will be enough to assuage European Commission concerns over its planned merger with Norwegian rival Lindorff.
* "We judge there is a very low risk that this package will not be received in a positive way," Intrum Justitia CFO Erik Forsberg told journalists on a conference call on Thursday
* "There are no guarantees but we are doing exactly what the EU Commission has asked us to do."
* Intrum shares fall as much as 8.1 pct in early trade
* Proposal of remedies to meet requirements of the EU merger regulation related to merger with Lindorff, in which Nordic Capital Fund VIII is currently the indirect majority shareholder
* Based on its initial investigation, the European Commission has informed the parties of potential competition concerns in five Nordic/Baltic markets, relating to both debt collection and debt purchasing in each market
* Says parties have therefore proposed a divestment of Lindorff's entire business in Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Sweden as well as Intrum Justitia's entire business in Norway
* Intrum shareholders approved its acquisition of Lindorff late last year, following last-minute revisions to the initial deal
* Says combined group would have pro-forma EBITDA, excluding impact of synergies and non-recurring items, of about SEK 5.0 billion for 2016, of which an estimated 12%-13% derives from five units proposed to be divested
* Says units proposed to be divested account for an estimated 30 percent of annual cost synergies forecast for the combination of Intrum Justitia and Lindorff
* Says we expect a final decision from European Commission no later than June 12 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Olof Swahnberg and Niklas Pollard; Editing by Helena Soderpalm)