Tesi to invest in fast-growing KotiSun Group

Tesi

Investments in companies2017-12-27

Tesi, The CapMan Buyout X fund and Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company have entered into an agreement to invest in KotiSun Group. The seller in the transaction is Panostaja Plc. As a result of the transaction, CapMan, Tesi and Varma will become the majority owner of KotiSun Group Oy. The management of KotiSun Group will own 30% of the company.

Founded in 2006, KotiSun Group is a nationwide company specialising in high-quality renovations of service water, heating and drainage systems. The company is the market leader in Finland with a turnover of MEUR 42.5, which has been growing at an average annual rate of 30% during the last five years. The company employs about 400 people throughout Finland and has this year successfully begun its expansion into Sweden.

“KotiSun Group is a strong company that has done groundbreaking work in its own field. The company is known for its customer-oriented approach and principles of continuous development. We are very excited about this investment, which will offer us the opportunity to grow a market leader in Finland and expand a working concept internationally. The growth driven and committed management of KotiSun has done an excellent work in developing the company and we look forward to our co-operation,” says Antti Karppinen, Investment Director at CapMan Buyout.

“Over the past years, we have developed and grown in various areas and I feel that now is the right moment to take the next step on our journey to achieve our ambitious goals related to the growth and internationalisation of the company. We wanted CapMan to be our partner because of its professional team and wide-ranging experience. In addition, CapMan operates in Finland and Sweden, which are important markets for us. Together, we can turn the company into a specialist in home renovation projects that is able to serve its customers even better than before,” says Kalle Lahtinen, CEO of KotiSun Group.

For further information, please contact:

Kalle Lahtinen, CEO, KotiSun Group Oy, tel. +358 40 4177 962
Antti Karppinen, Investment Director, CapMan Buyout, tel. +46 731 456 462
Samuel Saloheimo, Investment Manager, Tesi, tel. +358 50 438 3311

CapMan is a leading Nordic investment and specialised asset management company. As one of the Nordic private equity pioneers, we have actively developed hundreds of companies and real estate and thereby created substantial value over the past 28 years. Today, CapMan employs 110 private equity professionals and manages €2.7 billion in assets. We mainly manage the assets of our customers, the investors, but also make direct investments from our own balance sheet in areas without an active fund. http://www.capman.com | @capmanPE

Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment Ltd) is a venture capital and private equity company that accelerates companies’ success stories by investing in them directly and via funds. Tesi always invests together with other investors, providing them with access to high quality deal-flow in Finland. Our investments under management total 1 billion euros and we have altogether 723 companies in portfolio. www.tesi.fi/en | @TesiFII

Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company is a responsible and solvent investor. The company is responsible for the statutory earnings-related pension cover of some 878,000 people in the private sector. Premiums written totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016 and pension payments stood at EUR 5.3 billion. Varma’s investment portfolio amounted to EUR 45.4 billion at the end of September 2017. www.varma.fi/en | @varma_tweet

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Herkules IV acquires Eterni Gruppen AS

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Herkules Private Equity Fund IV has acquired a majority share of Eterni Gruppen AS. Eterni is one of Norway’s leading temporary staffing service companies.
Herkules Fund IV has entered into an agreement to acquire the majority of the shares of Eterni Gruppen AS. The management will re-invest and retain a minority stake in the company. The closing of the transaction took place on 20 December 2017.

Founded in 2011 by Rune Myrseth, Eterni is one of the leading temporary staffing service companies in Norway. Over the past 5 years, Eterni has taken significant market shares and in 2016, the company was ranked the 6th largest staffing service company in Norway. The company is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, with additional sales offices in Oslo and Trondheim, and sourcing offices in Poland, Lithuania and Slovakia. Eterni has 37 employees and approximately 800 temporary workers on contract for clients. Eterni mainly serves two key industry verticals; the construction industry and the fish and food processing industry. Eterni’s management team has long experience from the industry and has established a highly commercial corporate culture. Eterni had revenues of NOK 355 million and an EBITA of NOK 22 million in 2016.

“Eterni is one of the leading providers of temporary staffing services in Norway. Together with the management team and all the employees we believe there is great potential to continue growing the business.” says Gaute Gillebo, partner at Herkules Capital.

For further information about Eterni, please visit http://www.eterni.no/

 

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Apax Partners and Altamir support Altran’s transforming acquisition of Aricent

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Paris (France), 30 November 2017 – Apax Partners and Altamir confirm their support for the acquisition of Aricent announced today by Altran Technologies, their commitment to vote in favour of  the rights issue at the EGM and their intention to participate pro-rata in the rights issue.The acquisition of the US company Aricent is a transforming operation that will allow Altran to confirm its position as the undisputed world leader in engineering and R&D services.

Apax Partners and Altamir, which have been supporting Altran’s strategy since 2008, hold 8.4% of Altran’s share capital through the Altrafin Participations holding.

For more information on this operation, please refer to Altran’s press release issued today.

 

About Apax Partners

www.apax.fr

Apax Partners is a leading private equity firm in Europe. With 45 years of experience, Apax Partners provides long-term equity financing to build and strengthen world-class companies. Funds managed and advised by Apax Partners exceed €3 billion. These funds invest in fast-growing small and mid-market companies across four sectors of specialisation: TMT, Consumer, Healthcare and Services.

About Altamir

www.altamir.fr

Altamir (Euronext Paris-B, LTA) is a listed private equity company with almost €800m in assets under management. The company invests via and with the funds managed or advised by Apax Partners France and Apax Partners LLP, two leading private equity firms in their respective markets. It provides access to a diversified portfolio of fast-growing companies across Apax’s sectors of specialisation (TMT, Consumer, Healthcare, Services) and in complementary market segments (mid-sized companies in French-speaking European countries and larger companies across Europe, North America and key emerging markets).

 

Contacts

 

Apax Partners

Coralie Cornet

Tel.: + 33 1 53 65 01 35

Email: coralie.cornet@apax.fr

 

Altamir

Agathe Heinrich

Tel.: +33 1 53 65 01 74

Email: agathe.heinrich@altamir.fr

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Industrifonden leads €3 million investment in DPOrganizer

IndustrieFonden

We are thrilled to announce our €3 lead investment in European regulation tech pioneer DPOrganizer. The financing will be used to ramp up expansion both in Sweden and globally by strengthening the product, the tech team and expand its SaaS solution that helps companies worldwide to grow with the upcoming EU directive GDPR. Welcome to the family, Egil, Lelle, Cecilia and the rest of the team! 

Blogpost: Thoughts on our investment in DPOrganizer by our investor Sara Resvik

Data protection management company DPOrganizer offers a Saas tool that helps businesses map, visualize, report on and manage their personal data processing. The software helps businesses comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in May 2018. The regulation affects any company that handles personal data about Europeans, across the globe. Due to the rapidly growing GDPR market, DPOrganizer has grown tenfold over the last year, both in number of employees and in revenue, and serves customers in Europe, Asia and the US.

“Hundreds of thousands of businesses will be affected by the GDPR, and we now stand better positioned to become an important player in the market. It has been important for us to find investors who truly understand the craft of building a business. We are very happy to get Industrifonden and Creades onboard, both of whom share our vision and can help us grow smarter and faster. ” says Egil Bergenlind, CEO and founder of DPOganizer.

The financing will be used to ramp up expansion both in Sweden and globally by strengthening the product, the tech team and expand its SaaS solution that helps companies worldwide to grow with the upcoming EU directive GDPR. With less than 6 months to go, previous studies have shown that only 6% of UK FTSE 350 companies are completely prepared for the GDPR. A Swedish study indicates that 92 % of European companies are not at all prepared for GDPR.

IK Investment Partners to sell Ramudden

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IK Investment Partners (“IK”), a leading Pan-European private equity firm, is pleased to announce that the IK VII Fund has reached an agreement with funds advised by Triton (“Triton”) to sell the Ramudden Group (“Ramudden” or “the Company”), a leading Nordic provider of work zone safety solutions. 

Founded in 2005, Ramudden is a specialist provider of work zone safety solutions for the road, construction and industrial sectors. The service offering includes rental of road barriers, signage, traffic and road signs, concrete systems, industrial heating solutions, traffic arrangement plans, surveillance and maintenance service as well as safety education programmes.

With a presence in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Estonia through their own depots, the Company has an unrivalled ability to quickly adapt to changing client expectations and market conditions, with a high level of customer satisfaction. Ramudden employs over 450 people, and has a turnover exceeding 700 MSEK (2017).

“During the past 3,5 years, we have worked closely with the management team to transform the business from a provider of temporary traffic control services to a work zone safety specialist. The Company has more than doubled the turnover, and successfully executed five add-on acquisitions, strengthening their presence in core geographies and expanding into the Baltics. We would like to thank Hans-Olov, the management team and all of Ramudden’s employees for their hard work and dedication, and wish them all the best on their continued journey,” said Kristian Carlsson Kemppinen, Partner at IK Investment Partners and advisor to the IK VII Fund.

“IK has been instrumental to Ramudden’s significant growth over the past couple of years. Thanks to their support, we have been able to rapidly expand our depot network, improve our operational structure and invest even more in our staff. We are looking forward to continuing our development together with Triton,” said Hans-Olov Blom, CEO and founder of Ramudden.

Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed. Completion of the transaction is subject to legal and regulatory approvals.

For further questions, please contact:

IK Investment Partners
Kristian Carlsson Kemppinen
Partner
Phone: +46 8 678 95 00

Mikaela Hedborg
Director Communications & ESG
Phone: +44 77 87 573 566
mikaela.hedborg@ikinvest.com

Ramudden
Hans-Olov Blom
CEO
Phone: +46 26 66 89 80

About IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is a Pan-European private equity firm focused on investments in the Nordics, DACH region, France, and Benelux. Since 1989, IK has raised more than €9 billion of capital and invested in over 110 European companies. IK funds support companies with strong underlying potential, partnering with management teams and investors to create robust, well-positioned businesses with excellent long-term prospects. For more information, visit www.ikinvest.com

About Ramudden
Ramudden provides the market in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Estonia with work zone safety solutions, including rental of essential equipment (such as traffic barriers and guide signs), traffic arrangement planning, and education, surveillance and maintenance services. Customers are mainly civil engineering contractors and construction companies. For more information, please visit www.ramudden.se

 

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IK Investment Partners to sell passive fire protection expert svt Group to Ergon Capital

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IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that the IK Small Cap I Fund (“the Fund”) has reached an agreement to sell svt Group (“svt” or “the Company”), a leading provider of passive fire protection products and services as well as restoration management services, to Ergon Capital Partners III (“Ergon”). Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

svt is the leading company in Passive Fire Protection (PFP) and Restoration Management (RM) in Germany with c. 50 years of experience. The PFP business comprises the full value chain from R&D to manufacturing as well as installation services of fire preventing and resistant products that are sold either to OEM or construction customers. svt is a pioneer in passive fire protection systems since 1977 and the only player being forward integrated into PFP installation business. Blue chip customers like Siemens, Bombardier, CRCC, Airbus, OBO Bettermann and Würth rely on svt PFP products. Landmark PFP Installation references include European Central Bank building and Eurotower in Frankfurt.

In addition, svt offers one-stop-shop services in Restoration Management specialising in fire, water and natural hazard damage restoration as well as pollutant removal.

During the Fund`s ownership, the Company grew its revenues from €80m to ca. €114m and its employees from 322 to 450 while investing significant resources into R&D and product development. svt obtained for the first time in its history a large number of licenses from the international certification organisation/company Underwriters Laboratories (UL), enabling the further internationalization of the products. Consequently, the Company built out its international presence by opening new locations in Singapore and Ajman to serve the international markets with its strong product base. svt`s acquisition of AIK Flammadur Brandschutz in 2016, to further expand the PFP products offering for transportation OEMs, underscores IK`s focus on supporting its portfolio companies to grow via add-on acquisitions.

As a consequence, svt has increased its revenue with PFP Products to the OEM customers by more than five times and also doubled, as a Group, its absolute operating earnings during the Fund`s investment period.

“It has been a pleasure working with Steffen Gerdau and his team, and we would like to thank all of svt’s employees for their hard work over the last years. Together we have managed to grow the business significantly, both in Germany and abroad. svt was the first investment in the IK Small Cap I Fund, and clearly demonstrates IK’s approach to value creation, by way of enlarging the products offering, drive internationalisation and growing via acquisitions,” said Anders Petersson, Partner at IK Investment Partners and advisor to the IK Small Cap I Fund.

“We enjoyed working with the IK team. With their support, we have completed a synergetic add-on acquisition with AIK Flammadur, invested into our development capabilities and product offering as well as expanded our international footprint. I am now looking forward to continuing the internationalization and growth with Ergon,” said Steffen Gerdau, CEO of svt Group.

Completion of the transaction is subject to merger control approvals.

About svt Group
For more information, visit www.svt.de   

About IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is a Pan-European private equity firm focused on investments in the Nordics, DACH region, France, and Benelux. Since 1989, IK has raised more than €9 billion of capital and invested in over 110 European companies. IK funds support companies with strong underlying potential, partnering with management teams and investors to create robust, well positioned businesses with excellent long-term prospects. For more information, visit www.ikinvest.com

For further questions, please contact: 

IK Investment Partners
Anders Petersson
Partner
Phone: +49 40 369 8850

Mikaela Hedborg
Director Communications & ESG
Phone: +44 77 87 573 566
mikaela.hedborg@ikinvest.com

svt Group
Steffen Gerdau
CEO
Phone: +49 4105 409056

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Actief Personalmanagement acquires AB Zeitpersonal

Gilde Equity

Oberhausen, 23 November 2017 – Actief Group, one of the fastest growing independent staffing companies in Western Europe, today announces the acquisition of AB Zeitpersonal, an Oberhausen based regional temporary employment company with strong presence in the Western and Central part of Germany. For Actief Group this is the third acquisition in Germany, after ISU Group in 2015 and TimeCraft in 2017. The acquisition of AB Zeitpersonal enables Actief Group to strengthen its German footprint and to add a strong complementary company with a solid client base to its portfolio. After this transaction Actief Group will realize over EUR 600 million of sales spread across Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

Gilbert Sydow, founder of AB Zeitpersonal, is enthusiastic about the partnership with Actief: “After 30 years of successfully developing and expanding AB Zeitpersonal into a personnel service provider renowned for its quality and long-standing partnerships with reputable companies in various industries such as automotive, retail, chemicals, food and logistics, I’m glad to have found a partner who shares the same values as we do. Actief’s strategy to focus on SMEs, entrepreneurship and local-for-local approach is very similar to the way we have built our company over the years. I’m confident that AB Zeitpersonal will continue its successful growth path and I believe that the AB Zeitpersonal team, led by Mrs. Reckling, will do a great job in partnering with Actief to continue growth in the coming years”.

CEO Heiko Harms of Actief Personalmanagement on the transaction: “Since 2015, we are implementing an ambitious roll out program by opening new offices in order to realize our ambition of gaining national coverage in Germany. AB Zeitpersonal has a strong entrepreneurial culture and this fits very well with our organization. Moreover, from a geographical point of view the company is very complementary to Actief Personalmanagement: next to a higher density in our current regions we now expand our footprint to the North Rhine-Westphalia region as well. AB Zeitpersonal has an attractive client base and enjoys a strong reputation in the market. I look forward to further grow our German presence together with the AB Zeitpersonal team.”

Mark Maesen, CEO of Actief Group, complements: ”Over the past 25 years Actief Group has grown from a small local Belgian player to a successful international temporary staffing company. We now operate over 180 offices spread over three countries, fully focused at providing high quality temporary staffing services for small and medium sized enterprises. With two acquisitions in the Netherlands and now three in Germany (one in 2015 and two in 2017), we gained a strong position in the Dutch and German market. It is our aim to become a top 10 player in each of these countries and welcoming AB Zeitpersonal is a great step forward in this respect. We now realize close to EUR 200 million sales in Germany and I am confident that our German management can successfully expand the German presence over the coming years.”

About AB Zeitpersonal

AB Zeitpersonal is founded over 30 years ago and developed since then into a well-established, medium-sized temporary employment agency with 45 offices throughout the Central and Western part of Germany. Activities comprise general temporary staffing, personnel recruitment and on-site services. The company employs more than 2,100 temporary workers, both blue and white collars. Clients comprise renowned ‘German Mittelstand’ companies active in various sectors such as automotive, engineering, retail, chemicals, food and logistics. AB Zeitpersonal is headquartered in Oberhausen.

About Actief Personalmanagement

Actief Personalmanagement, formed by the acquisition of ISU Group (2015) and TimeCraft (2017), is an independent personnel service provider with strong regional presence in the Baden-Wuerttemberg, Thuringia,  Saxony, Hesse and Bavaria states. Over the years, Actief Personalmanagement grew both organically and through acquisitions to a group of 45 branches, active in a broad spectrum of sectors, ranging from highly qualified skilled workers for technical and industrial areas and commercial staff to qualified employees for production and logistics. Clients comprise renowned ‘German Mittelstand’ companies with whom longstanding relationships exist.

About Actief Group

Actief Group is one of the largest independent and fastest-growing staffing companies in Western Europe. Founded in 1988 in Lummen, over the past 25 years Actief established a leading position in Belgium, with a network of 67 offices realizing EUR 260 million of sales. Backed by its majority shareholder Gilde Equity Management Benelux, Actief Group tripled sales since 2011, with the first footsteps outside of Belgium with the acquisition of TiP (2014) and Tence (2015) in the Netherlands and ISU Group (2015) and TimeCraft (2017) in Germany. Actief delivers a professional link between supply and demand on the labor market and offers companies an optimal and flexible service in their search for personnel. The group now realizes over EUR 600 million in sales and operates through three brand names: Actief Interim in Belgium, Actief Werkt! in the Netherlands and Actief Personalmanagement in Germany.

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Ardian acquires business process outsourcing service provider CCC

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Ardian Expansion has reinvested in CCC, a high-growth provider of business process outsourcing (“BPO”), to support the company in its next development phase

Berlin/Vienna/Frankfurt, November 21, 2017 – Ardian, the independent private investment company, has signed an agreement to acquire Competence Call Center Group (CCC), one of the leading BPO service providers in Europe. The investment will be made via the Ardian Expansion Fund IV. The shares are being sold by the pan-European private equity firm Silverfleet Capital.

As part of the transaction, the management team headed by Christian Legat (CEO), Ulf Herbrechter (COO) and Thomas Nemec (CFO) will hold a significant stake in the company and will lead CCC during its next phase of growth. All parties have agreed on confidentiality of the financial details of the transaction, which is subject to antitrust approval.

Founded in Austria in 1998, CCC is today headquartered in Berlin. With more than 5,500 employees, the company offers high-quality BPO solutions in 28 languages and serves more than 80 customers in Europe. The group operates from 18 locations across eight countries, ten of which are based in the DACH region, four in Eastern Europe, three in Turkey, and one in France. The company has secured a leading market position in the DACH region. CCC’s range of services includes social media monitoring, up/cross selling, complaint management and technical support. The company offers a broad range of communication solutions across telephone, e-mail, chat and social media channels.

Ardian already invested in CCC via its AXA Expansion Fund II between 2009 and 2013, when it helped the fast-growing company implement its international expansion strategy. During this phase, the number of employees more than doubled. With Ardian’s renewed support, CCC plans to further strengthen its leading position in the German-speaking region.

As one of the last independent European providers, CCC also strives to play an active role in the ongoing market consolidation of BPO services in Europe. To achieve these objectives, it plans to expand its business with existing and new customers, broaden its service offer and enter new markets. Particularly in light of the trend towards increasing digitalization, this aspect harbors considerable potential for growth in providing customers with new services.

Christian Legat, CEO of CCC, said: “Ardian’s team led by Dirk Wittneben and Marc Abadir has a very good understanding of our business model and relevant market drivers. The cooperation we had from 2009 to 2013 was highly successful, and we are convinced that we can continue to build on this success. Thanks to our excellent position in the German-speaking market and a unique customer portfolio containing companies that are leaders in their respective segments, we are well-positioned to acquire new customers and to convince them of the attractiveness of our services. At the same time, we also want to achieve further growth through business with existing customers by continuously expanding our product range. In doing so, we draw on the newest technological solutions via all communication channels to generate real added value for our customers and to cover a broader value-added spectrum.”

Dirk Wittneben, Managing Director, Ardian Expansion, said: “We look forward to accompanying CCC’s outstanding management team led Christian Legat, Ulf Herbrechter and Thomas Nemec in its next phase of growth. With this transaction, we are also underscoring our competence in supporting companies in highly different development stages and of various sizes.” Marc Abadir, Managing Director, Ardian Expansion, added: “Based on our very positive experiences, we are pleased to assist the CCC team in the continuation of its success story once again. As a leading high-quality provider, we are convinced that CCC will continue to benefit from the fast-changing communication habits of consumers and the increasing importance of customer dialogue for brand development.”

 

ABOUT ARDIAN

Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$66bn managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base.

Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.

Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 470 employees working from twelve offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), North America (New York, San Francisco) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore). It manages funds on behalf of 640 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Funds of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.

Follow Ardian on Twitter @Ardian

ABOUT CCC

CCC provides customers with care and BPO solutions at the highest level in 18 locations in eight countries. The company draws on 19 years of experience in handling incoming calls, outgoing campaigns, written customer communication via e-mail, chat and social media, as well as back office activities. Since 1998, CCC has been renowned for providing high-quality, internationally certified and excellent BPO services in 28 languages for global top brands in the European market from several industries. During this time, it has realized international growth and demonstrated continuous and strong commitment for the BPO industry. In total, more than 5,500 employees provide customers with innovative and internationally excellent service on all communications levels.

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Hostmaker raises $15M to fund global expansion

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London’s number one Airbnb management service receives backing from existing investors DN Capital, Ventech and DSGCP, joined by Sansiri and Gaw Capital.

Hostmaker, London’s number one Airbnb management company, has announced $15M in Series B funding, taking the total raised since inception in 2014 to $25M. The new funding round is led by Sansiri, one of Thailand’s largest premium real estate developers and Gaw Capital – Hong Kong based global hospitality real estate investor. Hostmaker’s existing lead investors – DN Capital, Ventech and DSGCP, all backed the venture with an investment in the round.

Founded in 2014 by Airbnb ‘Superhost’ and entrepreneur Nakul Sharma, Hostmaker is a technology-driven hospitality management company that takes the hassle out of managing short-term rentals for homeowners. It offers a consistent, high-quality service, including housekeeping from five-star hotel trained staff, professional photography, daily pricing reviews to maximise earnings, guest relations and vetting, and interior design. It also facilitates property profile and listing across platforms including Airbnb, TripAdvisor and Booking.com.

As the largest VC-backed homestay hospitality management team in Europe, Hostmaker has so far carried out over 150,000 services across Europe, growing at a rate of 400 per cent year-on-year. It currently operates in London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona – four of the largest global markets for Airbnb.

The new funding round comes close on the heels of a Series A round of £5M that was raised just earlier this year. This new round of investment will support Hostmaker’s continued technology development in proprietary pricing and operations applications as well as growth and expansion beyond Europe, in particular building a presence in Asia to support property investors there.

On the investment, Nakul Sharma, Hostmaker founder and CEO, said:
“Having raised an investment round just a few months ago, we were very much focusing on delivering a great service to our customers and establishing our leading position. However, we’ve always welcomed a conversation with strategic investors who believe in our global vision of creating a new experiential brand in the fast-growing homestay category. Sansiri approached us with an exciting proposition to take our brand to Asia which was always on our roadmap. Along with Gaw Capital’s Asian roots and global footprint, it felt like the right moment to accelerate our expansion in the East.”

Nenad Marovac, Managing Partner from DN Capital, commented: “‘We are very excited to be backing the team at Hostmaker on this new phase of growth as the business consolidates its position as the leading European homestay hospitality services company and begins to explore exciting opportunities in Asia.”

Srettha Thavisin, from lead investor Sansiri said:
“The home sharing market is at an all-time high with 150M people using Airbnb globally. Property management businesses that support the home sharing industry are growing at a similar speed and we are excited to work with Hostmaker, who are leading the charge in Europe by providing the highest quality service out there.”

About Hostmaker
Launched in July 2014, Hostmaker is a technology-driven hospitality management company that takes the hassle out of managing short-term rentals for homeowners by offering a consistent, high-quality service. Growing at a rate of 400% YOY, Hostmaker is currently operational in London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona – four of the largest global markets for Airbnb and supports over 1,000 homeowners. The founder, Nakul Sharma has worked at the world’s largest international hotel chains, including Starwood Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group. Nakul is also an avid Airbnb host and traveller.

Hostmaker’s deep industry and market expertise alongside proprietary pricing technology, in-house interior design and 5-star hotel trained operations team help uplift income for homeowners by as much as 50%. Hostmaker has been named #20 among the top 100 UK start-ups and one of Forbes’ 5 fastest-growing British businesses to watch, alongside winning the Serviced Apartment Award for best short-term rental operator in 2017. https://hostmaker.com/

About DN Capital
DN Capital is a leading early stage and growth capital investor focused on Seed, Series A and select series B investments in marketplaces, digital health, fintech, SaaS, digital media, e-commerce, mobile applications and software companies. The firm was founded in 2000 and has operations in London, Berlin and Silicon Valley. DN Capital’s previous funds are top performers and the firm is one of the lead investors in companies such as Endeca (sold to Oracle), Shazam (one of the world’s leading mobile apps), Auto1 (world’s largest used car marketplace), Purplebricks (IPO London) and Quandoo (sold to Recruit). The professionals at DN Capital bring over 75 years of private equity & venture capital experience to their investments, and actively work with portfolio companies to steward their growth through the various stages of development. Additional information about the firm and its portfolio companies can be found at http://www.dncapital.com.

For further information
Kanira Shah
Investor Relations
DN Capital
Kanira@dncapital.com

 

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IK Investment Partners acquires Debitor Inkasso from BurdaDirect

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IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that the IK Small Cap I Fund has reached an agreement with Neue Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of BurdaDirect, to acquire Debitor-Inkasso GmbH (“Debitor Inkasso” or “the Company”), a German provider of mass debt collection services, focused on recovering overdue claims and debts on behalf of its customers. 

Founded in 1977, Debitor Inkasso offers a broad range of tailor-made debt collection services to its customers, primarily in the e-commerce/social media, insurance and publishing industries. With a highly automated and continuously refined collection process as well as a broad communication platform (including modern communication channels such as email, WhatsApp and SMS) Debitor Inkasso acts as a link between its customers and their debtors, and is renowned as a reliable and trustworthy partner in the sector.

“With their extensive expertise and strong track record, IK is the ideal partner to support Debitor Inkasso in the next stage of our development. The team shares our strategic vision and growth aspirations, and the partnership will benefit our customers and employees as we strengthen our position as a leader in innovative and flexible debt collection services. BurdaDirect has been a reliable and trustworthy partner over the past years. We would like to thank them for this partnership, which contributed significantly to our success, and we look forward to continuing our business relationship with them as our customer,” said Andreas Stock, CEO of Debitor Inkasso.

“Debitor Inkasso has established a strong positioning in its segment, combining future-oriented solutions with high customer satisfaction. The Company operates in a market characterised by a continuous trend towards business process outsourcing and with strong regulatory requirements. Together with the experienced management team we look forward to supporting Debitor Inkasso’s further development and growth,” said Anders Petersson, Partner at IK Investment Partners and advisor to the IK Small Cap I Fund.

Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed. Completion of the transaction is subject to merger control approvals.

For further questions, please contact: 

IK Investment Partners
Anders Petersson, Partner
Phone: +49 40 369 8850

Mikaela Hedborg
Director Communications & ESG
Phone: +44 77 87 573 566
mikaela.hedborg@ikinvest.com

Debitor Inkasso 
Andreas Stock, CEO
Phone: +49 451 200 93 99
stock@debitor.de

About Debitor Inkasso
Debitor Inkasso covers the whole spectrum of debt collection services and is a competent outsourcing partner with future-oriented and high-tech solutions, looking back at a track record of almost 40 years in Germany. The Company specializes on mass market B2C debt collection across all industries with a focus on insurance, publishing and e-commerce/social media sectors. For more information, visit www.debitor.de

About IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is a Pan-European private equity firm focused on investments in the Nordics, DACH region, France, and Benelux. Since 1989, IK has raised more than €9 billion of capital and invested in over 110 European companies. IK funds support companies with strong underlying potential, partnering with management teams and investors to create robust, well positioned businesses with excellent long-term prospects. For more information, visit www.ikinvest.com

IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is pleased to announce that the IK Small Cap I Fund has reached an agreement with Neue Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of BurdaDirect, to acquire Debitor-Inkasso GmbH (“Debitor Inkasso” or “the Company”), a German provider of mass debt collection services, focused on recovering overdue claims and debts on behalf of its customers. 

Founded in 1977, Debitor Inkasso offers a broad range of tailor-made debt collection services to its customers, primarily in the e-commerce/social media, insurance and publishing industries. With a highly automated and continuously refined collection process as well as a broad communication platform (including modern communication channels such as email, WhatsApp and SMS) Debitor Inkasso acts as a link between its customers and their debtors, and is renowned as a reliable and trustworthy partner in the sector.

“With their extensive expertise and strong track record, IK is the ideal partner to support Debitor Inkasso in the next stage of our development. The team shares our strategic vision and growth aspirations, and the partnership will benefit our customers and employees as we strengthen our position as a leader in innovative and flexible debt collection services. BurdaDirect has been a reliable and trustworthy partner over the past years. We would like to thank them for this partnership, which contributed significantly to our success, and we look forward to continuing our business relationship with them as our customer,” said Andreas Stock, CEO of Debitor Inkasso.

“Debitor Inkasso has established a strong positioning in its segment, combining future-oriented solutions with high customer satisfaction. The Company operates in a market characterised by a continuous trend towards business process outsourcing and with strong regulatory requirements. Together with the experienced management team we look forward to supporting Debitor Inkasso’s further development and growth,” said Anders Petersson, Partner at IK Investment Partners and advisor to the IK Small Cap I Fund.

Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed. Completion of the transaction is subject to merger control approvals.

For further questions, please contact: 

IK Investment Partners
Anders Petersson, Partner
Phone: +49 40 369 8850

Mikaela Hedborg
Director Communications & ESG
Phone: +44 77 87 573 566
mikaela.hedborg@ikinvest.com

Debitor Inkasso 
Andreas Stock, CEO
Phone: +49 451 200 93 99
stock@debitor.de

About Debitor Inkasso
Debitor Inkasso covers the whole spectrum of debt collection services and is a competent outsourcing partner with future-oriented and high-tech solutions, looking back at a track record of almost 40 years in Germany. The Company specializes on mass market B2C debt collection across all industries with a focus on insurance, publishing and e-commerce/social media sectors. For more information, visit www.debitor.de

About IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners (“IK”) is a Pan-European private equity firm focused on investments in the Nordics, DACH region, France, and Benelux. Since 1989, IK has raised more than €9 billion of capital and invested in over 110 European companies. IK funds support companies with strong underlying potential, partnering with management teams and investors to create robust, well positioned businesses with excellent long-term prospects. For more information, visit www.ikinvest.com

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