DPE Deutsche Private Equity acquire Euro-Druckservice GmbH

Oct 9, 2017

  • Leading leaflet print business in CEE
  • #1 market positions in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania
  • Plans to play an active role in the further consolidation of the industry

Munich, October 5th, 2017. The current shareholders of Euro-Druckservice GmbH (“EDS” or the “Company”) have agreed to sell their shares in the Company to funds advised by DPE Deutsche Private Equity Management III GmbH (“DPE”), an independent German investment company based in Munich.

EDS, headquartered in Passau, Germany, employs c. 1,500 employees across five countries and is the leading provider of print marketing solutions for retailers in CEE with revenues of € 275m in FY2016. With an unmatched footprint in the region and #1 positions in all its core markets, EDS is the partner of choice to support its clients’ consumer marketing efforts through printed leaflets.

Dr. Frank Müller, Managing Director at DPE, commented on the transaction: “Kartesia has successfully grown EDS into a market leading business across various attractive Eastern European markets. DPE aims to leverage on that position and further expand the business both in its current core markets and beyond. We are proud that the management team endorses DPE as its future partner and look forward to working together over the coming years.”

Jesus Castillo, Executive Chairman of EDS, expressed his excitement to work with DPE in the future and his gratitude for the support of Kartesia over the past years: “DPE’s philosophy is to actively support entrepreneurial management teams in driving the growth of its investments. We are excited about the opportunity to work with EDS’s new shareholders, whom we consider the best partner for shaping the future of the Company.”

Jaime Prieto, Founding and Managing Partner at Kartesia, added: “We are proud of Jesus Castillo and the EDS team and the achievements made together over the last 4 years that have reinforced EDS’ leadership in the CEE to offer the best service to its clients. We believe we leave EDS in the best hands with DPE, which has shown a great understanding of the business and underlying market as well as a good personal fit with the management team. This renewed partnership should further strengthen the Company’s service to its clients across the CEE and continue to lead the consolidation of the European retail printing industry.”

The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of the transaction.