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Onlineprinters: Acquisition of Solopress

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Profile Solopress

Solopress was founded in the UK in 1999 as a result of a lack of quick and high-quality services in the British market. Their 225 employees provide 100k customers with the products they demand, making Solopress the undisputed market leader in the UK. The company’s motto Print delivered tomorrow applies 85% of the time. For the past twelve years, Solopress has managed to grow at double-digit pace.

Profile Onlineprinters

Onlineprinters offers printing services for 500k customers across the globe. Products include flyers, business cards, posters and others. Operating as diedruckerei.de in Germany, Onlineprinters established itself as the market leader for online printing services worldwide. Their 600 employees produce >2 billion print products per year exclusively in Germany. These are then delivered to >30 countries. Opening up its first web shop in 2004, Onlineprinters was among the first online printing services in Europe. Their unique selling propositions are their high-quality standards and a TÜV certification. At the moment, Onlineprinters seeks to make strategic acquisitions to further strengthen its market position.

Profile Bregal

Bregal Unternehmerkapital is part of a family-owned PE group. The parent company, Bregal Investments, has invested over EUR 9.5 billion since 2002. Bregal Unternehmerkapital searches for long-term engagements in market leading companies with strong management teams and hidden champions. Using flexible financing and transaction structures, Bregal Unternehmerkapital can accommodate both minority and majority investments. Complex industry spin-offs, management buyouts and succession situations are handled productively.

Transaction Summary

Parklane Capital advises Onlineprinters, an e-commerce company supported by Bregal Investments during its acquisition of Solopress, the British market leader for online printing. Onlineprinters' majority shareholder, Bregal Investments, actively supported the transaction.