18-Nov-2021

goetzpartners advised Hellman & Friedman

Deal announcement

goetzpartners advised Hellman & Friedman on the voluntary public takeover offer for the shares of Zooplus

goetzpartners advised the international private equity firm Hellman & Friedman (H&F) on the voluntary public takeover offer for all shares of Zooplus, the leading European online pet platform. With H&F as a strategic and financial partner, Zooplus will gain additional sector expertise, hands-on support, enhanced financial flexibility and a stable ownership structure to strengthen Zooplus’ long-term position in the fast-evolving European pet supplies market. Entering into a strategic partnership with H&F will help Zooplus realize its full digital and operational potential and allow the company more flexibility to implement transformative initiatives with an eye on longer term value rather than near-term profitability.

H&F intends to offer Zooplus shareholders EUR 390 per share in cash implying a diluted equity valuation of approx. EUR 3 billion. Both the Management Board and Supervisory Board of Zooplus welcome the takeover offer and intend to recommend that shareholders accept the offer.

goetzpartners acted as advisor to Hellman & Friedman, further underlining our competence advising on international and industry shaping M&A transactions.

About Hellman & Friedman
Founded in 1984, Hellman & Friedman (H&F) is one of the oldest and most experienced private equity investment firms operating today. H&F’s distinctive investment approach is focused on large-scale equity investments in high-quality growth businesses in developed markets, primarily in the U.S. and Europe, across growth-oriented sectors. For more information, please visit www.hf.com ​​​

About Zooplus
Zooplus is the leading online pet platform in Europe by sales. With its large product offering in the pet food and pet care & accessories range, Zooplus caters to more than 8 million customers in 30 European markets. For more information, please visit www.zooplus.de 

Transaction Team

Stephan Goetz
Managing Partner
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Robert Wagon
Associate Director

Charlotte Prautzsch
Analyst