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DGAP-News German Startups Group: German Startups Group to go public (news with additional features)

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German Startups Group: German Startups Group to go public (news with
additional features)

15.06.2015 / 08:31


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German Startups Group to go public

- German Startups Group, an investment company that specialises in young
German Internet-based growth companies, is planning to go public on the
Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Entry Standard)

- One of the most active venture capital investors in the tech sector in

- IPO intended to enable investors to invest in German Internet startups

- Profitable since the first full financial year (IFRS)

- Gross return on average invested capital of +30.5% per year since it
first started with its investment activity in mid-2012

Berlin, 15 June 2015: German Startups Group Berlin GmbH & Co. KGaA ("German
Startups Group"), an investment company based in Berlin that focuses on
young, fast-growing companies, so-called startups, is planning to go public
on the Entry Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The envisaged issue
proceeds are to be used mainly to purchase shares in startups over the next
two years. The current shareholders will not be selling any shares unless
the underwriting banks exercise their so-called greenshoe option. The
transaction is being accompanied by COMMERZBANK AG as the sole Global
Coordinator/Joint Bookrunner as well as Hauck & Aufhäuser Privatbankiers
KGaA, BHF-BANK AG and quirin bank AG as Joint Bookrunner.

Good basic conditions thanks to rise in company foundings in Germany

German Startups Group invests in startups in particular in the
German-speaking region via majority and minority shareholdings, mainly by
providing venture capital. Its focus is on companies whose products or
business models represent a disruptive innovation and allow for a high
degree of scalability to be expected. German Startups Group feels that
successful exits and other positive market trends have resulted in more new
companies being founded in recent years. Besides the relatively good
general economic conditions in Germany, the company believes that the
influx of more new founders and the presence of foreign investors have
contributed to the development of the German venture capital market. Berlin
ranks as one of the most important sites in Europe in terms of both the
number of transactions and investment volume in startups, particularly in
the areas of technology and digital media, and is therefore often referred
to as the capital city of German founders. By going public, German Startups
Group intends to provide access to the asset class "German Startups" for

German Startups Group - one of the most active VC investors in the tech
sector in all of Germany with an attractive gross yield

Only three years after it was founded, German Startups Group is already the
second most active venture capital investor in the tech segment in Germany
(Source: CB Insights, The 2014 European Tech Report). According to the
company, this market position gives it a competitive advantage because
founders of promising startups often prefer to work with leading investors.
In addition, German Startups Group has an expansive network with relevant
players in the German startup scene that include serial founders, business
angels and other venture capital investors. German Startups Group has
succeeded in continuously expanding its portfolio since 2012 and currently
holds, either directly or indirectly, shareholdings in 40 operationally
active companies (including two solely as convertible loans). The company
has been profitable according to IFRS ever since its first full year of
business and generated net income of kEUR 1,435 in financial year 2014
(2013: kEUR 176). From 1 July 2012, to 31 March 2015, the company achieved
a gross annual return of 30.5% on its average invested capital and was
already able to record two successful exits, the sale of shares in the
AdTech company Fyber and in the online shop Amorelie (Sonoma Internet

High degree of freedom with investment decisions

Unlike typical VC funds with limited terms and investment periods, German
Startups Group is capable of financing and accompanying its portfolio
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