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NORD Holding supports the PPS. Group in its acquisition of Klebefieber.de GmbH

09.10.2017

The PPS. Group is strengthening its activities by acquiring the business of Klebefieber.de GmbH through an asset deal. Klebefieber is a Berlin based firm, offering home decorative products (e. g. wall decoration, photo printing solutions and gifts) online through its own platform www.klebefieber.de since 2009. Besides a wide variety of standardized products (including numerous well-known brand licences), the company also offers customized products - enabling customers to have their photos printed on the products they are buying on the platform.

Going forward, the Klebefieber acquisition will complement the existing B2C online business of the PPS. Group. Through its own e-commerce portal www.bilderwelten.de as well as other online channels (in particular Amazon and Otto) the group is already active in the interior decoration sector - successfully offering digitally printed products to its customers. In addition to the high-growth B2C online business, the PPS. Group generates a substantial share of its revenues through its core business, focusing on the B2B market. In the B2B market the PPS. Group offers digitally printed products for outdoor advertising, point of sale, trade fairs and industrial applications.

The acquisition is in line with the buy and build strategy that the PPS. Group has been executing in the last years. Several companies have already been successfully integrated into the group leading to overall sales of above € 40 m.

Maximilian Frey, Investment Manager at NORD Holding commented on the strategic rationale behind the acquisition: "Klebefieber was the ideal candidate to complement the existing B2C online business of the PPS. Group. With this acquisitions the PPS. Group will increase its market share in this high-growth sector and will be able to unlock considerable synergies by integrating the production at the PPS site in Berlin."

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We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues at Klebefieber and are looking forward to expanding our B2C online distribution channels with this well-established brand. Together we will be able to pool our resources and drive our online strategy forward even faster

Michael Krieger
CEO of the PPS. Group.

About NORD Holding

With its 50-year history and over € 2.0 billion assets under management, NORD Holding is one of the leading private equity asset managers in Germany with a focus on direct and fund investments.

The fund investments division targets the small- and mid-cap segment of the European private equity market through primaries, secondaries and co-investments.

NORD Holding has a strong focus on emerging buyout managers, hands-on investment strategies and regularly acts as an anchor investor. The division manages € 1.3 billion and ranks among the top decile fund investment groups in Europe.

The direct investments division of NORD Holding focuses on structuring and financing company succession models, acquiring parts of larger groups/subsidiaries as well as on expansion financing of medium-sized companies. In contrast to most other financial investors, who only manage closed-end funds, NORD Holding acts as a so-called "evergreen fund", thereby investing from its own balance sheet with no maturity restrictions. Currently, the fund has interests in more than 15 companies in the DACH region.

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